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What do you consider "evening formal?" ...

cmeisenzahl

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A friend was just invited on a cruise with his company. The itinerary lists the dinner attire as "evening formal."

What would you say the lower and upper limits are on such a thing?

Not looking for itemized things to buy, just general guidelines. :)

Thanks!

Chris
 

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Do you know what cruise line this will be on? Some give more specific guidelines about dress. For example, the FAQ on Cunard's website indicates:

Formal:
Black tie or formal dark suit for men. Evening dress or other formal attire for ladies.

Semi-formal:
Jacket and tie for men. Cocktail dress or trouser suit for ladies. No jeans.

Elegant Casual:
Jacket, no tie required for men. Dress, skirt or trousers for ladies. No jeans or shorts.

I agree with this definition of "formal", in any case.
 

cptjeff

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I'm guessing black tie.
 

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That says, "Black tie," to me. Maybe Red Sea rig if your a diplomat or sartorially inclined and it's hot!
 

cmeisenzahl

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Originally Posted by bigbjorn
That says, "Black tie," to me. Maybe Red Sea rig if your a diplomat or sartorially inclined and it's hot!

LOL, I'd forgotten about Red Sea rig! :)
 

cmeisenzahl

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And it's Celebrity. I've since found this.

This is how Celebrity defines it.
http://www.celebritycruises.com/whyc..._dining_attire

Thanks for the info and the chuckle about Red Sea rig.
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Evening Formal. marsupialed.

My guess is that it means suit and tie. They wanted to convey an air of formality but knew that if they said black tie everyone would go into a panic. They didn't want to say semi-formal because nobody knows what that means anymore. So they tried to convey you ought to look as sharp as you probably know how by saying "evening formal."

Unfortunately, the decline in proper terminology has led to a proliferation of confusion.
 

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The Cunard site sounds accurate to me
 

cptjeff

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Originally Posted by bigbjorn
Maybe Red Sea rig if your a diplomat or sartorially inclined and it's hot!

I vote for this.
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