just read your answer re: formal nights on the spirit-april 1st-panama.
my wife and I will be on the ship.
Regarding formal attire-My feeling is you should not go to the buffet on those nights.Just go to the dinning room and wear something that you would wear to any nice restaurant. I ran the gamut from suits,tux etc,but on this cruise all i will take is a sport jacket.
we just came off the ncl dawn which features freestyle dinning. That is the way to go.
I will no longer wear very fancy clothing on a cruise,especially a warm climate cruise.
Europe is a different story...........
Hope to see you on the ship.
by the way we live in florida by way of brooklyn,n.y. and bellmore,long island.
My wife and I are retired New York City school teachers.
We have been on many cruises,last count was 40+ and we have seen all types of dress on formal nights. Since we do not drink we haven't been to the captain's reception on many ships. Just wear what you feel comfortable and have a great time.