the Jewel is by far the best price out there. I asked my PVP at Carnival if she could meet the price. I have not heard from her. I am going to book the Jewel if Carnival can't or won't meet the prive. Viet
They do have "dress up or not" nights -- usually two on a seven night cruise. Some people dress up, others don't. They serve lobster in the main dining rooms at least once during the week. I'm not sure if it's twice. It's part of a seafood plate, I think.
I don't know about a captain's party. There are usually gatherings for past cruisers -- more of a cocktail hour, with the captain and other officers.
We booked the Jewel for the spring. I am amazed at the price. They are by far thye best bargain out there . I am platinum with Carnival but the price was so much better with NCL I coulod not resist. Thanks for all the help I have recieved. Viet