Cruising, remember when ???

For all of us old time cruisers.  Remember when......


Cruising was an elegant vacation.


Formal night were formal.


The better cabins were the "Outside Cabins"  (No balcony cabins back when I started cruising)


No Ships with in a MSC Yacht Club or NCL Haven.


MDR Staff had all names memorized and on second night had your drinks waiting for you at the table.


No Jeans in the MDR and coats required for men. 


25 Answers

I can remember showing up for dinner on my Alaska cruise (1997) and my Mom was shocked that I came in Slacks, shirt and a nice sweater (No sport coat or tie) on a semi-formal night. That was when there were 2 Formal and 2 semi-formal nights on a 7 night cruise.

Back in the Day

Thanks for posting that, GTV!! Very interesting to me. We never cruised in the "Glory Days" and don't miss what we never knew.

Some of those memories you’ve shared are the reasons we chose not to cruise back in the day..... Big Smile It’s great that there are so many choices now for people to choose whether they want to cruise on a more relaxed Cruiseline focusing on families and fun, an elegant line or something in between.

I'm too young to have been around for that, but my parents went on a Celebrity cruise in 2000, and from what I can tell even back then it was a lot more elegant and formal. My mom was pretty surprised when I told her food isn't really an extravagant, wonderful experience in the main dining room anymore. And people definitely took 'elegant night' more seriously back then.

I've only been cruising for 14 years and the memorized names were a nice touch that was one of the first things to go for me...

Back in the day, a lot of events were more elegant! I remember, dressing-up to go downtown shopping with my Grandma. I remember wearing gloves and a hat for job interviews....yeah I know I'm old, but that is how things were. Life is more relaxed these days and I don't know if it is good or just is. The Cruise Lines have adjusted to the dress of the day. I like dressing up and so I do. I am more concerned about the lack of service in the MDR for whatever the reasons may be. I would prefer table cloths and more elegant food presentations, but I think those days are long gone. Unless, one is willing to pay the extra for the steak house. I agree with Bonnie, at least there is a choice today.

This was one of those never ending arguments from FV on dress codes for Elegant night. Personally, I'm going to wear a coat to the MDR every night and a tie on Elegant night and I don't care how they want to dress because it's their vacation too. I request and get a table for two or one if I go solo.

I actually like dressing up for Elegant nights. At least for now. My DH and I don't dress up often so the elegant night from our last cruise made it a lot more fun. I think we will continue to do so until we don't feel like it any more.

The DGF and I will dress up for Elegant night and for photos and maybe spent some time getting a drink or two afterwards and maybe we'll get those first date feelings over.... you know....


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