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- Introduction – My “Free” Holland America Cruise on the Eurodam
- Embarkation Day on day Holland America Eurodam and The Amazing HAL App
- Do You Have to Dress Up on Holland America Cruises And do Men Have to Wear a Suit
- What are Main Dining Meal like on Holland America Cruises – It is True What You Hear About HAL
- Do You Have to Share a Dining Table on Holland America Cruises? What about Set Dining Times or Flexible Dining?
- Are Specialty Restaurants Worth the Cost on Holland America Cruises
- Cabin Review Holland America Aft Cabin 6168 on the Eurodam
- Review of “The Retreat” on the Holland America Eurodam
- How Does Onboard Entertainment on Holland America Compare to other Cruise Lines
- Holland America Disembarkation Day Plus Do Back to Back Cruisers Have to Get Off the Ship?
- Final Thoughts From my First Ever Holland America Cruise on the Eurodam
Being a Diamond Latitudes member with NCL (i.e. I have spent a LOT of night at sea with the cruise line) I am very comfortable and familiar with the concept of “free style crusing” that is, you really don’t ever have to dress up at sea unless you want to. You can go to main dining and specialty restaurants for dinner in just about anything other than a swimsuit. Even at their coveted Le Bistro I have seen folks in shorts (this is frowned upon – but you would not be blocked).
I like this type of cruising as I wear “dress” clothes enough in my life and the idea of putting on a tie for dinner is something that I simply don’t care to ever think about. But would I need one for my first ever Holland America cruise on the Eurodam? Notice what is posted on the cruise lines web site:
“Dress Codes: Shipboard dress is casual during the day. Shorts and tasteful T-shirts are acceptable even in the dining room. At dinner, dress codes will vary daily, among the following:
Smart Casual: Skirts/dresses, slacks and blouses for ladies; Slacks and collared shirts for men.
Formal: Evening gowns and cocktail dresses for women; tuxedos, dinner jackets or dark suits with a tie for men.
Most 7-night cruises will have two formal nights, and longer cruises will have additional formal nights.” – BOLD MINE
This is what I was afraid of and I packed accordingly, that is, as you see above, a dinner jacket and tie ready to get spiffed up for dinner when the daily planner alerted me to the following:
We were on an 11 day cruise and were told there would be two nights that were “dressy” nights. The first few nights of our journey were “casual” in the main dining room.
Now you and I may have different definitions of what “slacks” are for example is it OK to wear blue jeans to dinner? The answer is YES!* Why the asterisk? If your jeans look like they fought a fight with a wild animal and the animal won i.e. you have more holes than jeans you are likely going to be discouraged from wearing that kind of attire. But for most men jeans and a golf shirt are going to be just fine.
Well what about the formal nights? For the first one I dressed up (but did not wear a tie) and my wife wore what she normally does that is a flowing comfortable broomstick skirt (great for cruising comfort btw ladies).
When we got to the dining room we found a mix of folks dressed “to the 9s” and the rest really not so much and simply wearing the smart casual they had worn any other night.
Well how about that!
The bottom line is, despite the scary wording on Holland America’s website, you simply don’t EVER have to dress up on a cruise with them. You may if you want to but as long as you are not wearing a swimsuit to formal night you will be just fine.
The second formal night I wore a comfortable, but smart IMO, Hawaiian shirt and jeans. I did the same type outfit for our two visits to the specialty restaurants and that also was just fine.
So if you are someone who likes to go on a cruise to dress up and look your best (for photos or whatever) then by all means do so. If you are more of “no way your are going get me into a tuxedo and tie” then you have nothing to worry about and enjoy your cruise dressed as you please.
Oh, I have one thing you may want to consider for fun before your Holland America cruise. One night they have their “orange night” with a nod to the national colors of Holland. That night you will see a, no pun intended, sea of orange throughout the dining room and even folks in T-shirts that are vividly orange. Again this is not a must (we did not bring anything orange) but if you want to blend in – bring something orange for that night of your cruise! – René
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