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Q: We’re taking a cruise for the first time. We remember seeing photos from years ago when all passengers dressed formal on one of the dinner nights. Is that still required?

Marie S., Queens NY

A: No, it isn’t necessary these days. However, even on recent cruises, we’ve seen passengers show up in tux and gown for the first night at sea. Formal dress is voluntary, and usually for those show-offs who decide to lug the extra clothes aboard or rent them from an on-board clothing shop.

There are basic dress codes in effect on evening dining on some cruises. Shorts, swim suits, t-shirts and sandals may not be welcome. Before you pack, check with your travel agent or ship’s website to find out the rules.

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