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CAmom2boys
05-01-2006, 04:46 PM
DH and our two boys (ages 5 and 2) will be cruising for the first time in two weeks. :banana: Is it ok for them to wear shorts (and a collared shirt) for dinner, or do I need to pack long pants for them too? I hate to pack more stuff that they won't wear except for a couple hours in the evening, especially since they are young and likely to make a mess of themselves each and every time. :rolleyes: If they do need pants, can they be jeans? DH won't be very happy if I have to do more shopping. :rotfl:

D'Anne

NCardella
05-01-2006, 05:06 PM
Dress shorts are fine, esp for kids. khaki's, cotton twill...that sort of thing.

VAgal76
05-01-2006, 05:48 PM
Dress shorts are fine, esp for kids. khaki's, cotton twill...that sort of thing.

My DS is 10. Is there an expectation for older kids to wear pants? If he can wear nice shorts he's going to be one very happy boy. He'd love to wear shorts and not have to wear a tie. :)

happymommy
05-01-2006, 05:50 PM
That is such a young age! They may be in PJ's and snoozing - who knows? I'm sure you sound like someone with good judgement! Whatever you deem appropriate is probably going to be just fine. My DS9 may be untucked, but he'll look neat and tidy on our first Disney Cruise this Augus (cat 3 - yeah! Or yikes - the price!) Have fun.

CAmom2boys
05-01-2006, 05:56 PM
I should have also specified that we will be on the Wonder for a 4-night cruise. From what I have read here, it is more casual than the Magic, which suits us perfectly. We are starting our vacation at WDW and I plan on doing laungry once, I just don't want to pack an extra 8 pairs of pants for my messy kids. :teeth:

pearlieq
05-01-2006, 06:32 PM
A much more casual dress code has always been condoned for small children, but the older they get, the more they should be expected to confrom to the standard dress code. I would say by 10 or so I would be expecting a child traveling with me to be dressed properly for dinner, or to make other arrangements to eat that night.

Everyone has their own opinion on this, though, and to my knowledge DCL has never refused to seat anyone in the main dining rooms, so really nothing that anyone says here has any affect on what actually happens on the ship!

Hope you have a great cruise!

Surroundedbyboys
05-01-2006, 06:43 PM
I took my two sons (13 & 10 at the time) each a pair of black Docker dress pants. They wore them to dinner every evening, had them on for about 2 hours each time. If they got a spot I just wiped with a wet cloth....and they were good to go. No need to pack more than a pair each for sure. I would definitely agree that a 5 & 2 year old could get away with dress shorts!

webray
05-01-2006, 07:03 PM
Even if you do decide to get them each a pair of dockers type pants, a tie is not required, not ever on the wonder, definately not.

CAmom2boys
05-01-2006, 07:10 PM
I took my two sons (13 & 10 at the time) each a pair of black Docker dress pants. They wore them to dinner every evening, had them on for about 2 hours each time. If they got a spot I just wiped with a wet cloth....and they were good to go. No need to pack more than a pair each for sure. I would definitely agree that a 5 & 2 year old could get away with dress shorts!
You haven't seen my 2-year old after dinner. :rotfl2: Sometimes I wonder if he gets any food in his mouth.

Thank you all for your opinions. I will rest easier knowing that we won't be thrown out of the dining room for not following the dress code. ;) I think they will look adorable (and bright) in their khaki shorts and matching tropical shirts. :goodvibes

VAgal76
05-01-2006, 07:18 PM
Okay, we're going to compromise - pants and no tie for him. :teeth: He'll wear suit if I tell him that is what is expected. We've never cruised so I just didn't know how he'd blend with the other kids.

VAgal76
05-01-2006, 07:18 PM
Errrr - double post. :confused3

aprilgail2
05-01-2006, 07:48 PM
For a 5 and 2 year old I would think it would be fine for dreesy shorts and a nice shirt....by 8 they should be wearing long pants at dinner IMO. I had my 5 year old wear a dress or capris or pants, I didn't let her wear shorts to dinner but I think it would have been ok if she did...

