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#1
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Our very first cruise is a few weeks away & I think I have a good idea of what to expect regarding dinner dress. We enjoy dressing for dinner, however my husband would prefer not to wear a tux or a business suit. Is the classic blue blazer with dressy trousers, nice shirt with or without a casual tie appropriate? No gowns for me.....just a nice dress or two & dressy pants & tops......hope this works.
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Blazer would be good for non formal nights. Formal dress which is dark suit or tux is optional, but dining options would be narrowed for you. As for ladies, formal on SB is more cocktail dress for women now and dresses /pants for non formal nights.
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Blazer, dress trousers, dress shirt & tie.....I assume that would work for formal night optional in The Restaurant which is, if I understand correctly, the most formal of the events. I know I can make the simplest dress or silk top & dressy pants look pretty semi or formal.
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Why ask if you are just going to do what you think anyway?
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Originally posted by Tillylovesseabourn
Blazer would be good for non formal nights. Formal dress which is dark suit or tux is optional, but dining options would be narrowed for you.
Sorry, but that's not what the official dress code says, and it's not what people wear. I wore exactly what the OP said, nice pants (khakis), blue blazer, long-sleeve button shirt, no tie, on formal night and lots of other men were dressed the same in both the Keller Grill and The Restaurant.
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#6
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[quote=Tillylovesseabourn;55884544] Why ask if you are just going to do what you think anyway?[/quote
Just a discussion to clarify..... didn’t know the “critic” on this board meant just that.....Wow....have a nice day😎
#7
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Originally posted by NC&KY
Sorry, but that's not what the official dress code says, and it's not what people wear. I wore exactly what the OP said, nice pants (khakis), blue blazer, long-sleeve button shirt, no tie, on formal night and lots of other men were dressed the same in both the Keller Grill and The Restaurant.

Thank You.....that was very helpful👍
#8
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My husband takes a nice jacket which he tends to wear every evening as the restaurant can be a little chilly. He wears a dress shirt each evening but on formal nights just adds a tie. Don't worry about taking an additional suit, it is not necessary but a jacket and tie definitely if you want to eat in the MDR on formal night.
Just as an aside, on our Caribbean cruise in February a guy came into the MDR wearing shorts and flip flops! This was the last night and we suspect his excuse was that he had packed but he certainly got looks from people! Really he should have gone elsewhere to dine.


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Originally posted by NC&KY
Sorry, but that's not what the official dress code says, and it's not what people wear. I wore exactly what the OP said, nice pants (khakis), blue blazer, long-sleeve button shirt, no tie, on formal night and lots of other men were dressed the same in both the Keller Grill and The Restaurant.
Well good for you, the other percentage of people haven't worn that for formal. Not for the three hundred days I have on SB anyway!
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Originally posted by Tillylovesseabourn
Why ask if you are just going to do what you think anyway?[/quote
Just a discussion to clarify..... didn’t know the “critic” on this board meant just that.....Wow....have a nice day😎
Nobody is criticising anyone, but you rather answered you own question didn't you? Anyways take your advice from someone who has been on one SB cruise, they are bound to have all the answers!
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#11
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As with so many Seabourn dress code discussions, the above is mixing up what the dress code is vs. what some Seabourn regulars would like it to be. A dinner jacket or blazer with dressy trousers (not jeans) is perfectly acceptable in The Restaurant on formal nights (or formal optional nights as they are now called). There is no need to pack a tuxedo, suit or tie for a Seabourn cruise should you not want to.

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#12
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Last September and October on the Encore, my husband wore his navy blazer with gray dress slacks, dress shirt and tie on formal night. I wore a simple black dress with jewelry. We dined in the Thomas Keller Grill and fit in just fine with other passengers that evening. In June, we will sail on the Ovation. My husband will pack a dark suit if there is room in his suitcase. I MAY take a slightly dressier black dress. Undecided.
#13
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Joined Mar 2018
Thank You to all who posted positive & helpful interpretations of the Seabourn dress code. Seems to me the gents will be fine with a nicely put together blazer, dress trousers, dress shirt, tie & pocket square. We are extending our trip beyond our cruise, so one suitcase each is imperative.
#14
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Originally posted by cece50
Thank You to all who posted positive & helpful interpretations of the Seabourn dress code. Seems to me the gents will be fine with a nicely put together blazer, dress trousers, dress shirt, tie & pocket square. We are extending our trip beyond our cruise, so one suitcase each is imperative.
Bravo!!! Enjoy your cruise. It’s your cruise and holiday. Enjoy it the way you want and how you want. If it’s within the Seabourn dress code that’s all that matters. We are packing the exact same things for the same reasons. And you won’t be the only one. There are 600 cruisers, assuming half of each sex, statistically you won’t be alone in your choice of attire.

Re: shorts and flip flops - fairly poor training not to have politely declined the gentleman entry to MdR!
#15
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Originally posted by margbem
My husband takes a nice jacket which he tends to wear every evening as the restaurant can be a little chilly. He wears a dress shirt each evening but on formal nights just adds a tie. Don't worry about taking an additional suit, it is not necessary but a jacket and tie definitely if you want to eat in the MDR on formal night.
Just as an aside, on our Caribbean cruise in February a guy came into the MDR wearing shorts and flip flops! This was the last night and we suspect his excuse was that he had packed but he certainly got looks from people! Really he should have gone elsewhere to dine.


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Recently, Same here on the last night on the Caribbean trip on the odyssey we saw jeans (also figured because they packed and had put their luggage out)


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#16
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Joined May 2005
I always pack light and I’m wondering if I can get away with a dressy top and nice black pants for formal night or should I pack a cocktail dress? I hate to do so for just one evening, but also don’t want to be the only woman in pants.....????
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#17
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Originally posted by carol luvs cruisin
I don’t want to be the only woman in pants.....????
You absolutely will not be, rest assured. In fact, more women wore pants than dresses on our Med cruise formal night last fall on Odyssey. My wife wore a "Chico's" outfit and fit in just fine.
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#18
Dallas, TX
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Joined Oct 2017
I do not pack a cocktail dress just because I don't want to take up that much packing space. I do wear a dress most every night though---but that's just me as I am not a pants person. I take a couple of different black dresses that can pass muster for the formal night. I would love to take a cocktail dress if it could teleport itself onto the ship bypassing my suitcase!
#19
Perth, Australia
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Joined May 2009
carol what you are suggesting sounds fine. I am doing the Med this July and I for one night will be wearing nice pants and a dressy top.

I am now intrigued as to the definition of cocktail dress.....sorry to make a dress thread go longer.

For my other formal night I am taking a slim line, black knee length dress with silver beading around the neckline. Now I would classify it as a cocktail dress but because it doesn't take up that much room......should I classify it as a little black dress?

I am not trying to be cheeky, I am really curious as I am wondering if the definition for a cocktail dress is different in the USA as opposed to Perth. I mean we are isolated over here.

Julie

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#20
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Julie
Your dress is both - a LBD and a cocktail dress. It can be both depending on material and bling, just like your silver beading.
You will be just fine both evenings . I am a great fan of black silk pants and a couple of fancy silk tops for the trip. They pack down to almost nothing and look great.

And Perth may be a bit remote, but certainly not isolated, I know...