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Advance Notice of Gala Nights - No Longer

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Hello,

I was active on this board a few years ago when I took my first cruise. I'm on to my 2nd cruise in a few weeks. I did a search for Gala nights, and there were a few hypothesis of when they were on each cruise. When I sailed 3 years ago, we were specifically told which nights they were from our PCC. This time around, she said that they no longer provide the exact nights, since they could change and people would get upset. Now, they don't tell you until you get there. This seems a bit strange. Is this really the reason?

 

Quote from our PCC: 

Unfortunately, we aren’t notified of which nights are the gala nights as they are subject to change without notice. They typically have them on the ‘At Sea” days and never the night before we get back into port on the last day. There are 2 gala nights on this sailing and my guess they will be on the 8th of July and the 17th of July. They stopped telling people because when the guests got onboard and the nights had suddenly been changed, the guests would get upset. So, now we don’t get the information from the ship as a result.

 

The link to our cruise is here with the various dates: 

https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/find-a-cruise/E9M12E/K939.html

 

 

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Maybe it's because I never asked our PCC, but after 24 cruises I've never known which nights the Gala nights would be until we were on board.  

I know the number of Gala nights can be different than what is written in our docs -- I've had that happen a few times. It was always fewer than more in those cases.

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In over 50 HAL cruises, I don't recall ever being told when the formal or Gala nights were. I have, though, always been told how many there were.

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Yes, previous posters have similar experiences as mine.  You usually know how many Gala Nights there are just not when.  Usually it is the first sea day but then after that you never know.  I do think they try to make it on a evening where your port day was not extended into the late afternoon or evening.

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Since I’ve only taken one cruise and when I asked the PCC, she told us the count and which night. Maybe it was using the educated guess that others have proposed: first sea day and not the last night. She was correct, so I guess we are lucky. We have a different PCC this time and from her email, it sounded like they used to tell people. 

 

I will go with her guess and hope it’s the 8th and 17th. Trying to plan our specialty meals to not conflict with Gala nights. I always love an excuse to dress up and use one of my 200 gowns and cocktail dresses (I go to 20+ cocktail or formal events a year). 

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We don't use a PCC -- we have a TA and have never asked her to find out which nights were formal/now gala.

 

I have been able to figure them out myself and have been pretty accurate.

 

 

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Being active on several forums I may be mistaken but I THINK I've seen a number of threads here asking "Which nights will be formal on ---?".

 

The one thing I HAVE seen is a list of events for grand voyages that include gala nights but I haven't seen anything like that for regular cruises.

 

Roy

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In over forty years of cruising, I have only one exception to not knowing which night would be formal night.

 

The exception was our first cruise which was formal dress every night (Chandris Cruise Line). 

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Sometimes people on the forum or elsewhere will post the daily newsletter from their cruises. These tend to be the same cruise to cruise for the same itinerary.  You may be able to find this for your cruise.  My last cruise I had a complete agenda and menus on my iPad prior to arriving 

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For most of my/our HAL cruises we  only received the number of Formal/now Gala nights.  The exceptions have been on Grand Voyages such as World Cruises and Asia Pacific Grand Voyages.  The dates were subject to change, although most of them were held as "advertised" in my Grand Voyages.  On Grand Voyages the suggested dress for many of the Gala events  are related to the dinner theme - such as White Night, Black and Gold,  Valentines Day, etc.  Some passengers really dressed for the occasion, some did not and I did for those I had appropriate clothing options that I could bring on the cruise.  In the "old days" I know that some folks brought an extra suitcase with their theme clothes.  

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On 6/12/2019 at 9:34 PM, RuthC said:

In over 50 HAL cruises, I don't recall ever being told when the formal or Gala nights were. I have, though, always been told how many there were.

Only time I ever cared was on  b -TO-B  CHRISTmas / New Years cruises  as it is not   definite NYE is formal as it could be New Years Day  Same for Chrismas Eve and Christmas. 

 

I really don't see why  it would mater to me other than  the above which days on a 'non-holiday'  cruise  would be formal...   only matters to me how many.   The comment your PCC made about people being upset if they changed the specific formal days once on   board.  Beats me why they cared.  :shrug  :

 

 

 

If you care to, would you coment why it matters to you  other than advance reservations for Pinnacle,  Tamarind, Cannaletto

 

 

 

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I took one of my long dresses on our very recent Koningsdam 23 night cruise. It stayed in the wardrobe!  It was obvious from gala night one that there was little regard for the dress code and if I had worn it I would have stood out like a sore thumb.  Hubby wore his tux and looked very smart on all 4 nights I went more cocktail length.

Teresa 

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