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I can only speak for myself - but the more I cruise the less I enjoy formal nights. We go to alot of affairs throughout the year & I guess on vacation I just want to relax & do whatever I want to do - not get dressed up because someone else has planned it for me! I think they should offer formal rest. so those who wish to dress formally may without imposing it on the rest of us. It seems so "LOVE BOAT" - this is 2007 - time for a change? And I do have some GORGEOUS dresses & gowns - just hate having to lug them & spend too much of my precious vacation time primping! Hubby owns 3 tux's & he hates it as much as I do! Just my 2 cents!
Are you suggesting that every
cruise line should adhere to your preference? Or is it reasonable for some cruise lines to offer a traditional cruise experience with not only "formal" evenings, but also either "semiformal" or "informal" evenings, some cruise lines to offer "all casual" cruises, and some cruise lines to split the difference with a couple "formal" evenings and "casual" dress the rest of the evenngs?
In this context, you need to realize that the dress of those who participate is a major component in setting the ambiance of a "formal" or "semiformal" or "informal" evening. If a cruise line advertises such an experience, it has a legal obligation to provide it -- and that means turning away those who are not wearing appropriate attire for such occasions in order to set the advertised ambiance.
I think that the current system whereby varioius cruise lines have different standards of dress that appeal to different groups of passengers. Of course, this means that we bear the onus to book on a cruise line that offers what we want rather than expecting the cruise line on which we book to bow to our desires.
If you want an "all casual" cruise, here are some options.
>> 1. Disney Cruises
and Oceana Cruises
offer "all casual" cruises on all of their vessels. Also, Celebrity now offers "all casual" cruises on the "Celebrity Expeditions
" fleet (MV Celebrity Journey
, MV Ceelbrity Quest
, and MY Celebrity Xpedition
), which is now a different product than the "Celebrity Cruises" fleet.
>> 2. Norwegian Cruise Line
now advertises "formal optional" evenings in place of the traditional "formal" evenings. According to the ads, most of the dining rooms and enterainment venues are open to those who opt out of the "formal" evenings.
>> 3. Windjammer Barefoot Cruises
is every bit as casual as the name implies. On this line, you can go to dinner in shorts or jeans and "T" shirts..
>> 4. Most of the coastal cruise lines, like Cruise West
and American Canadian Caribbean Line
, also offer "all casual" cruises.
So you do have appropriate options available if you don't want to dress up for dinner on a cruise.