Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by DVCisME, Apr 24, 2013.
Can men wear khaki shorts to dinner? If not, do they anyway?
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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!
DCL's official policy is no shorts in the MDR's (main dining rooms) for dinner but yes, people do anyway.
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!
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.
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!!!!
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.
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*).
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.
DCL asks that guests do not wear shorts to the dining rooms, but at this time, they do not enforce.
Palo and Remy enforce.
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.
This is a very hot topic and gets discussed every week. Just Google shorts in the dining rooms on Disney cruise and you will see thousands of links.
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.
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.
The dress code for dinner is cruise casual. However, you are requested to not wear tank tops, swim wear or shorts for dinner.
Well put! We went all out on our last cruise for formal night, and the pictures were nice, but it was SUCH a chore! I couldn't really put my finger on it, but I think you nailed it! It's the complete 180 you have to do to get all done up after a long day of fun in the sun...it adds a bit of "stiffness" to the otherwise relaxed, fun day you just had. We're definitely skipping formal night on this next cruise! If Khakis and a polo aren't enough, we won't be taking part. (and for the record, we're completely OK going to the buffet that night. Not complaining at all.)
I also like an excuse to get dressed up BUT not while cruising with a toddler. If it was just the wife and I, absolutely. Now, on the other hand, shorts to the MDRs for supper, not ok for me.
I took 2 pair of nice khaki slacks. One pair was just a backup. They take so little space there's really not a good reason to not take a pair. If/when we do a cruise with a formal night I'll either rent on board or bring a suit. The people who flaunt the dress code stand out, and not in a good way.
Really? I wasn't aware that it applied to the casual restaurant for dinner - we've always worn shorts there and never been eyed or questioned or anything (and yeah, I know they don't enforce the rules but we never saw anything that said please no shorts like we do for the main dining rooms). Thanks for pointing this out.
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