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Celebrity’s ‘Evening Chic’ Dress Code


At first glance, the latest attempt to define how people should dress when going for dinner on Celebrity cruise ships could be called splitting hairs. 

Or threads.

No more “formal” nights in the dining room. They’re being replaced by “evening chic” nights. What’s evening chic?

“Dressier than smart casual, less dressy than formal.”

Dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that what Celebrity is really trying to do is this: Allow Eclp-Diningpeople to wear designer jeans to the dining room as part of dressing up while making sure they don’t wear ripped jeans…designer or not.

That’s called “too” casual. So are shorts and t-shirts and, yes, you’d think that people wouldn’t have to be told how to dress when going to a “dining” room. But they do.

So in Celebrity’s case, and only on “evening chic” nights, you must dress up by wearing a sports jacket and designer jean (men) or a “flirty dress” (women). You will, of course, still be welcome if you wear a tuxedo or evening gown since that attire is still part of the cruise experience for a shrinking crowd.

What we’d like to know is…who’s going to enforce the dress code? It has been our experience on any number of ships that when certain attire (specifically shorts) is not allowed at dinner, you can always find somebody — and more than one person — in the dining room wearing shorts, and sometimes t-shirt, too.

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Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas
4 nights
January 18, 2016
Miami (return): CocoCay, Nassau
Inside: $299
Cost per day: $74

Sensitivities Of How Cruisers Dress

Today’s subject is Muscat and, while people who know us may find this hard to believe, it’s not the dessert wine. It’s the city that is capital of Oman, a country on the Arabian Peninsula that is often visited by cruise ships and their passengers, despite the volatility that comes with that part of the world.

As a cruise port, Oman has grown.

Ten years ago, there were about 25 cruise ships that ported in Oman. Today, there are 100 or so. With that kind of triple-digit growth comes economic gain…and cultural Sky-GSK-1-650 copychange.

At a recent conference in Moscow, it was reported that the local shop vendors and owners — who are naturally in direct contact with cruise passengers when they disembark — are disturbed by the way the visitors dress. Especially the female visitors.

Specifically, the locals are upset that the number of people who wear shorts and revealing clothes. European women dress that way in summer, although the same might be said of North American women, and the vendors and shop keepers of Oman feel that it disrespects local customs and that visitors should know there is a dress code.


Clearly, this is a cultural clash, with valid arguments on both sides. The tourists are on vacation. They have a vacation “dress code” that they take abroad. They either don’t know it offends the Oman people or they don’t care. The locals, on the other hand, are concerned that the visiting dress code might spread and threaten their culture, their values and their beliefs.

Tourists can be insensitive. If you know what local customs are (and many cruisers asked said they did), why would you purposely alienate the country and people who are your hosts? There can be a fine line between respect and disrespect — especially in highly religious countries — and it’s worth finding out when you cross that line, in advance.

On the other hand, you can’t have it both ways, can you? If you want to enjoy the benefits of tourism, you risk having tourism impact your culture. If that’s unacceptable, there’s a simple solution.

Close the port on cruise ships.

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Crown Princess
7 nights
December 12, 2015
Los Angeles (return): Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas
Inside: $511
Cost per day: $73

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