Couple dining
  • On Sep 23, 2016
    Melanie from SC Asked

    My husband and I are trying to determine what to pack for dinner on the semi-formal and formal nights. I have read "guidelines" but am interested in knowing what the norm is. I am sure there is a wide range but what is the norm?

    Welcome aboard, Melanie! Packing for your Disney Cruise Line vacation is all part of the fun of the big countdown to setting sail!

    Disney Cruise Line's seven-night sailings include five cruise casual dress nights (one of which is Pirate Night), one Formal night, and one Semi-Formal night. The Formal night tends to be the first day at sea, and the Semi-Formal night tends to fall on the last day at sea (not the last night of the sailing), though those are always subject to change.

    You'll see a wide variety of Semi-Formal and Formal wear on those two evenings. Guests will wear their dressiest outfits on Formal night, and you'll see many in evening dresses, suits for the men, and sometimes even a tuxedo or two. But, a suit or blazer and dress shirt and slacks, with a tie for men is the most common to see that night. For ladies, you'll see a wide variety of dresses, tending to be more fancy on Formal night, some in really formal ball gowns, but not that many, as it's mostly the typical little black (or other color) dress type attire.

    Formal night is also the evening when the Disney characters are out for meet and greets with guests, and they wear their formal best: tuxedos and ball gowns, so it sure makes for some fun photos!

    On Semi-Formal night, men tend to wear suits, or just dress shirts and khakis with a tie, or some without a tie. The women are usually wearing a nice summer type dress, or sometimes even something more dressy. Honestly, Melanie, go with what you feel most comfortable in within those suggestions, as you'll see a bit of everything on those two nights.

    I hope those details help as you pack your bags to set sail! Have a magical cruise!
    Marcy
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Meet the Panelist: Marcy, Ohio

Welcome aboard! I'm the mom of two little Castaway Clubbers who would live on any of the Disney ships if they could. I would love to help your family discover the magic that awaits you on the open seas with Disney Cruise Line. Learn More About Marcy

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