No. The dress code is not adhered to by the minority. It should be. The maitre D. should enforce it. Although it is only suggested. We have found that they can get away with anything. Shorts, trainers, you name it some folks will wear it. Such a shame. When we commented on the attire our waiter said it was only suggested. So go ahead and wear anything you want. Although many, many people DID wear was was suggested it seems like you can please youselves. We do not know how anyone flouts the dress code and feel comfortable with themselves. But there you go.
If you mean are you expected to adhere to the dress code the answer is yes. If you are going on a fly cruise to the Caribbean the usual dress code for a 14 night cruise is 4 formal nights and the rest smart casual. On the formal nights you are expected to adhere to the dress code in the restaurants and the bars. If you really do not want to dress up you can go to the buffet restaurant in smart casual dress. It would be a shame if you do not enter into the spirit of the thing as on the formal evenings the ship has a wonderful atmosphere.
You will find that about 90% of men on board will wear a DJ and the woman either a long dress or dressy trousers and floaty or glitzy top. Men can wear a lounge suit but they look so smart in a DJ. If your husband doesn't possess one you can buy one at M&S or Matalan for a very reasonable amount.
On a smart casual evening many women still dress very smartly. Men tend to wear shirt - can be short sleeved and long trousers, like chinos. Smart jeans are now acceptable but they will be in the minority.
Hope this helps.
My wife and I are going on Ventura for the first time in Sept 2009 for 7 nights, Is it likely to be tuxedo every night in the main dining area.
No, only on the Formal evenings of which there will be 2 on a 7 night cruise. Have a fantastic time, I'm sure you will. You will be told which restaurant you are allocated to. There will be a card in your cabin when you arrive which will tell you which sitting and the number of your table. You can go down and have a look if you like and if you have any problems the restaurant manager will be available in the restaurant after 3pm.
Always follow the dress code or you will stick out like a sore thumb .
On the 2 nighter in September, we saw a man refused entry to the freedom-dining restaurant on formal night because he was wearing jeans.
My self and my partner and 36 friends are all off on the ventura on the 12th of march 2010 we hope that smart casual means suited and booted.we did our first cruise on the queen mary 5 years ago and the dress code was so nice we enjoyed every minute of getting dressed up.will we be out of place in suits every night ?
I don't think you will be overdressed, we made an extra effort every night. Enjoy....................
Dress code on formal nights on board msc melody.