TammiMcMan
05-01-2006, 08:12 PM
I definitely think the little ones should be comfortable at dinner. Most of them ended up sound asleep across the chairs anyway. One thing to keep in mind though, the dining rooms and the theatre can get cold. I always brought down a sweater or shawl with me.

lbgraves
05-01-2006, 08:17 PM
DS stopped wearing dress shorts to dinner when he was 6. Dockers & a button down shirt with a tie is what he goes with now. He wears a suit to formal nights.

alcoromom
05-02-2006, 09:09 AM
My boys will be 10 and 12 when we cruise.Are nice gym shoes ok with dress pants also can I swap there dress shirts from the first/third night.I want to pack light if possible.This is for the 3 day cruise.

lbgraves
05-02-2006, 09:20 AM
Sneakers with dockers & dress shirts??? IDK about others but there is no way that I would let DS try that.

Par8hed
05-02-2006, 09:43 AM
Sneakers with dockers & dress shirts??? IDK about others but there is no way that I would let DS try that.

The complete opposite of the old guys you see mowing the lawn in dress shoes, navy blue socks, and shorts!

Put me down for a nay on the dinner sneakers as well.

lbgraves
05-02-2006, 10:02 AM
I didn't need that visual this morning! ;) LOL!!!!

KimberlyC
05-02-2006, 10:51 AM
My boys will be 10 and 12 when we cruise.Are nice gym shoes ok with dress pants also can I swap there dress shirts from the first/third night.I want to pack light if possible.This is for the 3 day cruise.

Others have suggested they didn't think sneakers would look good with dress pants but you said "nice gym shoes" so I think it depends on what they look like. My DS is a toddler so I don't know what 10 and 12 year old sneakers look like but DS's sneakers are beige/blue. They look like this, but in boy colors http://store.nordstrom.com/product/product_brandboutique.asp?styleid=2900120&boutique=ecco&category=2376778~2372811~2373440~2381534~2381535&NextStyleID=2900106&PrevStyleID=2845684 He's never had white ones since the colored ones are so cute. I think these type sneakers would be fine.

To the OP, I think you will likely see a lot of variation. I plan on dressing DH and DS in a tux on formal night, not because its required but because I want a formal family photo. Whether DS wears pants or dress shorts will depend on what cute things I find near our cruise time. For kids that age, I think sometimes the short outfits are actually dressier looking. For example, for Easter I found him a cute pant outfit with a sweater vest (my avatar photo) but for Mother's Day Brunch, he'll wear a dressy linen type material short overall outfit with safari animals and matching socks. For Father's Day, he'll wear a dress shirt and shorts with a matching navy sweater vest. I can't say that the pant outfit is more dressy than the shorts. Suprisingly, I think the safari overalls look the dressiest and will look equally fine with either dress sandals or his saddle shoes. I'm sure, given the thought you are putting into it, your DS's will look like little prince charmings in whatever you choose.

TammiMcMan
05-02-2006, 12:09 PM
Others have suggested they didn't think sneakers would look good with dress pants but you said "nice gym shoes" so I think it depends on what they look like.I was thinking the same thing when I read the post. My DS has sneakers that definitely look more like dress shoes than gym sneakers. My DH has the deck shoes that pull double duty, he wears them with jeans or with dockers. Another option, if you're looking at sandals anyway for the summer, maybe the closed toe fisherman type sandal shown here (http://www3.jcpenney.com/jcp/Products.aspx?DeptID=9452&CatID=29446&CatTyp=DEP&ItemTyp=G&GrpTyp=PRD&ItemID=0e14af4&ProdSeq=1&Cat=sandals&Dep=&PCat=boy%27s+shoes&PCatID=29367&RefPage=ProductList&Sale=&ProdCount=12&RecPtr=&ShowMenu=&TTYP=&ShopBy=0&RefPageName=CategoryAll.aspx&RefCatID=29367&RefDeptID=9452&Page=1&CmCatId=9452|29367|29446).

cristit14
05-02-2006, 01:33 PM
DS has also worn nice gym shoes with his dockers to dinner. They were navy blue and you couldn't tell the difference. The year that he wore those, I had actually taken his dress shoes with us, but unfortunately his feet had grown so they didn't fit well. So, we switched to the tennies and he was much happier! :thumbsup2