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We want to purchase a cruise for my parents. This is what they want. A nice cruise ship but more on the casual side. They don't want to get dressed up every night or feel they have to. They want to sail out of Florida and will go EAstern or Western. What cruiseline or ship would you recommend. I want them to have a GREAT time!

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I'd say either RCCL or NCL. With NCL, you can dress resort casual every night and it has freestyle dining which means you can eat at the time you want to rather than a set time. With RCCL, you have traditional dining, a set time at the same table every night. On a seven day cruise, five nights would be casual with the two formal nights. Formal nights are not what they use to be. For men, most dress in a suit and tie or sportscoat, with a few in tuxes and a few who dress down. For women you will see from gowns to Sunday church dress to a few dressing down. Their dress code does suggest you do dress formal on those two nights however.


Some of the newer ships are very big and can be a lot of walking for people that can't walk a lot. I prefer a smaller ship without all the extras that attracts a younger crowd.


So I'd suggest you ask them if they want to have a set time to eat or have more leeway in when and where they eat and go from there. Time of year is also a factor as NCL does not do much down there in the summer.

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NCL would probably fit the bill the best as they do have the resort casual dress code. Many luxury liners offer the same but at a price you probably wouldn't want to even hear. Another plus for NCL, the age groups (demographics) you will see a large variety of ages on NCL ships. NMnita

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We love Oceania--smaller ships, elegant decor, no formal nights, open seating dining, no charge for specialty restaurants.
Oceana is a great line but you are also talking almost double or more what the mass marketed lines charge. You can buy an awful lot of specialty dinners for $2,000. NMnita
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