Wilba - Answered a Question by Scaling (08 Nov 08 11:36)

NCL, Carnival are 'optional formal' .

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a - Answered a Question by Scaling (08 Nov 08 13:27)

Azamara and Oceania are 'country club casual' every night.

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spragg - Answered a Question by Scaling (08 Nov 08 13:30)

Just sailed with RCI. Dinner Suits are not compulsory. For the formal nights they expect dinner suits or just normal suits with shirt and tie is fine and quite accepted. On our recent 11 night cruise there were only 2 formal nights so if you really dont want to dress up then there are other options apart from the main dining room. Watch out for comments from some of the older cruisers who think everyone should dress up. Certainly on the Independence of the seas most people dressed up in formal wear but there were plenty of regular suits and they didi not look out of place.

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Bradley - Answered a Question by Scaling (08 Nov 08 14:37)

OV doesn't finish completely until the end of the summer 2010 so hopefully by then someone else may have identified this as a large niche market that they can move into. Having been obliged to wear a suit to work for more decades than I wish to remember it was nice not to have to wear one on holiday as well!

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Bannon - replied to Bradley (08 Nov 08 15:42)

Why are ocean village finishing ? I have not yet cruised but was hoping to within the next year with Ocean Village.

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Wilba - replied to Bannon (08 Nov 08 15:57)

Use the drop down box in the blue Find a Question (Ocean Village) & all has been covered there. Regards.

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Bradley - replied to Bannon (10 Nov 08 08:16)

This is the official message from Carnival as posted on the OV website - - Ocean Village to be phased out as Carnival rationalises brand portfolio - Carnival UK has announced that it is rationalising its portfolio with the phasing out of the Ocean Village brand, beginning in Autumn 2009. Consistent with Carnival’s strategy of investing in brands which show the greatest growth potential, both Ocean Village ships will transfer to the P&O Cruises Australia brand, the first in time for Christmas 2009 and the second a year later. Commenting on the move, David Dingle, CEO of Carnival UK and Chair of the Carnival Australia Management Committee, said: “In reviewing the most effective deployment of our ships, we have recognised the major growth potential in the Australian market and the profit opportunity which awaits. Clearly it is disappointing to wind down our Ocean Village operation which has been superbly created and delivered by an excellent management team, but we must recognise the need to maximise profit performance from our assets. Ocean Village has done much to change the face of British cruising, and all our UK brands have benefited from this. The arrival of new ships for P&O Cruises and Cunard in 2010 and the continuing development of Princess Cruises in Britain will ensure that Carnival UK continues its growth despite the redeployment of the Ocean Village vessels.” Ocean Village will operate a single ship in the Caribbean in Winter 2009-10 and the previously published programme will be adjusted, with existing bookings amended accordingly. A European programme will be operated in 2010. P&O Cruises will take delivery of the 3,100 bed Azura in March 2010 and the new 2,100 bed Queen Elizabeth will join the Cunard fleet in October 2010. - Ends - So basically, they can make more money elsewhere!!

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