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53 minutes ago, ashley@cruisecritic said:

Hi all,

 

I've reached out to Royal's PR department, and this is what they tell me:

 

"The cruise compass you reference below from Harmony of the Seas was actually misprinted – human error. Harmony of the Seas, along with all 6-night or longer itineraries still offer Formal Nights.

 

 

 

All itineraries 5-nights or shorter offer a 'Wear Your Best' evening onboard. Here is how we describe this:

 

'Nighttime’s the right time to wear your best look. That means a step up from your typical dinner wear, and includes collared shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses and pantsuits. Jackets, tuxedos/formal wear sports coats and blazers are also appropriate.'"

 

Hope this helps a little!

 Thanks for that clarification but something tells me it won’t matter as folks wear whatever they want, any evening of the cruise.   

 

I think it’s hilarious that “wear your best“ includes wearing a shirt with a collar!    Boy has the bar gotten low. 

 

M

 

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4 minutes ago, John&LaLa said:

 

It won't change how we travel

I wouldn’t expect it too. This gives those that enjoy dressing up, to continue to do so. I think it ends the  “arguments and disagreements what’s “required “ or “suggested “. 

 

In my opinion. 

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1 hour ago, ashley@cruisecritic said:

Hi all,

 

I've reached out to Royal's PR department, and this is what they tell me:

 

"The cruise compass you reference below from Harmony of the Seas was actually misprinted – human error. Harmony of the Seas, along with all 6-night or longer itineraries still offer Formal Nights.

 

 

 

All itineraries 5-nights or shorter offer a 'Wear Your Best' evening onboard. Here is how we describe this:

 

'Nighttime’s the right time to wear your best look. That means a step up from your typical dinner wear, and includes collared shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses and pantsuits. Jackets, tuxedos/formal wear sports coats and blazers are also appropriate.'"

 

Hope this helps a little!

 

Interesting,  thanks

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3 minutes ago, Milwaukee Eight said:

I wouldn’t expect it too. This gives those that enjoy dressing up, to continue to do so. I think it ends the  “arguments and disagreements what’s “required “ or “suggested “. 

 

In my opinion. 

 

But it appears Ashley debunked your entire premise.  🤔

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1 hour ago, ashley@cruisecritic said:

Hi all,

 

I've reached out to Royal's PR department, and this is what they tell me:

 

"The cruise compass you reference below from Harmony of the Seas was actually misprinted – human error. Harmony of the Seas, along with all 6-night or longer itineraries still offer Formal Nights.

 

 

 

All itineraries 5-nights or shorter offer a 'Wear Your Best' evening onboard. Here is how we describe this:

 

'Nighttime’s the right time to wear your best look. That means a step up from your typical dinner wear, and includes collared shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses and pantsuits. Jackets, tuxedos/formal wear sports coats and blazers are also appropriate.'"

 

Hope this helps a little!

 

It will be interesting to see if Harmony keeps "misprinting" this or if they roll with it.  I know several people boarding the next few sailings from our FB group that cancelled our September 1 cruise.  I think I will see what they say.    It doesnt really matter to me either way.  I use to go all out and rent a tux.  Now I will be found in khaki type pants and dress shirt like I would wear to church 

Edited by ryano

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41 minutes ago, John&LaLa said:

 

It won't change how we travel

 

You travel smart!  Very organized, lots of practice!  😉 

Edited by island lady

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No formal nights on the Aug. 29th Anthem sail.  However, I believe those nights are called something like "Wear Your Best" or something like it.  Some Paxs wore non traditional garb and I'm afraid eventually it may turn into some freak show.  Halloween anybody.:classic_rolleyes:

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19 minutes ago, nelblu said:

No formal nights on the Aug. 29th Anthem sail.  However, I believe those nights are called something like "Wear Your Best" or something like it.  Some Paxs wore non traditional garb and I'm afraid eventually it may turn into some freak show.  Halloween anybody.:classic_rolleyes:

How many days was this cruise?

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49 minutes ago, Milwaukee Eight said:

How many days was this cruise?

9, cruising to NE/Canada. 

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On 9/12/2019 at 7:39 AM, grapau27 said:

They don't have straws.

We use towels once only.

RC have a similar notice in their bathrooms.

 

Same here!

 

We don't reuse towels at home so I'm not changing that while vacationing. 

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On our last couple of cruises over the past year (Harmony and Symphony), there was very little formal anywhere. We stopped packing long dresses, shoes and tuxes and dress causally for dinner. Sometimes we feel overdressed based on what people wear on "formal night". 

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On ‎9‎/‎12‎/‎2019 at 10:39 AM, grapau27 said:

They don't have straws.

We use towels once only.

RC have a similar notice in their bathrooms.

My wife brings her stash of plastic straws.:classic_biggrin:

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54 minutes ago, nelblu said:

My wife brings her stash of plastic straws.:classic_biggrin:

After checking our photos we had black plastic straws in our Pina Coladas but not in any soft drinks.

 

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If this thread proves one thing, no matter how you prefer to dress on a cruise, you can be just as tacky dressing in alleged formal wear as you can dressing allegedly casual.

 

Agsn, your food, your service, your experience won’t change if your dressed in a tux and gown, or dressed in shorts and tops.

 

I still can’t believe this debate is still going on (albeit much, much less frequently) in 2019.

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Same food, same service, NOTHING is different ANYWHERE on the ship on formal nights like it USED to be years ago.  It's just a photo night; Norwegian perfected the formula years ago with "Dress up or Not Night" and "Norwegian Night Out".  Just more photo backdrops, nothing else different.  

 

If anyone here cruised longer than the past 10 years you may remember the numerous touches throughout the ship on formal nights.  Don't blame the consumer for wanting more laid back vacation; the cruise line stopped providing any additional specialties years ago.  

 

I agree with others; there is no actual dress code anymore.  

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On 9/11/2019 at 10:43 AM, not-enough-cruising said:

The filet has been gone for quite some time now as well as the “good lobster” (both are on the added charge part of the menu)

 

what do you mean by "good lobster?"

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37 minutes ago, gammite said:

 

what do you mean by "good lobster?"

 

Maine (cold water) lobster.

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23 minutes ago, Host Clarea said:

 

Maine (cold water) lobster.

As far as I know, never had the so called "good lobster" on lobster night.  However, on our August 25, '16 Anthem's NE/Canada itinerary, when we left Bar Harbor, Maine, we got an est. 1.25 lbs whole lobster that very night  in the MDR.  We were told by our waiter that they bought some $200k+ in lobsters.

 

Ps.  We also got the standard lobster tail on the 2nd formal night.

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My DH and I enjoy dressing up so we will continue to do so.  We enjoy it and if anyone else doesn't, that is ok.  Just don't make snide comments to us. (which unfortunately has happened, we just ignore them)

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Harmony cruise this week went back to Formal Nights.  Someone posted the Compass showing this.  Not sure what to expect next week when we board.  Guess we’ll just dress like we do on all our cruises.

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On 9/12/2019 at 12:57 PM, coffeebean said:

Ball caps are the only clothing item I find appalling when dining anywhere. It doesn't matter if on land or sea, ball caps should not be worn when dining.

DW feels the same way about ball caps. Even at a fast food place.

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I have never understood why someone will let what someone else wears to eat dinner affect them so much.

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