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5 hours ago, iancal said:

Cruising is now typically an add on for us.  An occasional component of an extended land trip.   We each travel with a carry on only.  So for me dress up means a pair of slacks and a collared shirt.  So far so good.  We have no issue in not eating in the MDR on those nights.

 

One of the reasons we go this way is the decline we saw in the MDR formal night experience-the food, the prep, the offerings.  It was always artificial but we started to notice it more and more to the point that we skipped it even when we had packed the recommended attire.  We simply stopped enjoying the experience and the ambiance.  Besides, we had lots of it in our working lives.

We still dress up every night for dinner, we stopped going to the MDR about 10 years ago.  We were on a Celebrity ship in the Mediterranean, 11 night cruise, after 5 nights we decided we were not enjoying the MDR.  MDR was too noisy, tables where too close together, menu and food was so-so.  So we decided to skip the MDR rest of the cruise, we never missed it.  Next we went on the Ruby in the Carribean, did not get a table we liked, so once again we skipped the MDR.... from then on we never went back.  We either go to the Crown Grill, Buffet, do Room Service or buy some foods in port we enjoy.  We still dress up every night, go out and enjoy the entertainment no matter because we enjoy doing so.  Actually skipping the MDR has been the best decision we ever made. 

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1 hour ago, pris993 said:

We still dress up every night for dinner, we stopped going to the MDR about 10 years ago.  We were on a Celebrity ship in the Mediterranean, 11 night cruise, after 5 nights we decided we were not enjoying the MDR.  MDR was too noisy, tables where too close together, menu and food was so-so.  So we decided to skip the MDR rest of the cruise, we never missed it.  Next we went on the Ruby in the Carribean, did not get a table we liked, so once again we skipped the MDR.... from then on we never went back.  We either go to the Crown Grill, Buffet, do Room Service or buy some foods in port we enjoy.  We still dress up every night, go out and enjoy the entertainment no matter because we enjoy doing so.  Actually skipping the MDR has been the best decision we ever made. 

 

1 hour ago, pris993 said:

We still dress up every night for dinner, we stopped going to the MDR about 10 years ago.  We were on a Celebrity ship in the Mediterranean, 11 night cruise, after 5 nights we decided we were not enjoying the MDR.  MDR was too noisy, tables where too close together, menu and food was so-so.  So we decided to skip the MDR rest of the cruise, we never missed it.  Next we went on the Ruby in the Carribean, did not get a table we liked, so once again we skipped the MDR.... from then on we never went back.  We either go to the Crown Grill, Buffet, do Room Service or buy some foods in port we enjoy.  We still dress up every night, go out and enjoy the entertainment no matter because we enjoy doing so.  Actually skipping the MDR has been the best decision we ever made. 

But do you remember when Princess banged a gong before opening the doors to the MDR ! Bon Appetite 

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7 hours ago, iancal said:

One of the reasons we go this way is the decline we saw in the MDR formal night experience-the food, the prep, the offerings.  

This is a really good point.  Do any of you actually notice the difference in dinner on formal nights?  Besides the staff is more formally dressed, and maybe they have a better cut of beef (which I don't eat anyway) or a "lobster" tail?

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14 hours ago, MissP22 said:

I think Princess would be so happy to have people sailing again that a dress code would be the last thing on their minds to have their customers worry about. 😄

 

You will need to wear a formal mask on formal nights. A smart casual mask is fine the other evenings.

 

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1 hour ago, Esprit said:

Mask with matching bow tie and handkerchief. Give it time and they’ll be available to buy.👍

 

7 hours ago, caribill said:

 

You will need to wear a formal mask on formal nights. A smart casual mask is fine the other evenings.

 

AzeezaFacemask2.jpg

 

Is an Aloha Mask or Tommy Bahama mask acceptable for Formal Nights?

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2 hours ago, Esprit said:

Mask with matching bow tie and handkerchief. Give it time and they’ll be available to buy.👍

 

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/830409929/mask-bow-tie-and-pocket-square-set

 

Mask Bow Tie and Pocket Square Set Black Paisley

 

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On 7/19/2020 at 5:20 AM, PrincessLuver said:

 

Is an Aloha Mask or Tommy Bahama mask acceptable for Formal Nights?

 

I think an Island Slipper mask might be acceptable. They have a very nice range of masks.

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