People of a certain age just know that you have to wear a duffle coat at sea if there are any ocean days involved.....so I had to congratulate the man who was wearing his as he walked the decks as the QM2 began the run through the Bay of Biscay at the beginning of the 2013 World Cruise.
The QM2 is the last ocean liner in the world and, as such, is not suitable for some. If you don't want to spend some of your day doing "decks"-three times round equals a mile-or want lectures or having to mentally juggle the luggage allowance if flying go on something else because it'll save you getting upset at the Cunard experience. That experience was created when sailing was a different thing to what is expected now and so you could be disappointed if you don't remember this.
Yes, the Cunard is clothes. The dressing up at night is what makes it for so many which is why so many still do it with enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment. You can see the man who has been bullied into a dinner jacket reluctantly appear and then catch sight of himself, pause and suddenly James Bond is there in front of you. The gowns have gone-luggage allowance has killed them-but posh frocks are still there a plenty. Effort is made by a good 98%