Last week, Disney Cruise Line quietly revised their definition of cruise casual with respect to appropriate dinner attire by removing shorts from the list of discouraged attire. Previously, the cruise casual stated “no shorts, swimwear or tank tops.” Now, according to Disney Cruise Line’s revised cruise casual policy, effective August 5, 2013, guests are permitted to wear jeans, shorts, khakis and Capri pants. It is recommended that guests refrain from wearing swimwear or tank tops in the main rotational dining rooms.
This policy change has not officially been updated on Disney’s website like the change in smoking policy. Since the policy was not clear, I inquired with Disney Cruise Line directly to see if the policy states which types of shorts that are considered appropriate in the dining room, such as perhaps similarly to a golf course dress code. I was simply told that “shorts are permitted.” Although swim trunks are discouraged, there is no differentiation between athletic shorts and khaki dress shorts.
Furthermore, I asked if the policy would be enforced on formal and semi-formal nights. I was told that because formal and semi-formal nights were considered optional, the fallback is still cruise casual. Nothing says modern classic like a combination of tuxedos and shorts. Disney Cruise Line did confirm that the change in the cruise casual policy was based upon guest feedback and Disney Cruise Line’s website will be update soon to reflect the change.
I think Barbossa said it best when he was referring to pirate code – the [dress] code is more what you’d call guidelines, than actual rules.
It has taken me a while, but I’ve come to the realization that it does not matter what others around me are wearing; I am still going to have an enjoyable dinner with my family. However, I do take issue with the fact that there is no clear line between what is acceptable and unacceptable, especially on the optional formal and semi-formal nights. Clearly, the no shorts recommendation has been ignored and unenforced for years. Without a clearly worded policy on what is acceptable attire for main dining and enforcement from the crew, guests will continue to stretch the limits.
For now, I can just make a note on the guest comment card.
What are your thoughts on this change?