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Old 03-07-2013, 08:29 AM   #16
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Do men wear pants to dinner every night or can they wear khaki shorts and a polo shirt? I know on the formal and semi formal that they're dressed up but was wondering about the other nights. Thanks!
I've worn khaki hiking type shorts with a polo or dress shirt on a few occasions but typically try to avoid this, however this is my personal preference. I have seen people wear what ever they feel comfortable in and I am never one to judge. I feel it's their vacation and they can wear what makes them feel comfortable.
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:47 AM   #17
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I think I'm just really moody today because I'm gonna say it. Clothing threads bring out some really insufferable people.

Is dress expected to be the same in the casual dining area as well? On other cruises I've been on, if you don't want to do formal - or dress in pants for dinner, you could go to the buffet. As DCL doesn't have dinner buffets, is pizza/burger/deli our only option for eating in shorts without "breaking the rules"?
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:19 AM   #18
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I think I'm just really moody today because I'm gonna say it. Clothing threads bring out some really insufferable people.

Is dress expected to be the same in the casual dining area as well? On other cruises I've been on, if you don't want to do formal - or dress in pants for dinner, you could go to the buffet. As DCL doesn't have dinner buffets, is pizza/burger/deli our only option for eating in shorts without "breaking the rules"?
DCL is wonderful! In the MDRs they have a crystal clear dress code. Want to eat in shorts/t shirts? The buffet is a wonderful place to eat, has a great selection, and you can enjoy the view. Want to eat in swimsuits? Tasty and even some healthy options available on deck in the quick service locations. Want to eat in your pajamas? Room service 24 hours a day.

Something for everyone. Don't worry about what to wear, however you want to dress there is an appropriate, comfortable dining venue for you.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:25 AM   #19
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DCL is wonderful! In the MDRs they have a crystal clear dress code. Want to eat in shorts/t shirts? The buffet is a wonderful place to eat, has a great selection, and you can enjoy the view. Want to eat in swimsuits? Tasty and even some healthy options available on deck in the quick service locations. Want to eat in your pajamas? Room service 24 hours a day.

Something for everyone. Don't worry about what to wear, however you want to dress there is an appropriate, comfortable dining venue for you.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:46 AM   #20
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My husband wears jeans most nights and feels comfortable in them.
This is what I wear in the MDR as well, save for formal and semi-formal nights.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:42 AM   #21
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DCL specifically asks for no shorts in the dining rooms.

However, according to most reports, this is not enforced.

Palo and Remy are for the most part enforced.

We were told by guest services "shorts are no problem" "you don't need to change" for MDR's on the Dream when I mentioned we had to go change for dinner. We all wore shorts and t-shirts for dinner that night and were one of many.
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Others have posted the dress code rules. I always wear pants in the MDRs for dinner. I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing shorts for dinner, but some men did.

Mike
Same here. I take two pairs of pants and two shirts (aloha in the Caribbean, polo for other destinations) to wear at dinner. I alternate them each evening, but on one occasion I was glad for the second pair as one was damaged beyond repair. After dinner, I often shift back into shorts.

I really don't understand the reluctance of some to dress even semi-nicely for dinner. Yes, they are on vacation but then so am I. Their "me first" attitude demonstrates a lack of respect for themselves and their fellow passengers.
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DCL is wonderful! In the MDRs they have a crystal clear dress code. Want to eat in shorts/t shirts? The buffet is a wonderful place to eat, has a great selection, and you can enjoy the view. Want to eat in swimsuits? Tasty and even some healthy options available on deck in the quick service locations. Want to eat in your pajamas? Room service 24 hours a day.

Something for everyone. Don't worry about what to wear, however you want to dress there is an appropriate, comfortable dining venue for you.
Be careful, you don't want to break the rules now. According to the website, under Topsiders:

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The dress code for dinner is cruise casual. However, you are requested to not wear tank tops, swim wear or shorts for dinner.

So, per the rules, no shorts even at the "non MDR" sit down location.

I do think this is a major failing of DCL. I may want "Saturday casual" dress for a sit down meal. I'm willing to go outside the MDRs .. but I don't want pizza/hot dogs/deli every night for dinner.
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Maybe it's not a lack of respect. Maybe dressing in a pair of decent shorts is considered acceptable where they are from.
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Be careful, you don't want to break the rules now. According to the website, under Topsiders:

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The dress code for dinner is cruise casual. However, you are requested to not wear tank tops, swim wear or shorts for dinner.

So, per the rules, no shorts even at the "non MDR" sit down location.

I do think this is a major failing of DCL. I may want "Saturday casual" dress for a sit down meal. I'm willing to go outside the MDRs .. but I don't want pizza/hot dogs/deli every night for dinner.
There is another option for you and that would be topsider. Very night, you wouldn't wear a wet bathing suit but you can dress and pretty much get the same food you do in the MDR.
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Be careful, you don't want to break the rules now. According to the website, under Topsiders:

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The dress code for dinner is cruise casual. However, you are requested to not wear tank tops, swim wear or shorts for dinner.


So, per the rules, no shorts even at the "non MDR" sit down location.

I do think this is a major failing of DCL. I may want "Saturday casual" dress for a sit down meal. I'm willing to go outside the MDRs .. but I don't want pizza/hot dogs/deli every night for dinner.
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There is another option for you and that would be topsider. Very night, you wouldn't wear a wet bathing suit but you can dress and pretty much get the same food you do in the MDR.
Please read again. The actual rules for TOPSIDER say no shorts. Just like in the MDRs.

I think that DCL chooses to treat their Dress code as a guideline and not a requirement (except Palo/Remy) .. but some people are really really sticklers for the "rules of dress".
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This is just for dinner, correct? We can wear shorts for breakfast and lunch???
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This is just for dinner, correct? We can wear shorts for breakfast and lunch???
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I really don't understand the reluctance of some to dress even semi-nicely for dinner. Yes, they are on vacation but then so am I. Their "me first" attitude demonstrates a lack of respect for themselves and their fellow passengers.
I'm not sure how someone wearing a nice par of shorts is not dressing semi - nicely. Not everyone wants to wear pants when they are on a cruise.I just don't see why people seem so judgmental about it here on the Dis. If one of my table mates came to dinner in short one night I wouldn't care, heck I've gone to dinner in shorts and a polo shirt. As for saying this is part of a me first attitude and a lack of respect for other passengers I really don't get that.
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I didn't dress up for dinner because I didn't have room in my luggage for a couple extra pair of pants, another pair of shoes, dress socks, etc. There's only so much room in my carry-on bag - no checked bags for me.

I did wear jeans every night, by the way. I was too scared off to wear shorts. I won't be afraid to wear them next time.
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