Taking a solo cruise on the Brilliance in October. I'm not much for group dining with strangers, although I promise I'll give it a try. However, on the realistic chance I may prefer to do room service a lot, are ships dress code nights mostly for the dining room? what about dress for wandering the ship and attending shows, and the casino, etc. what is the dress code situation for those things?
I was told this once and the idea really stuck with me: "Its your cruise ..dress however you want" A travel agent told me that. I have seen some people dressed to the nines. I never go all that out..I dress up..but its just not me. I prefer casual but tasteful..hows that?
the dress code as stated by the cruise line is for the entire evening, People tend to change out of their formal clothes after dinner if they are just going to stroll around on deck or go to the bars. Lots of people do stay dressed-up to attend the shows after dinner. On casual nights most people stay dressed in their dinner clothes for the entire evening, unless of course they are going swimming.
Depends how you feel and what you idea of casual is. How comfortable would you feel if others are dressed up and you are not?
Everyone has a different idea of casual. Dockers and polo shirt are fine casual, but funky Bermudas, tank top (wife-beater) and toes showing from caveman shoes are another thing. Personally, it doesn't matter really, does it? As long as everyone behaves and looks decent and isn't showing their bums.
There is little doubt that the dress code applies to the main dining room, and little doubt that it does not apply to the pool, so the question is where do you draw the line between where you need to wear formal attire on formal nights and where you don't. The cruise line is almost surely being deliberately vague in that regard, as a gesture of respect for its passengers to make the best decision for themselves.
Hi. I think you should try the dining with strangers you have nothing to lose! And who knows you may have some interesting conversation or learn something interesting or just have some laughs!! I was a little worried about eating dinner for 4 nights with strangers but we actually enjoyed ourselves and met interesting people. One guy at our table was a "veteran" cruiser and had even been on a month long cruise.
Plus you have the best of both, you can socialize and then go back to your cabin for privacy when you want to. Have Fun
Although I'm sure that the dress code is meant to be for the entire night, I've seen everything from shorts and tank tops to full dress formal wear in the casino's and at the shows after dinner. It's always nice to see everyone dressed nicely in the evenings so I tend to stay dressed after dinner.
You see both - people that stay dressed up after dinner and those that don't.
Dress code for the buffet is no tank tops or bathing suits (although you still see them....). You'll be fine if you dress for dinner and then decide to change.
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