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Old 04-24-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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Can men wear khaki shorts to dinner? If not, do they anyway?
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:10 AM   #2
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My honey wore polo shirts and dark jeans or khakis. It was the most comfy he has been on a cruise (and was overjoyed not to have to bring a suit).

I can't answer this positively, but I can say that the families we cruised with were the best dressed I have seen. Not fancy, but nicely put together, never sloppy. They looked better than some formal nights I have seen on other lines.

Yay for families who are put together tastefully!
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:30 AM   #3
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Can men wear khaki shorts to dinner? If not, do they anyway?
DCL's official policy is no shorts in the MDR's (main dining rooms) for dinner but yes, people do anyway.

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Old 04-24-2013, 11:31 AM   #4
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DH hates to get "dressed" for dinner so he'll wear jeans / khakis. We skip formal / semi-formal nights in the dining rooms and just go to Topsiders (on Magic) those nights. And sometimes other nights. And we can wear shorts there!
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:37 AM   #5
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My DH wears khaki shorts and a polo. He was a bit uncomfortable but continued to do it anyway... Of course we were in 4 night cruises without a formal night.
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DCL's official policy is no shorts in the MDR's (main dining rooms) for dinner but yes, people do anyway.

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I am probably in the minority, but I wish DCL would 'encourage' the rules more forcefully, especially on formal night. I love to see the ladies in formal gowns and the men in their dinner suits and bow ties. Makes for a real sense of occasion!!!
I guess it is the Brit in me!!!!
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Formal nights really need to officially go the way of the dinosaur. A vast majority of people have no interest in getting dressed up (yes, i know there are still some of you out there, but your numbers are constantly dwindling). I do believe everyone should always look neat and presentable in the MDRs and that swimwear and flip-flops should definitely not be allowed. However, for men (because let's face it, it's all a lot more "ambiguous" for women) nice khaki shorts, a polo or "hawaiian"-type shirt is fine for dinner IMO.
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I've always found the dining rooms too chilly for shorts. I do wear capris, and usually freeze. I think they crank up the AC to help keep their serving staff cool (they're all in formal wear, mostly, and moving around a *lot*).
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Formal nights really need to officially go the way of the dinosaur. A vast majority of people have no interest in getting dressed up (yes, i know there are still some of you out there, but your numbers are constantly dwindling). I do believe everyone should always look neat and presentable in the MDRs and that swimwear and flip-flops should definitely not be allowed. However, for men (because let's face it, it's all a lot more "ambiguous" for women) nice khaki shorts, a polo or "hawaiian"-type shirt is fine for dinner IMO.
Okay, we'll agree to disagree
I think it is a culture thing though. I think Europeans are more likely to dress for dinner. I admit we never do in WDW unless we are dining at V and A's, Citrico's etc, but I admit I love a good excuse to dress up!!!
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:10 PM   #10
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Okay, we'll agree to disagree
I think it is a culture thing though. I think Europeans are more likely to dress for dinner. I admit we never do in WDW unless we are dining at V and A's, Citrico's etc, but I admit I love a good excuse to dress up!!!

It's all good. I don't get upset over all this like some do.


To me, at least, a big part of it has to do with the fact that these days most cruises take place in tropical locations. When your days are mostly centered around beaches and activites like snorkeling and dolphin encounters, etc., I don't believe it lends itself well to switch to a formal atmosphere at night. Now, if you're talking about a transatlantic cruise where it is all sea days, I think that does lend itself to a much more formal atmosphere and I think formal nights are a lot more appropriate.
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DCL asks that guests do not wear shorts to the dining rooms, but at this time, they do not enforce.

Palo and Remy enforce.
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Thanks for all the replies. We are out shopping and all of a sudden I wasn't positive.

We do have formal attire for formal night, but might lean to shorts for the men for other dinner.
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I love to dress up. It's the idea of carting suits and dresses such a distance for a few hours' wear that is daunting. Shirt and ties seem doable. The jacket and extra shoes are a bit more if a headache.

By nature I am a rule follower, so we will follow the rule. And I'm glad we are only on a four nighter.
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DH hates to get "dressed" for dinner so he'll wear jeans / khakis. We skip formal / semi-formal nights in the dining rooms and just go to Topsiders (on Magic) those nights. And sometimes other nights. And we can wear shorts there!
DCL still requests that shorts not be worn to the casual restaurant for dinner.
But as we can all read it's a request and is not required.

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

http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/sh...psider-buffet/
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