Dress codes, not all cruise lines have them but the ones that do make it pretty clear about what to wear and when. Usually you will find a mix of casual and formal although some also include semi-formal evenings and some ships don’t have any dress code at all.
Personally I don’t really care what anyone else is wearing or when they are wearing it but I know some people would prefer everyone adhere to the evenings dress code regardless. The only thing I do lean towards is that if the main dining room is formal then you should only be allowed in if you are dressed in formal attire, aside from that who cares? There are more important things to consider like what cocktail to try next. 😉
I believe a holiday is just that, a holiday! You have worked your fingers to the bone for months in order to enjoy two weeks of stress free adventure so the last thing you should have to panic over is what you should or should not wear. I skip many a formal evening but that’s mainly because my friend and I are more casual about cruising. We don’t always go to the main dining room or inside the ship for that matter so why should I sit in a dress when everywhere I am planning on going onboard doesn’t enforce the evening’s dress code? I am more comfortable in smart black crops and a blouse so that’s what I will wear.
As I said above I am not TOO concerned however, I do think you should only be allowed in the main dining room if you are adhering to the dress code and I don’t think things like shorts and flip-flops are acceptable in the main dining room or specific bars of an evening regardless of what the dress code is. They should be kept for outside. You still need to have some level of respect if you are dining or enjoy a beverage inside the ship of an evening.
What someone else is wearing has nothing to do with me or my cruise. They are entitled to make their own choices as am I. I don’t judge another human being based on what they are wearing so it shouldn’t be any different onboard ship. We are all there to enjoy ourselves and in our OWN way. For me that means skipping the odd formal night here and there, going slightly more casual and avoiding areas that I know people would prefer one be seen in suitably dressed. I actually wonder if the issue is not so much what the person is wearing but the more the fact that the individual is wearing that attire in a specific part of the ship?
This subject is as sensitive as gratuities, there is no right or wrong answer and there never will be. It all comes down to personal preference. I just wanted to voice my own opinion but more than anything else I wanted to see what your thoughts are on this subject? I enjoy hearing what other people think so please leave your comments below. 🙂