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Royal Caribbean Formal Night – Everything You Need To Know

Royal Caribbean Formal Night – Everything You Need To Know

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I love to get all dressed up when I go on a cruise, so Royal Caribbean formal night is right up my alley. But how fancy is it, and what do I need to take? Let’s find out everything we need to know about formal night. 

Why Is There A Royal Caribbean Formal Night?

That is a good question. So why is there a Royal Caribbean formal night? Well, it’s kind of a take-off from the titanic—the first class passengers on the titanic dressed for dinner each night. The dinner would last 4-6 hours and consume a major part of their day. 

Today cruise members have the opportunity to dress for dinner elegantly. Although the dinner is a fraction of what it was in 1912, it is still a memorable moment. Most cruise lines offer pictures to build memories of their fabulous night under the lights. 

However, it is thought by some that a formal night is not a popular night; most cruise passengers attend and enjoy their night. 

How Fancy Is Royal Caribbean Formal Night?

When I think of a formal night, I picture the dress I wore at my high school prom. The long elegant attire or today a fancy form-fitting dress. But exactly how fancy should one dress for a Royal Caribbean formal night? 

First off, whatever you choose, I suggest comfort, which is different for each person. Although you may be comfortable in jeans, I would steer away from that, as well as shorts and all swimwear.

Here are some suggestions:

For men, formal wear includes a tie. There are variations, such as a tuxedo, full suit, jacket, or as simple as a nice collared shirt and pants with a tie. 

But remember, if you are one of those gentlemen who just does not wear a tie, then, by all means, don’t put one on. Wear a nice shirt with a collar and a nice pair of dress pants. However, shorts and swim attire are not acceptable. 

For the ladies, the dress will also vary in appearance. Of course, you can wear a long ankle-length formal dress, but there are other options. A fancy pantsuit is suitable, a cocktail dress or even a nice evening dress. 

The length of your dress is not really an issue as there is formal wear in all lengths. I suggest you wear the length that you are most comfortable with, whether a mini, knee length or one to the ankle. 

As for shoes, comfortable is the answer. A nice pair of silver or gold or even a red pair, if they match, with any heel height, is appropriate. They can be shoes with toes or without. However, I would steer away from flip-flops and tennis shoes. 

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Does Everyone Have To Go To The Royal Caribbean Formal Night?

No, formal night attendance is not mandatory. If it isn’t your thing, you can choose an informal place to eat and wear those jeans, shorts, and flip-flops. 

Is A Smart Casual Night The Same As a Formal Night?

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Smart casual is like a comfortable business outfit or set, whereas formal is more elegant. Men can wear a polo shirt for smart casual, and women can wear chinos and a button-down shirt, but neither is elegant enough to pass for a formal night. 

To put it differently, smart casual is a bit more business, and formal wear is showier. However, a man can wear a smart casual set with a collard shirt and pants and pull off for a formal night. 

But for a girl wearing smart casual is a bit too dressed down for a formal night. 

How Do I Know What To Wear On A Royal Caribbean Formal Night?

The Royal Caribbean cruise line has placed a formal night dress code for formal nights on their website. But it isn’t very explanatory. 

A formal dress for women is defined as a long dress that one would wear as a bridesmaid or a mother of the bride at a wedding. As for men, it is typically a tuxedo or a full suit and tie. 

But that is not always what the Royal Caribbean formal night dress attire is. As mentioned above, a girl can wear any length of the dress, such as a cocktail dress or a Sunday go-to-church dress. In contrast, a man can get away with a button-down shirt and nice pants. 

How fancy you dress is mostly up to you, except for shorts, swimwear, and jeans. But why not go all out and totally enjoy your evening? Dress to impress!

How To Find Out Which Nights Are Formal Nights On Your Cruise?

The Caribbean cruise line has a list of how many formal nights per the length of the cruise. But they do state this can change at the discretion of the cruise director. So when you book your cruise be sure to ask about the formal night on the cruise you take. 

Formal nights:

  • 3/4/5 Night Cruises – Usually on Day 2
  • 6 Night Cruises – Usually on Day 2 and 5
  • 7 Night Cruises – Usually on Day 2 and 6
  • 8 – 10 Night Cruises – 2 Formal Nights, Days vary by ship and sailing
  • 11 – 14 Night Cruises – 3 Formal Nights, Days vary by ship and sailing
  • 15+ Night Cruises – 3 or 4 Formal Nights, Days and number vary by ship and sailing
  • Oasis and Allure – Day 2 and 5 on Western itineraries and Day 2 and 6 on Eastern itineraries

Information in this box was copied from the Royal Cruise line website.

Can I Rent Formal Wear On The Cruise?

A man can rent a tuxedo on a Caribbean cruise. I have read in some reviews that the rental cost is high, so you may want to check prices to rent at home and pack your tuxedo. 

To my knowledge, there is no rental for females for formal nights. 

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Royal Caribbean Formal Night – Conclusion

The Royal Caribbean’s formal night is a special evening to build memories and enjoy family and new company. It is a time to wear an evening gown and feel elegant, not to mention a moment to enjoy luxurious meals. 

No, you don’t have to participate, but wouldn’t it be nice to glow and show off your attire for everyone? I encourage all to take advantage of a cruise formal night. I always cherish the memories formed on a beautiful, elegant evening. 

Happy travels, my friends.

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Laura Fuller

My name is Laura Fuller, I am a fanatic about luggage and all types of travel. I will be your luggage pilot to help you make the right choice for your travel needs.

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