Go Back   Cruise Reviews Forums > Port Chat > Europe Port Chat
Register Forgot Password?
New! Use your Facebook, Google, AIM & Yahoo accounts to securely log into this site, click logo to login  

Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 01-21-2007, 10:30 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 158
I know that when visiting the Vatican or churches that proper attire is necessary. All of the suggestions I've read emphasize that shoulders (and sometimes the head) must be covered, as well as knees -- so no shorts or short skirts. But this is rather general, IMO.

I want to know if women should wear skirts or if slacks are appropriate. Even jeans? How about for men? Obviously slacks, no shorts, but jeans for them if worn with a shirt nicer than a t-shirt? For all I know even t-shirts would be acceptable.

On Carnival's website, in looking at the shore excursions in Istanbul and Izmir, it notes that you will be requested to remove your shoes before entering mosques and to wear socks. I normally wear sandal-like shoes without socks, but if I wear such shoes will it be ok if I have knee-high hosiery on instead of actual socks??
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 01-21-2007, 10:45 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2006
Location: In the heart of Europe: Germany...
Posts: 2,723

As you see: well thought!

Woman: nothing too short and open for views!
Jeans: O.K.!
Man: nothing too short and open for views!

You must not be dressed like you are going on a funaral or wedding. But a certain kind of respect should be shown.

Especially when you walk into the basements to see the gravestone of John Paul II. - everybody is well dressed there, and pray for him. And if you want to feel comfortable you should wear something which fits.

It's a place of faith, silence and respect.

HeinBloed (just back from Rome)
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 01-23-2007, 11:17 PM
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 43
At the Vatican, the strict dress code pertains to St. Peter's Basilica. So anyone going unprepared, you may still tour the museums and other areas which don't have the dress code. But, a visit to the Vatican wouldn't be complete without the visit to St. Peter's even for those of us who are not Catholic. Yes it is a place of worship so you must be respectful in manner and dress. But many people do at the last minute throw on a wrap around shawl or skirt around their waste (even a blanket) or a shawl over their shoulders. I don't mean any disrespect to the previous poster or anyone else reading this but it is a major tourist attraction so the security is mainly concerned with what is showing, not exactly what you are wearing to cover it up. Men definitely cannot wear shorts, even below the knees. The first time we visited, I was not allowed so we had to return the next day. Many other churches in Europe allow long shorts, not the Vatican. Bring a pair of warmups or thin pants to wear over your shorts. T-shirts are definitely allowed. Yes, you don't have to wear a suit or dress, but we've seen many fashion statements not showing shoulders or knees.

But you MUST visit there. And don't miss the Sistine Chapel, absolutely breathtaking, in my opinion of course.
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 01-23-2007, 11:20 PM
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 43
Oh, you may have guessed, but just to confirm, we visited in the middle of summer. So I don't know if security may have some leeway knowing people are dressing to be cool. Probably in cooler months people will be wearing long pants and shirts/tops anyway, so no problem.
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 01-30-2007, 03:35 PM
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Seattle
Posts: 56
At the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, shoes must be removed. I was wearing nylon ped-type socks, and that was fine. Also, they make some women cover their hair (with a provided scarf if you don't have one, yuck). Thankfully, I had my own. I don't know how they decide who does and doesn't cover their hair. They didn't make the brunettes around me. I'm a redhead. The Hagia Sofia is a museum, so the shoe and scarf rules don't apply there.

In Izmir, the only religious site I visited was the House of the Virgin Mary. There were no dress code rules. I will say that it was very hot at Ephesus though.

This was my second visit to a Muslim country (Malaysia was the other). Regardless of rules, I tried to dress with respect for the culture. I never wore anything sleeveless and wore skirts/dresses that were midcalf-length. I think I received better treatment from locals by doing this.

I hope this was helpful.

Oh, and I echo the above comments with regard to the Vatican. And I did see people turned away at St. Peter's for improper dress.
Closed Thread

attire, code, cruises, dress, ephesus, europe, nylon, peds, places, proper, religiouis, religious, site, sites, type, wearing

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Religious Services MiketheKid Carnival Cruise Line 23 08-08-2007 07:13 AM
At last, a proper apology jack2007 General Cruise Chat 6 07-23-2007 08:01 AM
Proper Dress - Pearl DRS Norwegian Cruise Line 19 06-12-2007 03:34 PM
First time cruiser...Proper documents siy General Cruise Chat 2 01-29-2003 10:23 AM

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:12 AM.

Contact Us - Terms of Use - Cruise Reviews Home - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2