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  1. I am NOT making anything up. Wow...how do you equate that folks are disrespecting ME?? This is not what I said.
  2. Because people love to announce “It is my cruise and I will do what I want”. They miss the point that it is about good manners. I do not care if someone is dressed in khaki pants and a neat shirt on formal night...as long as it is clean and neat. But this does not preclude those of us who enjoy celebrating formal nights to the fullest. ..and should not eliminate formal night all-together.
  3. How else would you describe a person who shows up in the MDR in gym shorts, dirty T-shirt and flip flops? I have seen this happen...fortunately the Maitre D’ ordered the table cleared and refused to serve him. Like I said...it is a matter of manners.
  4. But they do...they overlook a lot. That is not to say they are happy about it. Again, they appreciate the effort...I know...I have been told many times.
  5. Sorry but I have seen many on these forums who like to justify their own style, or lack there of, by ridiculing those who dress for dinner on formal nights. Everyone is entitled to dress neatly but when I see gym wear, baseball hats, flip flops and T-shirts in the dining room at dinner I draw the line. It is a show of disrespect...especially to the people who work there...a matter of good manners.
  6. Why would you assume I am talking about you? The staff have formal night uniforms that are dressier than regular nights or theme nights. Your idea of a costume party is out of touch with the sea-going traditions that have been in practice for the past 150 years. Some people think they are the self appointed arbiters of good taste who espouse the current grunge look. There are those of us who will continue the formal tradition at sea and simply ignore those who do not.
  7. Some people enjoy dressing up for a formal night dinner. My question is why do the people who dress like slobs insist on poking fun at people who enjoy dressing for dinner. Sweat pants, flip flops, T-shirts, baseball hats and beach wear are all frowned upon by the ship’s personnel. They appreciate the effort especially when they, themselves, have to dress up on formal nights.
  8. So true George, The one thing I have noticed is that the staff, officers, stewards and waiters appreciate the effort. When you think about it they have to make an effort to look nice on formal nights so I believe we should make an effort...rise to the occasion.
  9. As long as you look neat and clean...slacks and button down shirt at a minimum. The staff does appreciate it when you make an effort. Shorts, T-shirts, flip flops and baseball hats are really frowned upon. You will find the Europeans make an effort and some of the others are clueless.
  10. Hi Heidi, So true...the board rooms rule and the top execs are overpaid. You have had some great sailing experiences. I always wanted to sail on P&O back in the day...and almost did. I had a transatlantic booked on Canberra (a rare crossing from NY...I think Canberra only did one in her lifetime.) but DW couldn’t get the time off...sighhhh.
  11. Let me see what I can find in my collection. The basis for all menus in the 1950’s consisted of Hors D’oevres, soup, fish, pasta, main course, grill, potatoes, vegetables, cold buffet, dessert, fresh fruit, cheese, coffee or tea. Tourist Class menus were pared down to one or two items.
  12. I would leave cash in an envelope with a note for the steward. Who knows what happens to the money once you leave it in your account.
  13. The RCI Radiance Class ships are the most beautiful ships in the RCI fleet. Everything faces outwards so you feel as one with the sea. Even the elevators face outwards. These ships were built at Meyer Werft in Germany to the highest standards in shipbuilding. They also are considered good sailing ships...faster and more stable. I know...I was on the bow when the captain took the JOS up to 25 knots and she cut through 6’ chop like a knife through butter. I was also onboard the JOS when we hit a freak storm off Bermuda and had head winds recorded at 135 mph and she was still stable. You will enjoy the Serenade.
  14. Amen...there were many ships sailing in the 1970’s that never received a subsidy and were still able to field outstanding service and high quality food. Victoria, Santa Paula, Italia, Amerikanis, Bremen, Gripsholm, Ocean Monarch, Brazil and Argentina...to name a few. My wife and I have been blessed, in our lives, to have experienced some of the best ships that sailed in that era. I believe things started going downhill when shipping lines became big corporations with money hungry stockholders and greedy CEO’s. Food quality was the first item to be checked off by the executives pushing the pencils.
  15. Those meals from the 1950’s and 1960’s were a lot better than the slop most mass market lines are serving today. I was there and I can tell you when the menu said prime beef you got prime beef. Beluga caviar was common back then...try and get that today. The meals served onboard the SS France in Tourist Class were better than the food on most premium lines today...I’ve had both.
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