packing for girls, 6 & 9....1st cruise, help!

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Knob Noster, Missouri
6 Posts
Joined Jun 2006
We are cruising on the Carnival Glory and I would like to know what to pack for them to wear, especially in the dinning rooms. They are 9 and 6. The six year old tends to be messy, she really enjoys her food . I have searched all over and find posts for adults, but not any for young girls.

We are departing on June 17, so I am begining to get a little stressed...

Pacific NW
9,883 Posts
Joined Oct 2003
Hi, Jennifer:

As you can see from my signature, we've cruised with our DD since she was very young. I have always dressed her in something that would be appropriate for a Christmas dress or Easter dress for formal night (except our last Caribbean cruise I was actually able to find a floor-length formal dress for her!). E-bay is a great place to find dressy dresses.

As far as the other evenings, she's dressed in either sundresses or nice pants or skirts and blouses. She lives in shorts during the day.

I'm fortunate that she isn't a messy eater, so that hasn't been an issue. Even so, I used to have her tuck a napkin into the collar of her dress/blouse just in case. You will find laundry facilities onboard if you need them.

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Knob Noster, Missouri
6 Posts
Joined Jun 2006
Thank you. I have started packing and realized that I didn't plan for them on casual nights. They have several nice pairs of embellished jeans, but nothing else thanks to their spring growth spurts. (I swear they look taller everyday!)

Any one else? I need all the help I can get.

3,722 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Children's Place and Target both have some really cute "skorts" for spring and summer - they wear like shorts but look like skirts. They are great for casual nights. Paired with an embellished T-shirt and the girls will look better than half the adults!
345 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
We just returned with our kids. Girls 14 and 12 and boy 7. I spent so much time getting their clothes ready and the dress code wasn't even enforced. I said something to the Madre' de and he said they he had other comments as well. It was on the Carvnival Victory. Don't buy anything you can't use again. My son wore kaki's and polo's each night. On the formals he was in a suit. My girls wore capries and/or skorts each night. On formal nights they wore church outfits - which were skirts and blouses. They were all well dressed and more dressed than most. I saw shorts in the dining room on formal nights as well as men without ties. I wouldn't buy anything that I couldn't use again. There is not suppose to be any jeans or flip flops in the dining room. We did exactly what was asked and looked great, but nothing was enforced on this ship.
37 Posts
Joined Jun 2006
I agree with larie. I took my then 5 year old daughter on Carnival Conquest last Sept. I didn't buy anything special for the cruise. She wore capris and skorts on casual nights, and a nice skirt and top on formal nights. They did not enforce the dress code at all....I saw some people wearing jeans on formal night. I wouldn't worry about it! We are going on rccl's Rhapsody of the Seas on July 23rd and I will be packing the same way I did for the Conquest.