Posted January 25th, 2013, 11:32 AM
Do not worry...at the most 5% will wear a tux. And 90% of those will be American. Europeans are not up to dressing formal. Only some Brits will still do it.
This Brit went on exactly the same 12-day cruise on Costa Magica at the end of November and never felt so overdressed in her life. I think there were about 10 ladies in evening wear, 2 of them being my mother and me. There were about 5 guys in a tux, two of which were our significant others. The absolute biggest nightmare was that the rest of the ship looked at us as if we were Martians. There were 3 formal nights, the first two nights I took my gown off directly after dinner, the third night I did not even bother anymore.
The generalisation "Europeans are not up to dressing formal" is not true by the way, it depends on the price paid for the cruise, the age of the cruisers, the cruiseline, etc. This particular Costa cruise was sold dirt-cheap (clientele who do not own a tux), the lack of pre-cruise information was staggering (we did not know how many if any formal nights there would be) and a lot of cruisers were first timers of a certain age (no clue how things work on a cruiseship including dresscode). It might be totally different on your sailing. On previous Princess and RCCL Med cruises, everybody was dressed up, including all Europeans.
2003- RCCL Explorer of the Seas Eastern Caribbean
2004-HAL Volendam Eastern Caribbean
2009-RCCL Splendour of the Seas Venice-Lisbon
2010-Star Princess Eastern Mediterranean
2012-Costa Magica Eastern Mediterranean
2015-Pullmantur Sovereign Transatlantic Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Salvador da Bahía
Extensive DIY land travel in Europe, Turkey, Central America and South-East Asia. We lived in Amsterdam for 15 years.
For river cruisers: we live 60 miles from both Passau and Regensburg.