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Been lurking here for a few weeks, but can't find the answer to my question.  Hope this is the proper forum.

 

My wife and I have booked a S America cruise on Infinity.  Cruise reps seem either unwilling to answer my questions in writing (actually, email) or uncertain of the answer.

 

Specialty restaurants.  We cruised Celebrity once when the evening meal was formal.  Now Celebrity refers to it's dress code as casual.  One rep says that means everything except shorts, swim suits, and flip flops.  Another says any "smart casual" is OK.  Anyone know the REAL dress code?  Button down pull over shirt and slacks for men?  Pull over shirt and beach-comers (probably called something else now) for women?  Anywhere online to view menus?

 

Evening shows.  Same dress code?

 

What is the earliest departure time?  Departure port is Rio.  I can find a flight leaving at 10:30A.  Do we have time to make the flight?

Tags: Celebrity Cruises

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Celebrity Cruises

The Code: Celebrity's website states that you'll need two types of evening clothes for a cruise. Most nights are "Smart Casual and Above," meaning sport shirts and slacks for men, while women will be comfortable in skirts or pants and blouses, or casual dresses. On "evening chic" nights, both men and women may prefer more dressy attire, though it is not required. Nor are jackets and ties required for men.

 

Number of Evening Chic nights:

 

Cruises of four to six nights have one evening chic night, those of seven- to 11-night cruises have two, and those with 12 or more nights have three.

 

Nightly Casual Option:

 

Casual dining is offered most nights on every cruise, depending upon the itinerary, and it's served in the International Marketplace, outdoor grill, the AquaSpa Cafe and Cafe al Bacio & Gelateria.

 

Written Restrictions and Jeans:

 

Tee-shirts, swimsuits, robes, tank tops, caps and poolwear are not allowed in the main or specialty restaurants. Shorts and flip-flops are not allowed during evening hours. As long as jeans don't have holes, rips or tears, they are permitted in the main dining room any night of the cruise.

 

Here is a pretty good discussion on dress codes including Celebrity's: http://cruiseline.com/forum/post/are-formal-nights-disappearing-on-cruises 

I've only sailed CCL.  From what I have experienced and read about most lines is people are getting away from formal wear.  If you dress as if you're going to church or a wedding you will be fine.  My last cruise I had on a suit and tie and felt I had dressed better than most people.  Of course it's up to you how you dress.  Formal or business casual.  It's your vacation.

Thanks for the reply, and you've hit on my question.

First, . . . " Most nights are "Smart Casual and Above," meaning sport shirts and slacks for men, while women will be comfortable in skirts or pants and blouses,"

OTOH, " Tee-shirts, swimsuits, robes, tank tops, caps and poolwear are not allowed in the main or specialty restaurants. Shorts and flip-flops are not allowed during evening hours."

 

Those sound nowhere NEAR the same.  The questions we have revolve around "blouses" (does that include pull over shirts) and slacks (as in causal creased slacks or wear-to-the-mall slacks)?  Are men's flannel shirts allowed?  Different reps emphasis one or the other.  If it's "most nights . . .," we'll cancel.  If it's "Tee shirts . . . ." we're going.

We emailed Celebrity 8 days ago.  No response.

 

Guess I should ask my Rio question under "Destinations."

I dress for the environment I'm I'm.  I wouldn't wear a T-shirt shirt to a nice wedding or a funeral.  Look presentable and you will be fine.  Also nothing better when a woman wears a nice blouse and skirt.  It so rare nowadays.  Most women dress like men these days.

Not a bad idea, but as yet, I don't know the environment I'll be in.  As a rule, we take no sports coats, dress shirts, dresses, skirts.  I THINK I know polo shirt (with pocket) is OK for men.  OK for women?  Reps won't answer that except "I don't see why not."  Once we're on the ship, their opinion doesn't count.  It would be nice if they would respond to emails.  at least I'd have the answer in writing (pixels).

On my last 2 celebrity cruises I wore nice Jeans and a button down shirt to the MDR on all evenings.   The dressiest I get is a pair of Dockers and long sleeve button up shirt that is tucked in.  

 

For the MDR I do wear black dressy shoes,  to athletic shoes sin the MDR for dinner.  I will wear my running shoes during the day but at dinner I put on the dark shoes.

 

You will like the Infinity,  nice ship, good service and good food.

Thanks, that's a little encouraging. Only shoes I take on a cruise are running shoes and Dockers. Sounds like I'm good. Next concern is my wife, Pullover shirt, pants ('slacks' sounds business-like), sandals. Tangentially, another question. Specialty restaurants. On our previous cruise (1930's), menus were SET. That is, if the menu was filet, baked potato, broccoli, that's what we got. No substitutions allowed. Has that changed? As RCCL veterans (Diamond), we like mixing and matching restaurants - i.e., go to Chops Grill for my wife but they'll serve me an entree from Giavanni's (spelling). Is that done on Celebrity?

I think that you have received enough good replies that I don't need to add anything more to what has already been said. 

  

 

Here is an interesting link that might shed a little light on your question, or not.

 

http://cruiseline.com/forum/post/have-you-ever-had-the-chef-make-you-a-special-meal-on-a-cruise-line/3?page=2&per_page=10#answers

 

http://cruiseline.com/forum/post/have-you-ever-had-the-chef-make-you-a-special-meal-on-a-cruise-line/3?page=2&per_page=10#answers

 

That's exactly my concern. We cruise RCCL ~80% of the time and their main dining/specialty are quite liberal and attentive. Our only Celebrity experience was the polar opposite - strict compliance with menus, condescension to any request for change. As for dress code, . . . I have zero interest in packing clothes for a "relaxed" dinner promised by a phone rep, only to find the restaurant has a "different" interpretation. I was hoping someone here had cruised CCL recently and could provide some experiences. Although no one cares, it is now over 2 weeks since we sent CCL an email requesting dress code clarification.

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