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OhioLair

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About OhioLair

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    North Coast of the USA, OHIO
  • Interests
    Getting the most out of life! Trains, gym, beer wine scotch, cooking, gardening, building stuff
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    HAL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    anywhere there is a dam HAL ship

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  1. I think most people assume that because you are "dressed up" you have to be stuffy, they ssociate it with how THEY think they should act, therefore they don't like to get "duded up" and act all stiff when they do. I get it, you are "uncomfortable" with clothing you are not used to. When in all actuality, they are just cloths. You wear a dress, pant suit, jacket every day, just not the formal "look". Men, a nice jacket and even (GASP) a tie isn't going to make the evening any less entertaining or enjoyable. And hey, the ladies (and a few men too) like the look of a loosened neck tie or undone bowtie later in the evening over a martini or in the casino. Ladies, as I stated in another post, Katherine Hepburn, Roz Russell, Dame Judi Dench, Jackie Kennedy (even that Kardashian woman) and a lot of the grand ladies of notability all wore/wear splendid pant suits to "formal" events. It is possible to dress up, be comfortable and not be stuffy or restrictive. And all the BS about not wanting to bring another bag or my favorite "I am not trying to impress anybody" is just that, BS. Like I said before, don't dress up or put the effort out, it's ok! But also realize it says more about you than you think. 🤣 And with that, I am done with this thread. . . time to go put my dinner jacket on and head out. Have a great cruise, and I hope to see you aboard a HAL ship soon. First drink is on me! I'll be the one in the dinner jacket at the martini bar. . . . . . 😎
  2. LOL, Katherine Hepburn RARELY wore skirts or dresses, yet was able to dress to the nines. . . .
  3. Sadly, that does not make it right. . . . . .
  4. Isn't it wonderful that it is all these differences that make the world go 'round. Personally, just because I can go with the minimum doesn't mean I should, or do. Happy Sailing
  5. 🤣 LOL. . . . . .Have you stumbled in your non conformity? Apparently it is being non-conformist when you dress to the nines. . . . . . so, unless you dress up you are conforming to what everyone else is doing. . . . . . HooRAYYYYYY for the NON CONFORMIST! ROTFLOL. 😉
  6. I too appreciate Cunard's standards, and it is quite special, even spectacular. And true, HAL has lowered it standards about GALA nights. They were more . . . . "special" when we first started cruising (and were not called GALA nights). So 3rd gen, why the double standard? Cunard vs HAL dress code? Is it because Cunard has fewer ships and is not trying to appeal to a mass market where pandering to the lowest common denominator to fills cabins?
  7. HAL "suggests attire for most evenings is resort casual; slacks and collared shirts for men, and casual dresses, slacks and informal evening-wear for women. On gala nights women usually wear a suit, cocktail dress or gown and men wear a jacket and tie, dark suit, or tuxedo." Ok, HAL wants you to have a good time and relaxed the dress code years ago in order to remain competitive in the market. Time are changing and passengers expectations are changing, thus we now have "GALA" nights aboard the DAM ships. I have been wearing jackets and ties for 35+ years, so for me it is not a big deal. It may be a big deal for you, so go for the more casual alternative. However, GALA nights as stated above (and copied from the HAL site) suggests a minimum of Jacket and tie on those evenings. But I liked iancal's response, just don't go to the MDR those nights if you cannot or do not wish to meet the MINIMUM guidelines, there are lots of other venues for dinner. Besides people, they are JUST cloths. If you are dressed casually, I will certainly laugh with you and enjoy the evening just as much as if you were decked out to the nines. Just don't feel threatened by those who chose to honor the tradition. It is a PERSONAL preference, and you may not have the background to have attended events where dressing formally is expected, are uncomfortable with it or as iancal said, are just over it. Hooray! RELAX! Go have a good cruise! Have fun, dress up or not. It is really a moot point.
  8. Hey TerrydTx, Canada Customs allows up to two 750ML bottles of wine to enter into Canada with you. If you have a favorite bottle or two, pack them in your CHECKED luggage before departing home (it is permitted by the airline) and save yourself the hassles of looking for wine there (altho there are some great BC wines). Just be sure to wrap the bottles in a plastic bag each before padding them in your bag. Happy Sailing! 🍷🍷 Just saw you're sailing on the Noordam, she is a FINE ship, my favorite of HALs ships! Enjoy!
  9. SO well put Texas, so well said! I won't speak for the majority, but I agree!
  10. True, a majority of people don't have a reason to ever get "dressed up". They don't have the opportunity or desire to attend events where a dinner jacket or tux (for men) is appropriate. It does, however, take effort to put on formal clothing, time and space in the bag, and the desire to do that, so not "making the effort" is a valid phrase to use for those that choose more casual attire. As I said earlier People, it doesn't really matter. Dress as you deem is appropriate for yourself. It is YOUR holiday after all. Happy Sailing!
  11. touche! This forum seems to be a hot bed of emotion LOL. . . . People, it really doesn't matter. Dress up, dress down, dress ot the nines, come looking like a slob. . . . . As long as you meet the "minimum guidelines" you're ok. If it doesn't matter to you, well, nothing I can say (or anyone could say) would change that and you'd probably show up more casually dressed just to prove the point. LOL. Happy sailing!
  12. I am going out on a limb here. Dressing "properly" IS important, it is an extension of being polite. It tells others that you respect them AND yourself. So many people, especially Americans, think they can just show up dressed however they want. Call it what you want (lazy comes to mind), but my mama told me two things about this topic, when in Rome, do as the Romans, and it is rude to do otherwise. Personally, you want to show up in jeans and tennis shoes to a "formal or dressy casual" event, go ahead. I won't be the one who is embarrassed or feel out of place. But don't deride those who took the effort, (and yes, even the extra piece of luggage sometimes) in order to dress appropriately. I can attest, however, that one can travel for weeks on end with nothing more than a 22inch roll-aboard bag and tote, and STILL dress appropriately.
  13. true, if you don't make your dining time (or relatively close, like with in 15 mins) no MDR that night. Have a quiet "evening in" with room service and a movie, or try the Tamarind, it is AMAZING, and I have never had a problem getting into Canaletto last minute! HAL is accommodating (they are NOT going to let you go hungry LOL) , so go, enjoy and figure out the details as you go along.
  14. 90% of the time we book onboard, and make sure the listing consultant KNOWS OUR TRAVEL AGENT INFO so they get credit, and when we get home (or by email before) I contact Anton (our TAgent) and he arranges the rest. It also makes sure that he gets the credit for it. We learned that the hard way when we booked a big trip once and didn't do the follow up and our agent didn't receive credit (an industry quirk he has told me) . And a lot of those perks you are getting from your agent COST the agency and/or your agent, they are not freebies handed out by the cruiseline. . . . . it also depends on the cruise you are booking. We tend to book longer voyages that sometimes sell out, so the price rises rapidly making the shipboard price a steal. It's all relative. . . . . .
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