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Old June 27th, 2008, 01:15 PM
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For my friends who are going on first cruise on Princess....what is the dress code in dining room for dinner? Other than formal night? It's been so long since we did Princess, I'm starting to think we should go again!
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Smart Casual Evenings:

Passenger attire should be in keeping with what would be worn to a nice restaurant at home. Inappropriate dinner dress such as pool or beach attire, shorts, ball caps and casual jeans (with fraying and/or holes), is not permitted in the dining rooms. Shoes must be worn.
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Thanks, Irish!
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the vast majority of men will be wearing dockers type pants - khaki, navy, grey, brown, black with either a polo type shirt or a button-down short sleeve shirt, with casual shoes or leather sandals on casual nights. Most women will be wearing sundress with flat sandals or kitten heels, nice capris with a nice top or sweater, casual skirt/blouse or nice trousers with a nice blouse, sandals or kitten heels
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AN interesting choice for the ladies is a pareo - you know one of those supersize scarves- you can wrap it around your waist just so for a skirt- wear it with a simple white tee or tank . . . even wrap it around yourself & tie it at your neck (there are techniques for this ) like a halter- all you need now are some strappy flats . . . heck you are in the Carribbean!
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For men, smart casual, i.e collared short and trousers. On formal nights, every seven days generally, Jacket and tie job. However just got off Sun Princess round Australia and no enforcement of dress codes, people in track suits for dinner and no enforcement of jacket and tie on formal nights. Bit slack I think. Come on you Aussies dress up a bit. :evil:
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Princess dinner dress code is no shorts, swim suits/cover up.
Most people seem to dress in nice casual clothing, either dresses or pants suits. Depends on if they are going on to dance or the theater.
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You'll see many people in jeans on casual nights. I've never had a problem wearing them.
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I was actually thinking of jeans for just the first nite, makes packing a lot easier, I'd just planned on putting a nicer top in the carry-on, I may just do that, thanks :-)
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There were times that we traveled in shorts & really didn't have enough time to change before dinner because of luggage arriving late & we ate in shorts. We were allowed in the dr but warned that on other evenings it wouldn't be tolerated.
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I know we have beaten the topic of jeans to death. But I do want to say that I have seen a great many people with jeans on in the dining rooms every cruise that I have been on particulary in Alaska.

If Princess wants to remove the doubt of whether they are permitted or not than they need to tweek the sentence that says " with fraying and/or holes. It sounds like jeans are ok as long as they are not frayed or have holes. If they are not permitted than say so. They leave no doubt that ball caps are not allowed - doesn't matter the condition - ball caps are not allowed.



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I just returned from the Emerald and the smart casual, was the attire most of the time. It was very hot in the Greek Isles.
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I just returned from the Caribbean Princess and the dress code for dinner was not enforced at all. They were letting people in in cut off shorts an tee shirts and almost anything went. I complained to the head waiter at the door and he told me that he was ordered to completely ignore the way anyone was dressed. I guess that is another of Carnival's influences, letting people eat in the dining room while dressed like slobs.
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jim130, I think that order was give out some time ago. They might not officially admit it but it's been relaxed for the past 5 or 6 years. It doesn't bother me in the least to see the formal nights relaxed somewhat but the cut off jeans might me a bit much.
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Jim, which cruise were you on? We just got off on Aug 15th. I saw very few people in jeans and no one in shorts at the dining restaurants. We did anytime dining. They really do try hard to make the experience nice. I would have definitely felt out of place wearing jeans for dinner.
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Jim, which cruise were you on? We just got off on Aug 15th. I saw very few people in jeans and no one in shorts at the dining restaurants. We did anytime dining. They really do try hard to make the experience nice. I would have definitely felt out of place wearing jeans for dinner.
We were on the August 6th sailiing and the one before it July 28th. On the July sailing the dress code did seem to be enforced but certainly not the August 6th one. We did anytime dining in the Coral dining room. Perhaps if you were eating in the Palm dining room it was enforced. As I said in the Coral dining room it seemed like "anything" was "acceptable".
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Hi Jim, we were on the Aug 6th cruise as well. We tried both dining rooms, Palm and Coral, but usually ate around 5:30 to avoid the crowd. I do agree with you that there are some that just don't seem to care what they look like any time of the day, but I didn't eat in the restaurants every night. Sometimes we ordered room service and once we ate at Sabbatinis. For 3000 + people, the majority behaved pretty well, except on that Reflections CD my kids purchased. Now I know why we stayed away from the 15th floor pool! My teenage son did watch for non conformists at the restaurants though because we forced him to dress nice for dinner! After the first couple of times, he didn't mind after all.
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Just got off the Sea Princess on the 28th did not notice any one in jeans in the main dining area when in there but there were quite a few in them around and about even on formal nights.

