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Old May 9th, 2006, 11:20 PM
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I'm packing for my cruise and need to know if my husband can wear jean in the dinning room on NON FORMAL nights?
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No, no dungarees in the dining room at dinner time.

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Nope, not for dinner, fine for breakfast and lunch. He can wear any docker type pants for those nights.
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Yes he can... my dad wears jeans all the time, they neve tell him no!
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The Carnival dress code doesn't specifically rule out jeans the way it does t-shirts, shorts, etc. but it does imply no jeans. However: (1) Nowadays there are some very nice jeans that men wear with dress shirts and I personally think it looks great (my husband did this a couple nights); and (2) you'll notice lots of people don't follow the dress code and it doesn't seem like it's enforced. Basically it's up to you!

From Carnival's FAQ's:

Is there a dress code for the dining room?

Depending on the length of the cruise, either formal dress or casual resort wear is required in the Dining Room. The dress requirement for children is the same. For those not wanting to dress up, the Lido restaurants are open nightly (with the exception of the last evening of the cruise), and have a casual dress code. Formal Wear: tuxedo (optional); suit and tie; sport coat, tie and slacks; evening gown; cocktail dress; pantsuit Casual Resort Wear: sport shirts and slacks; dresses; skirts; pantsuit NOTE: Shorts, t-shirts and bathing attire are not permitted in the Dining Room during dinner.
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Although the words "jeans or denim" are not specifically mentioned, they are definitely not considered RESORT CASUAL wear. Very few people wear jeans to the dining room.

I have personally seen the Maitre d' turn people away, suggesting they might be more comfortable having dinner in the Lido Buffet area. (Good Maitre d' doing his job properly!)
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Wish they would all do their job but it will not happen and in particular on Carnival.
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It's obvious that some people will say yes and some people will say no. It just depends on what side of the fence you are on. The dress code states that you can't wear shorts or tank tops. Use your good taste when picking out your dinner clothes.

If you feel comfortable wearing jeans, make sure that they are nice jeans with a nice shirt. It's your cruise and you should feel comfortable but have respect for others, so if you wear jeans, make sure they aren't your worn out ones.

What did I see on our cruise? Lots and lots of people wore jeans and nice shirts. They looked very nice. No one minded. Everyone looked like they were having a great time. You won't be alone, trust me.
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On my Sensation cruise in 2005, we saw ≈10% of people wearing jeans on non-formal nights in the dining room; Also, there were quite a few men that only wore a shirt and tie (no jacket) on formal night.

On the Elation in May, I don't recall seeing anyone in jeans in the dining room. On formal night, ≈99% of men wore suits.

Overall, the level of dress at dinner was like night and day between the two cruises. I would play it safe and leave the jeans home.
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Just got off the Destiny yesterday and YES there were a ton of people in blue jeans for dinner on the informal nights. I even seen lots of shorts. Whatever makes him comfortable.
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What about capri's? jean or otherwise? I would be SO embarrassed if I was turned away... but I live in jeans, really!!! I do not wear shorts (don't even own a pair) but are capri's against the "code"?
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Capri's are perfect for any "casual" evening, not a problem.
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I say who really cares....if you like jeans, wear jeans, they make me look slimmer and I like to pair them with heels....I hate shorts, but feel they are ok if you want...I mean you are there to relax and eat and have fun, not to care what people are wearing or thinking. I know there will always be "rules," but I say whatever you want to wear and feel good in, then wear it!! My dad is demanding to wear shorts on our cruise....it is going to be soooo hot, so I don't see a problem with it. This restaurant is no better or more formal than any we go to at home where he wears shorts. HAVE FUN...that is the main thing 8) Sorry I needed to vent
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Am not sure of the restaurants you attend at home unless fast food or Ihop however the dining room on a ship is in most cases a finer establishment than a fast food joint.Can say this after 33 cruises since the late 50,s.
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Jeans, in the dining room, whether it's formal night or not, are not appropriate. Dress them up any way you like, they're still jeans and don't conform to dress requirements stated by most of the cruise lines. Light cotton slacks, Dockers, etc., will be more comfortable in the hot weather and appropriate with a nice blouse or shirt on non-formal nights. Any restaurant I go to that has white linen tablecloths, china, silverware, chandeliers, and wait staff dressed to the nines, cries out for something more refined than jeans or shorts. Jeans and shorts are the sole clothing option for many people on cruises and there are numerous other eating venues available on the ship for these people, i.e., buffet restaurant, pizza, grille, room service, etc.
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that sounds like discrimination to me ...And no...I go to very nice restaurants as well as Waffle House, Ihop and lets not forget Dennys, but I feel that you pay nearly $2,000 to go on this thing and you at least ought to be comfortable Noone should care what you wear...I don't feel comfy in linen wrinkle clinging pants, but some may. I know the suggested attire is swanky, but I mean really, you are on a vacation with a bunch of people you don't know so 1st time cruiser you should wear what you want...and of course..this is only my opinion and you know what they say about opinions! :o
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Check your cruise ship rules...but you may want to take both so you are not forced to eat in your room like a booted peasant
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........that sounds like discrimination to me ........I feel that you pay nearly $2,000 to go on this thing and you at least ought to be comfortable . Noone should care what you wear......... 1st time cruiser you should wear what you want...
No, it's not 'discrimination', it's simply what the cruiseline has deemed appropriate for a fine dining experience, and what most people go along with because they want to experience every phase of cruising. You mentioned the cost of the cruise... When you agree to the terms of the contract to cruise, you also agree to abide by the ship's rules - not just the ones you LIKE.

