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Unfortunately, I believe trenstravels might be correct: “We are seeing more and more causal cruisers on elegant night, wouldn't be surprised if it went away in the next few years.” It looks to me like Princess and Cunard are the only lines still maintaining "official" formal nights.
It appears to me that the entire industry is playing coy with this issue though. Heretofore dress codes were sort of stated like this "On festive formal evenings, women usually wear cocktail dresses or gowns and men usually wear business suits or tuxedos. In order to complement your fellow guests, we ask that you observe the suggested dress code throughout the entire evening." As a result, guests dressed "inappropriately" while sitting with others in more formal garb felt guilty and complained. Now, the official language runs something more like this for the same evening "For gentlemen, collared shirts and slacks are required in all fine dining restaurants." No more guilt.
A while back Princess sent out a questionnaire asking a select number of their faithful their thoughts on dropping "formal" nights. That was similar to the approach Celebrity took before dropping their formal designations. So I thought Princess was going to do the same, but nothing ever came of it.
When criticized for eliminating formal nights, most lines disagree and state you are free to dress in a tux if you want, and you always were able to use the MDR on formal nights without a suit or tux, you just couldn't wear something like a "polo" shirt though.
These evasive responses remind me of the heated exchanges among some Celebrity guests when they dropped formal. Here is one of them: One guy in response said: "I certainly won't miss "Formal" nights or the judgmental posts on the boards. Does the way the guy next to you is dressed really affect your ability to enjoy your cruise? Sit back, pour the wine, raise a glass to the good ol' days and enjoy the dinner you didn't have to cook."
A lady responded: "I also don't have to cook at McDonalds - doesn't mean I want to eat there. And NO - I don't want to wear a formal evening gown at the same table while you are in jeans. What a joke that makes for all."
I've seen this issue debated over and over so many times on another site and it goes on and on. One faction refuses to sit with someone not dressed for the occasion while the other stands by their guns and rightly so, it's their vacation too and they'll dress in what is comfortable for them.
Seriously, if the cruise line wants to continue with these elegant nights, then maybe they should divide up the MDR one elegant section and one cruise casual and all will have their section. And if one section is full, they can stand in line and wait.
I will pack two suits, 4 shirts and 4 ties and will get a table for two and enjoy my meal with my DGF on elegant nights because she likes getting dressed up to go out to eat.
I understand both sides of this hotly debated topic and it's their vacation too. I have a great time walking around watching the couple's getting their pictures taken in their many posses and some are pretty.... well, young kids shouldn't be around.
well, hey. I posted a rant.