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Old 20 May 19, 03:45 PM  
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Black tie nights

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We are going on our first cruise together in July and I have noticed that there are 2 black tie nights in the itinerary

Do we have to dress up on those nights?

We have opted for anytime dining, will there still be a casual restaurant to go to on the black tie nights

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Old 20 May 19, 03:55 PM  
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Are you asking about Disney specifically or cruising in general?

We've done 6 cruises but none on DCL. For lots of people dressing up is part of the cruise experience - and quite right if that's what you want.

For me though I wore a suit and tie during my 50+ years working life and that's the last thing I want to pack for a holiday - let alone a DJ.

On formal nights we simply ate in the buffet restaurants. We did see lots of diners waiting to eat in the formal restaurants and I'd say that most men were in a lounge suit and tie rather than a DJ. This was on Carnival, RCI and Princess though. Others, such as Cunard and Holland America and possibly DCL may be more formal.

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We are going on a P and O med cruise
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We are going on a P and O med cruise
They have large buffet restaurants where you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner so you can avoid the formality if you choose.

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Formal nights are only for the evening meal in the MDR and some of the specialty restaurants. You can dress casually in the MDR in the day.
If you donít want to dress up, then you can eat in the buffet, but to me thatís not a great option on P&O imo.
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We did one of the black tie nights but on the other night I was tired and not in the mood so we went to the buffet which was full of people who werenít wearing black tie.

One of the nights seemed to be more even more formal than the other as well.

The food in the buffet is nice but the atmosphere is very busy compared to the Dining rooms.
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Just back from the azura the other week. Didnít rate the buffet. Was better when we went 7 years ago. We went to the main dining instead and was much better.

Yes p&o are quite ďstuffyĒ when it comes to dressing up. I did wear a dress which I hate but it was kinda nice cos never dress up so it was something a bit different. Was not brilliant was me in heels and I do heels maybe once a year. And I was on a boat so all over the shop how I didnít break my ankle was a surprise to me.
I did worry about the dress code beforehand but there was a lot of people dressed down even more than me.
They will however ask you to leave certain places on the black tie night. We were in the planet bar and a couple got asked to leave.
I feel like itís a ďwhen in RomeĒ type thing and itís best to go along with everyone.

The last black tie night we had was on our last sea day and we had a very very bad night so was on two hours sleep. I was literally going to he sea sick all morning. If I hadnít have felt better there was no way I would have dressed up and gone out. Lucky for us I was ok by dinner time.
I would say that unless you are going to the outside bars if itís really good weather or just the buffets then dress up. Itís not actually that bad.
Iím 30 and it was good fun even though my legs look awful in a dress.

I couldnít find a dress specifically for black and white night. And there is alway one lady that likes to wear bright red on that night so we always try and spot one.
Also dare I say it I wore the same dress twice on both formal night 😱
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On RCI in 2017 we didn't bother but did last year if only for some nice photos. Sadly being ex-pats we are the forgotten relations for weddings etc. So this is an occasion for us as a family to get some decent photos. After dinner I took off the DJ and the tie.

Going again this Friday and I'll take the suit as I have space in the car. This summer in the Caribbean I certainly won't be taking a suit as won't have space for it on the flight.

Also if you do want to do it the men might be able to rent a suit onboard but best to go early in the cruise if you are going down that road.
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Originally Posted by aqualiv View Post
Hiya

We are going on our first cruise together in July and I have noticed that there are 2 black tie nights in the itinerary

Do we have to dress up on those nights?

We have opted for anytime dining, will there still be a casual restaurant to go to on the black tie nights

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On formal nights you only have to dress up if you want to use the main dining room and certain bars - they will tell you which ones you can/cannot use on those nights.

You can use the buffet on any evening - you don't need to be in formal wear to use it even on formal nights.

With regards to black and white night you dont have to stick to that - I dont have anything black so I will just wear my posh frocks on formal night - mine are mostly pink etc!

We actually love dressing up for dinner - and will dress up semi-formal for the main dining room.
Hubby will wear smart jeans and a polo shirt on non-formal nights - he wears this in all the restaurants.
I love wearing a dress and heels so I take every opportunity to do so!

IF we go to the buffet I will wear jeans and a nice top etc.

We find that most people dress smartly for dinner - especially on P&O.
Some of the cruises aimed at the americans are less formal in the evening.

I find it frustrating if people turn up scruffy for dinner but at the same time i dont let it affect my holiday!

Enjoy your cruise!
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