Guide To Formal Night On Celebrity Cruises


Are you cruising with Celebrity Cruises soon and wondering what the hell Evening Chic Night Is? Yes we did to when we first cruised with Celebrity Cruises. However panic not! We thought it would be a great idea to share a little insight into this and a Guide To Formal Night On Celebrity Cruises, otherwise known as Chic Night.

Grab a champagne or frothy coffee, of course depending on the time of day (well its ok to start preparing for your Celebrity drinks package now isn’t it?) and read on!

Guide To Formal Night On Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Cruises Formal Nights The Lowdown, What Is Evening Chic On Celebrity Cruises?

The official line from Celebrity Cruises is;

“While dressier than Smart Casual, Evening Chic is intended to be less dressy than Formal attire. Evening Chic means that you can get glamorous and be sophisticated in your own way. If you would like to still wear a tuxedo or formal gown on Evening Chic nights, you absolutely should.”

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What Does This Mean? What Is The Evening Dress Code On Celebrity Cruises?

I have to say as we prepared for out Celebrity Cruise I felt quite perplexed by this. First and foremost I LOVE formal night, it’s one of the highlight of a cruise. And I know many feel the same way.

So I consequently asked the question in a lovely Celebrity Facebook Group. Thankfully, lots of advice came my way from formal night lovers and loathers. All telling me the same thing. Essentially, Evening Chic allows you be as chilled or as dressy as you wish.

Many cruisers quickly went on share formal night pictures, ladies in gorgeous dresses of all styles, men in suits, shirts and Tuxedos. So yes, you can be more chilled, but you can still dress up for formal night and many do.

What Can Women Wear On Formal Night On Celebrity Cruises?

  • A cocktail dress
  • Skirt, pants or designer jeans with an elegant top

On our cruise it was a good mix, although everybody looked fabulous and made an effort whether wearing a pants suit or dress.

I found that pretty summer dresses worked and loved the supportive atmosphere no matter what you wore. It was one where lots of women were complimenting each other on how they looked, a real positive onboard community feeling.

Check Out Some Of Our Suggestions For Formal Night Dresses For Celebrity Evening Chic.

What Can Men Wear On Evening Chic, Formal Night On Celebrity Cruises?

  • Pants or designer jeans with a dress shirt, button-down shirt or sweater
  • Optional sport coat or blazer
  • Tuxedo or dinner suit,

Again although it was a real mix; All the men made an effort in their own way and looked fabulous.

What Can Kids Wear On Formal Night On Celebrity Cruises?

Boys are required to wear full length trousers in the main and some speciality restaurants on chic night. However smart pumps ( Strictly not trainers) are acceptable with a collared shirt or smart collared polo.

Joe chose to wear a suit on one night and shirt and trousers on another, and as we was the only child on our cruise got so many compliments.

Looking Out To Sea Onboard The Celebrity Silhouette, What Can Kids Wear On Formal Night On Celebrity Cruises?
Meeting Alfie Boe on the Bravo Cruise

How Many Evening Chic Nights Are There On Celebrity?

Evening chic is Celebrity Cruises version of formal night. Cruises of 4 to 6 nights have 1 Chic Night, Cruises 7- to 11-night  have 2, and those of 12 nights or more nights have 3 Chic Nights.

Celebrity Xpedition cruises only feature casual attire for the entire cruise duration.

Do Celebrity Having Laundry And Ironing Rooms

No, Celebrity don’t have ironing or laundry rooms. Additionally, steamers and irons aren’t allowed onboard.

There are several ways to get creases out of of shirts and dresses on Celebrity Cruises.

The first is to hang dresses and shirts in the bathroom with the shower on hot. This works, although I try to avoid when the kids are showering as they can’t be trusted. Joe got one of my dresses wet as he came out of the shower!

However I only ever take one shirt and send the rest for ironing. There is a full laundry and dry-cleaning service available onboard. A shirt costs $6–7 for wash and press, $6.50–7.50 for dry cleaning and $4–$5.75 for ironing. You can also get an express same day service for 50 percent surcharge.

Tada! Ironing Spray is a favourite for many cruisers, I have friends who take it everywhere. Spray evenly over clothing, wait for 10 seconds and then gently pull the material tight for fresh and crease free clothes.

Can You Skip Cruise Formal Night On Celebrity?

Although evening Chic nights are optional, the dress code is enforced in the main dining room. However if you’d prefer not to take part, there are plenty of dining alternatives and in-room options where you can wear something more casual.

Hope that has helped you plan your cruise and don’t forget to check out our ultimate guide to Celebrity Drinks Packages.

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  • Sarah Christie

    Sarah also writes for Mini Travellers Family Travel Blog and Extraordinary Chaos Craft and Lifestyle Blog. Both are award-winning blogs with a travel and family focus. She is married and has two boys, aged 18 and 22, who all love cruising as a family. Nothing is better than waking up every day in a new port with new and exciting things to explore. She aims to share how cruising as a family with young adults is the perfect choice for family travel. Her boys are sporty and love the activities, sports and dining options cruising offers. Sarah has worked with brands such as Walt Disney World, Mark Warner, Ikos Resort, Center Parcs, Laura Ashley, Belling and Next.

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