Dress Code for new OASIS - Dec. 12 - "formals"

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#1
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Do the men have to wear jackets or just a nice dress shirt and slacks?
Carnival is more relaxed with "formal" night. Is RCL? And on the new OASIS?
Also, how many formal nights on the Dec. 12, 2009 - 7 night Caribbean cruise?
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From recent posts here I am seem to think RCI has become very informal in its approach to any sort of "dress code" and that just about anything, at any time, is acceptable. I suspect that "formal" attire - as well as the formal evenings - will be a thing of the past on most mainstream cruise lines in the near future. Everything now seems to be some sort of "country club" casual which translates into pretty much just being dressed in something other than a swimsuit.
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Originally posted by jplotts865
From recent posts here I am seem to think RCI has become very informal in its approach to any sort of "dress code" and that just about anything, at any time, is acceptable. I suspect that "formal" attire - as well as the formal evenings - will be a thing of the past on most mainstream cruise lines in the near future. Everything now seems to be some sort of "country club" casual which translates into pretty much just being dressed in something other than a swimsuit.
Pity.
They should just get rid of the MDR, and make Windjammer bigger.
It will cut down on staff and tips.
Who needs to feel special on a cruise anyway.
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RCI is NOT Carnival...We would like to keep it that way.

Do what is right...follow the dress code.

http://www.royalcaribbean.com/beforeyouboard/whatToKnow/whatToPack.do;jsessionid=0000Q-iRs7cYxZUP2hzWM-pIYV2:12hdhu6tq

You won't be wrong. Why else would RCI post this on their web site? If they wanted every night to be casual, they would not take the time to post a dress code with formal/smart casual/casual attire.
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#5
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Originally posted by Ohunion Cruzers
RCI is NOT Carnival...We would like to keep it that way.

Do what is right...follow the dress code.

http://www.royalcaribbean.com/beforeyouboard/whatToKnow/whatToPack.do;jsessionid=0000Q-iRs7cYxZUP2hzWM-pIYV2:12hdhu6tq

You won't be wrong. Why else would RCI post this on their web site? If they wanted every night to be casual, they would not take the time to post a dress code with formal/smart casual/casual attire.
To be read as "RCI is NOT Carnival...I would like to keep it that way." Not everyone agrees, in so far as formal nights are concerned.
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Originally posted by Mark_K
To be read as "RCI is NOT Carnival...I would like to keep it that way." Not everyone agrees, in so far as formal nights are concerned.
Soon you will be able to eat in your swim suit.
Eating next to the guy who just came back from horse back riding,
smelling like a horse.
Like I said, who needs to feel special?
God forbid you have to clean up, and look nice to eat.
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#7
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I have been on Carnival cruises where the guests were better dressed than those on RCCL. So as far as everyone wanting to keep it that way, I think it's too late!
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Read RC guidelines and decide for yourself. But most people were dressed very smart with jackets when we cruised with RC, but as long as you are dressed smart, no-one will say anything.
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Few topics are more polarizing than Formal Nights on cruise ships. Some people hate them while others enjoy them. What I have found is that by and large women overwhelmingly love to play dress up while the guys, if left on their own wouldn't go near a suit and tie for dinner. I believe only NCL with their "Free Style" cruises, has pretty much discontinued suggesting any kind of dining attire.
#11
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Originally posted by Bigtex1622
God forbid you have to clean up, and look nice to eat.
WOW, I didn't realize that cannabalism would be introduced on RCL.
That surely would be the most progressive dining option on any cruise ship sailing today.
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I would love to dress up for formal nights, but we are trying to pack as lightly as possible (all in our party have bad backs/knees/etc.), & the bulk/weight of dress SHOES seem to be the issue for men, plus the extra jacket/pants that can otherwise be left behind. We are thinking of shipping our luggage, & that makes it even worse (the cost is based on weight & # of suitcases). Hmmm, will have to think on this one some more...
#13
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Your not wanting to pack a lot makes perfect sense. With so many people on board I am sure not every guy will have on a suit. Nice slacks and shirt should be just fine. I have seen many dressed like this, and some much worse. Have a great trip!
#14
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Originally posted by MAZANDSTEVE
Read RC guidelines and decide for yourself. But most people were dressed very smart with jackets when we cruised with RC, but as long as you are dressed smart, no-one will say anything.

The best answer on this post. Folks, it is the responsibility of the cruise line to monitor what others wear to the dining room. Worry about yourself and let other do the same. To the OP, have a great cruise. Hopefully they will put this thread out of it's misery before long as your question has been answered.
#15
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For men, throw a blue blazer (which most men have as a staple) into the suitcase and there you go. A pair of khaki pants and dockers for the feet and off our go to dinner. Dressed! It always seemed so crazy to me to get dressed in a suit for hot weather cruises, like the Caribbean. Living here in Florida with year round summer you very rarely see suits, or even jackets for that matter. Cold weather cruises - okay, let's do formal, but hot weather, I think a jacket and no tie is fine for most men. IMHO.
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Originally posted by jeffkauf
WOW, I didn't realize that cannabalism would be introduced on RCL.
That surely would be the most progressive dining option on any cruise ship sailing today.
I see that someone here at least has a sense of humor like that of a certain doctor aquaintance of mine.

Fascinating. And refreshing.