Have you ever personally witnessed anyone ejected from, or being denied entry to, the dining room because of their attire? How did this go over? Shouting, fighting, embarrassment?
With all the talk of do's and don'ts.......
I have only been witness to to one incident, a woman on the Mercury being asked to leave....I then saw a man come in, dressed in similar attire, and, I asked the same maitre'd if he was going to ask the same of the man....he said he would, but never did.
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Yes, Once. We were on a spring break cruise on the NCL Spirit. We entered the dining room to join the Murder Mystery Dinner. We were grouped with a bunch of students from Columbia University, most of them were young ladies from Japan, there was one young man named Bing. All of the young ladies were very polite, conducted themselves like ladies and were wonderful fun. However, Bing let the fact the he was surrounded by beautiful women go to his head and he had quite a cocky attitude... until he dared to enter Windows in shorts. The MaitreD seemed to immediately have him on his radar screen, he nearly sprinted over to the table and let the young man know in no uncertain terms his attire was unacceptable for the dining room and that he was more than welcome to join us, as soon as he went to his room and changed in to trousers. Well that kind of put a wrench in old Bing's mojo and he tried being cool and reasoning with the MaitreD, That didn't work, so then he tried the impertinent fool approach and that nearly got him tossed on his ear, so he was finally forced to face the fact that if he wanted to hang with his harem, he would have to relent and wear some pants. So off he sculked to his room to don some britches and eventually he returned and all was well.
I was impressed with how well the MaitreD held his ground. The young ladies waited patiently for him to come back, no one ordered or complained until he returned, which was very surprising to me, had it been me and I was out with some guy who thought the rulles applied to every one but him and put me through that embarrassment, I would have told him to go find another harem.
We did b2b cruises on Radiance OTS in early April. The second cruise, a 6-nighter, had about a zillion high school/college age folks on Spring break. The first night in the dining room, the table next to ours had eight girls. Mid way through the meal, four guys came to their table dressed in shorts, flip-flops, sport coats (with no shirts), and began to sing to the girls.
In about 10 seconds, the headwaiter was there and told these gentlemen that their dress & behavior was NOT acceptable, and escorted them from the room, much to the delight (and applause) from nearby tables.
Serenade of the Seas b2b January 2016
We were awaiting another couple at the entrance of the dining room on the Explorer of the Seas when a young couple (he with a tank top and shorts that looked as if they were jeans with the legs cut off and she in a halter top and shorts with both wearing flip flops) attempted to enter the dining room for lunch. The Maitre 'd tactfully informed them of the rules and re-directed them to the Windjammer.
They didn't argue, just turned around and left but as they passed us he was muttering under his breath about "stupid high class rules."
Most people regardless of background know the basics of proper etiquette whereas others will always be broadbrushed with a double coat of "stupid."