Last updated: 10:33 PM ET, Mon November 26 2012

Crystal Cruises Relaxes Dress Code to Make Black Tie Optional

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Crystal Cruises | Theresa Norton | November 26, 2012

Crystal Cruises has relaxed its recommended dress code, making black tie optional on formal nights. “Based on valuable feedback from our guests, we have updated the recommended dress codes to be more in line with the continually evolving, more relaxed dress codes reflected throughout the world today,” the company noted on its website. The changes take effect beginning with the Jan. 5 cruise on Crystal Symphony and the March 31 departure on Crystal Serenity.

Mimi Weisband, vice president of public relations for the luxury line, said the changes were made for a combination of reasons. “We now have far more cruises of 10 days or less (about 30 percent of our cruises in 2013) and we have more port-intensive itineraries, for which folks want to bring less luggage,” she explained in an email. “We have people who are taking our ‘getaway’ shorter cruises and combining the cruises with their own land stays. We still feel that most guests will opt to dress up on the formal night, and many guests indicate that they love that we have that special evening(s). However, if someone really doesn’t want to dress up on that evening, we just don’t want to convey that it is mandatory.”

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