(Closed) Carnival cruise formal night attire?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
2701 posts
Sugar bee

I think something like that is right in line. The ships are pretty regal and upscale, especially the formal dining room. All men were in dress coats or suits and ladies were in evening gowns. I wore a floor-length red sparkly dress and I felt I mixed in with others attire. You’re seriously going to have so much fun. We cruised Carnival in 05′ and had a blast. We’re going NCL this time… I hope it’s as much fun.

Post # 4
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I went on a Carnival cruise a few years ago to Mexico and there was such a wide range of attire for formal night.  I wore a short black dress and my Boyfriend or Best Friend wore just a sport coat. Some people were in tuxedos and ball gowns and others were in sun dresses and khakis.  I would go with whatever you feel the most comfortable in.

Post # 6
1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’ve been on a few Carnival cruises, and in my experience there was always a wide range of attire at the formal nights.  Some guests go all out, and some aren’t even remotely near what I’d consider “formal.”  I don’t think you’d be out of place with the floor-length satin!

Post # 7
1577 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I agree with PPs… the range for what is considered “formal” is pretty wide on cruises, LoL.  I think the dresses you described would be perfectly fine!

Post # 8
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I haven’t done a Carnival cruise, but did a European Royal Caribbean.  I found the formal nights varied a lot too.  I don’t think you’d be out of place in either of those outfits, but you’d definitely be on the top end of dressed.  We had three formal nights and I wore a former bridesmaid’s dress (the solid purple, but in brown) one night, and this flowered sundress the second, and skipped the third, but had brought a little black dress.  I thought I was about middle of the road for formalness, and that I could have still kicked it up a notch without being out of place.

Post # 12
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

When I did a carnival Cruise, formal night was on the less formal side of “formal”. I wore a knee length dress, and was pretty much in-line with the attire of others. A ballgown would definitely be over dressed. That said, wear whatever you feel fabulous in. All of the options that you posted would work. I LOVE that blue floral dress. Wow!

Post # 13
648 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We were just on a Carnival cruise in May, and they have relaxed the formal nights to “Elegant” dining nights, definitely not as formal as the Royal Caribbean cruise we were on back in September.   I just wore a knee length black dress on that night, added some jewelry & great sandals.   There were a handful of people with more formal attire than that.

Post # 14
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Are you talking about the Captain’s Ball? Because every night is “formal” but more along the line of cocktail dresses.

For the Captain’s Ball I think the blue one would be most appropriate. The pink ballgown would be a tad overdressed imo but if you’re comfortable with that go for it!

Post # 15
7387 posts
Busy Beekeeper

As stated above it varies. You don’t have to go all out if you dont’ want to. I typically do a knee length cocktail dress and pretty heels. the end LOL

That blue dress is fab! And i like the third option.

Post # 16
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

On the two formal nights I saw a wide range of clothing. I went when I was 17 and all the girls I was with just wore cocktail dresses and the guys wore suits or even just shirt and tie with khakis. But there are some people that wear gowns and tuxes – it’s totally up to you and what you’re comfortable with! I love a reason to get all gussied up though 🙂

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