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Just got off Freedom, and you saw cocktail dresses , formal pant suits, and gowns. You will be safe with whatever you choose. Some men wore tuxes, but the majority were in suits. No one looked out of place. Everyone looked great in their own special way :)

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IMHO, there's no such thing as over dressing on formal night. It's great seeing everyone well-dressed and looking great! I'm sure whatever you choose will be just fine. :)


I have formal pics on days 2 and 6 of my photo album below...if you have time, take a peek.

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The above posters are right, you will see it all. The interpretation of formal goes all the way from Sunday best to ballgown, with everything in between.


I don't do "ballgowns", but rather a long knit dress or skirt (think slinky) and sparkly top, or an evening pants suit. Mainly for ease of packing. I see some of the examples of full skirted gowns and just cringe at the thought of not only the packing space, but storage space those gowns take up.


However, if you find a gown with a skirt that you absolutely love and feel beautiful in, don't hesitate to take it along :) . What is right for me will be different than what is right for you, and we'll all look maaahvelous! I'll just have one less suitcase than the ballgown ladies :p .

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GOWN! You must get a gown! Gowns rock!


The best part about a gown is all the envious/admiring looks you get. You can tell others wish they would have worn a gown too. It's your own little chance to be Cinderella (and luckily formal/semi-formal night is NOT the last night so it doesn't all end at midnight - you still wake up happy! LOL)

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Absolutely, go for the gown!!!!! Dress to the nines, and then take (and buy) the pics as your souvenir! How often does one get the opportunity to get all dressed up anyway? It is part of the fun of cruising!

Enjoy formal night!


I love cruising and I love formal nights - it is one of the highlights of my cruise! (DH won't admit it, but he loves seeing me - and himself - all decked out in our formal wear and loves the photoshoot, and then can't wait to see the pics the next day - on one of our cruises, he bought all the pics - we came home with about a dozen or more!)


regards from hooked-on cruising

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DO THE GOWN!!! On my last cruise I was wearing more of a "ball gown" type, the other women at my table (2 others) were wearing cocktail dresses, I felt beautiful! I think they both felt more out of place than I did! But I LOVE dressing up!!! I would wear a gown to go to McDonalds if I would not look odd! This cruise I am doing (9 night) 1st formal night a beautiful-full skirt gown! And 2nd night a nice cocktail dress! I figure break it up a little, and my cocktail dress is alot smaller and easier to pack than the dress I am looking at for 1st night! However as far as packing my formal dress, it just goes into the garnment bag with DH's tux, and I have them steamed if need be! ;)

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Dresses or Gowns? ive been checking out dresses online but i stumbled on some amazing gowns, i just dont want to go to formal nite over/under dressed. So what do the ladies on the ship usually wear?


My last cruise on the Grandeur in the summer of 2005, I wore cocktail dresses on two formal nights- nice, but for our next cruise, I bought a gown and wow, can't wait to wear it! My husband hasn't seen it yet, but I told him that he would have to dress first in the cabin and then wait for me outside the dining room. I want to walk down the stairs (without tripping, I hope :D ) and surprise him. He has never seen me in a gow and I can't wait to see the look on his face.


Wear the gown one night! Have a great cruise!!!

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