Ida and Neil Down - Answered a Question by Jones (23 Sep 08 11:55)

There are several other lines which have so called "Freestyle Dining" but I am unsure whether to recommend any other than the ones like Ocean Village. My reason for saying this is because you do not make it clear what you consider "dressing up" to be or even if you intend to go to dinner still dressed in your sightseeing clothes. I await your definition of "informal", regards, Ida.

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a - Answered a Question by Jones (23 Sep 08 12:44)

'Freestyle' dining to me is the ability to go to dinner at a time I want to when I am hungry. The dress code applies throughout the ship irrespective of when you eat. So with that understanding, RCI are trialling MyTime on 7 of their ships, as are HAL, so do Princess, and the topend lines like Seabourn, SilverSeas, and Azamara all have open dining.

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Wilba - Answered a Question by Jones (23 Sep 08 13:55)

Hi! I think your confusing Freestyle to mean the dress code. Freestyle relates to the time of dining only, & nothing to do with how you dress. NCL are probably the most relaxed of the 4 star lines regarding dress code, if that is your concern, as all the other 4 stars do encourage a greater adherance to the code of the day. Lines with a lower rating, such as Island Cruises, have less expectation of dressing for dinner, I concurr from the reviews on this site. I hope I'm reading you correctly, as I've been in bad books too many times this week. Regards Wilba.

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Jones - Answered a Question by Jones (23 Sep 08 15:23)

My apologies for using the term "Freestyle"!! Whilst we prefer to dine where & when we want to it was the "Dress code" I was interested in. We prefer to have a table for 2 we're not unsociable but enjoy dining on our own, we socialise in the bars & lounges. As we need to be "smart" in our work we enjoy a casual attire for our holidays. Can anyone tell me more about the RCI trialling of their MyTime dining? Our definition of "Dressing up" (Ida Down) is Tux & Cocktail dresses. We always change after sightseeing but into "smart casual" ie: trousers/short sleeve shirt (men) & trousers/skirt with smart top (ladies) Thanks for all comments.

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Wilba - replied to Jones (23 Sep 08 17:09)

Just a bit more info on your question. It's more the norm that the Dressy Up Nights are normally on 'At Sea' days &/or nights with an early port departure so that your not too rushed for the evening shenanakins. Regards Wilba.

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a - Answered a Question by Jones (23 Sep 08 15:30)

My Time Dining - now through 2009 saildates for the below ships only! Oasis of the Seas - *NEW* December 12, 2009 - November 27, 2010 Brilliance of the Seas now - December 23, 2009 Freedom of the Seas now - December 27, 2009 Serenade of the Seas now - December 26, 2009 Jewel of the Seas now - December 21, 2009 Radiance of the Seas now - December 20, 2009 Independence of the Seas now - December 26, 2009 .

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Tucker - Answered a Question by Jones (26 Sep 08 22:20)

Have just returned from a cruise on Island Escape, with Island Cruises. Mealtimes are flexible, with evening meal between 6.30 and 9.30 -just turn up when you want to eat, and dress code is smart casual for evenings. We wore the sort of clothes you would wear to a mid level local restaurant, so the whole thing is quite informal. The cruise line do lots of Med trips. Hope this helps.

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