For 12 July nights at sea, on a grand ocean liner crossing the Atlantic between England and New York, we dressed for dinner.
That is, we dressed not as formally as the rich folks on TV’s Downton Abbey from the early 20th century, but we were decked out in plenty of formality and pomp for the 21st century. Not one of the 12 evenings was listed as “casual.”
Explained a British passenger on the ship, the Queen Mary 2: “This is a crossing, not a cruise.”
Vacationers who prefer not to stand out like driftwood in a sea of elegant penguins will want to know the difference before booking a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean.