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phuang
03-31-2006, 01:34 AM
Can we wear jeans and a nice shirt/top during dinner at the restaurants?

Thanks!

PizzieDuster
03-31-2006, 01:47 AM
Well, I think like casual docker type pants are better. I believe they suggest that Jeans not be worn in the dinning room, DCL that is. When it was not formal, my DH wore "docker" type casual pants, my sons wore "Dickie" type of pants and ran to the cabin and changed the minute they were done ;) I would always hang their pants back up for the next night..and they would wear a different shirt :thumbsup2 As much as they act like they don't like to dress up, they did. They liked to look nice, but could change out of their clothes faster than SUPERMAN! :rotfl:

I know that some people who aren't comfortable dressing up a bit, love the alternative of the buffet. Something to consider too.

I know at first, on my first EVER cruise experience, I swore up and down we were NOT dressing up, I was NOT packing dresses and suits and all that stuff... then I saw pictures and stuff and got all into it. I'm so glad we did, we have awesome portraits. We are going on a Royal Carribean cruise in 3 weeks and I can't wait to see my teens in their ties! They are really excited. But if they don't feel like dressing up, there are so many other options for them. It's their vacation too, but I will put my foot down and have the formal nights together. :grouphug:

webray
03-31-2006, 04:28 AM
Absolutely jeans are ok, and you will see many people wearing them for dinner. We love the new casual dinner dress code on the magic and wonder. Now, all we need is DCL to update their paperwork to reflect all these changes.Can we wear jeans and a nice shirt/top during dinner at the restaurants?

Thanks!

webray
03-31-2006, 04:29 AM
They suggest no shorts in the dining room. Jeans are perfectly ok.Well, I think like casual docker type pants are better. I believe they suggest that Jeans not be worn in the dinning room, DCL that is. When it was not formal, my DH wore "docker" type casual pants, my sons wore "Dickie" type of pants and ran to the cabin and changed the minute they were done ;) I would always hang their pants back up for the next night..and they would wear a different shirt :thumbsup2 As much as they act like they don't like to dress up, they did. They liked to look nice, but could change out of their clothes faster than SUPERMAN! :rotfl:

I know that some people who aren't comfortable dressing up a bit, love the alternative of the buffet. Something to consider too.

I know at first, on my first EVER cruise experience, I swore up and down we were NOT dressing up, I was NOT packing dresses and suits and all that stuff... then I saw pictures and stuff and got all into it. I'm so glad we did, we have awesome portraits. We are going on a Royal Carribean cruise in 3 weeks and I can't wait to see my teens in their ties! They are really excited. But if they don't feel like dressing up, there are so many other options for them. It's their vacation too, but I will put my foot down and have the formal nights together. :grouphug:

2littlemonkeys
03-31-2006, 08:46 AM
Jeans are very much ok on casual nights. TONS of people wearing them in February.

Melanie

Vanvmom
03-31-2006, 11:50 AM
In the summer months, we did not see anyone in Jeans at dinner (not even kids). Doesn't mean they weren't there, we just didn't see any. I agree with PizzieDuster...One pair of khaki pants was all my boys needed for the 7 night cruise (they only wore them at dinner). It is amazing how FAST kids can change if they have the right motivation! :rotfl:

JeannieH
03-31-2006, 12:05 PM
Call me old-fashioned, but I dont like to see guests in jeans in the dining rooms. Jeans are fine for day-wear, watching a movie, building a wall, or eating at Pizza-hut. Im one who wishes cruise-lines enforced the "smart" attire for dinner. I know guests want to be comfortable, but I always think jeans are "workman wear"......... but hey.... Im no fashion icon! :rotfl2:

jcapizzi
03-31-2006, 12:39 PM
I like the jeans, dressy top, strappy sandal look and I think it is fine for nights other than formal and semi-formal nights. That's what I'll be wearing (and my two girls) will be packing when we get ready to leave in 56 days!!!!!!!!!!

we4blairs
03-31-2006, 03:19 PM
I've read no shorts but what about dress shorts? I think those look nicer on the kids than jeans. If jeans are accepted, I would think dress shorts would be too??

Tarabra
03-31-2006, 03:22 PM
I personally would not wear jeans and I would bust my DH's butt if he wore jeans, and this is coming from someone whose favorite attire on the rest of the cruise is my DH's old jeans cutoff into shorts. I just wouldn't feel comfortable wearing them. My DH wears the same khaki cargo pants every night, then changes. He also wears a polo, so he is very casual, but still not in jeans. Feel free to do what you please, but the dinners are such an experience. We look forward to getting ready for dinner. We are super duper casual people, but just not for dinner. Click the below link to see what we wore to some of the dinners.

grimley1968
03-31-2006, 04:14 PM
I would wear shorts if it were allowed, personally. I think cruise lines need to get away from this "dress code" stuff. It's my vacation and I'll dress the way I feel most comfortable.

