Old May 3rd, 2005, 02:03 PM
gillian in South Africa
Posts: n/a
Default Evening wear on the QE2 - M class

Its me again - planning ahead and this question involves what to pack for the dinners. Is there as much of an adherence to formal wear in the Mauretania Restaurant as there seems to be elsewhere? Tuxes for men and long dresses for women every night?
We havent got our boarding pack yet - hence all these q's - but they are best answered by the experienced than in a brochure.

Its also nice to focus on something other than our SMALL (snug) cabin!

Reply With Quote
Old May 3rd, 2005, 03:09 PM
lfinfo lfinfo is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 7
Default Re: Evening wear on the QE2 - M class

When will you go? You must be excited.
Yes , there is as much of an adherence to formal wear in the Mauretania Restaurant as there is everywhere else. On formal nights this means tuxedos for men and long dresses for women. The dress code is requested and followed in all public rooms all night (including bars, lounges etc.) and passengers from all dinning rooms will meet there.
Yet, formal wear is not required every night.
There are also informal and casual nights. The brochures will give you the exact definition but my experience goes as follows:
Informal: Dark suit or jacket with tie for men, cocktail dresses for women
Casual: At least slacks and dress shirts for men, a significant number with light coloured suit or jacket and tie, "sunday dress" for women.

Enjoy your QE2 experience!
Reply With Quote
Old May 12th, 2005, 07:45 AM
Kathleen Breen
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Evening wear on the QE2 - M class

The QE2 is a very formal ship. On a 19 day cruise, we had 2 casual nights, 15 formal nights and 2 informal nights. One visiting celebrity from "Are You Being Served" expressed her disdain for the practice of formal attire, which the British love. When the QE2 could not dock in Southampton (rough seas) and the baggage had been collected, my husband remarked, "I guess tonight is finally casual." You will enjoy the ship and the people aboard. Have a great time, we did>
Reply With Quote
Old May 12th, 2005, 08:29 AM
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Evening wear on the QE2 - M class

Reply With Quote
Old May 12th, 2005, 01:29 PM
Richard JM Smith
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Re: Evening wear on the QE2 - M class


I am curious, who was the 'celebrity' from 'Are you being Served' on the QE2 & was this the Cradles of Civilisation cruise last Oct arriving in southampton on 21 Oct'04? I am curious as to how bad the weather was that night as I boarded on the 21st late that evening as QE2 could not dock and then we got caught in a terrible force 9/10 gale the next day!

I agree with the previous posts that QE2 is a formal and a large majority of passengers in all grades follow the dress code - especially in the grills where jacket & tie are required each evening even when on a casual night.

Kind Regards,

Reply With Quote
Old June 23rd, 2005, 11:06 AM
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Evening wear on the QE2 - M class

Thanks for the info.

Interestingly - and frustratingly - the cruise docs dont specify the number of formal, informal and casual nights beforehand. We are therefore assuming the nights following days at sea will be formal, the nights in port - casual - and the other nights, where we sail at 6pm - will be informal.

We have a 20kg luggage allowance we have to stick to from SA and that makes a 12 day cruise HARD to pack for. Hopefully we wont stick out like sore thumbsa s they say....

D-day and counting. 14 days to go.

Reply With Quote
Old June 24th, 2005, 10:47 AM
Fuzzy Lewis Fuzzy Lewis is offline
Junior Member
Familiar Face
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 29
Default Re: Evening wear on the QE2 - M class

I get a little tired of reading on message boards and running into folk on ship complaining about a dress code. hello, you don't like it, stay at home, please.

the line could do better educating the load viv a vis "informal" and "casual". informal does NOT mean toss the tie and casual does NOT mean tank tops are ok for men!

in all public rooms after six pm and throughout the night: neckties on men, which always seem to be the problem........women know how to dress.

on formal nights; tuxedo dress for men, women in long gowns.

on "informal" nights; men in white shirts, suits and necktie, women in cocktail dresses.

on "casual" nights; men in sport coats or blazers, perhapos a colored shirt and necktie. women in "sunday dress"

"am I dressed correctly" asked by a man is always answered yes if he is in a coat and tie after six o'clock.

yes, i know, "what of the first day on or the last night out"...well, you in a sport jacket or blazer and nice tie, trust me, no one will snap their fingers at you and ask "boy, please help me with my luggage."
Reply With Quote
Old June 29th, 2005, 03:30 PM
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Re: Evening wear on the QE2 - M class

I think this is going to be our smartest cruise to date - which is quite exciting - barring the luggage allowances (lack thereof).
Reply With Quote


clothing, cruise, cruises, dinner, evening, formal, qe, qe2, required, tuxedos, wear, womens

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
evening wear for teen daughters and mom? Blonde9 Princess Cruise Lines 9 July 11th, 2007 12:59 AM
Evening Wear? cathy Cunard 2 August 19th, 2002 09:49 AM
evening wear for Explorer of the seas annette Cruise Dress / Packing 1 March 3rd, 2002 12:37 PM
1st time cruise evening wear Ginger First-Time Cruisers 3 December 27th, 2001 02:11 PM
Alaska - evening wear Kathy Cruise Dress / Packing 2 February 21st, 2001 06:00 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:38 PM.
design by: Themes by Design