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Dressing for Dinner
Dressing for Dinner
“How should I dress for dinner?” If we had a nickel for everyone who asks! Whether you itch to relive the elegance of days gone by, or can’t stand the thought of being bound into a “penguin suit,” you’ll find a happy welcome on your Disney cruise. Different itineraries call for slightly different wardrobes, as we describe below, and once you’re aboard, you can also refer to your Personal Navigator for the evening’s suggested dress.
In keeping with its guest-friendly policies, Disney doesn’t strictly enforce dress codes, except in Palo and Remy. They rarely deny guests access to a dining room, though they do ask that you wear shoes and shirts and refrain from wearing bathing attire in the main dining rooms. You should also refrain from wearing shorts at dinner, though "nice" jeans are now okay everywhere but at Remy, even on formal night (the Palo dress code was relaxed in 2016).
Three-, Four, and Five-Night Itineraries—At dinner in the main, “rotational” dining rooms, men wear casual, open-collared shirts (such as polo or camp shirts) and slacks (such as khakis), and women wear casual dress (such as a blouse and skirt). The exception is the “Dress-Up Night” (third night of the three- and five-night cruise and second night of the four-night cruise), for which dressier attire is suggested. For “Dress-Up Night” and Palo, upscale casual dress (or nicer) is appropriate—men’s jackets are commonly worn, but not required. At Remy, jackets are required for men, and the ladies are expected to don dresses or pantsuits.
Seven-Night and longer Itineraries—Suggested dress for longer itineraries follows a similar pattern, but adds one Formal Night, and Semi-Formal Night replaces Dress-Up Night (though suggested dress is the same for either). A second Formal or Semi-Formal Night is possible on the longest itineraries—see page 560 for details and tips on formal nights.
All Itineraries—On one evening, Disney suggests Pirate or casual dress for its Pirates Night (see page 173). Many find it easiest to dress in tropical gear. Others go all-out and bring pirate accessories or even full costumes from home or the parks, or buy them on board. Cruisers on all ships can get made-up at Pirates League (see page 198). (Some itineraries have a Frozen night instead.)
Disney asks that guests dress for dinner as it sets a special atmosphere in the evenings. The Disney vessels are elegant ships—dressing for dinner shows respect for the occasion, the atmosphere, and your fellow guests. We understand that some guests aren’t comfortable in a jacket or suit, and that’s okay, too—you’ll see a wide range of dress, even on Formal Night. Don’t want to change out of those shorts? Fast food is available on deck 9/11 (see page 175). Beach Blanket Buffet/Cabanas (deck 9/11 aft) may also be open for dinner for those guests who don’t wish to get dressed up.
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