What I did see was the head waiter attitude change to those who was wearing a tie on on the none formal days he was more accommodating to seating preferences others had noticed this as well. we put it down to you make the effort he makes an effort.



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With or without a tie I walk in with reservations.
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My feeling is Princess may as well as throw out their dress code requirements as my observation on recent Princess ships is that there is little or no enforcement of the dress codes that appear in your cruise documents, Princess Patter or signage at Dining Room entry.

I am no formal night tuxedo wearer anymore, but take a nice Blazer (Bermuda Jacket), nice dress shirt and tie. Perfectly acceptable, but some dress like slobs, particularly on the Australia cruises.

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Barrie - very interesting observation indeed
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My feeling is Princess may as well as throw out their dress code requirements as my observation on recent Princess ships is that there is little or no enforcement of the dress codes that appear in your cruise documents, Princess Patter or signage at Dining Room entry.

I am no formal night tuxedo wearer anymore, but take a nice Blazer (Bermuda Jacket), nice dress shirt and tie. Perfectly acceptable, but some dress like slobs, particularly on the Australia cruises.

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While I do dress for the occasion it doesn't bother me what other people dress like. But for some people, like those old hags on the other board, it ruins their evening. Well, too bad. They should sail Crystal then.

But I do agree that people shouldn't dress like slobs either. It just doesn't bother me if they do.
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[/quote]While I do dress for the occasion it doesn't bother me what other people dress like. But for some people, like those old hags on the other board, it ruins their evening. Well, too bad. They should sail Crystal then.

But I do agree that people shouldn't dress like slobs either. It just doesn't bother me if they do.[/quote]

HI Cleveland, We're in complete agreement about the interpretation of the dress regulations. Every time someone suggests that it should be relaxed the die hard formalists chime in with their visions of people dressing in shorts, dirty shirts, baseball caps, etc. which it isn't today even on the relaxed atmosphere of NCL.

They should just segregate the anytime dr into sides. One formal, one casual. Leave the traditional the way it is today.
If the formal people want to dress among themselves, that's fine. The other side of the dr can hardly be seen & doesn't deter from their so called enjoyment.
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A great deal of the enjoyment of anticipating this, our first cruise, has been shopping for formal/smart casual attire!

We have no intention of lowering the dining standards... but rather, we shall raise them slightly, as I ended up with more "formal" wear than formal nights! And, dammit, I will NOT be thwarted from strutting my stuff!

I give not a fig what others wear, as long as they don't point and stare at me too obviously...
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And after reading all that guff it seems plain that this particular subject recieves at least as much attention as does 'tipping' and 'alcohol', which must say something about human nature ?? I think it's a sorry state of affairs when passengers cannot define what 'formal dress' and what 'casual dress' actually mean.

Certainly, when Aussies or NZ'ers are faced with 'casual' they are going to turn up with anything from bare feet, ragged shorts and a singlet to thongs, togs and beach sand on the shoulders.

But formal means just that for men. Suit, shirt, tie, socks, shoes. Preferably matching. It doesn't mean tails. It doesn't mean dress shirt, dickie, bow, waistcoat and suspenders.

As far as women are concerned - they need no advice. They know the difference between casual and formal by instinct.

Take it all with a grain of salt, as the saying goes. Shipping lines are there to make money, not to influence your dress code. After all, they really will not throw you overboard if you don't comply

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Wow this topic gets people going! I'm not sure that what other's wear has any effect on my dining experience, my choice is dress pants and collared shirt, but thats my choice.

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See, this is where the problem lies. Or lays. What on earth are 'dress-pants'? To my mind, these are high-back fitted trou, hung on suspenders, and with a satin stripe down the outside seam. Usually worn as a part of a 'Dress-suit'.

And what is a 'collared' shirt? Anything other than a tee, turtle or vee?
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The pants you are describing sound like pants that go with a tux...Dress pants are just a nice pair of pants, usually navy, black, brown or gray that can go with a sports jacket/tie or not. They don't necessarily go with a suit, but can.

Yes, any shirt with a collar will do, unlike t-shirts that have no collar.
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Thanks for clearing that up Donna - for our first cruise after 25 years it's good to be up to date with everything. You sure look a happy lady - and with almost 20,000 posts to your credit? That's amazing. The best of life to you.
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