Posted October 12th, 2017, 08:43 AM
Last edited by pepperrn; October 12th, 2017 at 08:57 AM
... For some the T/A crossing is a means of transport, a posh ferry if you like, and Cunard is the only option.
I've met and chatted with some lovely, delightful passengers on board QM2 mid-Atlantic who were using the ship simply as a means of transportation across the pond.
Have you used Cunard simply as a "means of transport" (rather than a holiday) yourself?
By using the Kings Court buffet and adjacent Carinthia Lounge each night, it would be easy for them, if they so wished, to ignore the dress-code each evening. However I've also spotted some of them "dressed to the nines" on "formal nights".
As the Kings Court/Cartinthia option allows casual dress, I am puzzled that the Cunard dress-code is so often discussed/questioned by those seeking to avoid it
Of course QM2 is not
the "only option". There are re-positioning cruises operated by some ("casual") lines across the Atlantic, although not as frequent (during the season) as Cunard and QM2 of course.
There is also flying as an alternative.
Mind you, I am the first to agree that Cunard is "the only way to cross"...
However, BlueRiband's comparison is a valid one. I wouldn't book a cruise on a very "casual" line as it is not the sort of trip I am looking for. I would avoid Disney ships for the reasons stated.
I'm not sure why some book with Cunard, and then think the evening dress-codes rules in the MDR, bars, theatre, etc don't apply to them, and they don't have to confine themselves to the "casual" section of the ship once they see what they are missing.
Often "special" excuses are made for this: "I don't wear a suit at home" "I'm travelling before boarding and don't want to haul a suit about" "I've grown out of my suit" "I can't be bothered with all that" "the dog ate my bow tie" etc...
In some cases, reading between the lines, the real reason can be "Clearly these silly rules only
apply to others, to the little people (thank you Leona), not to me
, as... well, I'm far too special". For them, there are alternative ways to cross (or, as above, keep to the KC and nearby lounge)
Rules is rules.
Happy sailings to you derekthesailor