I have read several posts about what to wear and not wear in the dining room but what about the shows, casino and the other lounges? Are shorts acceptable or should we stick to casual resort wear as in the dining room on non-formal nights? Thanks for any info.
What cruiseline? On Carnival, some people stay in their dinner wear for the evening, while others change into something more casual/comfortable. During the day, most people will be in shorts. One thing to point out is that the lounges are sometimes chilly.
Because the the lounges, etc (everywhere inside) on the ship are so cold you could hang meat in there....I always leave the dining room in time to go back to the cabin and do a quick change into pants and grab a sweater or jacket. I have cruised on NCL, RCCL and Carnival ships and I always fit right in no matter what I choose to wear after dinner.
It's absolutely correct that the attitude these days is "I paid my fare and I can do what I damn well please." We're a self-centered society, and that's pretty much the way it goes.
My own opinion is that ladies and gentlemen generally avoid shorts, jeans, halter tops and the like while inside a ship's public rooms during the evening. Oh, yes, and they avoid baseball caps too. Which is not to say that if you feel chilly you don't grab a sweater, or do whatever is reasonably practical for your physical comfort.
Dress codes are generally stated as the "evening's" dress, not dinner dress, which means by definition that they'd prefer you'd remain in the spirit of the evening throughout. In spite of this, many people can't wait to go to their cabins after dinner--especially on formal nights--to get back into their cutoffs and t-shirts. I have often wondered if maybe most people's formalwear doesn't fit them properly. I agree with those who say that, beyond the idea of staying with the evening's preferred dress, it's just a pain to go back and change. My tux fits fine, I don't feel uncomfortable in it, and I have no burning desire to shed it.
But when all is said and done, you can do exactly as you please, will the full and certain knowledge that you will find others who are doing the same thing, no matter what it is. If there are rules, you can be certain that they will not be enforced.
I've been on 8 cruises and have never seen any "requirements" nor "suggested" outfits from the cruiselines for the lounges, etc. Again, it is your vacation....enjoy it however you choose. You will generally not see shorts/T-Shirts in these areas....but everything from formal wear to jeans is worn.
Enjoy your trip and dance like no one is watching! :o)
You will see jeans in the dining room on formal night. You will see baseball caps in the dining room and lounges every night. You will see shorts and tank tops at the midnight buffet (if there is one) on formal night . And, you will see people who wear formal clothes to dinner, then come to the shows and the lounges in jeans or cutoffs. In short, you will see everything.
I have been to any number of black tie business and social events that were held in the same hotel that the attendees were staying in. On those occasions I cannot recall a single person changing into jeans after dinner and before the entertainment, or after the wedding and before the reception.
Again, it's called "formal night," not "formal dinner." And the dress is usually stated as "dress for the evening." It's not a rule, of course. As I said before, short of a felony, there are no rules that have any teeth in them.
I'm somewhat amused by the current attitude that says, "Since you'll never see these people again, screw them. Who cares if they're offended or what they think? This cruise is all about you and the hell with everybody else."
I have a different view, and it's a kind of variation on the Golden Rule. What makes a formal evening festive, in my view, is that the spirit is generally adhered to. Naturally, I've learned to ignore the baseball cap on tuxedo night crowd, but they do detract from a nice old tradition of the sea. We used to say that "your rights end when they interfere with the rights of someone else." But that's no longer the case.
Your rights are pretty much inviolate, so go ahead and dance like no one is watching. In fact, why not throw in the Full Monty while you're at it?
Just went on the Legend. Im a lady so I wore dress pants every night something comfy,cause your eating a lot of extra food. I also wore nice halter tops usually with a sweater or blazer on top. I wore khaki pants one night with a cute pink printed tee a nice one not a sloppy one and a clean pair or keds but in the disco I felt under dressed so I went back to my room and dressed up. If you eat on the Lido deck anything goes but for the dinning room most people looked nice. Cute capri pants, dress pants, blazers, sweater sets, skirts and sandals were the norm. It was however Arctic cold most nights for some reason near the end of the cruise it got much warmer. I wish I brought more skirts and mini skirts, comfy but still more dressy then shorts.
I'm usually a jeans and tee shirt/sweatshirt girl. I wear a little, very little more dressier clothes for my job. When we went on our cruise, I brought all my dressy, formal and semi-formal clothes. Loved being able to get dressed up for the nighttime dinners/activites/shows. Wear what's comfortable and what you feel your best in.
Like others have stated, bring a sweater for the lounges and dining room. They were somewhat chilly.
From what I'm reading, most stick to the requested form of dress. It's my husband that LOVES his Levis. We are seniors first of all, my husband is a country boy (at heart) and wants to do the right thing, however, our question is, with NEW jeans how about that during the day, casino, buffet etc; outside of the dinners, which is understandable.
This means walking around the ship during the day and evenings, just hanging out.
He has dockers to wear but doesn't really like them. We are going on the Dawn on Oct. 31st. for 10 days to the Rivera.
I believe that most cruiselines have relaxed the rules of dress at night. However, when it is requested that passangers dress for formal and semi-formal nights, my husband and I do.There is the excitement of "dressing up" and many cruisers do buy clothing for those special nights. No cruiseline would tell a passanger that he or she can't eat in the main dining room if they chose to dress casual on a formal or semi-formal night but, honestly, I feel that they should eat at the buffet. Yes, one should dress for themselves but there is also the "spirit of participating" and doing what is generally expected for that evening!
Of course you can wear jeans, shorts, sweats, any kind of casual wear during the day around the ship. If it's hot out he might find out that those Dockers are a better choice than jeans, but that's up to him.