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which are the formal nights on the freedom? this question has probably been posted before sorry to be repetative!!
Yes, the question has been asked many times, and the answer does NOT depend on the ship or even on the cruise line (assuming, of course, that the cruise line does still hold "formal" evenings). Anyway, here goes.
>> On cruises that have two or more "formal" evenings (that is, cruises that are about a week in duration), the Captain's "Welcome Aboard" and the Captain's "Farewell," both of which are "formal" evenings, usually fall on the second evening and on the next to last evening, respectively. In two dozen cruises, I have encountered only one (1) deviation from this policy. On that cruise, the ship to move the Captain's "Welcome Aboard" to the third evening due to a late departure from our port of call on the second day.
>> On longer cruises, the "Captain's Gala," also a "formal" evening, usually is on a day "At Sea" or, if there isn't one, on a day on which the ship leaves port relatively early that's within a day or two of the midpoint of the cruise. Cruises that are longer than two weeks may have a fourth "formal" evening, in which case the second and third will as evenly between the Captain's "Welcome Aboard" and the Captain's "Farewell" as the ship's schedule allows.
>> On very short cruises, the "formal" evening (which combines the Captain's "Welcome Aboard" and Captain's "Farewell") is usually on the second evening unless the ship leaves port relatively late that evening.
Note that the first evening is always "casual" because luggage sometimes does not get delivered to cabins in time for passengers to dress for dinner and the last evening is always "casual" because many passengers need to pack their dress clothes before dinner for the trip home.