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Formal Night

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line' started by MotherofaPrincessLover, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. EOD K9

    EOD K9 Well-Known Member

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    You forgot the combo of just tie and jacket.
     
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  2. tk924

    tk924 Well-Known Member

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    When the DCL website inserts the word "optional" for attire on 7-day rides, then all bets are off. It all comes down to personal preference and some people just prefer not to get dressed up while on their vacation. It shouldn't be too hard to understand that especially in today's liberal "anything goes" world.
    We do like to go cruise casual during every night of our cruise though. DCL dining rooms are not fast food restaurants. It never fails that we see at least one family each night that looks like they just came in off the beach. While we wouldn't do that, to each his own. That's not going to ruin my vacation.
     
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  3. C&D

    C&D Well-Known Member

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    "It's more like guidelines, I think" :) arr

    p.s. generally, my wife and I dress up (jacket and tie or suit for me).
     
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  4. Phonedave

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    Exactly,

    I don't understand how some people do not get this. It is the atmosphere that some people (such as myself) enjoy. Having people "dressed down" takes away from that atmosphere. I enjoy a formal atmosphere. I also have no desire to have my picture taken with any of the characters.

    On our first DCL cruise, my daughters and I had table mates. On semi-formal night, we dressed appropriately (light dresses for them, and a sport coat for me) our table mates showed up in sandals, shorts, and t-shirts (the husband, wife, and kids). they made some sort of comment like "wow, you really go all out for this", and then we had a very uncomfortable dinner.

    Either DCL has to start enforcing the dress code (there are plenty of other options for people to dine at if they don't want to dress up. and as far as @jaklgreen comment about "we all paid for the cruise, and we should all be able to eat in the same restaruant" Yes, we all paid for a cruise, and the rules were told to all of us 'There will be a formal night" I paid for a formal night with a dress code - that is what I (and all other passengers) should get.

    If DCL chooses to not enforce the dress code, then eliminate any mention of formal night, and stop pretneding to have one. DCL tries very hard to walk that line between "its a kids cruise" and "adults on their own can enjoy the cruise as well". In the case of formal night, they are really tipping over to the "kids" side.
     
  5. Phonedave

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    Or just tie - that always goes over well
     
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  6. jaklgreen

    jaklgreen Well-Known Member

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    Well what I meant by who cares, is why would you care about what someone else is wearing. As long as they are not offensive then it does not matter what someone is wearing. Do you really go around all of the tables and check under the table cloths to see if someone is wearing dress pants or shorts. Its ridiculous to even suggest that what someone is wearing 4 tables down from you is some how going to ruin your dinner. By your own post quoting Disney, It is optional. The only reason the cruise has a "formal" night is so they can sell more photos.
     
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  7. pilka214

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    NCL heavily promotes their "freestyle cruising" concept. Basically do what you want to do when you want to do it. Eat when you want to, dress up when you want to etc. The crew have more formal attire, at least the cruise staff/ cruise director etc all wear suits/dresses. But norwegian's niche is feel free to do as you please.
     
  8. Phonedave

    Phonedave Well-Known Member

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    No, I don't go under the tables to check pants, but I do see them when people walk around.

    I understand that some people are of the mindset - do what ever you wnat, I have my blinders on, I am not going ot notice you.

    Me, I tend to take in the total atmosphere of the place. So yes, people who are not dressed up does spoil it for me. I am far from a snob about it it. If somebody is in a dress shirt and pants, thats OK. IT's kind of like when you klds room is a mess and you tell them to clean it up and they say "whats the big deal, it's my room, just don't look in it"

    -dave
     
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  9. jaklgreen

    jaklgreen Well-Known Member

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    Except it's your house so you have a right to have a clean room. You don't own the cruise line. I am actually really curious as to how it "spoils" it for you? Is it so disturbing that you can not eat? Or do you still eat but grumble about it the whole time? Are you not able to enjoy your family's company because someone has shorts on? You keep talking about the atmosphere, it's a Disney cruise full of kids, not someplace I would look to go for a "formal atmosphere". I am sure you are a wonderful intelligent man, but you are being a bit silly about this.
     
  10. larryz

    larryz Well-Known Member

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    Well, that's why these were invented. I'm sure FedEx or UPS would be happy to send this down to Port Canaveral (or whichever port you're embarking from) for you.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. 21stamps

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    Ha ha! Is that real? If so, I need it in my life, pronto.
     
  12. jaklgreen

    jaklgreen Well-Known Member

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    You're right, or I can just get my butler to have one of the footmen carry it on their back all the way from my house in NE to the ship. Great idea! :p
     
  13. flynnibus

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    If you don't want to dress up that night... the boat has plenty of other dining options.
     
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  14. pezgirlroy

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    I will just say I am very glad that there will be a formal night and a semi-formal night on our cruise. That is something I look forward to. My husband asked if he had to wear a suit and I said well it is not required and it is up to you. His response was well it seems like something you should do on a cruise. As a full time working parent with two small kids, I don't often have a chance to dress up so happy when I do. I will say that it does bother me a bit when people do not dress up. I understand the arguments but that is my thought.
     
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  15. jaklgreen

    jaklgreen Well-Known Member

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    What do you mean other options. Are you saying that those who choose not do dress formally should eat somewhere other then the main dining rooms, even though Disney clearly states that it is optional? It would be a really empty dining room. I don't think they would be able to handle that many people at Cabanas for dinner.
     
  16. flynnibus

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    yes that's what I'm saying. The discussion has been about formal night and it's use... not what Disney will ultimately enforce (as that's been covered right at the start). There is no need for Disney to lower the bar when they already have alternatives.

    Cabanas already handles the entire ship moving through in lunch period... it could handle half the boat moving through at dinner periods.
     
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  17. jaklgreen

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    But at dinner, Cabana's is not a buffet but a table service. And it's not that Disney is not enforcing some dress code, they clearly state it is optional. Big difference. Disney wants people in their main dining rooms, that is where they have the set up to feed most of the ship's guests. With the amount of people that do not dress up on formal night, there is no way that Cabanas would be able to handle it. And seriously, the "formal night" has nothing to do with dressing up nice for dinner, but all about them selling photos. They could care less what you wear to dinner.
     
  18. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member

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    The tradition of formal dining on cruises pre-dates photo packages. And Disney used to have higher standards here until they dumbed it down.
     
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  19. jaklgreen

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    I don't know why you would say it is "dumbed down". It's not like they are putting the feed trough out and are throwing slop on your plate. This is ludicrous to think that someone wearing slacks and a polo instead of a suit and tie has any impact on other diners. Like all Mother's since the beginning of time have said, "if you don't like what you see, then don't look at it".
     
  20. flynnibus

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    Then why have dress code anywhere?
     
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