dining dress code

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  1. candeeapril

    candeeapril Disney is my happy thought...now if I could only f

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    Hi I am going to be a first time cruiser. We are going on the Dream for a 4 night cruise in Nov. Is there a formal dress up night besides the Pirate night? Also, what do you wear in the dining rooms for dinner. My daughter and I can wear sundresses, but what about men and boys? Are children not allowed to wear shorts either or is that just for adults? Just wondering, because I have some nice shorts that would actually be cuter than wearing jeans? TIA
     
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  3. yargrnhoj

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    There is no problem with the men and boys wearing sundresses, if they are so inclined. :goodvibes

    Seriously, we have always had our boys bring one pair of pants and a polo shirt for a short cruise and just rewear it each night. On our last cruise, DCL lost our luggage, so the boys wore T-shirts and shorts. They were not the only ones.

    As a word of caution, the dining rooms are often quite air conditioned so wearing shorts left my son feeling cold each night.

    DCL does not enforce the dress code in the main dining rooms at all, or so we have seen.
     
  4. grits98

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    How old are your boys? If they're younger, I think some nice shorts would be okay. But, if they're older boys, then they should probably wear pants. My two cents is that it's nice to have the family looking good for dinner and for pictures!

    I have to warn you, though, this subject can get very heated!
     
  5. candeeapril

    candeeapril Disney is my happy thought...now if I could only f

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    LOL If we all wear dresses than that solves all my problems :)
     
  6. mattmommy

    mattmommy Mouseketeer<br><font color=green>My DS loves rice.

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    I wear tan capris with a nice shirt, ds10 and dh wear tan pants with polos. One pair of pants for each with a few different polos. We only wear them to eat in and we febreze them and hang them up afterwards. If they do get dirty, then we get them laundered.

    Pirate night we wear our costumes to the show and dinner.
     
  7. MisterOJ

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    Shorts are completely allowed. You will see plenty of people wearing them - children and adults.

    For some reason, DCL requests no shorts in the dining room, but it is a request only and your boys (or husband) will not be either turned away or even look out of place in the main dining rooms if they choose to wear shorts.
     
  8. sambycat

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    check out the FAQs/stickies at the top of the threads page for more info you might find helpful:goodvibes - and if you are brave, try using the search function and searching these boards for the many many many many frequent conversations, debates and round abouts on the whole dress for dinner topic! intereting reading! popcorn::
     
  9. guarn3md

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    Before going on our first Dream cruise I had read so many heated debates about this topic. I decided that my 9 year old son would bring two pair of pants and two nice shirts for dinner. He was not happy to have to look "handsome" for dinner but in the end it was what I was telling him to do. He just wore the outfits twice. Pirate night was awesome...we had tshirts design made from the Disign forum and I brought pirate bandanas. We dressed less formally that night. I think DS wore shorts. But everyone was dressed down. Our server loved our tshirts, we promised to make her one and bring it with us for our next Spring Break cruise 2012. I will agree that the dining room is very chilly and dressing in pants may be more comfortable. The other thing we didn't know is that they come around and take pictures each night while you are dining. We found this out the hard way...we had gone on the Dolphin swim when we were in Nassau. We had early dining and had little turn around time to get to dinner. We all did a quick wash up but still dressed nice. Lo and behold they came around and took several pictures. Not the best photos...no make up, etc... There are also many places to have formal pictures taken in the center atrium area...
    The dining rooms are beautiful and dressing for dinner makes sense to me. I also noticed many people dressed semi formally and they looked really nice!
    Have fun!
     
  10. extechie rbd/wdt

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    Really???!
    You seriously asking why no shorts in a served on restaurant MisterOJ? :confused3

    candeeapril,
    You have the ability to wear whatever you and your family feel would be appropriate to eat in a restaurant.
    Or you have the option to abide by DCL's request to not wear shorts in the dining room.

    It's your choice, the majority of people choose to abide by the attire request, and a few that choose to do what they want, and ignore the request.