But if there's a minimum policy that requires jeans, I guess I'll wear them. ;)

Actually, I'll probably bring a bunch of khaki-type of pants. I find them more comfy than jeans, usually.

I just don't see why it matters what other people wear. :confused3 Enjoy the food and your family and your vacation.

Maybe cruise lines enforce these dress codes for dinner because it's what polite society required in the early 20th century on cruises, but lots of things that were also required went away, such as dozens of sweating guys shoveling coal into huge boilers, steerage class, etc. I find the notion of dinner dress codes (beyond just shoes, shirts and pants) to be about as unnecessary as those huge boilers and steerage class.

atakaratemom
03-31-2006, 05:09 PM
Can we wear jeans and a nice shirt/top during dinner at the restaurants?

Thanks!
Many people feel the need to editorialize on this issue, but the simple answer to your question is yes. Have a great time!

JJsmama
03-31-2006, 05:09 PM
I've read no shorts but what about dress shorts? I think those look nicer on the kids than jeans. If jeans are accepted, I would think dress shorts would be too??


They are fine on kids. My sons wore them a couple times and looked adorable.

Actually, we were on a big family reunion cruise and the first night several of the men wore dress shorts to dinner. (Nice dress shorts with nice golf shirts.) We are actually all snappy dressers and eat in upscale restaurants a lot. It's ironic because this is a tropical vacation and dress shorts are 'resort casual.' They definitely looked nicer than someone in jeans would. None of them would have dared wear jeans to dinner.

However, we were apparently against the recommended dress code. (No one said a word.) I say, Make an effort to look nice for dinner in the dining rooms and don't get caught up in exact wording of the dress recommendations.

Par8hed
03-31-2006, 07:35 PM
I personally would not wear jeans and I would bust my DH's butt if he wore jeans, and this is coming from someone whose favorite attire on the rest of the cruise is my DH's old jeans cutoff into shorts. I just wouldn't feel comfortable wearing them. My DH wears the same khaki cargo pants every night, then changes. He also wears a polo, so he is very casual, but still not in jeans. Feel free to do what you please, but the dinners are such an experience. We look forward to getting ready for dinner. We are super duper casual people, but just not for dinner. Click the below link to see what we wore to some of the dinners.


Very well, and politely put.

Par8hed
03-31-2006, 07:43 PM
I would wear shorts if it were allowed, personally. I think cruise lines need to get away from this "dress code" stuff. It's my vacation and I'll dress the way I feel most comfortable.

But if there's a minimum policy that requires jeans, I guess I'll wear them. ;)

Actually, I'll probably bring a bunch of khaki-type of pants. I find them more comfy than jeans, usually.

I just don't see why it matters what other people wear. :confused3 Enjoy the food and your family and your vacation.

Maybe cruise lines enforce these dress codes for dinner because it's what polite society required in the early 20th century on cruises, but lots of things that were also required went away, such as dozens of sweating guys shoveling coal into huge boilers, steerage class, etc. I find the notion of dinner dress codes (beyond just shoes, shirts and pants) to be about as unnecessary as those huge boilers and steerage class.

Actually it's "everyone onboards vacation" and not just "yours". Maybe some people still appreciate cruising in the spirit of the 20th century and would like it to remain differentiated from a visit to the dude ranch.

MAC3
03-31-2006, 08:45 PM
According to the info on my ressie with Dreams Unlimited "Jeans are allowed" which makes us happy. I will apologize in advance to all those that will be cruising with us on the 29th of June, as we will utilize this option (except of course on the one dress up night) as we are a Jeans Family....

But to each their own!

atakaratemom
03-31-2006, 09:18 PM
According to the info on my ressie with Dreams Unlimited "Jeans are allowed" which makes us happy. I will apologize in advance to all those that will be cruising with us on the 29th of June, as we will utilize this option (except of course on the one dress up night) as we are a Jeans Family....

But to each their own!
No need to apologize when you are adhering to the suggested guidelines.

grimley1968
04-04-2006, 12:01 PM
Actually it's "everyone onboards vacation" and not just "yours". Maybe some people still appreciate cruising in the spirit of the 20th century and would like it to remain differentiated from a visit to the dude ranch.

WOW. If you're implying that dude ranches are some sort of objectionable thing, I guess this is a little insulting.

Do cowboys wear khakis like I mentioned in your quote of my previous post? :confused3

If you want your cruise to "remain differentiated from a visit to the dude ranch", might I suggest you look the other way when all the scores of people who do not wear tuxes walk by. Or just close your eyes and remember the Titanic movie, when all the "dude ranchers" in their khakis and button down shirts (e.g. yours truly) enjoy our meals in the vacation we have as much right to enjoy as those who wish to differentiate themselves from "dude ranchers".

