Kuki is right on the money, as usual! There are cruise lines that cater to true formal wear lovers, but Carnival does not. And, I for one, like having an explicit option. People can and do dress up big time on Carnival, but it is their choice, not a requirement. Got a huge chuckle out of the poster who suggested that dressing formal every night would not require that much luggage space. Maybe not for guys, but for the type of clients who would want to go on an all formal cruise, it is a far worse faux pas to wear the same evening gown more than once than to be a bit underdressed. In the old days (left out the word good on purpose), they used steamer trunks for luggage and for good reason. I can't even imagine trying to pack for a week or more of true formal wear.....yikes!