I'm planning an eastern caribbean cruise on the Dawn, new york departure in october. In the NCL booklet it states, "we do not allow jeans, teeshirts, shorts in any of the restaurants at dinner". Are they kidding - I thought this was freestyle? Do they actually enforce a "dresscode" and turn you away if you are wearing a teeshirt or jeans to any of the restaurants for dinner?
The term 'freestyle' refers more to the lack of formal dining times and choice of restaurants than attire. Certainly people were turned away from the restaurants on NCL Spirit last year when wearing shorts, jeans and t-shirts. As previously stated, the buffet is fine for casual wear at dinner. Whatever you wear you will enjoy the food. Have a good cruise.
If you see what people wear out and around the ship on some of these cruises you would understand why they have a dress code. My family and I have been cruising for years and our experience shows that dress codes are a good thing. We were on the Pride of America a couple of weeks ago and after what we saw from some of the passengers the need to take the stars and stripes off the side of the ship and paint something like "RV... AMERICA'S WAY TO TRAVEL" Becuase it was just like an episode of the Beverly Hillbillies! ***remarks edited***
Has anyone had an;y experience with wearing jeans and a nice shirt? Nowadays, you can spend $200.00 on a pair of designer jeans, hardly the scruffy look. Living in manhattan, this is what the majority of people wear out anyway.
Jeans are jeans - regardless of the price. I cannot believe that anyone able to spend $200 on a pair of jeans is incapable of affording a reasonable skirt or dressy slacks, and is also so uncouth as to be insensitive to the requests of their host. YES, PRINCESS, THE DRESS CODE APPLIES TO YOU TOO!
Like previous posts jeans are jeans. The crew does not know or care about how much money you spent on them. I'm from NYC and believe me there are so many different looks for a casual dinner other than jeans that would be appropriate for dinner on a cruiseship.
I didn't make an effort to check everyone who entered the dining room each night, but I did see only one person wearing jeans and that was the last night of the cruise. We just got off the Jewel Wednesday. Freestyle does not mean anything you want goes, and the price you pay for something has nothing to do with acceptability. If you want to wear jeans, fine. Eat in the buffet, the Blue Lagoon or one of the other places, but not the dining rooms or the speciality restaurants. NMNIta
I traveled on the Crown. They are not kidding. Freestyle allows you to enter the buffet as long as your genitals are covered, but you won't be seated in the other dining rooms in jeans, bathing suits, sandals, shorts, etc. That doesn't mean you have to get all dressed up - chinos and a golf shirt will do.
I just returned from the Dawn a week ago and I did wear jeans some nights in the restaurants (Aqua, Impressions, Venetian, Salsa, Tratoria) and they allowed me in. I know that many people disagree with this and I understand but I have to say if you buy a nice pair of jeans which I have a few paired with a very nice collared shirt along with some nice shoes it really looks sharp. Of course that is my opinion. Other nights I did wear khakis (spell?).
I think if jeans are worn nicely they should be considered. I am from the NYC area and I have to agree with one poster that you will find people do dress in jeans at night in the city. In fact when I was in Rome earlier this year (it was my 1st time in Europe) an overwhelming majority wore jeans (designer, I can tell!) out to dinner in the evening but they of course wore them with nice shirts and shoes - not sneakers.
Our experience on 5 NCL cruises is the dress code is strictly enforced. We've witnessed a couple of situations, and the only exception was made for a 6 yr. old in dress shorts and golf shirt, and he was told to remain seated, with his shorts out of view of other guests in Le Bistro.
This does not apply to the Dawn but on the Star on 9/4 to 9/11 Alaska cruise they did turn people away from the specialty restaurants who were in jeans and t-shirts. In Le Bistro they turned one couple away who were in fairly nice jeans and the man was in a fairly nice Polo shirt. We also stopped to change our reservation time in SoHo and I was in jeans and a polo shirt and the young lady politely reminded me that jeans were not allowed in the restaurant. I smiled and said " I clean up nicely."
I did see jeans allowed in the main dining room (Versailles) on the first night and the evening in Victoria. On the evening in Victoria there was almost no one in the Versailles at around 7:00 PM. The person in jeans was right before us at the entrance and was going to go to shore right after dinner.
Also there was one person at the table with us at lunch, in Versailles, who was asked by the Maitre 'D to remove his baseball cap. No one at the table had mentioned anything but he was still asked to remove it.
It's Freestyle but not completely free.
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The fact still remains, the dress code is just that! How difficult is it to bring a couple pair of docker type pants? We all know nice jeans look very neat, but they still are not the accepted code. Bring your jeans and your dockers. Wear the dockers to dinner, head back to the cabin and put on your jeans. We did see one person in nice jeans on the Jewel this past few weeks. It was the last night of the cruise which is a little different as many have pretty much done their packing by then. I think, as best said by a cruiser on our Jewel cruise: jeans can look great, but they can also look like HE**. Where do we draw the line between acceptable and non? NMNita
Come on, it wont kill you to wear a pair of slacks. It part of the experence of cruising to look out in the dining rooms and see people dressed to the nines. NCL doesn't force you to wear suits to dinner