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Is it appropriate for an adult to wear dress shorts in the dining room on a non-formal night? What about teens wearing shorts in the dining room?
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The official "dress code" says no shorts in the dining room period. It is supposed to be Resort Casual . ie slacks, skirts etc. I wore Hawaian style shirts a couple of times on regular nights. I saw many others doing the same. This is what i saw on the Glory in Feb.
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The dining room is white table cloth with so much silverware set on the table that one can only deduce a formal dinner setting. The lights are low and the service is quiet and professional. Attentive waiters will place your napkin on your lap and tend to your every need. On informal nights, dressed in my casual cruise wear, I felt under dressed in this formal setting. Anything less than dressy casual looked out of place to me. I feel when we all dressed in our very best did we match the atmosphere the the waiters exuded.

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We got to know the dining room as a formal place. Don't get me wrong, we had a great time with plenty of conversation and laughs but we were all on our very best behavior and used our very best table manners. One night, I returned to retrieve my sweater I had left on my chair. By then, everyone had left, the lights were up to bright, music was loud and the waiters were busy at their clean up work....singing, talking loudly and laughing while doing their post-meal jobs....so I know they know how to have fun!!
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Is it appropriate for an adult to wear dress shorts in the dining room on a non-formal night? What about teens wearing shorts in the dining room?
I would shy away from shorts in the formal dining room except for the 1st night. The 1st night you can wear what you have on when you board the ship.
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I don't think I'd try it. Best to wear something casual with a nice shirt or blouse on non formal nights.
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Shorts in the dining room are fine for open seating breakfast and lunch but as everyone has said not for dinner, formal or non forrmal. Even if you come on the ship in shorts most cruisers have a pair of slacks in their carryon to change for dinner and the show. It gets cold in the dining room and theater, you might need a light sweater.
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Is it appropriate for an adult to wear dress shorts in the dining room on a non-formal night? What about teens wearing shorts in the dining room?
Isn't the concept of dress shorts an oxymoron?
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There is a such thing as formal shorts now. I don't think they have caught on all over the country, so you might be looked at funny. The same way people were looked at funny when women started wearing long pants on formal night.
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What I found on my cruise is that there is absolutely something for everyone! No one is forced into doing anything they do not like. If you do not feel like dressing up for formal night(s) there are other eating alternatives that are just as good! I found the foods offered in the Panorama Grill to be awesome! Gourmet pizza (De Chevre Pizza-Mmmm!) and hot sandwiches to die for, ethnic foods were fun to taste-test, and a generous-item salad bar and fancy dessert bar. And then there is always Room Service...What a treat! I think this type of vacation caters to everyone's taste and comfort levels. If you don't feel like dressing up....don't do it. It's your vacation after all.
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I saw the formal "city shorts" (to the knees) with a dress shirt, vest and heels! She looked absolutely gorgeous and not a bit underdressed! Trust me NO ONE asked her to leave! It was fine!

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I'm not the type that like to get all guzzied up. As much as I would love to just saunter in to dinner wearing my shorts, I don't think it's allowed. If I want to not change for dinner, I would just eat at one of the other meal options (and there are several).

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Bermuda shorts of regulation length along with proper socks and jacket are proper attire when in Bermuda; that is the only place that I have seen shorts permitted for dinner in the dining room.
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I would shy away from shorts in the formal dining room except for the 1st night. The 1st night you can wear what you have on when you board the ship.[/quote]

are you sure about the first night thing? sure would make sense on the chance everyone didn't get their luggage by dinner time. since we leave in 4 days I would love to know so I'm not worrying.
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On the first night, the dining room rules are relaxed because not everyone will have received their luggage and whatever you have worn to board will be allowed. BUT, that is the only night the rules don't apply. Shorts are not considered proper attire in the formal dining room in the evening. The only guests I have seen with shorts on are small children. On our last cruise on the Glory, the Maitre d' was stopping all guests who entered the formal dining room wearing shorts, baseball hats, muscle shirts, etc., and suggested they avail themselves of other dining venues on the ship or change their clothes. He also made an announcement regarding proper attire over the loudspeaker.
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Paris Hilton has a pair of formal shorts. They are made of the best black silk money can buy, and yes, in polite society, they are considered formal, with the other formal things to go with it. Most of you when someone says shorts, you think of , cutoffs.

As I said in my other post, I don't think that the rest of the world has caught on to this new trend of wearing shorts as formal, but just like a long pair of black pants, it might take awhile for others to catch on.
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Here is my daughter. She wore this outfit with capri shorts that reached the knee. I don't see anything wrong with it, but Southern Girls look good in anything (that was for Marc!)!

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I would shy away from shorts in the formal dining room except for the 1st night. The 1st night you can wear what you have on when you board the ship.
are you sure about the first night thing? sure would make sense on the chance everyone didn't get their luggage by dinner time. since we leave in 4 days I would love to know so I'm not worrying.
thanks, carla[/quote]


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