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Carnival Cruise Line Updates Dress Code, Bans Offensive Clothing

Carnival Cruise Line has updated their dress code and clothing that is considered offensive will not be allowed to be worn on Carnival cruise ships.

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Carnival’s Brand Ambassador John Heald posted on his Facebook page that the cruise line has added the following into their FAQ:

“All guests are expected to ensure their clothing and accessories are respectful to fellow guests. Specifically, items worn during the cruise should not contain any message that may be considered offensive or contain nudity, profanity, sexual innuendo/suggestions. In addition, clothing/accessories should not promote negative ethnic or racial, commentary, or hatred or violence in any form.”

Heald posted a poll asking if Carnival cruisers agreed with not allowing offensive clothing.  23,500 voted with 97% saying that they agree with the new policy.

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  1. I have a hard time believing that this policy will be enforced. The Cruise line cannot even enforce dress codes in the dining room especially on formal nights so I seriously doubt that they will be forcing people to take off their “offensive” outerwear items!

    • I have to agree. We were on the Paradise in December and there was a group of young women twerking each other and slapping each other’s bottoms, while young boys were watching with open mouths. There’s a time and a place, and this wasn’t it!!! In addition, they walked through the buffet area soaking wet, no cover-ups, and barefooted to get food and take it out by the pool. There were at least 10-12 young children in each hot tub and not a single adult. Formal night for some were baseball caps, cargo shorts, & t-shirts. No rules are enforced on this ship!!! Will never cruise carnival again!

  2. The problem I have with this is the ethnic/racial aspect. This is too broad and it needs to defined without a doubt. What is considered negative? What one person thinks is ok, another may have a problem with it. If I were to wear my Black Girl Magic shirt, would it be offensive or negative to another person simply because they have an issue with it?

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