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Old August 19th, 2005, 09:12 AM
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I understand that the dress codes aren't really "codes" but suggestions, but it would virtually eliminate about 5 billion gripes if the cruiselines would make a code and enforce it.

On formal night, formal dress would be required.

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this seems to be a very popular topic on this board. I totally agree with you. Put it in writing,make it clear and consise, what is and isn't acceptable dress. Give the Matire D and his staff the ability to politely turn away guests who disregard the dress code and point them in the direction of the casual dining room.
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Old August 19th, 2005, 11:20 AM
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People should abide by the suggestions but they dont so maybe u need to make it rules. I think cruising will loose something if it looses the formal nites. The way they were meant to be. Please get rid of the jeans in the evening dining rooms. if u r going to make rules make them all the way. I dont care if i see someone in jeans in the dining room in the evening. But i guess they have the right to wear what they want to. It surely doesnt ruin my cruise if they wear jeans. But it waould be so nice to see everyone in nice outfits for the formals...... I guess I am old fashion and wnt the old days back..
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Agree very much! Dress codes should be enforced.
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Quietly and politely stop the offending people at the door, and suggest alternative dining or room service. PERIOD!

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Old August 19th, 2005, 04:00 PM
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If a cruiseline is going to set a guideline or a policy they need to enforce it. Yes, they will probably lose a customer but they will lose far more if they don't.

Without enforcement of guidelines you will end up with all lines becoming one homogenized product and there will be no distinction between cruiselines.

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Old August 19th, 2005, 05:23 PM
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Along with the jeans it would be nice if they would get rid of the baseball caps, too.
Especially since they are seen from afar.
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Old August 20th, 2005, 02:48 AM
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I like dressing up myself, but for those that don't maybe one night on a ship dining room being casual night would make the jeans and tee shirt people happy no? Then on formal night they could tell people sorry casual night is Wednesday, no jeans allowed.
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Old August 20th, 2005, 01:32 PM
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i agree, carnival don't want to rock the boat , and upset the passengers, but they should and could enforce there own policy concerning dress in the dinningroom. that's the reason why, when i see certain people in the dinningroom not dress properly, i don't get upset and bent out of shape about it, because if carnival is not worried about it, why should i worry.
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Old August 20th, 2005, 04:22 PM
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Ditto, enforce the Dress Code..... We were on the Conquest & we looked forward to our dinner with our group of new friends (all dressed nice) at the table..... The waitress laid the knapkin on our laps (that's class).... You are there to enjoy dinning at the finest, WHY are some incessant on wearing jeans or cutoffs & taint everyone else's experience...?? Just ENFORCE the dress code, make an annoucement on the PA or a slip of paper with our packet as we board the ship....
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I was always under the impression that jeans are an absolute NO NO in the evening diningroom.

Last month while on the NCL Majesty, the sign at the diningroom door stated "NO TORN JEANS ALLOWED IN THE DININGROOMS AFTER 5:30PM." I questioned the assistant Maitre' D about this, & he said that some passengers were upset when asked to change their pants. Thus they relaxed the rule------allowing "Nice Jeans." I was happy to note that most passengers continued to wear their resort casual or better.

NCL's formal night is optional. Most women wore coctail dresses, while men were dressed in dark suits. I saw few gowns & tuxes.
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cruise lines are you listening to this??????
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 01:19 PM
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Judging from these posts passengers seem to be in favor of at least some kind of dress code "enforcement" while the cruiselines choose to look the other way.

Guess the "bottom line" is the motivating factor - clearly the cruiselines are fearful of losing both new and repeat customers should it become known that anyone not complying with suggested evening attire will be turned away from the dining room.

What sense is there to posting a dress code if it isn't going to be "enforced"? (I really hate using that word because it sounds so harsh, but you all know what I mean!)
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 01:47 PM
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I really don't think that the cruise lines would loose business over the dress code, after all passengers are given choices of where they can dine and what the dress code is for each venue and post it in the daily paper and outside the restaurant on the menu board in plain view, and give the Maitre D the ability to do his job.
Maybe even make an announcement over the PA system' "just a gentle reminder that tonight's dress code in the such and such dining room is formal.
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I disagree, eliminate the unenforced dress codes entirely.

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I know my opinion isn't a popular one on these boards, but I am glad that they don't enforce the dress codes more strictly. I absolutely hate dressing up. I haven't even worn a dress since I have been about 8 years old. I used to make do on formal night by wearing fancy formal silky-type pants with sequined or sparkly tops, but it's an awful lot of expense and bother to hunt down those outfits to wear just for a couple of hours. Besides, those sequined and sparkly tops itch like crazy and shed sparkles all over the place!

Now I get by with a simple pair of black slacks and a pretty blouse just like I wear to the office everyday. It's definitely not formal, but it's not slobwear either. If I had my way, they would do away with formal night altogether. But I'll settle for the compromise of just not enforcing the dress code very strictly. By this I mean turn away those dressing totally casually (jeans, sweats, ball caps, etc.) while letting in those who choose to dress in a more business or dressy casual fashion (like me).
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Old August 24th, 2005, 09:13 PM
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This is why we need multiple restaurants, where the dress can vary from venue to venue...and be enforced. When you have one dining hall, there is no way everyone will be happy with the "dress code" as their options are very limited.
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Old August 24th, 2005, 11:06 PM
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It would be nice to have something "in between" - especially on formal nights. We never once ate at the buffet at night, and I suspect lots of people would like to have a restaurant (as opposed to buffet) alternative.

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Some lines do that, Dorothy. HAL and Celebrity (and others, probably), turn a portion of the buffet area into a casual restaurant with menus, waiter service, etc. during dinner hours. I never tried it, but walked by on my way for pre-dinner sushi and noticed it was very popular on formal nights.

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The problem with Celebrity is that they offer a nice sit-down casual alternative but then expect you to stay confined to the Lido Deck for the rest of the evening since they expect the dress code to apply to all other public spaces. On the other cruiselines it's common for people to change out of their formal wear after dinner, so you can dine at the buffet and still go to the show, casino or lounges afterwards.

It seems odd to me that Celebrity went through the trouble of creating a nice casual alternative so that those who don't wish to dress formal don't have to feel like 2nd class citizens dining at the buffet, but then they go and make them feel like 2nd class citizens anyway by taking away almost all after-dinner entertainment options.

At least they don't enforce their dress code in other areas of the ship. I have never had any trouble going to the shows, casinos or lounges while dressed casual (dressier casualwear, not jeans or shorts), but it would be nice if they changed their policy so that you didn't have to feel like you were sneaking or doing anything wrong just for wanting to enjoy the same entertainment that is available to everyone else.
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I , for one, wish they WOULD enforce the dress code. In the dining room on Valor, I saw sweats, people with pants 6 sizes too big down around their ankles, shorts, and blue jeans with holes. I am not saying that you should have to wear dresses and suits every night, but geesh, use some common sense.

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I was wondering if black Dockers, dress shirt and tie, and a corduroy sport coat is ok for the formal dinner? It's as close to a suit that I can get my DH to wear. I'll still be lucky if I can get him to wear it. It's our 25th anniversary and I would like to dress up one time for dinner. Will that be ok for him to wear?

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