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Old May 29th, 2011, 06:47 PM
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Interesting thread, I haven't bothered much since being told off for saying it was arrogant of someone to tell me what wine I should or shouldn't like, I notice more personal comments than that on this thread....
On topic though, if there is a dress code the cruise line should uphold it or do away with it, & if there is a code the passengers should respect it. Personally I couldn't care less if there is a code or not, but if there is I respect the wishes of the cruise line.
Why? The way it is today is fine. Their formal clothing suggestion is in place for only one reason & that's to make money by selling photo's & wine. They make the suggestion & if people wish to follow it, let them. They'll enjoy themselves in the process & those that don't follow it will still have a good time even if not fully complying and take nothing away form those that believe in doing so.

What is annoying is when they offer food in the dining room that isn't available elsewhere on the ship but as long as they let me eat in the DR dressed casually on a formal night I won't complain.
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Geez..........here I was, all prepared to argue that Mike is an old fuddie duddie, and then it all came to me. He is right. IF you have a rule, enforce it. IF you aren't gonna enforce it, drop it. Princess should either enforce their rules (which, by the way do NOT include formal dress, on formal nights, in the speciality dining rooms) or get rid of the rules, and publish "suggestions", worded as such
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Geez..........here I was, all prepared to argue that Mike is an old fuddie duddie, and then it all came to me. He is right. IF you have a rule, enforce it. IF you aren't gonna enforce it, drop it. Princess should either enforce their rules (which, by the way do NOT include formal dress, on formal nights, in the speciality dining rooms) or get rid of the rules, and publish "suggestions", worded as such
I've never had a problem yet in the Specialty restaurants and always keep a copy of their written "rules or suggestions" in my pocket awaiting the day if it does happen. I suppose there are some head waiters who feel it makes their restaurant more up scale & would rather see it that way but as long as they publicize it being casual most people will go with it.
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I'm really enjoying this thread, so far. I am not going to come down on either side of the issue of whether there should be strict dress codes but I certainly agree that, if there are printed rules in place, then they should be enforced.
With that said, I have another twist on this original question. My wife and I are primarily Carnival sailors and she has platinum status. Our November 2011 cruise on Emerald Princess will be our first Princess cruise. I really enjoy wearing a tux for formal night because we often use photos of that night as gifts or Christmas cards. In the past five years I have seen the Carnival formal nights going from about 50/50 tuxes to dark suits or sport coats to our last cruise where I was the only guy in the dining room who was wearing a tux and was not a staff member. It was so bad that, while standing outside the main theater waiting for my wife to arrive I was approached by several guests who asked me questions about the show time.
I had already decided that I was going to drop back to a dark suit for my next Carnival cruise but it sounds like I might be able to get away with a tux on our Princess cruise without being so obviously over dressed. Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated.
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It was so bad that, while standing outside the main theater waiting for my wife to arrive I was approached by several guests who asked me questions about the show time.
I had already decided that I was going to drop back to a dark suit for my next Carnival cruise but it sounds like I might be able to get away with a tux on our Princess cruise without being so obviously over dressed. Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated.
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You'll be fine in your tux on a Princess cruise. While some people don't do every formal night (us!), there are many men in tuxes and women in formal dresses. You'll be able to get great pictures!

On Carnival I wore a long skirt and "sparkly" top and DH wore slacks, a long sleeved shirt and a tie on the one formal night to which we went. We fit in fine there !
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Thanks, Fern. That was exactly what I needed to know.
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Gazelle2 - you will be just fine on Princess in your tuxedo. my DH opts for the dark suit, and i have gone from sparkly long gowns to a sparkly cocktail dress, but you will still see quite a few gentlemen in tuxedos and ladies in long gowns
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Gazelle2 - you will be just fine on Princess in your tuxedo. my DH opts for the dark suit, and i have gone from sparkly long gowns to a sparkly cocktail dress, but you will still see quite a few gentlemen in tuxedos and ladies in long gowns
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