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I agree if, we are going down the route of Formal nights or not then the cruise company should ensure tht the standards are met on the respective evenings, I was on a Fred Olsen voyage some time ago and was proud of the Maitre d for sticking to the rules and sending a gentleman back for his tie or jacket, At the end of the day why should 1 person  think it is right for them to flaunt the rules. (if they dont like it then dont go in the 1st place)

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I must say that I enjoy dressing up myself and will continue to do so . The worry is that standards will slip even further with people wearing t.shirts etc.

Has anyone else noticed at the bottom of page 178 of the new P and O brochure that from next year they are dropping the semi formal nights on Arcadia, Oriana, and Aurora. I can fully understand these

There is nothing to stop anyone wearing a Jacket if they want to so I am sorry I don't see why it is so much of a problem. Some people only dress up on cruise ships others dress up all the time for wo

Oh dear, if you are struggling with simple proverbs and idioms, then trying to get you to understand how your original post was both personal and insulting may be beyond my communicative abilities.

I know about proverbs (probably a lot better than you in fact). Have to say i'm at a loss about the 'idiom'. I'm just pleased that I am not half as insulting as you. Not posting further on these boards. Bye!

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How sad but interesting to see the comments. Everyone has their own opinions, as I have stated before we enjoy dressing formally and semi formally whilst away, it is part of our holiday.  Whatever everyone else wears it is up to them, dinner is worth dressing for and we will continue to do so.   Enjoy your holiday and don't let someone else's dress code or lack of it as may be spoil yours!!

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Ah.. the dress topic...

We have travelled on Princess many times from multiple 7,10,14,28 days cruises, even a 3 days one  and to be fair majority of men on Formal nights wore a suit , DJ,  or Tuxedo  , very few wore shorts or Tshirts in the MDR. Only on a 3 day repositioning cruise which had one Formal night did we see majority wearing country casual or such. A lot has to do with the cruise and where  majority of passengers come from. On a cruise out of Barbados on Princess , majority were from the UK so the majority were dressed up

 As to Aussies, a lot did wear for them a suit or jacket with open collar on our 28 day cruise but as the ship embarked folks from three different ports who were only on for 3-4 days then they wore casual most of the time. As to the women , well a sight to enjoy as they always enjoy dressing up per the recommendations.

As some have pointed out country casual is the new semi formal for majority of lines with Formal retained. If you want to wear  a jacket , no issue

On our Holland America and Celebrity cruises , attire is more enforced

On Cunard, I will wear a jacket for non formal nights with or without tie, non issue though I will have to pack a bit more weight smile.png

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We are a couple who like to wear nice clothes in the evening, but that does not mean the crown jewels come out. There are people who we feel go overboard and try to go one better but we would prefer as Land Ahoy said in a previous quote for everyone to wear smart casual. Azamara cruises are all informal but a certain dress code is maintained in the evening

(night time attire should not be jeans (even dark blue) logo tee shirts, shorts, football shirts etc etc- I'm not a snob but football shirts should be banned totally. I would like to see that the buffet area has to adhere to the nightly dress code because we have seen people in shorts but no one has challenged it.

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I personally think the decision to drop the semi-formal code is wrong. I am also of the opinion that the codes should be enforced!

Please P and O, maintain your standards?

I have written to P and O on this matter. I cannot understand why, that with 8 ships in the fleet they need to go down the dumbing down route on all ships.

The reply I've had from P and O states that they will monitor passenger feedback!

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As I said on another thread, you cannot enforce dress code. If someone goes to enter a restaurant there is only one way to stop them and that is by physically restraining them and that is assault. In the old days people knew what was expected but times have changed. If a Fijian or Tongan entered a restaurant on formal night in their formal dress would you want them stopped? It is after all their 'Formal' dress.

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I am very disappointed to hear that they are even considering stopping the semi formal nights, I hope this means they will be replaced by more formal nights. If I wanted a casual atmosphere I would go on an all inclusive beach holiday

The trend is to come away from formal nights as has been seen by several cruise lines so unfortunately I don't think your hopes will be realised. Some all inclusive beach holidays are just as formal as cruises.

