I was suprised to hear that carnival is allowing men to wear shorts in the main dining room. I guess I'm not sure what to wear since this is our first cruise and I was always told shorts were unacceptable in the dining room.
If you wear shorts, what's acceptable footwear? Are guy's wearing Sperry's with no socks?
I'm always surprised when this subject comes up. All year long my husband and I work long hours and arrive at home exhausted with dinner to make, dishes to wash etc.
When we cruise there's no phone, no computer and no distractions. Part of the whole process is to reconnect and unwind. Part of the magic is dressing up and rekindling the spark. Heck in nature, even the birds have the good sense to grow brighter feathers to attract a mate.
Even the wait staff kicks it up a notch on those nights.
Now I know not all cruisers are couples, but when I go with my girlfriends, we love to dress up and show off our pictures to our friends back home.
Sure it's vacation and all, but why do we keep lowering our standards? pretty soon there won't be formal nights and the the food quality will decline with it.
We are talking about "cruise casual" nights here, not "cruise elegant". The dress shorts are not part of the "cruise elegant" suggested attire. It isn't as though anyone is endorsing showing up in a t-shirt and gym shorts - both of which are still not supposed to be allowed.
I wore bermuda shorts and a golf shirt on the casual nights of our staff cruise on the Holiday in 2008. I didn't feel I was underdressed.
I'll be doing the same on at least one night next week.
It's a tough call because from what I hear there's a lot of people wearing shorts. Even in church now this casual dress is becoming more the norm. It's the guys that still wear suits that get the funny looks.
I'm gonna bring both and see what everyone else is doing I guess.
Honestly, for casual night I don't see what's so wrong with dress shorts, a button up shirt and sperry's. Guess it just depends on what everyone else does.
I don't worry about what the other people are wearing. If I am in compliance with the suggested dress then that is all I worry about. Please don't spend your cruise trying to meet other people's expectations.
It really depends on the itinerary. A cruise in the Caribbean in the summer lends itself more to the shorts than does an Alaskan cruise.
If someone wants to wear a suit every night that is their choice.
The question I like to ask people when the shorts debate pops up is "unless you are sneaking peeks under the tablecloth, how would you know who was wearing pants or who was wearing shorts?"
I find capris to be the perfect compromise (for the ladies at least), I also like to see men in pants and shirt but lets give the guys a break on casual nights. Its all about relaxation, so wear what you are comfortable in. Nobody says you can't dress up. Just my 2 cents worth.