Hey Mark! It must be a Detroit thing (Southfield actually) cause I intend to do the same. I am packing at least two outfits for each day and a couple of extra casuals, all of my dinner outfits I think would do for formal night, and the shoe count right now is 7 pair! I already have one bag packed and my vacation doesn't start until May 14!
Frase, this is right from Princess' Cruise Answer Book:
There are two designations for dress codes: Smart Casual and Formal.
Smart Casual Evenings: Skirts/dresses, slacks, and sweaters for the ladies.
Pants and open neck shirts for men.
Formal Evenings: Evening gowns and cocktail dresses for ladies.
Tuxedo, slacks with dinner jackets, or suits for men.
That's it, Frase. I've noticed that the longer the cruise, the older the average age and the more tuxedos you see. But you will also see many on formal nights, like RichC, with jacket and open collar. And many women will have skirts and fancy tops or pant suits instead of gowns or cocktail dresses.
Well, my question certainly sparked some interest! From your posts, I conclude that 'smart casual' on Princess doesn't require a jacket (tie or not) for my husband.
Regarding the tux, my husband doesn't dress up for work and doesn't even own a suit (thus, we're not bringing one for formal nights). Although he could wear his black blazer and tie on formal nights and fit right in, he really loves his tux, which we bought for our first cruise. This is our 7th cruise so I'm familiar with what people do, but I do find it curious that RCI has three dress code categories and Princess has two (no 'casual', just 'smart casual') which made me think that Princess might be dressier.
The jacket is staying home and I'm bringing the extra shoes. LOL!
We're not 'retired', just 'tired', so we can hardly wait to get on that ship next Friday!
I'll try to answer any questions you might have when we get back.