Norwegian Cruise lines offers freestyle dining where dressing up is the option not the requirement, I believe casual is the order of the day on Windstar as well.
If you really want totally laid back try a Windjammer cruise, you will virtually never come out of bathing suit/tee shirt attire.
Bill had the best ideas where you don't have to "dress", but you may want to re-think about taking a cruise where there are 2 formal nights in a 7 day cruise and it really is special and a great time, even my husband doesn't mind dressing up a few nights if it means he's cruising.
You can dine in the buffet restaurant on the lido deck if you choose to not to dress up. You don't really have to find a cruise line that only serve casual dining. But to cruise and not dress up to enjoy the fine food, that you already paid, is like getting 75 cents for your dollar.
I cannot get my husband to wear a tie, but when we cruise he wears a tux! He says that even on Norwegian, where you are not required to dress for formal night, he feels very underdressed because everyone looks so great in their formal clothes. This is our opportunity to get pictures also. You may really want to reconsider dreesing for formal night. You do not have to wear a tux, a dark suit works nicely. MorganIL wrote:
If you don't want to get all dressed-up for formal evenings and experience the formal night experience that is totally up to you, but i personally wouldn't limit my cruise line selection on that one point only. Cruises have soo much to offer that dressing for dinner is almost a non-issue. The only truly totally casual cruise line is Windjammer - you are on large sailing schooners(sailboats) there are no pools, no casinos, no nightclubs, no spas, no show lounges, etc. The next closest thing to a totally casual cruise line would be NCL and their "FreeStyle Dining - lots of restaurants to choose from, some you have to pay extra for- most are casual. All of the major cruise lines will have cafes, bistros or buffets to choose from if you don't want to eat in the main dining rooms - Most 7 day cruises only have 2 formal nights, the rest of the time you would be fine in twill, docker's type pants or cargo pants w/polo or hawaiian shirt for the men and capri pants, with a nice top or sweater, sandals, a nice sundress or dockers type pants, twill or cargo pants with a nice top. No shorts, t-shirts or jeans in the main dining room.
Norwegian and Princess. You can eat in the buffet or order room service. My hubby never wants to dress up for the dining room. I haven't been on RCCL yet, but hear that there are alot of dining options on the Voyager class ships, such as places in the promenade that you woudn't have to dress up for.
Just got back from the Paradise - the dining room attire was more casual than I thought. Everyone dressed up (moderately) on the two formal nights. All other nights, most people in the dining room wore jeans. No one wore shorts or tank tops, but other than that, anything went! Didn't bother me at all - if you want to dress up, go ahead, if not, you don't have to. Had an absolutely fabulous time!