Child Whispering to Mom in Repunzel Costume at dinner
  • On Jan 18, 2024
    Jessica from WA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! I am going on a 5 night cruise from Galveston in April, and I'm wondering if there is a formal night. Thank you!

    Ahoy, Jessica, and welcome to planDisney! As you plan your cruise with your family, I am so glad you found us. I have been on one 5-night cruise, a Castaway Cay Double Dip. It was awesome! The five-night itineraries give you time to enjoy amazing destinations and time to relish the amenities of the ship.

    With rotational dining on the Disney Magic, you will enjoy Rapunzel's Royal TableLumiere's and Animator's Palette. Each restaurant has a unique theme, making each night a treat! Formal nights are typically on cruises that are seven nights or longer. Five-night cruises have an optional dress-up night. These guidelines for dress at dinner detail what to expect based on the length of your cruise. Although five-night itineraries are not listed, they are similar to four-night cruises. In my experience, many families enjoy participating in the optional dress-up night. They wear what you would see at church or a fancy night out for dinner (like women in dresses, pantsuits, or slacks with a dressy top, and men in slacks with a polo or button-down shirt). You will likely see people in formal wear, but not as many as you might on a longer cruise with a formal night.

    One of the many things I love about Disney Cruise Line is people are comfortable being who they are. Formal night or casual night, young girls will be dressed up in their princess finest. Others will be in shorts and their hair will still be wet from the pools. I love to dress up for dinner; my kids do not. I've learned to "Let It Go" and not upset myself trying to get them to be like me. They've learned to brush their hair at least (and to tell me I look nice) as we head out from our stateroom. It's a secret for peace in the family and vacation vibes for us all. 

    One of the things to consider when sailing with children is how they want to spend their dinner time. When mine were younger, they wanted to eat quickly and go to the Oceaneer's Club, while my husband and I enjoyed all the courses and the whole dining experience. If you think your kids might want to go play, pick clothes that will transition well from a quiet, seated dinner to running around and being active. I've seen young girls in fancy dresses inspired by their favorite princesses, with a top and shorts underneath for a quick transformation.

    I hope you have a magical time aboard Disney Cruise Line! Be sure to come back to planDisney with any additional questions.

    Bon Voyage!

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Hi, everyone! I’m Jana, a Disney-loving wife and mom from Atlanta. My boys (my husband and sons) are the greatest joys in my life. We have so many magical memories from our vacations at Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line. I welcome the chance to share my knowledge and advice in helping you plan your visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Learn More About Jana

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