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Dave 03-28-2008 05:35 PM

Check out the new dress codes for Carnival. Looks like "dress" shorts are now allowed to wear at dinner on some nights.

Dwayne 03-29-2008 12:07 AM

Thanks for posting that Dave. It is a welcome option in my opinion. It should be interesting to see what people perceive as dress shorts.


RichC 03-29-2008 04:07 AM

I don't know about dress shorts for diner but the new relaxed dress code seems OK by me. With the airlines limiting how much can be carried I think this will go over in a big way. Lets see if the other cruise lines will follow to some degree.

Dave 03-29-2008 08:12 AM

I like the changes too. Traditions are fine, but some things need to change to keep up with the times. Perhaps NCL's freestyle campaign has had an effect on Carnival?

As for the shorts - I've been thinking about that one and perhaps something in the style of a Rudyard Kipling character would work.

tncruiseman 03-29-2008 08:22 AM

The policy just opens the doors for more kilts! LOL My "tuxedo t-shirt" will look even better with dress shorts!

Dave 03-29-2008 08:31 AM

I may as well say it now - this means that I will not be bringing a suit (or even a sport coat) on the forum cruise.

I may need to look into getting a tux t-shirt though!

macmom111 03-29-2008 08:42 AM

this is great news. Since I have to fly into the departure port this will certainly cut down on my luggage. But now what to do with my evenign gowns I bought just for cruising. oh I know, ebay.

susanmaz 03-29-2008 09:53 AM

Again, being the wet blanket and nay sayer - - I see this as the beginning of the end for the days of cruising being a "special" holiday. I just can't like the idea of jeans or shorts in the dining room for dinner. Of course, location is everything as they say.... what will work on a casual line like Carnival or RCCL, hopefully won't work on other lines. IMHO

Dave 03-29-2008 10:26 AM

That is why there are many cruise lines to choose from. If the urge to dress up is too important, then HAL and Cunard are there. I used to get into the dress-up thing but eventually realized my personal comfort was more important - within reason.

But - when someone is seated at a table with a napkin in their lap, why would it matter if they are in jeans or shorts - or in a $200 pair of slacks? It isn't as though people are looking under the table cloth to admire the other guest's wardrobe. Please, nobody take this personally since it is just a general observation...but I'd rather have fun table-mates in shorts and golf shirts than be stuck with some crashing bores in tuxedos and gowns.

RichC 03-29-2008 10:35 AM

I'm going to have to start looking under the table during diner to see what's what.

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