My husband and I will be taking our first cruise this summer from Seward to Vancouver onboard the Ocean Princess. My husband is not into the 'formal' nights or into wearing anything past dockers and dress shirts (although he did purchase a sportcoat for this occasion). My question is what we should do on the formal nights. We definately will not dine in the main dining room since we would not be dressed appropriately, but would it be appropriate to eat in the alternative restaurants on these evenings when we are not dressed to the 9s?
I also wanted to know if anyone has any spectacular recommendations for things to do in Seward before embarkation. I'm actually really unclear about what time we should arrive at the ship. We are flying in early and renating a car to drive from Anchorage to Seward, so we really have choices on this matter.
Cheryl-I think that you may be worried too much about the formal nights. We just returned from a 2/2001 cruise aboard the Ocean Princess. I just wore a blue blazer and gray slacks for both formal nights and did not feel the least bit out of place. Hey, your paying a lot of money to enjoy your cruise. Don't leave out formal night, its special....
Horizon Court is a nice place if you would like a nice meal and you can dress casual.
One of my clients was on Sun Princess and thats were they dined every night.
During a 10 day cruise. They hate formal nights!!! They set the Horizon Court up nice at night they call it Bistro.
My husband wore a suit and was not out of place. Next cruise took jacket/slacks and was OK also. We did skip the formal dinner (even tho dressed) and ate in Bistro. You will love Princess is our favorite. Take very good care of you.
Rent Hubby a tux so you won't miss the dinners in the dining room on formal night. The food is there is extraordinary all the time, but even more so on formal nights. On the last formal night, for example, the menu generally features a choice of twin lobster tails, roast pheasant, beef Wellington, or some sort of fish that virtually nobody orders. Also, the selection of appetizers includes caviar on both formal nights. With a menu like that, Hubby probably won't mind dressing up for dinner!
Princess's official stated policy is that the dress for the evening applies for the whole evening (including the lounges, the casino, and the shows) except on the Horizon Court where casual attire is acceptable. In my recent experience, enforcement of the evening dress code has been rather lax. Lax enforcement has also been a problem in other areas, some of which are directly related to safety, and quite a few of us have raised this issue on our evaluations, so a fleet-wide crackdown could happen at any time.