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Old July 2nd, 2008, 11:30 PM
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Hello! We are going on our first cruise on Monday. We are going on the sovereign of the seas for 4 days. Anyway, I was wondering about dress code for regular dinners (not formal). I read that shorts are not allowed, just pants, but what about jeans? Or a jean skirt for myself? TIA for your help!!
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 11:40 PM
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i always dress up, but that's because i love to.

nice pants, shirts, blouses etc. are fine. capris with dressy tops, dresses, skirts, etc. are all ok too.

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I would pass on the jeans - the jean skirt should be ok - but I don't know
what cruise line you are taking. Might be best to ask your TA about this.
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If you want to wear jeans, wear them. They are allowed by Royal Caribbean, and this has been confirmed in a statement by them recently. On casual nights, jeans are permitted in the dining room. Enjoy your cruise.
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I have seen jeans in the dining room on casual nites. However the jeans skirt might be a better choice.

I'm with Cutiecat I love dressing up every nite.

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You are going on a cruise to the tropics - why would you want to wear heavy jeans? Wear something light. Will you be turned away from the dining room? No, but . . . .
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The jeans question was more for my husband than me. Because I read you can't wear shorts, so he was wondering about jeans. But y'all answered my question. I don't wear pants, so the skirt question was for me. But I just wanted to make sure a jean skirt was okay.

So why does everyone dress up on casual nights? Just wondering.
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By "dressing up" for casual nites I don't think the other posters meant
formal gowns/cocktail dresses/tuxedos. More along the lines of what you might
wear to a nice restaurant for dinner or going to church. Nice pants,
attractive tops, stuff like that. No skinny tube tops, short/shorts, all kinds
of body parts "hanging out". You'll see on your first day what we are
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No, I'm sorry, I understood. Like not dressing up, but rather dressing nice. But I was just curious as to why people wear nicer clothes instead of going casually. But, no biggie!!

Well, thanks for everyone's input. I'm excited!!
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Well, I for one like to take and wear the clothes I don't get much chance to wear at home. We don't go out much as my husband is in the hotel/bar
business already and when he gets home - "he's home!". Plus I am a bit
of a clothes horse but that's just me. Bon Voyage!!
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That's true, but I know my husband and he is a casual kind of guy. We were scouring(sp?) his closet right now trying to find nicer clothes to wear for the dinners. He did not plan accordingly. I have been buyng things here and there for the past few months. He never said a word to me about what he wanted for the cruise and the only thing I bought him were a couple pair of shorts. We shall have to make do!
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Khaki's and nice sport shirts are fine - even shorts unless you want to
dine in the formal dining rooms. Does he have a sport coat or blazer?
That would work (can he borrow one from his friends or family). Doing
the formal dress-up is completely optional - you don't have to worry about
it - you just will have your dinner in one of the alternative dining areas.
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Okay, now I am confused because I thought there was only one place where everyone ate dinner. I am talking about out 8:30 dinner. Is this in the dining room? I know there is more than one place to eat on the boat, but I didn't realize that the buffet and the dining room where in different areas. Is the Windjammer the buffet and then there is a seperate dining room for the dinners?
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I have not sailed with RCCL yet (Jan'09) but yes, there is a formal dining
room and the Windjammer Cafe for more casual food/dress. Sounds like
you have the late seating in the Dining Room - I would imagine your husband would be more comfortable in a jacket of some kind - I don't know how strictly this is enforced - probably others can be of more help
with that - However, You are NOT required to eat there if you think you
would be uncomfortable. For the Formal nites - men need to wear either
a dark suit or a tux for the Main Dining Rooms. (again, this is optional - you can choose to eat elsewhere those nites).
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Just so you are aware...

I watched them turn away a couple from the formal dining room on the Brilliance last month because the man was wearing shorts. They said "no shorts allowed."

In the Windjammer Cafe' upstairs, a buffet casual dining area, casual clothes are fine. There are also other places you can eat on board...check your deck plan.

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Thanks everyone. He has a suit for the formal night with a tie and everything. I mean he is not un-accustomed to dressing up, but he also prefers to be casual. He has packed a few slacks and some button up shirts for the regular dining nights. But we leave tomorrow and we are excited!!
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have a wonderful cruise! i'm sure you are going to love it!
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Well, you are probably sleeping by now but "BON VOYAGE" !!
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No, I'm sorry, I understood. Like not dressing up, but rather dressing nice. But I was just curious as to why people wear nicer clothes instead of going casually. But, no biggie!!

Well, thanks for everyone's input. I'm excited!!
Why? Its part of traditional cruising and the fact that you dine with linen table cloth. It makes the atmosphere a little bit classier.

RCI does not consider Jeans casual though but since RCI does not enforce the rule otherwise the dining room would be empty I beg you to honor traditional cruising.
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No, I'm sorry, I understood. Like not dressing up, but rather dressing nice. But I was just curious as to why people wear nicer clothes instead of going casually. But, no biggie!!

Well, thanks for everyone's input. I'm excited!!
Why? Its part of traditional cruising and the fact that you dine with linen table cloth. It makes the atmosphere a little bit classier.

RCI does not consider Jeans casual though but since RCI does not enforce the rule otherwise the dining room would be empty I beg you to honor traditional cruising.
RCI does consider jeans casual, and allows them on casual night. They have specifically stated this. I hate it when people try to get other people to wear what THEY want them to wear, whether or not they are comfortable in that. Casual is casual. Celebrity (A royal caribbean company) just announced today that jeans are not only allowed on casual nights, but are allowed on smart casual nights as well. And on formal nights, they don't even require a suit or tux anymore.
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Thanks fitzla - my boyfriend and I were getting a little worried about the dress from what we have been reading and what people have been writing. We are more laid back relaxed people. He doesn't even own a sports jacket - although I told him we should get him at least one for the cruise that he could pair with khakis.

Many people we know have said that even Formal Night is as formal as you want, but 1) you don't have to participate 2) you don't have to go all out formal dress and tux like prom. lol
Just enjoy your cruise the way you want to enjoy it. If someone else gets upset by what you are wearing, then are they really worth trying to please? What someone else wears has never affected my cruise and my good time! Have a blast!
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Hey I'm back! It was so much fun!! The dinners were not a problem at all. See what I didn'r realize is there is a dining room and a buffet (windjammer) where you can eat. The dining room is more formal, yet casual and the windjammer is all casual, bathing suit and all since it's right next to the pool. But we still dressed nice for dinner. For the most part, we saw people in shorts and t-shirst or button up shirts for dinner. We still enjoying dressing up nicer for dinner and had dinner in the dining room every night. As far as formal night, we did get all dressed up, but we saw people who wore khaki's and a button up shirt and were let into the dining room. So don't worry if you are not a dressy type person. I know I"m a first time cruiser, but your clothes and what others wear is not a biggie. I just enjoyed myself and my husband and it was fun!
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Happy you had a great time (I just wrote you on the other thread) - are
you ready to book another one?? 8)
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Oh yeah! I was already looking online yesterday...lol!
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