This might sound like a dumb question but what is smart casual? I generally bring two dark suits and a sport jacket and slacks along with some nice dockers.
What does princess require now. Do gentlemen still have to wear a jacket in the dinning room for dinner. Any info would be very helpful.
Smart Casual - think Tommy Bahama gear or some nice khakis & a polo etc. this is the norm for casual night - no jacket needed. Semi-formal for men would be nice slacks and a shirt & tie or jacket if you'd like formal night is a suit & tie or a tux. You're not really "required" to do anything but you'll feel under dressed if you show up for formal night w/out a jacket. Sounds like what you're planning to pack will be just fine.
Where does the term "smart casual" come from? Princess, at least through last month, only refers to "casual" attire. From what I saw on the Sea Princess last month, casual attire was slacks and a short sleeve shirt - usually of a tropical nature, for men. The ladies usually dress up a little more for "casual night".
The dress code now depends on which Princess ship you are on. I was recently on the Grand Princess and they now have two recommended dress codes for the evening... formal and smart casual.
Since they implemented Personal Choice Dining, there is no longer a semi-formal night like there use to be, only the two formal nights (now on Tuesday & Friday) and what they call SMART CASUAL for the balance. The best definition that our table could muster is that "smart casual" means anything that does not expose the legs or arm pits for men and is above blue jeans. <grins>
Basically, it's the same things you wore on casual nights before, just one extra day and more importantly, one less suit to tote along. I wore a long sleeve dress shirt (no tie) one night, Caribbean print shirts a couple of nights, and polo style knit shirts the balance. Some men chose to wear a sport coat with a knit shirt for smart casual nights.
Hope this helps some...
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Mike, that is a great question, one we even have a difficult time communicating to our administrative staff in the office, now that "business casual" is the norm.
Smart Casual; For Men: khaki's, chino's, dockers or similar style cotton casual style slacks, short sleeve collar and collarless silk, cotton, rayon, golf style or sport shirts even with a blazer if you desire with loafers or casual style shoes. Ladies: Slacks & tops, pant suits, sun or casual dresses, Skirt outfits, jumpers with top, etc. with dress sandals, flats, heels, etc. Definetly no shorts & t-shirts or sneakers. But, you will see that even in the evening in the traditional dining areas.
Our 2nd. cruise on a brand new RCI ship back about 1995, had Smart Casual on it's dress recommendations. Of course everyone's interruptation is different. On the Princess ships starting with the Grand who initiated the new Personal Choice dining option, they have deleted their Informal dress night which would have been your sport coat, slacks, shirt & tie attire for the guys with a lady very comfortable in a nice dress or pants suit. Sometimes things become more complicated.
Many Princess lover's and traditional cruise lovers feel these new options will bring down the "class" and type of cruiser and traditons that we have grown to love. You will notice, that many of those who like to change the traditional are the 1st. time and only time cruisers who like it "there way". Only time will tell how poplular this become. I know, I will never cruise on NCL now that they have adopted "Freestyle cruising".
By way of clarification, "semiformal" attire for gentlemen means normal business dress. It consists of a dress shirt, a necktie, either a business suit or a sport jacket with coordinating dress slacks, a belt, socks, and dress shoes.
For gentlemen, "formal" attire strictly means "black tie" (that is, a tuxedo or a dinner jacket with all the other elements that normally accompany it for formal wear). Several years ago, most cruise lines relaxed this definition slightly to admit a dark business suit, as above, as an alternative to a tuxedo as an accommodation to the majority of men who, today, do not own the latter. Princess and several other cruse lines now seems to be promoting a return to the traditional "black tie" standard, though they have not yet removed the business suit as an option in the "suggested dress" section of their cruise information booklets.