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Confused about the different cruise lines and dress codes

Alaska - boards.cruisecritic.com
I have never cruised before and the amount of information out here is quite overwhelming! I'm trying to do my research and not bother you about silly questions, but unfortunately I have a silly one!

My dad really wants us to go on NCL. I know it's because that is the line that he went on in the past (albeit that was a Caribbean one- he's never done AK) and he is a creature of habit. He says he thinks its the best option for us because of it's flexible dining times and that the dress code is more lax. However, it seems to be rated considerably lower than some of the other lines. I am also looking at Princess and Holland and their one way itineraries. I have read folks referring to dress codes and formal nights, and that they are different ship to ship. I have also read that AK cruises are often less formal than the Caribbean ones. However, I am finding it hard to find this dress code information out for each ship as I am researching both the ship conditions and the itineraries. Is there a place on their website that tells if they have formal nights and what the dress code is the other nights?

I don't want to sound like a total bum, but I guess I am because I really hate to dress up!! I am really wanting to experience AK on this trip- go on some hikes, rafting, etc, and will need all the outdoor/rugged type gear for that. To me, dressed up is my "nice" pair of black jeans and a nice top or sweater!! For my boys, dressed up would mean khaki pants and a polo shirt. Do we all really need to bring formal wear also? Or can we just get room service those nights and save that luggage space??

Thanks for any help!
Date: Jan 23, 2015   


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