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Old February 13th, 2017, 11:32 AM's Avatar is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Cape Coral, FL
Posts: 2,306

First, Happy Anniversary! 40th is definitely a milestone.

I'm surprised your agent wasn't able to help you with all your questions, but you came to the right place. Lots of great people here to give you information.

Yes, formal night attire has definitely changed over the last many years. On our last Carnival cruise, I watched a guy walk in wearing a t-shirt, shorts, and flip flops. I went over to the matre'd and inquired about the fact that was not acceptable attire at any time in the dining room, but was especially egregious for formal night. She announced they use to say something to the passenger, but now they don't.

So, as for formal attire, your husband will be just fine. You'll see everything from golf shirts to tuxedos. Personally, I wear the same type of Oxford shirt and pants for all dinners and for formal night, I simply put on a tie.

As for checking in at the pier, they normally start boarding around noon (give or take 1/2 an hour). But, keep in mind that normally they don't open up the staterooms until about 1:30. So, if get on the ship before 1:30, you'll be waiting. Unfortunately, everyone else will also be waiting and the main place everybody gathers is in the buffet area. With all the people and their carry-on luggage, it'll be crowded and noisy.

And as for 'anytime' dining, it's definitely one of those things that some people love and others hate. It's basically just like going to a restaurant; you show up when you want and then every night you'll sit at a different table, you'll have different tablemates, and you'll have a different waiter. If you happen to show up when alot of others do, you could end up waiting in line, but usually not too long. When it's your turn, they'll ask you if you want to share a table or not. If you say no, then you may have to wait longer for a table for 2. If you say you'll share a table, then they'll usher you to a table where they're seating other guests. They'll not seat you with people who are already half-way through their meal. We've done 'anytime' dining on several occasions and usually your table will fill up rather quickly, but they will not make you wait if it doesn't and they'll begin serving you immediately. Service and menu will be no different than if you were doing traditional dining.

Hope all this helps, but let us know if you have more questions.

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