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What to Wear: Dress for dinner?
COLadyCOLadyMember since 12/21/2011 Login to add friend Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 3:59 AM
Having never traveled with Uniworld before, I was curious as to attire at dinner on the River Ambassador. Looking at the photos in the catalog, the passengers seem to be a bit more "dressy" both day and evening than we have encountered on our past river cruises with other cruise lines.
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communitymanagercommunitymanagerMember since 10/5/2011 Login to add friend Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 5:16 PM
Dress during the day is casual and comfortable. During the dinner we suggest smart or country club casual (no t-shirts, shorts, or denim). For the Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinner, the suggested attire is semi-formal which is cocktail dresses or pantsuit (dress pants and blouse) for women and for men, dress pants/slacks, dress shirt, and sport coat/blazer.
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dcclarkdcclarkMember since 1/17/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:36 PM
We have made several cruises with Uniworld and the issue of "dressing" for dinner has never been a problem. You dress in accordance with the occasion. The Captain's Dinner is more formal but nothing that requires bringing your formal and diamonds or tux along. A nice long skirt (black always works) with a pretty top and maybe a shawl (they pack very easily) will serve you just fine. As for the men, we've seen everything from suits and ties to Dockers and a sweater. Since everyone on board knows that packing only one suitcase is the desired pre-requisit, they will enjoy your company regardless of what you are wearing. As for the other dinners, casual is acceptable---however shorts and beach attire might cause people to wonder if you had just come on board at the last minute or your luggage was lost in transit.

May I share an experience on the Tulip and Windmills cruise we took in 2010. Our departure was from Amsterdam and was on the day that the ash cloud from the Iceland volcano closed the European air space. Many on our cruise found themselves in Amsterdam and their luggage stuck in Heathrow---never to be seen again. They boarded with whatever they had in their carry-on or day bags. They did the entire 10 day cruise with free laundry and whatever they could pick up along the way. As a tribute to the spirit of Uniworld and the friendliess of the passengers, we were just happy they were with us and could care less what they wore to dinner.

So you can rest assure that whatever you wear to meals will never cause you any public humiliation and your fellow passengers will be delighted to get to know you better and never give your apparel a thought.

Darlene Clark
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lsparkmanlsparkmanMember since 5/15/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 1:04 PM
Thank you so much for this good information. It was so helpful. We are going on the Christmas Market tour on the River Queen in November. I understand it will be very cold and I am sure I will layer.. The black skirt is exactly what I was thinking for the dinners! Again, Thanks..
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RitabobRitabobMember since 6/24/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Friday, September 07, 2012 10:49 AM
Having been on numerous Uniworld cruises including Christmas and NewYear's , anything goes. Jeans seemed to be the pants of choice for many. sweatshirts, jumpers/sweaters ,whatever is comfortable works. For outdoors something that is water resistant helps. The dining room tends to be a bit chilly, so a shawl for ladies, and an extra layer for the men.
For the special evenings, a bit of glam is appreciated, but no one is turned away for not having a suit jacket !
enjoy your trip
rb
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newlondonnewlondonMember since 9/7/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Friday, September 07, 2012 2:18 PM
If what you say is true, why don't you enforce the code? We saw multiple, unattractive violations on our most recent trip.
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RitabobRitabobMember since 6/24/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Friday, September 07, 2012 7:23 PM
Newlondon,define "violation" ?.
I have no problem with the wardrobe choices of my fellow travellers, and Uniworld treats us all extremely well.

rb
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sarahogradysarahogradyMember since 9/8/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012 1:06 PM
I agree with you completely. Unfortunately this occurs on all luxury cruise lines. I'm from the New York area where many people under the age of 60 have the misguided notion that patronizing a five star restaurant entitles them to dress like a street person. I've finally had to accept this is THE WAY WE LIVE NOW.
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