Mom And Daughter Hammock
  • On Apr 8, 2010
    Kellie from MO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are first time cruisers on a 5-night cruise in June 2010. There is nothing published on 5-night cruises about dining themes. Will there be a formal evening, and if so, what should my 10 yr old son wear for this? We're in a packing dilemma. Thanks

    Hi Kellie,

    Welcome to the Moms Panel, and congratulations on planning your first cruise!  The dining themes will loosely follow those of the 4-night voyages.  You'll have a mix of cruise casual, Pirate (optional), and one formal/dress up evening. 

    Now you'll see widespread variations on what guests consider "formal" (I think they actually classify the evening as "Optional Dress Up").  There will be a few tuxedos and evening gowns, but it certainly will not be the norm.  I am a firm believer that it isn't necessarily what style you wear, but how you wear it.  I think you can clean up nicely in a pair of slacks and a polo shirt, belt, shoes - and look just as good as someone that pulled out a rumpled suit from years past. 

    For my family, I would have the girls in dresses, and my son would be in chinos and a collar or oxford shirt.  As for me, I still try to keep it simple.  Typically I'll wear nice dress capris and a fancy top, I rarely wear dresses.  My husband prefers the chinos and oxford route.

    Keep in mind that if you have plans on dining at Palo, a dress shirt or jacket is recommended for men and a dress or pantsuit is for women.

    I hope this helps!

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