Contributor Level: Captain

Shorts in MDR

Do you think nice shorts should be in the MDR? I for one do not care , Im on vacation and what people wear doesn't bother me. If it will now be ok mite as well be comfy.


27 Answers

Contributor Level: Staff Captain

What other people wear in the MDR truly doesn't bother me. 

Contributor Level: Captain

Well I'm with you as far as I don't care. But one thing I do know is one persons vision of what is nice will differ from someone else's. Personally I just don't find the cruise lines dress policy difficult to follow. 

Contributor Level: Cruise Director

No.  Smart casual should be the norm in the evening.  Leaving sweat marks on the chair for the next person is a real turn-off.

Contributor Level: Captain

Time to post the exchange again between two Celebrity faithful, on a Celebrity thread back when Celebrity did away with formal dress. By the way, I agree with the lady: 


One guy in posted: "I certainly won't miss "Formal" nights or the judgmental posts on these boards. Does the way the guy next to you is dressed really affect your ability to enjoy your cruise? Sit back, pour the wine, raise a glass to the good ol' days and enjoy the dinner you didn't have to cook."


A lady responded: "I also don't have to cook at McDonalds - doesn't mean I want to eat there. And NO - I don't want to wear a formal evening gown at the same table while you are in jeans. What a joke that makes for all."

Contributor Level: Captain

Other than the first night of the cruise, Princess continues to enforce the no shorts policy.

Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I prefer smart casual as well.  Leave the shorts in your cabin for the hour at dinner.

Contributor Level: Captain

If there is a dress policy written anywhere (daily paper, posted at the entrance, etc,), I feel it should be followed. It is not a question of being offended by the person sitting at the next table, it is a question of manners and being respectful of the rules and others.

Some people can look elegant in a gunny-sack (darn them anyway) while others need a bit more effort (yours truly) to look sharp.  Shorts on me in the MDR...nope!

Contributor Level: Captain

People always push the limits.    What one calls nice the next with have to take the limit a bit further into tacky,  Being a Baby Boomer I think Jeans are fine 24/7.  It used to bother mom that when we went out to a "Nice Place and you wear jeans".  She was the reason I bought a pair of Dockers,  only wore them when going to dinner with the parents.


I think the dress code should go with the Cruise line.   The dress code on Carnival should not be the same as Cunard.  


I would address the issue by serving the same food in the lido as the MDR,  if you want to wear shorts and flip flops go to the Lido for dinner,  if you want to put on the Tux and long dress go to the MDR,   But the food should be the same menu in both so the casual dressers can get the  surf and turf same as the MDR.


I would say no shorts in the MDR on Fancy nights,  

Contributor Level: Admiral

I wear longer shorts or capris in the MDR for lunch.  I have never worn shorts there at night.  Whatever the policy is, passengers should follow it.  I hate more seeing passengers wearing baseball caps in the MDR.

Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I'm going to wear a white wife beater tank top stained with beer, torn shorts and flip flops just to see if they let me in.


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