There are NO formal nights as such, anythig goes in the buffet restaurants, even shorts if you are that way inclined!
You can dress up though in the 2 other restaurats - you have to pay extra for those, but a lot do splash out for a special occasion etc.
Hair dryers in the cabins are ok, and of medium/power,if in doubt, take your own.
Shore excursions, like all ships are expensive but well organised. We have tried a few over the years, but go under are own steam mostly now. You can find a lot of advice on this subject by looking around this site, and other web sites.
We have cruised on both Island ships and this ship is far superior in all aspects, including cabin size. You will have a great time!
Graham & Lynn.
We went end of July on this ship - it was fantastic !
There were no formal nights as such - they have a sailaway party on deck as you leave Palma and the ports of call which is very relaxed, jeans are fine so long as they are smart. Out of the 5 eating places 2 are more formal but not stuffy - just dress as you would going to a good restaurant in the uk. Jeans prob not suitable for these though no one would comment if you did. This ship is so relaxed , the staf are fabulous, we loved every minute of it. My wife managed fine with the hairdryer and she likes a powerful one. If you take youor own you need an american type adapter. We were on the med explorer itinerery and can recommend the trips - even if they appear expensive they are good as you dont worry about anything. we did our own thing in Barcelona as the ship berths right up to the city and in Valencia we took a local bus. They will advise you on the info sheet you receive daily under your cabin door.
Just enjoy! Go for the excursions they lay on if in any doubt . Dont ruin it for saving a bit of dosh it would be a wast.
No formal nights but you can dress up in the Restaurant where you have to book.
Jeans are allowed in the other restaurants.On board hairdryers are the bain of my lift for every ship. You can hire a hairdryer but it is no good. The heaviest bit of my luggage is my dual voltage hairdryer bought from Currys!
The excursions are a bit pricey and you can always take a taxi from port and do your own tour. The only bit of advice there is if your tour is late back the ship will wait for you and if your taxi is late they won't. Island cruises are the friendliest ones to go on. I have been from the dearest to the cheapest and we alwaays come back to island.
We went on a transatlantic cruise to Brazil on the Island Star last november.The only formal night was the Captain's reception.In the evenings if you dine at the restaurants where you pre-book,you need to dress smartly-a skirt and top or a dress is fine,but no jeans.You can dine informally at the self-service style restaurants,and there jeans wont be a problem.I found that the hair dryers were adequate.I'm sure you'll have a great time on the cruise,and like me,you'll soon become addicted to cruising !! good luck,Elizabeth,Leiceste.
Hi there, i have just returned from the island star in answer to your questions. there are no formal nights and yes jeans are accepted everywhere on the island star the onboard hairdryers are just as good. please be aware that you cannot use travel irons. there is laundry service which is not very expensive. all the excursions are worth a visit. honest. have fun on your cruise its great.
No there are no formal nights,yes jeans are allowed, the hairdryiers are the same as the ones found in hotels but they do wor.
My wife and I sailed on a med cruise on the Island Star in April. There were no formal nights on our cruise which disappointed us. You can wear jeans in the evenings in the bar but the 2 main restaurants require smart casual dress. My wife says the hairdryer was fine. The Shore excursions were excellent but expensive. You should do a bit of research beforehand and depending on your length of time in port organising your own tour can work out much cheaper. The ship and crew were excellent as was the food and entertainment. Hope you have a great time.
Gerry - Dublin.
No formal nights, jeans aare good, but most men wwear slacks wwhen inside in the evening, haairdresser v good though slightly priceyon excursions very beyween 25 to 45 pound on average, it pays to find exactly the ship is docking ie in or near the centre of town, and then some of the towns visited are worth the walk into them, rather than takle a excurtion, although i have found most of the guides v goo.
No formal nights and no jeans for meal.