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The first thing that strikes me is you have bought the red ballgown and say you will never wear it again. This probably means you are not truly at ease wearing it so perhaps you need to return it for something you will enjoy wearing (short is just as acceptable as long). That said we have been on numerous cruises (including Celebrity) and the ladies all have one thing in common - they wear something they are comfortable in. This can be a dress you would wear to a summer wedding (ie something floaty), the little black number every woman has or the dress you got for your works xmas do. You certainly don't need to have four seperate outfits. If its a black dress you could wear it 'as is' one night then a second/third night wear it with a sequined shrug/satin bolero/silk shawl over for a different look. Yes you will always find one or two who have masses of outfits but why bother, its a holiday not a fashion show. If you have a special outfit you would like to have a picture taken in make sure you pop that in the case. Don't however wear trousers on a formal night - these are OK for smart casual nights. If you are really uncomfortable wearing evening clothes why not give the formal dining a miss and use the casual dining instead or even treat yourself to a meal in one of the specialist dining rooms. Remember its your holiday, relax and have a fantastic one. (As for the Sky Deck, hope you have a balcony as the views will be superb.) .
Hi, Most ladies wear and are happy in long cocktail type dresses or long chiffon skirts with mix and match sequin tops and for informal wear trouser suits or shorter cocktail dresses. The Brits tend to be more dress conscious than the Americans. Casual nights are easier to dress for although I always like to dress smartly on those nights too. If you dress as though you are going out to a very good restaurant, because that's the standard on Infinity, you won't go far wrong. As to the Sky Deck....It has all categories of cabin from Inside to Sky Suites. The balconies are sometimes in the shade and sometimes overlooked by the deck above. The suites are quite spacious and nice and the butler is a great extra. Concierge Class is well worth the extra money but quite honestly you will be looked after extremely well which ever cabin you choose. Celebrity are a classy company. Bon Voyage Ida Down.
People take dress codes to both ends of extreme. I have been with Celebrity a number of times and worn long ball gowns and never felt out of place.
Been on Constellation last year and the dress code was less formal than P&O Arcadia. Thats not to say that it wasn't smart. It certainly was top notch and well policed at the dining room entrance. No one forces anyone to wear Dinner Jackets but I reckon about 60% did compared to 80% on Arcadia. Every other man would have a smart suit and tie. The same applied to the ladies but I must say I only saw about 2 Ball gowns in the public areas. I think ball gowns are 'over the top' and I speak as someone who likes to dress formally in Dinner Jacket, but I see that someone has suggested wearing what you feel comfortable in and that is great advice. I would take the Ball Gown back and get a lovely straight-forward evening dress that you feel comfortable in with a partner in dinner jacket or suit at a 4 star hotel with standards. Dress shops are there to sell you clothes. Cruise ships are there to give you a fabulous holiday where you feel relaxed and happy. Celebrity Cruises are a fantastic cruise operator and you will have a wonderful time if you just join in - without feeling obligated to go over the top.
Alex Green from Chorle.
I have been with on the constellation this year in May to the baltics and I fully agree with Alex Greens advice regards Iren.