RE – Dress Codes
As sbuxfan: says it is reallyl important to read thru all the info on your Cruise BEFORE you go (preferably BEFORE you book)… as not all cruise lines are the same.
And there indeed dress codes on cruises… and directions on what can be worn where (ie no bathing suits without cover ups in the enclosed dining areas… no flip flops in the Restaurants etc)
So knowing what is expected of you as a passenger ahead of time is imperative… so you can book the right cruise for your travel style… and also pack accordingly.
Some cruise lines have formal nights, some do not. Some give their passengers the option of eating elsewhere (besides the Main Dining Room) on formal nights for those who don’t want to dress up. Some will be more restrictive…
Some Younger Passengers do wish that the cruise lines would do away with Formal Nights altogether… especially if they haven’t done their homework and end up on a ship that has them, makes a big deal of them… or excludes those not properly attired from participating fully
(example… On the Night of what is called the Captain’s Dinner… some ships won’t let men into the Dining Room without a Suit Jacket… which means if he didn’t pack one, then you’ll be eating elsewhere, or he be wearing one provided by the Maitre D’ that well quite frankly lots of other men have worn ick !! Likewise, the show that evening in the Theatre is hosted by the Captain… and there is often a champagne toast etc. If one isn’t properly attired (fit in with the ambience) then you end up sitting in the balcony / rafters)
The thing is the cruise lines / ships that have Formal Nights do so because their clientelle enjoy them / want them. If this is a NO GO element for you, then you should be looking at what other alternatives are available those nights on the ship… or another cruise line altogether.
Lol, generally speaking… women are fine with this stuff, and know how to dress appropriately (gowns, cocktail dresses, opera pants, etc are all acceptable). It is usually the guys who have the biggest issues… because they don’t want to wear dress pants or a jacket.
BTW – There are indeed folks who get dressed up to the nines… tuxedos can be very popular with the 50, 60 and up crowd.
The truth is, I think Formal Nights are a blast… they offer an occasion for a couple to really be “flirty” with one another… something you may not always do in your day-to-day lives (lol, at least not when you get to the older and longtime married stage). It can be VERY Sexy to see you Hubby in a tux… think James Bond here (and you can live out that fantasy in the Ship’s Casino). I think if MORE GUYS REALIZED THAT… they’d probably rent tuxes too (lots of “romance” going on back in the cabins on Formal Nights)
As girls beyond the fact that our guys look amazing dressed up… and fancy dinners are nice. Formal nights are also when the Ship’s Photographers are out enmasse. A great way to get a special pic of you and your honey… and at a lot less money than having a formal portrait done back home at a land-based studio.