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I agree with ctav, about the crowds. We usually skip the "meet the Captain and his officers" as we are lucky enough to have other opportunities to do so. We go really early to dinner when we have YTD to be sure we get seated. Yes, there is a line waiting to get into the dining room ....but we rather get seated than wait for ever. We eat early at home, so eating late is not an option, if we can't get seated within a reasonable time we eat on the Lido.
Please note: Carnival's "cruise elegant" isn't extremely dressy. I usually advise my friends to dress as you might for "church" or perhaps a wedding. There will be a few dressed in tuxes and gowns, some in suits and cocktail dresses, with most of the men in dress slacks nice shirt or maybe a sport coat (no tie) with ladies in nice sundresses or "pantsuits". Treat this evening as if you were going to a very nice restaurant at home.
Have a wonderful time.