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Old May 25th, 2006, 12:54 AM
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Sorry, but we are just not interested in participating in formal night. Other than Horizon Court, it would be nice if there were another casual dining establishment on board ship for people like us on Formal Night. But oh well....so, that leads me to my question....

On formal night, is there any special food in the Horizon Court????????????
and how about room service on formal night???


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On Princess, most nights the Horizon Court has a very similar menu to the dining room. I think that's true on formal nights as well, except for no lobster in Horizon Court.
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Hi garden4cook,

What Kuki said! The "general" entrees will be available, but not the "special" entrees (lobster, special steaks, fancy appetizers, etc.).

Room service will have a very limited menu (no food from the dining room). I'd suggest that you go to Horizon Court and eat there, or, if you'd rather, take it back to your cabin to eat.

While I LOVE lobster, it's really not that great on a ship, since it's cooked ahead of time and then served "as ordered". (Never stopped me from ordering it though )

Obviously, I don't know why you don't want to go to formal night, but we were on Grand Princess last year and you really don't have to wear "fancy" clothes to eat in the dining room on formal nights. You can wear a "church" dress, slacks and a sports coat, and be fine.

IMO, it's worth the little bit of dressing up, but each to their own!

The only line that I know of where you don't have to do formal night is NCL.

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Fern,

Room service will have a very limited menu (no food from the dining room).

When I last cruised on Princess, room service would serve the full dining room menu during dining room hours.

Has that changed?

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garden4cook,

Sorry, but we are just not interested in participating in formal night.

There's no need to apologize for not wanting to participate in formal evenings during a cruise. You have every right to your preferences.

That said, Princess is a bad mismatch for people who feel that way. The line's stated policy is that the prescribed evening attire applies throughout the ship, except for the Horizon Court, so your options for entertainment will be very limited. There are cruise lines in all segments of the market that would be much more suitable.

>> 1. Norwegian Cruise Line ("mainstream") advertises "formal optional' evenings rather than "formal" evenings as part of the "freestyle cruising" program.

>> 2. Oceana Cruises advertises that dress is "country club casual" every evening.

>> 3. Disney Cruise Line is all casual.

>> 4. Some cruises on Regent Seven Seas are all casual.

>> 5. Windjammer Barefoot Cruises is just as casual as its name implies. You can go to dinner in shorts and a "T" shirt!

>> 6. Most of the coastal cruise lines, like Cruise West and American Canadian Caribbean Line (ACCL), prescribe casual dress every evening.

With so many alternatives available, I really don't understand why somebody who does not want to dress for formal evenings would book a cruise on a line that maintains the custom of formal evenings.

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Norm, if they are they are sure not advertising it. When I got the Norwalk Virus on the IP, the cabin stewart brought my wife the dining room menu at night, but I though that was just them being nice.
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Hi Norm,

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Room service will have a very limited menu (no food from the dining room).

When I last cruised on Princess, room service would serve the full dining room menu during dining room hours.

Has that changed?

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When we were on Grand Princess in December 2004 the dining room menu wasn't available from room service. That may have changed since! I'll have to wait until November to find out .
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Norm, if they are they are sure not advertising it. When I got the Norwalk Virus on the IP, the cabin stewart brought my wife the dining room menu at night, but I though that was just them being nice.
Probably because you were quarentined you got the full service meals.

They don't want you wandering around looking for food
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I did not get the full menu, my wife did. She was not sick or quarentined.

I got my own "special menu" of chicken broth and Jello!
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Fern, we were on the Grand in Nov 05 and there was just the regular stateroom menu.
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kitty2,

Probably because you were quarentined you got the full service meals.

No, never quarantined -- and never actually ordered room service, but I found out from the staff that the full dining room menu was available during dining room hours. The more restricted "Room Service Menu" is available 24x7.

My last Princess cruise was over three years ago, but I would be really surprised if this policy has changed.

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