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Dave 05-29-2009 08:44 AM

I am watching "Cruising Do's and Don'ts" on the Travel Channel and they just showed a CD on Disney wearing an officer's uniform. I've not been on Disney cruises before so this was a surprise. On every cruise we've ever done, the CD was always in "civilian" attire.

As for the TV show - it is mostly a dressed up informercial for the major lines but it does have some good advice.

f-mattox 05-29-2009 09:29 AM

It's probably a lot more comfortable than the usual tie and blazer. But it would make him and his staff a little more difficult to identify. I'm sure Disney has a good reason--I'd likd to hear it.

Dave 05-29-2009 10:05 AM

Here is a link to a photo of a Disney CD.

Cruise Fanatic 05-29-2009 10:29 AM

I've been on Disney three times and can't say I remember the CD wearing a uniform. However; it has been several years since I sailed on them. It looks out of place. Although, if I remember right, didn't Julie wear a uniform? Except on the formal nights when she wore her ***y dresses?

Dave 05-29-2009 10:40 AM

Julie had a uniform, but it didn't have shoulder boards. Love Boat Cast

I know the CD and assistant CDs have officer status as far as protocol, but I just don't get the uniforms. A uniform can be intimidating to some people.

f-mattox 05-29-2009 11:30 AM

Yes, I wasn't thinking about evening wear; I was thinking about white pants and short sleeve shirts, like daytime wear. A blazer and tie would be much more comfortable AND practical than what he has on.

poormom 05-29-2009 01:12 PM

doggone it Dwayne.
I wish I could say I was too young to know what you were talking about.
You've gone and made me feel old.

f-mattox 05-29-2009 04:10 PM

poormom, I wish i could say I was young enough to know what you are talking about :-)

Svein 05-29-2009 04:37 PM

I guess fitting them out with uniforms are, among other reasons, cheaper for the cruise line.

I find it odd, though. I know a lot of cruise directors and almost all of them are terrific people, doing a great job. I'm all for the officer status and privileges, but in my eyes, they'll never be officers. Where's their certificate? Where's their advanced safety course?

Jim C. 05-29-2009 06:08 PM

Svein- It is highly possible that the CD in question is indeed a certified officer, who for some reason found the cruise director position to his liking.

Maybe he chooses to where an officers uniform for this reason?

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