Hi there everyone,
I had asked a couple of quesions as OnABudget, now I've registered and am now young@heart. thanks to everyone who answered my previous questions.
As a background, we are in our early 30's, with two young ones (7 & 8). We are travelling on the Nordic Empress for seven days, following four days at Disneyworld, and returning to six more disney days post-cruise. We are coming from the West Coast of Canada.
We are very down-to-earth people, and although we both make a good living we do not regularly participate in fancy dinner parties, nights out, etc. We are very earthy people, and prefer to dress casual, go hiking, or drink generous amounts of margaritas! =) We generally travel to the Caribbean and spend a lot of the time back-packing around, so a cruise may be a great departure for us.
Anyway, my question surrounds the formal nights on the cruise and dining. My husband, a Plumbing/Heating company owner, does NOT own a suit. I am a software engineer for a very relaxed company, and thus I also do not have ANY kind of formal attire. Nor are we interested in purchasing any for one night on the ship.
Are we going to have to miss this night in the dining room (and perhaps, as we've been told, miss the best night of food?) or can we go in casual attire such as slacks, blouse, nice shirts, (perhaps a tie) without disturbing others and soliciting stares of disapproval?
Also, are we going to stick out like a sore thumb? I mean, I picture most cruise-partaking citizens as being in an older, upper-class earnings set.
Thanks again for any information you can provide!