Cruise NewsRoyal Caribbean Adds Shorts to Approved Dining Room Dress Code

Royal Caribbean Adds Shorts to Approved Dining Room Dress Code

It’s no secret that cruise lines are slowly making the dining room experience on cruises more casual.  Royal Caribbean Blog is now reporting that Royal Caribbean has added shorts to the approved dress code for casual nights in the main dining rooms on their cruise ships.

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Royal Caribbean now has the following dress code listed on their website:

  • Casual: You’re on vacation – relax! Jeans, shorts, tees, tank tops, polos, sundresses and blouses are all the right amount of laid back. Please keep swimwear to the Pool Deck.
  • Smart Casual: Think of this as a step up from your typical dinner wear. Dress to impress with jackets, sports coats, blazers, collared shirts, dresses, skirts and blouses, or pantsuits.
  • Formal: Make it a night out in your best black-tie look – suits and ties, tuxedos, cocktail dresses or evening gowns.

While shorts have not always been listed on the approved list, they have been allowed in the main dining rooms on Royal Caribbean cruise ships for awhile now on casual nights.  On my recent cruise on Allure of the Seas, there were numerous passengers wearing shorts on casual nights.

The Cruise Compass for my cruise in November 2016 had the following for “Dinner Dress Suggestion”: Casual. Please note that swimsuits, robes, bare feet, tank tops, baseball caps, and pool wear are not allowed in the main dining restaurants or specialty restaurants. There was no mention of shorts, but our waitstaff told us they were allowed on all nights but formal nights.

Royal Caribbean is following the other mainstream cruise lines in officially allowing shorts on casual nights in the main dining rooms.

Carnival Cruise Line states on their website that dress shorts (long) are permitted on casual nights.

Norwegian Cruise Line has a similar dress code with shorts being allowed in most main dining rooms and in some specialty restaurants. On some of their ships, one dining room has a casual dress code while the other has more a formal setting. Norwegian does not have formal nights similar to other cruise lines.

Disney Cruise Line also allows shorts on casual nights with an exception for swimwear and tank tops.

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Cruise NewsRoyal Caribbean Adds Shorts to Approved Dining Room Dress Code


  1. I agree with Truther! I want to relax, dressing like I am going to work doesn’t sound like vacation to me.

  2. This is truly sad. I would think if you don’t want to dress then you have option to go to wind Jamer. Such a disappointment in RC.
    This is what a lot of us look forward too.
    Please consider changing back.

  3. It’s a shame. Where is anyone’s class anymore?
    Shame on you Royal Caribbean for lowering your standards. In my opinion. If I wanted a classless ship to sail, I’d go carnival.

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