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Formal and Semi-Formal Occasions

Formal and Semi-Formal Occasions

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What is it about a cruise that brings out our inner Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers? It may be passé ashore, but a formal night at sea is still magical!

On 3- to 6-night cruises, there are no official formal nights. Instead, there’s a “dress-up night.” On your Lumière’s/Triton’s/Royal Palace/Royal Court night, you might wear dressy attire, such as a jacket for men and a dress or pantsuit for women, but it isn’t required. Always wear dressy attire for Palo and Remy. The other nights are casual or tropical/pirate.

On the 7-night cruises, you have one formal night, which is nearly always on day 2 of the itinerary. There’s also one semi-formal night on day 6 of nearly all 7-night itineraries. (Longer cruises have 1–2 more formal and semi-formal occasions.) Formal night is “black tie optional.” Many men wear tuxedos or suits and women typically wear evening gowns, but semi-formalwear is fine, too. During the formal and semi-formal nights, the photographers set up backdrops and take formal portraits (see page 558). In addition, you might wear dressier attire when you eat dinner in Lumière’s/Triton’s/Royal Palace/Royal Court.

Jennifer and Dave
decked out at Palo

Men’s Formalwear: Fortunately, you don’t have to rent a tuxedo and haul it across the country and back. Cruiseline Formalwear supplies men’s formalwear on the Disney Cruise Line, and cruise-long rentals range from $85 to $160 (this price includes everything but the shoes), plus accessories ($6 to $30). Order at least two weeks before you cruise with the order form in your cruise documents, online at http://www.cruiselineformal.com or on the phone at 800-551-5091. You can also view the tuxedos and accessories on their web site. When you order a tuxedo from them, it’ll arrive in your stateroom on your first day aboard (try it on right away to see if it needs any alterations). When the cruise ends, just leave it in your room. Note that Cruiseline Formalwear does keep extra inventory onboard for exchanges and last-minute rentals. Another option is to buy a tuxedo (try a local tux rental shop or http://www.ebay.com). Perhaps you’d like a Disney-themed vest and tie set to go with your own tux? If so, check on the Internet at http://www.tuxedosdirect.com.

Women’s Formalwear: If you don’t happen to have an evening gown or old bridesmaid’s gown hanging in your closet, you can make do with a nice dress on both semi-formal and formal evenings. A “little black dress” is a popular choice. Feel free to wear your dress more than once on your cruise—accessorize to change the look. Consider adding a wrap for chilly dining rooms. Formal evenings see most women in long evening gowns—try shopping the department stores (such as J.C.Penney’s) for good deals. You could also try Chadwick’s (http://www.chadwicks.com) and Victoria’s Secret (http://www.victoriassecret.com).

Kids’ Formalwear: Dressing the boys in slacks and a button-down shirt is just fine. If your boy really wants to dress up like Dad in a tux, special order rentals are available through Cruise Line Formalwear. You can also look for a good deal at http://www.ebay.com or at http://www.tinytux.com. The girls look great in sun dresses, and this is the perfect opportunity to wear Disney princess dresses (available beforehand at the Disney Store and onboard in Mickey’s Mates/Mickey’s Mainsail). You’ll find gorgeous formalwear for girls at http://www.woodensoldier.com. Of course, that’s if they even dine with you. Some kids prefer the company of their peers and have dinner at the Club/Lab.

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