I believe that if the cruiseline sets the dining room in all its finery, linen, crystal, silverware, china, etc. - we as their (yes, paying) guests should not show up in denim - almost as a mockery. They do state NO shorts. And you will be turned away by any Maitre d' worth his salt.

The Lido buffet is available for those who do not choose to adhere to the dress code of the evening.

BTW, the dining room is quite chilly to most people - so shorts might not be a great idea for the person who insists on wearing them.

On the DESTINY, there are slightly different 'rules' for the dining room on two evenings, because they have two different embarkation days.

The thing boils down to - People who have class and know how to dress and act, and those who live in a me-me-me world, disregarding any semblance of etiquette.
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I meant discrimination in the fact that she told "us shorts and jean wearers" to go eat in our room...how crazy ...how about we just settle at this...wear what you want....if "they" don't like it they will tell you and you handle it how you want, but I'm still wearing jeans if I chose to...good luck 1st time cruiser and like I said, maybe you and your short wearing hubby won't be booted to the buffet or your room to eat
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What is your problem?You do not have to eat in your room. Maybe you can fly as a butterfly to to the lido deck where anything goes and where you will be with like dressers.Please do not try your dress code on other upscale lines however I do not think these will be your cruises of choice.
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Now that was cute ....nope, no upscale for me...it will all be fine..guess it is my "younger" generation opinion.....ya'll have fun, ya hear Signing off from hickville
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. ....and we wonder why Southerners get such a lousy reputation.....?
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Not that I've heard of...we are some of the nicest people...let's not get into that...Im just making a point and stating my opinion...I see that is not a very welcome thing around here. I'm done with this..who really cares anyway?....People are going to say and do what they want to regardless.
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I believe it states very clearly in the literature that Carnival sends that "casual" dress is not allowed in the main dining. Jeans are casual and I rarely see anyone in jeans. It's only during dining, go back to your room after dinner and change to what you are most comfortable in. It's the only time they ask for certain attire, you have the rest of your cruise to stay in your jeans if you choose ;-)
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Wow. can't we just get along??
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No problem with hubby wearing jeans on nonformal nights...it's Carnival. We just returned from our cruise, one night my hubby wore sweatpants to dinner and I doubt that anyone even noticed. I also saw people wearing shorts to the main dining room for dinner and we NOT turned away.
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Sweatpants? to dinner? Believe me, people noticed. Shorts? in the dining room? Makes me cringe..
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Why is it that we hear these stories most of the time on Carnival?
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Thank goodness I am not alone....hey Donna....hollaback girl!
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Default dining room dress code

One of the many reasons we like Carnival. We, too, saw all kinds of dress in the dining room on informal nights. On the 1st and last nights, there were a lot of (gasp!) jean-wearers in the dining room. Our tablemate even wore a very nice matching track suit type outfit one night. Did I notice? yes Did I care? NO! To each his own.....(and I am not from "hickville"!) If we want to "dress up" each night for dinner then we will choose a more upscale cruise line.
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