Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Did HAL change their dress code?
A: Yes, some refinements were made to improve consistency and the policy now reads:
Q: Why the change from “Formal” To “Gala” night?
A: To many, the “Formal” term was misleading as it implies a specific type of dress (black tie or tuxedo) that has never been a requirement. “Gala” still implies festive or dressy without misleading guests to bring attire the majority of guests don’t wear.
Q: What about ladies’ gala attire?
A: Dressy attire is appropriate. Dresses, skirts, and slacks are all acceptable.
Q: Are a jacket and tie required for men?
A: Jacket and tie is the preferred attire in all fine dining restaurants on Gala Nights, though it is not required. Guests without a jacket and tie were allowed in the fine dining restaurants before the new wording so this is not a policy change.
Q: Are jeans allowed?
A: Jeans without holes, tears or embroidery are welcome on most evenings in all restaurants, but on Gala Nights jeans are only allowed in the casual dining restaurants.
Q: Can I wear shorts in the main dining room?
A: Not at dinner. The dining room is considered a fine dining restaurant and shorts are not permitted.
Q: Is the dress code the same on Grand Voyages?
A: Yes. The policy applies to all Holland America Line voyages.