Originally Posted by You
Never has a formal night extend beyond dinning.
On which cruise lines have you cruised?
I have daily programs from both Princess (before 2004) and Celebrity (more recent) that state the following quite explicitly.
"The prescribed evening dress applies throughout the whole ship, except designated casual areas, after 6:00 PM."
The "designated casual areas" generally consist of the buffet restaurant, the pool area, and the gym.
And yes, on several of my cruises (thirteen on each of those lines), I have personally witnessed enforcement of such policies.