    Whatever you choose you will have a great time and the CM's wont hassle you about your attire (except in Palo and Remy).

    Ex Techie
     
  11. MrsScooby

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    We saw plenty of people in shorts in the main dining rooms on our recent Dream cruise.

    Because of the heated debates on these boards about this topic I paid close attention this time (plus our table in the Enchanted Garden was right by the entrance so I saw quite a few people coming and going). It was mostly the men and the kids that were dressed in shorts. We wound up with a semi-formal night in Royal Palace and that was the only night I don't recall seeing folks in shorts:confused3 But I was not seated near the entrance this time-so didn't see as much as in EG.
     
  12. Makayna

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    To me, it's like this: If you enter someone's house and they ask you not to smoke, out of courtesy, you don't smoke in their home. It would be rude to, right? Well, this is DCL's home, so to speak. They make the rules. We are guests on board their ships. They request that people (men, women and children) not wear shorts to dinner. This seems like a reasonable request. They're not requiring women to wear skirts or dresses every night, or men to wear 3 piece tuxes every night. They're asking that people not wear shorts to dinner. As in the above example, it would be rude to do otherwise. So, you must decide for yourself if that's a rule you will follow or not. Many people don't follow that rule, but that doesn't necessarily make it OK.

    Will they let you into dinner wearing shorts? Absolutely. Will people look at you funny or roll their eyes at you? Possibly, but you may or may not ever even know. And if another guest were to ever say anything to you about it, that's shame on them - not shame on you. Nobody on this forum can tell you whether you're going to feel comfortable wearing shorts when the majority of people will be wearing pants or possibly even more dressed up than that. You might feel comfortable; you might not. We don't know you so we can't tell you how you will feel in that environment.

    All we can say with certainty is that DCL has asked that guests please not wear shorts to dinner.
     
  13. TXDCLfan

    TXDCLfan Other cruise lines did it first, Disney did it rig

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    Maybe they do this to set a nice dining atmosphere for everyone :rolleyes1:rolleyes1
     
  14. twindaddy

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    To the OP (that is original poster), just use the search function, search for "shorts" and "dinner", and look for the threads with the lock next to them. Those were the heated threads that got shut down by a moderator, you will see both sides present their case very well. The term beat a dead horse comes to mind.

    You will find opinions that range from "do whatever the hell you want, its your cruise" to "I cannot disgest my food, get explosive diarhea, and want to jump overboard when I see someone in shorts" and everywhere in between.

    Enjoy your cruise! :thumbsup2
     
  15. Makayna

    Makayna Something brought you here, Flynn Rider. Call it w

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    Or, just wait about 12 hours (or less) and this one will probably have the same thing happen to it! ;)
     
  16. Retroloco

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    Man that response was just awesome!:rotfl2: :worship:
     
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    Great reply! My family will NOT be in shorts in the dining room.
     
  18. DVCconvert

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    I agree with this completely
     
  19. DVCconvert

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    We can also say with certainty that DCL, permits guests to wear shorts to dinner.
     
  20. candeeapril

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    Thanks for the advice. I wasn't trying to start a debate. To avoid any problems I will pack a pair of dockers for the boys/men. We have never been on a cruise so I was afraid that if I made the boys dress up and everyone else was in shorts...I would have some very unhappy boys :) As long as they aren't they only ones dressed up they will be fine.
    It's hard to know what all to pack, because we are also going to WDW for 4 days after cruise.

    Thanks again for observations :)
     
  21. MisterOJ

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    I bolded the important part. DCL makes the rules, and their rules allow you to wear shorts if you choose. Period. If they wanted to have a strict dress code for the main dining rooms (like the do for Palo and Remy) they could, because like you pointed out - they make the rules.

    Now, your analogy about being a guest in someone's house and not smoking doesn't really fit. You're not a guest of DCL. You're a customer. Big difference.

    And while it is a certainty that DCL requests no shorts, it's also a certainty that plenty of people choose to wear them and it's also a certainty that they are allowed in the main dining rooms.
     
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