Yeah the first cruise I went on (and only) they had one formal night. We didn't get dressed up for it. We went and ate in the buffet. I don't like dressing up. But I can see where it would be aggravating, having this nice fancy dinner and people come in looking like they just rolled out of bed.
This next cruise we're going on I think we might actually dress somewhat up for it. I think I'll just wear what I wear to work, business casual clothing. I see no need in bringing a prom like dress on board to eat dinner in. I think a 3/4 sleeved shirt and a pair of black pants will suit me fine. The BF can wear his black pants and a collared shirt.
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For my part, on formal nights I will dress to the nines, but then, between my ballroom dancing and work related events like galas, play/opera/ballet openings, and award events, my closet will benefit from some men's formalwear in my closet, so it is a justifiable expense, even though the IRS may not allow me to deduct it.
I think the maitre d, though obviously busy with other things as well, needs to politely address such problems. Obviously when there is a dress code it is for the comfort of all and to keep in theme with the night. Besides, there is no reason not to dress up at all when Carnival rents tuxedos for around $100 and you can get a decent suit/sportcoat and all that goes with it for under $100. And for the ladies, check discount stores like Ross or TJ Maxx for hot fashions at low prices. Hell, even eBay has great deals. Another great site is overstock.com Saying it costs too much when you pay for a cruise just means you are being a cheapass.
Do any of you think Carnival should be more strict about who gets in and who doesn't?
I too have seen some folks get in that they probably should have turned away. I have also seen some people denied entrance. It seems to be inconsistent.
Absolutely. I watched Royal turn more than one GROUP of people away from their dining room because they weren't properly attired. While I know that Royal tends to be more upper scale than Carnival, it's still a semi~formal dining room setting, regardless of what they call the dress code.
Not everyone has to dress formal, to each his own, but I ask for just simply nice. I understand it is your vacation and you want to do what you want, but ball caps/cutoffs/skirts that show all/tops that don't cover/wifebeaters/tasteless t-shirts are disrespectful to such a hardworking staff in such a pretty setting.
During the day all I wear is a sundress and bathing suit/shorts and tees with flipflops/chacos. But at night the mood changes and with it so does my dress attire
When I am on vacation I like to dress in what makes me comfortable. I could care less what other people wear on formal night. This is my vacation and I will have a good time regardless.
I think this attitude is pretty common, and is probably why the cruise lines don't enforce their dress codes.
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In corporate America, some work places have rescinded Casual Fridays, because, people came to work not casual, but..Iv'e slept in these clothes for 4 days, and I don't care attire.
When someone tries to walk into the dining room, in a thong and flip flops, maybe the line will wake up,realizing, that they went overboard...pun intended.
Call me a snob or whatever, but when someone on formal night sat down at my table, with, jeans, a shirt with a tee shirt sticking out, I was resentful...Go eat somewhere else I wanted to shout...the ships have designated places for casual, or even less than casual dining.
I think some people try and see, just how much they can dress down, and get away with. I guess the same people will go to a nice restaurant or to a wedding dressed the same way.....
Want a nice look, cruiselines..go resort casual each night....ok, I
Let me add, there attire did not impact my enjoyment one iota, but, I think the DR staff should stop people at the door, who flaunt the rules....
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Ok, the girl walking into the dining room in a thong..........is she a Hollywood starlet/model type or grossly overweight? Depending on which it is determines if I would want to see. For the record, I do know what Hollywood starlets are supposed to look like. Met one at an actor's convention back in November. Yes, I am an actor in my primary field of work. Secondary is as a travel agent hopeful. Don't mind me, I go off on strange tangents sometimes. Quirky-eccentric type. Kinda like Johnny Depp without the fame, money, or the hot wife.
to me, it's fine if you you don't want to dress properly for dinner, just eat at the buffet. please do not go to the dinning room looking like you were laying by the pool.I also believe that those people should be turned away at the door.
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When we were on Conquest, our youngest son wore a baseball hat to dinner one night, (he was 21, and has a receding hairline). The maitre'de came by and asked him to remove it. Two nights later, there was an older gentleman wearing a cowboy hat, and our son asked why that was allowed, and was told that it was part of the mans outfit. even though he was dressed very casually. Go figure...
Personally, I love seeing all you James Bond look-a-likes at dinner...keep it up
I will be the first to say that I hate dressing up for dinner but I do believe in following the rules. However when the DW says I have too I just do it. On a 7 day cruise she only makes me dress up for the first formal night. For the second formal night she lets me off the hook for dressing up but we don't go to the formal dinning room to eat either.
In general, I'm not a formalwear type person, but the guidelines that Carnival has on their website seem very easy to follow, even for a more casual person like me I plan to dress to the nines on formal night, then wear slacks, a dressy tank and heels the other nights. Far more casual and fun than I get to be at work, so I don't really have pity for the people who want to come to formal night in sweats. Not attractive at all.
While I agree with people doing what they want on a vacation, but you must remember...RULES ARE RULES (or even recommendations) and need to be followed. People who start ignorning certain rules are bound to start pushing the limit on other rules.
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This past Christmas on the Conquest, most folks had on a nice suit and the women nice dresses. There was a splattering of tuxes and long, ballroom type gowns. On the previous Christmas cruise I did see more than a few that didn't bother to try to look like that had "cleaned up" after coming in from a day at the beach -- I'm talking cut-off jean shorts and wrinkled t-shirts.
I can understand one trying to be comfortable and having the type of cruise that suits your personal style -- but if it's "Formal" night and you want to dress like that, why not go to the buffet or one of the other casual spots to eat?
I do think that Carnival could enforce these nights more. Why have an "elegant" evening when you allow anything (and I mean EVERYTHING) to be worn into the dining room.
Can't wait to see what some folks will wear on a 5 day cruise. Won't stop me from enjoying my cruise though.....
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I don't know about you all, but once I'm on a ship this whole issue goes away . Personally, I can't recall noticing how others dress . Next time I think I might just need to take a note-book with me to dinner as to keep a tally of the # of bluejeans I see.
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Many years ago when the children were little we decided to do a family portrait for the Christmas cards... back before digital cameras (my how old are you) and we dressed up with party dresses (not me) and tux (that's me), went to the studio and got them done. After we took the kids to eat at one of the family buffet chains that dot this country. We still had on our "good clothes" and stood out. Well as we are getting ready to leave this older gentleman (80ish) comes up to me and thanks me and my family for making them so happy. It was great to see a WHOLE family that dressed up for Sunday dinner out. We just said "your welcome" and then beat it out to the car.... no comment just an observation. It seems that when dressed up people are always kinder and more polite.