:sad2:

I'm sorry, but by quoting my post, then mentioning "dude ranch" in a negative way, you made it personal. I can't let that go.

delo4
04-04-2006, 01:31 PM
We just got off the 3/18 eastern cruise. The men in our party wore jeans on all the casual nights. It was so much less to pack and made them very happy. We all did dress up a little more for semi-and formal nights. Jeans are allowed, so I'm not sure why anyone would get bent out of shape for adhering to the recommended dress. We did see people in all forms of dress, really dressed up to very casual. It sure didn't effect my dining. Our servers were fantastic and they didn't seem to care what we wore either. I personally love that they have relaxed what is required dress. For all those that like to dress up, there is no problem in doing that as well. Like I said, we saw all kinds. That's kinda what makes the world go round!

Kim&Chris
04-04-2006, 01:32 PM
This discussion pops up every few months or so.

It amazes me how people get so bothered at what OTHER people wear. Unless someone sits next to me in a sopping wet bathing suit, I really couldn't give a rat's butt less.

I'll be too busy enjoying the theme of the restaurant and having a wonderful time with DH to care what anyone else wears :banana:

Sorry, just had to give my $.02! :wizard:

mrsltg
04-04-2006, 02:40 PM
Yes, jeans are now allowed in the dining rooms.

Being that others have felt compelled to add their thoughts on the policy I will as well. The change in dress code, quite simply, is the dumbing down to the lowest common denominator. While it won't "effect" my dinner, it looks sloppy. I don't care if your jeans cost $15 or $150. They are made of denim and they are not appropriate for the setting. :confused3 I don't know why shorts and tank tops are not allowed if jeans are. I don't know why dry bathing suits are not allowed if jeans are. The difference is all a matter of taste.

Have a wonderful cruise!

grimley1968
04-04-2006, 02:48 PM
Yes, jeans are now allowed in the dining rooms.

Being that others have felt compelled to add their thoughts on the policy I will as well. The change in dress code, quite simply, is the dumbing down to the lowest common denominator. While it won't "effect" my dinner, it looks sloppy. I don't care if your jeans cost $15 or $150. They are made of denim and they are not appropriate for the setting. :confused3 I don't know why shorts and tank tops are not allowed if jeans are. I don't know why dry bathing suits are not allowed if jeans are. The difference is all a matter of taste.

Have a wonderful cruise!

Well, apparently you DO let what others wear "affect" your dinner, with such a harsh opinion on it. Try not to let the "lowest common denominator" bother you so much. Avert your gaze from the denim! :rotfl2: We "dumb" denim and khaki-wearers will try not to look your way, either. We'll just be enjoying the cruise, not judging what others wear. :goodvibes

ricka47
04-04-2006, 03:00 PM
While I personally feel that jeans are inappropiate in the dining room on a cruise, it is done on DCL. While it does not hamper my experience, the wearing of jeans, t-shirts, and baseball caps lessens the overall feeling of the dining room.

If someone said, "is it OK if we leave the nice white table cloth off tonight to save a few dollars" would that not affect the total experience? The food would taste the same, wouldn't it?

It may indeed be a small thing, but I agree that it's a dumbing down and a lessening of general civility in society as a whole.

grimley1968
04-04-2006, 03:17 PM
While I personally feel that jeans are inappropiate in the dining room on a cruise, it is done on DCL. While it does not hamper my experience, the wearing of jeans, t-shirts, and baseball caps lessens the overall feeling of the dining room.

If someone said, "is it OK if we leave the nice white table cloth off tonight to save a few dollars" would that not affect the total experience? The food would taste the same, wouldn't it?

It may indeed be a small thing, but I agree that it's a dumbing down and a lessening of general civility in society as a whole.

I disagree. I think you're using a weak analogy. Taking the white table cloth off would directly affect your experience, and you'd have no control over it. What another person wears has no effect on your experience, unless you are paying more attention to what others wear than on your own vacation.

Just pay attention to your own family and dinner and you'll be fine. If you feel that a tux is warranted on a tropical cruise, then by golly, wear a tux, and feel "civil" and "smart" about it. But let others wear what they want to wear. Wear and let wear.

Why be so worried about what others' wear? There are people who feel that what one wears has nothing to do with intelligence or civility.

Also keep in mind that "formal dress" is a concept that varies radically from era to era. What may be formal now may have been considered "lowest common denominator" in other times, and the pendulum will probably swing back that way someday. Holding to strict dress codes on a tropical vacation cruise in modern times just doesn't comport with how modern society views dress codes. I disagree that this is "dumbing down" or appealing to the "lowest common denominator." I feel it's a reflection of the times.

If you want to talk about "dumbing down", let's discuss the other cruise lines, where passengers squander what spending money they have on the casino roulette wheels (I personally find casinos to be "dumb" and lack "civility"), and not about people's personal dress choices on their vacation.