Fascinating; the poop I stirred up! I respect everyone's opinion here, and as my opinion is different from many, I don't mean to offend. I understand your desire to keep the dining room experience special, and I respect that. I enjoy the dining room experience myself and am the first to laud those who dress to the nines on formal night (or on any night for that matter).
Now, for clarity, I don't wear jeans to the dining room, even on the first night of a cruise. My point is this: I like the formality of the dining room, I enjoy being semi dressed up on most nights, and I enjoy dressing for formal night. However, in the big picture, my cruise experience is not going to be affected by someone wearing jeans to dinner. Maybe I'm a heathen for not minding, but there are far more important things to get upset about i.e. someone wearing jeans WITH BAD MANNERS!
I have eaten with people who have dressed nicely, but whose manners were attrocious! To me, that is far more offensive than someone wearing jeans. What is that old saying? Can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, or sumpthin' like that.
I will continue to dress appropriately for the dining room, and respect others who do the same. I will support others in their choice for dress in the dining room, as long as they have manners!
Dang Karrie who whittled in your wheaties? I did graduate in 1970 and what has that got to do with your wanting to rebel against a given dress code? There is a time and a place for everything.If you dress up and your husband doesn't won't you feel out of place? Let me tell you a quick story. I went on my first cruise last september. I forgot to bring my husband a dress shirt and tie! He's like awww it's ok no one will notice. Well guess what he was the only one there in A polo shirt and Khaki's! He WAS embarrased. HE Also is MR. REBEL. and I wore black slacks and a lace blouse, I was also embarrased as I was the only one at my dinner time that didn't have on a dress or a skirt.Well the next two cruises we went on I was prepared for. We are also jean kinda of people too in our 40's and 50's but I have to admit it's fun dressing up and we have great pictures. Oh I don't know what are the forks are used for either!Didikay...