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The Royal Ascot night is one of the formal evenings on the QM2. The Queens Ballroom is decorated with flags depicting horse racing and hats and you have the chance of wearing a hat which you can bring along with you or you can make a hat or decorate a hat in the Chelsea room prior to dinner on the Ascot evening. There is a Royal Ascot parade where all the ladies wearing a hat (or a fascinator) parade round the dance floor. The best ones are picked out and then a winner is chosen. All the ladies who enter receive a prize token. Bottles of champagne are given away in a few spot dances. It is a great night!
When we were on baord it took the form of a 'Black & White' evening after the famous black & white scene in 'My Fair Lady' No problem for the men, just tux and black tie. Ladies - well you have plenty of scope.
We sailed on QM2 last year and we too had a "Royal Ascot Night". However no one seemed to bother with the theme, only passengers in Grill Class and they were few and far between, mostly women who wore fancy hats. You are probably better phoning Cunard and asking them what is expected for this theme.
Mostly ladies wear fascinators [ smallish coktail hats ] .We were not in grill class but the 6 ladies on our table all wore one although not all wnet in for the competition . I think the balck and white ball is a separate event. QM2 is a lovely ship , friendly not a bit snobby . We did transatlantic both ways last year and stayed in New York for 5 nights .We liked it so much we are doing the same again and we sail next Tuesday . Have a lovely holiday.
Royal Ascot Night is a lovely formal night which finishes with party in one of the large rooms and most ladies wear a hat. Some people make their own humourous ones and others very grand. When we were on there were even some couple who went the whole hog and the man wore top hat and tails. Enjoy, Bernadette Keena.
I have been on the QM2 for 2 weeks and there was an Ascot night. We just wore our own hats and paraded in a circle for about 3 minutes for everyone to see the hats on parade. It was fun. We also got dressed up to the nines as you do because every night is special on the QM2. Wear comfortable shoes though because it is a long ship and you will get tired walking all the way to your cabin and to the lifts. Have a great time, I'm sure you will. Stell.
The function really only happens in the Grand Ballroom after your dinner in the dining-room. Hats and fascinators are not visible at dinner so you will look silly if you wear hats there! The event takes place after and is really only dancing and a few 'games'!!!All very amusing but don't dress to the 'nines' Mrs Warren - sailed on a 6 week voyage around South America.
The royal ascot night seemed to be like every other night really, same band, same music, same over crowded room where you wont get a table unless you eat early and go straight into the ballroom afterwards! some wear hats, most dont. nice evening though you need a table if you are staying all night.