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My wife and I typically sail on Celebrity and we know the dress code says "No Shorts" however, on our last three cruises since the restart it was not enforced at all. My question is can anyone who has sailed RCL lately tell me if they are allowing shorts in the dining room? We are on the Mariner this weekend and only want to pack what we need. TIA

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Welcome to the message boards.

Shorts in the main dining room is one of those "third rail topics" that has very strong opinions, in part because Royal Caribbean leaves the exact rule vague.

Like Celebrity, the rule is not exactly enforced. So would you be able to get away with wearing shorts in the main dining room? Probably. Do others have thoughts on the appropriateness of it? Yup. 

Personally, I would not wear shorts to dinner in the main dining room. But I have no problem wearing jeans or khakis with a polo/short sleeved collared shirt.

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9 minutes ago, SWFL Cruisers said:

My wife and I typically sail on Celebrity and we know the dress code says "No Shorts" however, on our last three cruises since the restart it was not enforced at all. My question is can anyone who has sailed RCL lately tell me if they are allowing shorts in the dining room? We are on the Mariner this weekend and only want to pack what we need. TIA

I've worn shorts in the MDR. They were chino type shorts, not athletic.   Even on a formal night, I've seen a guy in tank top and shorts in the MDR.

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On formal nights if I do not feel like dressing up I will go to the windjammer.  Like others I will sometimes go to the MDR in a polo shirt and dress shorts.

Several years ago I was in fact wearing a polo with dress shorts and was told at the MDR I had to wear pants.  So I walked the length of the ship to our cabin put pants on then returned. As they escorted us to our table we literally passed several young women already sitting in tube tops and halters. I thought man even in the shorts I was denied entry yet these young women are barely dressed. It was kind of funny when I thought about it at dinner ,,,oh well...Keep sailing.

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I'm with @Matt - crew likely won't say anything, but the guests are going to be judging you. 🤣

I always do nice jeans or khakis with a button down shirt or polo at a minimum any time I'm going anywhere besides Windjammer for dinner.

Then again, I'm also one of those people who prefers to "dress up" when flying, as well - I refuse to be the guy in pajama pants and a t-shirt, regardless of *how* early my flight is.

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My shorts are hiking pants with zip on legs.  Shorts by day, long pants for the MDR then immediately back to shorts for the rest of the night.

I fly with them too.  Planes can be cold but when you land in Florida I can't stand having long pants on while lugging my luggage around so I get off the plane and immediately remove my zip on legs.  

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5 hours ago, smokeybandit said:

No one will give you a second look in MDR, even on formal night, if you wear shorts

Oh, some definitely will.  Do they have any say in the matter? Nope, but there are definitely people who will be annoyed.  Whether or not they care if people feel that way is up to them.  🙂

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6 minutes ago, Jill said:

We’re sailing with Royal “virgins” week after next. They just called asking about dress. I said casual but pants at dinner. I told them you don’t want to be “those” people 😂

Seriously you’ll see it all. 

I've gotta wonder if staff would draw the line *somewhere* in regards to dress code. Someone see what happens if you show up at the MDR in a bathrobe. 🤣

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I will be on Mariner on Nov 2nd, so excited! I would think right now they wont say anything as the buffet is closed for dinner, so there really isn't an option. That is my guess. 

I have heard we need a reservation for breakfast and lunch at Windjammer.  I do not see away to do that in cruise planner. I made reservations for dinner. Does anyone know if we need a reservation and if yes how to do it? Thank you!!!!

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13 minutes ago, Paternes said:

I have heard we need a reservation for breakfast and lunch at Windjammer.  I do not see away to do that in cruise planner. I made reservations for dinner. Does anyone know if we need a reservation and if yes how to do it? 

If it's available it won't be turned on until you are on the ship and connected to the ships wifi. Then you will have the option in the app. It will likely be like MyTime Dining where reservations are recommended but not required. They might have separate reservations qnd standby lines if it starts getting too crowded.

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11 hours ago, smokeybandit said:

No one will give you a second look in MDR, even on formal night, if you wear shorts

 

6 hours ago, SpeedNoodles said:

Oh, some definitely will.  Do they have any say in the matter? Nope, but there are definitely people who will be annoyed.  Whether or not they care if people feel that way is up to them.  🙂

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@SpeedNoodlesyou're right.  We've gotten to where it doesn't bother us unless it affects us. I wouldn't do shorts on formal night but if someone wants to it's a reflection of them. Besides, my wife would physically hurt me if I even thought of doing it. 

To go in the opposite direction, we once did a formal night in Windjammer (long story). Never got so much attentive service like that. Even had the head officer on duty there come to our table and talk with us for awhile, then walked us out when we were done eating. 

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Main diningroom usually allows shorts for breakfast and lunch. Never at dinner. We were recently on Allure in August. There are so many choices if you do not wish to dress nicer for dinner.  I like to put on something nicer for dinner, and one or two dressy nites also. Oh and those baseball caps? No.

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The reason I asked was, like most seasoned cruisers, (this is #29) we know that you should dress smart casual or evening chic however, on our last cruises on the Equinox we were seated by the entrance to the dining room and every night there was a minimum of 30 men dressed in shorts or swim suits, one night they let a guy in wearing cut off jeans, a tank top and wearing a giant Sombrero! So I felt like I was dressing every night for nothing. I spoke to the maître d and asked if Celebrity changed the dress code and he insisted they had not but they were not enforcing it. I think at this point they are just grateful to have passengers. I appreciate the input and think I will be packing dress shorts and a few button down shirts.

Cheers!

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