- Diamond Dave wrote:
- I just got done reading your proposal for Christmas in 2009. I might be interested but so far I've only sailed Princess and Royal Caribbean (as you can see by my signature). What can someone coming over from these mainstream cruise lines expect when coming over to Cunard?
Here are my questions:
1) I know Cunard is more formal. Are jackets and ties required every evening for dinner?
2) Is Cunard still on a class system?
3) How would you describe the passenger mix on Cunard?
You can expect Cunard to be more formal overall but in no way does that mean stiff!! Formal
: Black tie or formal dark suit for gentlemen. Evening dress or other formal attire for ladies.Semiformal
: Jacket and tie for gentlemen. Cocktail dress or trouser suit for ladies. No jeans.Elegant casual
: Jacket, no tie required for genetlemen. Dress, skirt or trousers for ladies. No shorts or jeans.
You can read this information here: http://cunard.com/FAQ/faq.asp?Cat=&View=ViewArticle&Mode=News&ContentID=3671&LeftNav=&Active=&Sub=&OB=&ArticleID=11
As far as a class system, it only applies at dinner time. And, at that the differences are very subtle - Princess and Queen Grill accommodations have their own dining rooms and it's single seating. This means the table assigned to you is yours for the entire cruise and you may eat when you wish. Everyone else has traditional dining either late or early sitting in the main dining room. Just note that QM2 now has a Category AA that is also single seating venue. Queens and Princess Grill menus have the same items as the main dining room except a few more choices are given to them. Other than dining, the only other thing I can think of is the Queen's Grill lounge which is exclusively for Princess and Queen's Grill passengers.
Passenger mix is usually a stong mix of British and Americans with a smaller representation from other countries onboard, especially for TranAtlantic crossings. Shorter American based cruises tend to be heavily American and even more specifically most from the NYC area or at least a heavy concentration from the area. Caribbean Cruises again usually have a healthy mix of British and Americans. Generally speaking, the longer the cruise, the more countries will be represented in the passenger mix.
Hope this helps and you SHOULD consider the holiday cruise. I see you're a Princess elite guest so if you enjoy the more laid back atmosphere of Princess, Cunard should be an easy transition fo you!