Posted June 21st, 2017, 10:46 AM
Our advice (based on more then a 1000 nights of cruise experience) is that you dress the way that pleases YOU.....and not give a hoot about others
. On most Princess cruises, DW and I will "dress to the nines" on formal nights (we are talking a Tux...and formal outfits). We always have Anytime Dining....and will sometimes ask the Maitre'd (or whoever is doing the seating) to share a large table of well dressed cruisers. That always gets a smile....and often we get our wish. We really have no problem with those that prefer to not dress up....but on formal nights we enjoy being with other like-minded cruisers. Our other pet peeve is being stuck at a table with folks that enjoy playing with their Smartphones, texting, etc. When that happens, if its soon after we are seated we may quietly excuse ourselves and ask to be seated elsewhere. If it happens during the meal we will not complain, finish our meal, be polite....but Never sit with those folks again. Call me old fashioned, but we think that texting and browsing the web...while at a dinner table..is simply rude! The reality is that many folks (especially younger folks) now lack the social skills to interact with others...except via social networking. Sad!