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formal night dress code - how strict?

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Four of us (two couples) are taking our first cruise to Alaska this summer on Holland America's Westerdam. We're hearing conflicting stories about how strictly they enforce the formal night's dress code (tux or dark suit for men, cocktail dress or evening gown for women per our reservation agent). This requirement would send us shopping for things we might not wear again (sad but true).
How strict are they in the dining room and would we miss out on something special if we just opted out of the formal night?
Thanks for your help.

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