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As I said on another thread, you cannot enforce dress code. If someone goes to enter a restaurant there is only one way to stop them and that is by physically restraining them and that is assault. In the old days people knew what was expected but times have changed. If a Fijian or Tongan entered a restaurant on formal night in their formal dress would you want them stopped? It is after all their 'Formal' dress.

Mmmm, I see that the law is not your strongest  subject OWT. If the person entering the restaurant was also carrying a bomb would that still be assault, and no mention of that legal conundrum "reasonable force".

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Good evening wheels36. Your post made me chuckle as I am sure it made those that know me. Could I suggest that you have a quick look at Butterworths where you will see that reasonable force only applies to the prevention of an illegal act. It will also give you the definition of an illegal act. I am sure your local library will have a copy amongst their other law books. When you have done that you may wish to re-consider your previous post.

OWT

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Good evening wheels36. Your post made me chuckle as I am sure it made those that know me. Could I suggest that you have a quick look at Butterworths where you will see that reasonable force only applies to the prevention of an illegal act. It will also give you the definition of an illegal act. I am sure your local library will have a copy amongst their other law books. When you have done that you may wish to re-consider your previous post.

OWT

Good morning OWT,

This thread is well down "silly street" but I will keep it going.

The illegal act is "an action likely to cause a breach of the peace".

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We love the formal nights it has always been the joy of cruising, we are booked on the Ventura so we will dress for dinner as we always have, I agree that I do not want to sit next to someone in Denim on a cruise, so we hope P and O leave the Azura and Ventura as they always have been , a lovely atmosphere in the evenings.

There are other cruise lines that are more casual which does appeal to families so there is a choice.

We find that in 4 and 5 star hotels in many holiday resorts they have Gala Dinner Nights where many people dress up for dinner it makes for a lovely evening as it does on a cruise.

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I know that there are many that have to dress for work but in their down time I'm sure that like me free time meant comfy casual gear

When cruising it is a different world its going out every night going for a meal going to the theater enjoying the shows a flutter at the casino and surely most of us ladies look forward to end enjoy the fun of proper dressing up bling and all Please don't tone it down too much the mystique and glamour will just disappear and cruising  will become ordinary and then what is the point  Carolm

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I know that there are many that have to dress for work but in their down time I'm sure that like me free time meant comfy casual gear

When cruising it is a different world its going out every night going for a meal going to the theater enjoying the shows a flutter at the casino and surely most of us ladies look forward to end enjoy the fun of proper dressing up bling and all Please don't tone it down too much the mystique and glamour will just disappear and cruising  will become ordinary and then what is the point  Carolm

 

But ruins the atmosphere that while it is nice to dress on semi formal you go the theatre and sit next to someone who has been to the buffet and is wearing a football shirt and scruffy jeans. P&O have never strictly enforced the Formal or Semi Formal nights anyway for a long time.

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I must say that I enjoy dressing up myself and will continue to do so .

The worry is that standards will slip even further with people wearing t.shirts etc.

Yes...I dont want to see the standards drop too much...it is good to have a choice. I myself like to dress up, although my partner does not...but he doesnt mind a few nights...

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Have travelled with a number of Cruise Companies and have always been content to follow dress codes, however, I welcome the end of semi formal nights: additional suits, jackets, truly unnecessary. Perfectly content to enjoy Formal occasions, though when we have travelled with holidaymakers from America they have scant understanding of Formal.

During my cruises I've often observed female attire and have concluded that the ladies can get away with a great deal! Noting some of their attire on formal nights I conclude that they could be used for smart casual and/or semi formal nights, and in practice I think it happens. My wife will totally disagree... I cannot comprehend the angst she goes through identifying the three different categories required and, being a mere male, don't recognise the decisions involved. Though she won't admit it, I think she will be more relaxed in future.

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