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We are sailing next week on Harmony of the Seas. Very excited! I had a question about the formal night dress code.

 

My husband, at the minimum, would wear dress pants and a nice dress shirt. He could also add a tie, if needed. And he could also bring his suit, but he would prefer not to.

 

Thoughts? Which of the three are acceptable for formal nights?

 

Thank you!

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I always wear a pair of summer dress slacks and sport jacket with a button down short sleeve shirt with tie. I usually bring two pair of pants and shirts that will go with one sport jacket.  I've seen less to include shorts and more to include suits and tuxedos. I usually snear at the guys in shorts, especially after I've had lots of wine!

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We just returned from Freedom of the Seas eight night cruise....which has two formal nights.   I saw everything from full length evening gowns and tuxes to nice dresses, slacks and tie to shorts and flip flops in the Windjammer.  Frankly, it looks like anything goes...and I have decided I will NEVER take a sport coat again.  The first formal night I wore my sport jacket and the second night I wore a LL Bean two button Polo Shirt.  Never felt uncomfortable or out of place, including dining at Chops.  I am getting the impression the "prom date" formal dress night is becoming a thing of the last century.   

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We just returned from Freedom of the Seas eight night cruise....which has two formal nights. I saw everything from full length evening gowns and tuxes to nice dresses, slacks and tie to shorts and flip flops in the Windjammer. Frankly, it looks like anything goes...and I have decided I will NEVER take a sport coat again. The first formal night I wore my sport jacket and the second night I wore a LL Bean two button Polo Shirt. Never felt uncomfortable or out of place, including dining at Chops. I am getting the impression the "prom date" formal dress night is becoming a thing of the last century.

I stopped bringing the dress jacket about 10 cruises ago. Unnecessary and just takes up too much space. The only cruise line that I believe so requires a jacket on formal night is HAL.

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What is  women  on formal night dress code ?

Traditionally, some sort of dress/skirt. Despite the name, formal night does not require guests to be that formally dressed up.  It's essentially a step above what one might otherwise wear to the main dining room.

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My husband was happy to hear that the dress jackets were unnecessary.

 

I on the other hand, have two very nice dresses to wear to the formal nights.

 

Thanks everyone, we fly out in 36 hours and I am beyond excited!

Then he should dress accordingly to accompany you in your nice dresses! 

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My husband was happy to hear that the dress jackets were unnecessary.

 

I on the other hand, have two very nice dresses to wear to the formal nights.

 

Thanks everyone, we fly out in 36 hours and I am beyond excited!

You will find some people dressed up more, and like rjac said, nothing wrong with you two getting a bit more dressed up for fun.

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Then he should dress accordingly to accompany you in your nice dresses! 

Totally..  if my wife dresses up then it would be a cold day in hell before she would allow me out looking like a ragamuffin ..

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My husband will be soooooo happy to hear that he can wear his slacks, dress shirt, and dress shoes and that be good enough for the formal night! He is a blue collar worker and anything more than that makes him feel like a stuffed sausage (his words lol). I am looking forward to wearing my dress that I never really have an occasion to wear otherwise.

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​My son and I are wearing our kilts, complete with dress Argyle jackets and plaid fly

On one cruise there was a Scotch tasting on a formal night in which we participated, and there were two fellows there that had the full, formal kilt outfit on.  That was really neat as far as I was concerned!

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Congratulations !  I can't think of a better honeymoon for anyone.  You are going to love it !

 

Formal night can be as formal or NOT as you want it to be.  You will see everything from shorts to full length evening gowns and tuxedos.  In fairness, most of the ships will turn you away from the Main Dining Room if you wear shorts there on formal nights (justifiably, IMO) but most people just wear slacks and a nice shirt.

 

Since it's your honeymoon I'm sure you will want to dress up a bit so do whatever you are comfortable with.  Things are not nearly as formal as in the "old days" when everyone dressed to the 9's for dinner (every night, not just on formal nights !).

 

Cruising is about having fun so do what makes you happy !

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If you want to dress up, dress up.  If you don't want to, don't.  Men can wear a nice shirt and slacks; women can wear a long sundress and sandals.  If you live somewhere where dressing up is fun, then do it.  If you live somewhere where dressing up is a drag, then don't do it.  Just don't wear shorts, t-shirts and flip flops and you'll be fine.

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If we leave out of a Florida port we'll dress up more, easy enough to pack the fancy clothes for us. When we had to fly to Boston for NE&CAN we opted to leave the fancier clothes due to suitcase weight restrictions. We did 1 formal night dressed up with what we had in the MDR, then one formal night dressed down at Rita's Cantina.

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