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Does anyone know which nights will be Formal Nights for a RT Inside Passage to Alaska on Princess? I called the cruiseline and they said they never know ahead of time when it will be. I'm trying to figure out if I need to bother with Formal night at all, since we've booked two excursions that will have us out in the evenings.
The cruise agent did say that they're typically on the 2nd night of cruising and the last night of cruising. This would mean I would only be around for one of the nights, so I'm not sure if I'll even bother, as I would need to go buy a new outfit. Here's our itinerary out of Seattle on August 7th:
SAT08/07/10 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA
DEPART 4:00PM CHECK IN 12:00PM-3:00PM
MON08/09/10 JUNEAU, ALASKA, USA ARRIVE 12:00PM DEPART 10:00PM
TUE08/10/10 SKAGWAY, ALASKA, USA ARRIVE 6:00AM DEPART 8:15PM
WED08/11/10 GLACIER BAY CRUISING, ALASKA, USA ARRIVE 6:00AM DEPART 3:00PM SCENIC CRUISING
THU08/12/10 KETCHIKAN, ALASKA, USA ARRIVE 7:00AM DEPART 12:30PM
FRI08/13/10 VICTORIA, B.C., CANADA ARRIVE 7:00PM DEPART 11:59PM
SAT08/14/10 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA
I'm not sure whether you misunderstood your travel agent or your travel agent misspoke, but the first and last evenings of a cruise are always
"casual" evenings. On the first evening, luggage sometimes does not get delivered to staterooms in time for passengers to dress. And on the last evening, passengers have to pack their luggage and put it out for collection in preparation for disembarkation.
On cruises with two (2) "formal" evenings, they are almost always on the second evening (Captain's official "Welcome Aboard!") and the next to last evening (Captain's official "Farewell!"). I see nothing in your itinerary that would suggest a departure from this practice since you'll be at sea on the entire second day and on the afternoon and evening of the next to last day (before disembarkation).
BTW, Princess always breaks out the best menus in the main dining room on the "formal" evenings. Also, you don't have to wear a full-length evening dress. A nice cocktail dress that you can also wear to weddings and other social functions and such would be quite acceptable. If cost is an issue, check the consignment shops and thrift shops in your area. These shops usually have an inventory of dresses that have been worn only once or twice, and thus have a lot of useful life, for a fraction of the normal retail price.
Have a great cruise!