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If you have the option of a robe on board, take it! Being PC devotees, we request robes using the checkbox. Generally, we use them in our cabin or for sitting on our balcony after a nice shower. I also use the robe when going to the spa when we purchase a thermal suite package or to the pool when I forget to pack a coverup.
That said, I've seen just about everything from fellow passengers in robes... including wearing of bathrobes in the cafe and casual food areas. Granted these are considered casual dining... but not that casual. It is offensive for people (our experience has been exclusively men do this) to wear only a robe to go to casual breakfast/lunch venues. No one wants to see your junk hanging out when your tie-in-front robe parts a bit too much. I get even more incensed when there are children in the vicinity.
~~putting my soapbox away~~
I pretty much agree with Cruising CM, we check the box on Princess and robes have been waiting for us. I also like them for the reasons he mentions, in addition, they are handy to have close at hand when I’m getting into or out of the shower and the inopportune knock on the cabin door occurs. If the cruise lines quit offering them we will probably bring our own.
I also believe that the practice of using robes is increasingly becoming inappropriately misused. Cruising CM gives good examples of this. I suggest that the reason for this is the rapid trend to get away from any sort of formal dress on board. I have often argued with those who want casual everywhere so badly, “be careful what you wish for”. Now we witness some dressing in a manner and in locations that borders on decadence. I previously referenced the post from a fellow who was horrified when a passenger with an unappetizing and “robust” physique entered the buffet with only a skimpy thong on.