Remember that the Alternative dining (not the speciality dining) is held in buffett dining room but it is a sit down dinner with service. You get up and go to the salad bar. There are tablecloths on the tables and of course you have the wonderful view. We sometimes do this option when it is available. I'm not sure if it is available every night, but it requires a reservation and of course there is no extra charge as there is in the spciality dining room
Actually, there is now an extra charge ($3.50 per person IIRC) for Celebrity's "Alternative Casual Dining."
My god!!! Is everyone that cruises Celebrity as worn and stuffy as these people? All this over a dress code??? Perhaps anyone under the age of 70 should cruise elsewhere. I thought I was going on vacation.....not a fashion show. Get a life!!!
Well, "different strokes for different folks" is more like it. Celebrity Cruises has a very different style than, for example, Carnival Cruises and obviously caters to a different segment of the population. You can brand it as "stuffy" if you want, but Celebrity's passengers are "upscale" kinds of folks who enjoy dressing up for the evening. In fact, Celebrity still has "informal" evenings in addition to the formal evenings on every cruise, so you'll have to dress up more often on a Celebrity cruise than on most others. Here, "informal" means that each gent wears a shirt with a collar, slacks, and a sport coat (a necktie is optional) and most ladies wear cocktail dresses. Celebrity definitely is not a suitable choice of cruise line for those who prefer to hang out with a "pretzels and beer in jeans and a T shirt" crowd.
That said, a Celebrity cruise definitely is not staid. The line attracts a good cross section of people of all ages, and it offers an extensive variety of evening entertainment. Most of the line's ships have a piano bar, a guitarist, a string quartet, and a couple combos that play live music for dancing. The shows are also very energetic. There's also the usual karioke, casino, disco, etc., on all of the line's ships. The major difference between Celebrity and most other "mass market" lines is the elegance of the formal and informal evenings.
For better or worse, the dress of the participants is a major part of what sets the atmosphere for the formal and informal evenings. Social etiquette demands that one conform to dress standards established by the host of an event (in this case, the cruise line), so enforcement should not be necessary. Unfortunately, more than a few people have put the cruise line in the awkward position of having to enforce standards in order to maintain them....
You seem to know about this formal night thing. I bought 3 outfits for formal night. Because I'm short 5.1 none of the dresses are full length is that a problem. These dresses are cocktail length below the knee (NO MINIS). Please advise if I will look underdressed. I don't want you taking my picture as an example.
Formal cocktail dresses are well within Celebrity's guidelines for formal evenings, so your outfits should be fine.
It is not that they are stuffy but they are attempting to do their part in following the written code for dining on the formal nites and there are other alternatives for those who do not want to comply.Am always amazed in wondering why this becomes such a big issue as I am sure that this would not be a problem if required at their place of employment and it has nothing to do wioth this being a vacation where anything goes.