I'm wondering if HAL mislead me... I sent an e-mail to them asking about their dress code and saying that we didn't like to dress up. The reply was that there were only a couple formal nights, and we could eat in the Lido if we didn't want to dress up. Fishing around their website this afternoon, I see that jeans (and I'm thinking nice jeans with a collared shirt) aren't allowed in any public areas in the evening.
Have you had any experience with HAL (Sun/Dawn) in Alaska? It's not too late for us to change our mind and go Princess (deposit's due tomorrow), but I liked the bigger rooms on HAL. (I'm also wondering if you can sit in a chair in the standard outside staterooms and see out the window.)
the only thing i can think of regarding jeans in the public areas is that the dress code for Formal Nights involves the entire evening, not just dinner. You get dressed-up and you stay dressed-up for the entire evening. You will find yourself in the minority if you decide to go to a show , bar or casino on formal nights in your jeans. On a personal note - Formal Nights are so amazing on a cruise, its really an experience not to be missed(imo) you don't have to break the bank on clothes either all you need is a nice long black or navy skirt with a silk or glittery top and dress shoes. All the men need is a nice dark suit, dress shirt/tie and dress shoes.
You mentioned Sun/Dawn?? Those are NCL ships, not HAL. I was on the Veendam in September to Alaska -- didn't notice any jeans at night. NCL is more casual than HAL. But HAL does have larger standard rooms than others. I was in an outside cabin, but the bed is under the window and the window is high enough that one couldn't see out (except the sky) sitting in a chair.