When we went on Oceana three years ago, the first night was casual and free seating (i.e. no designated table) as people were arriving at different times. I would be more interested to know if the second night is still the same as people will be still arriving. Brian.
Dress code for the first night will be casual. However some do change. I usually wear a nice pair of trousers with a dressier top for the first night.
Its just like Freedom dining on the first night, we were in our normal clothes, you just turn up and are seated at any table with anyone, there will be a letter in your room probably, telling you times and which restaurant to go to, as different airport arrivals were on different sittings I noticed when we went .
We were on Ventura in December and our cases did not arrive until 3 hours later most people were waiting on their cases when it was time for our evening meal on the 1st night you can sit where ever you want but after that you will have a note telling you what table number you will sit at on 1st or 2nd sitting. There are 4 Formal nights and all but one was on a sea day. So you will have plenty time to get ready when it is on a sea day. We had a fantastic time . I am sure you will enjoy it ignore bad reviews we were worried about them but the only moan we had was the sun beds too close together.
Forgot to say that dont worry about the cases not arriving to dress for dinner as most people just packed a tee shirt or blouse in thier hand luggage and changed from thier travelling clothes, no-one bothered as there was nothing else anyone could do if their case had not arrived.
Thank you all very much for your advice particularly Carnegie for the positive comments
Reading some reviews I was beggining to think I was being sentanced to 14 days in HMP Durham not going on holiday!
We once left home at 6a.m. to travel all the way down to Aurora. Knowing I'd be cramped up in a car for hours, I wore my easy ride jeans-elasticated waist and all, and a vast, ugly but comfortable T-shirt. Obviously the bad fashion fairy was on my back because the cases were lost all evening, so my first meal was-er-different! No-one batted an eye, as the tradition on first night is not to dress up. And the elasticated waist came in VERY handy after cruise food! Happy cruising-Jo.