We are traveling on the Ocean 12/20 for our 9th cruise with Princess and got our tickets a few days ago. We noticed something different this time on the tickets- there are 2 formal nights and eight "SMART CASUAL" nights. Has anyone traveled with Princess recenlty and observed this? There is no info that I can find anywhere on the web site outlining exactly what Smart Casual dress is. Any info/tips would be appreciated.
I was just on Golden for Thanksgiving and on "Smart Casual" nights I just wore a polo shirt with a collar and dockers (slacks). Most of the men around me wore the same thing. There are always the ones who go to extremes on both ends but the majority for were like me. I wasn't about to wear a tie every night while I was on vacation and I don't think anyone else did either.
I think the "Smart Casual" suggestion is just so people don;t dress like slobs. No t-shirts or shorts if you are going to dinner.
I pretty much agree with Rick's response. They have just done away with semi formal.. so 2 formals, the rest casual. And as Rick says, labelling it "smart casual" is likely to deter folks from shorts and tank tops.
my wife and i just got of the grand, which had the same setup.khaki's, tassle loafers, and a golf shirt or short sleeve silk/rayon/button down shirt were the norm for us. my wife wore sundresses, or loose fitting lightweight pantsuits everynight.we thought it was a good move to do away with semi formal wear... thats one less suit you have to pack. also, bring a nice hawiian shirt, as there will probably be a tropical night, which brings all manner of interesting wear to the dining room.
enjoy your cruise
We were on the Grand in October. Basically what I did and most others was a nice pair of slacks a nice top or a nice but somewhat casual dress and sandals. There are all extremes, I find I feel most comfortable somewhere in the middle. I for one am glad to do away with semi-formal nights. Some formal night are fun, but vacation should be relaxing. We will be on the Crown for 15 days in January...........I hope when our documents arrive there will not be any semi-formal there either.