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Saw one person in Jeans at the Chef’s Table on a recent cruise. Observed a lengthy conversation between him and the Maitre d. But he was allowed in. Respect the dress code Elegant casual is not jeans. If you want to wear jeans than book on Carnival.

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Jacket vs. Jeans?!?!

 

 

 

But I wear jackets with my jeans. :confused:

 

 

Personally, I love that look. I wear the female equivalent of this at work, usually a knit cardi with nice top, accessories, and dark jeans. That has become typical in much of the business world now. But the generation on these cruises comes from a more formal time, when jeans were seen as sloppy. I think we’ll eventually see a shift in cruise dress codes down the road to reflect more modern times. But for now, I’m wearing black pants in the MDR. At least it’s not formalwear.

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Reading this thread is very interesting - definitely lots of opinions! And, an opinion is what I am asking for here. Are men's and/or women's denim slacks (no double stitching on seams or pockets - just slacks made out of medium or dark denim colored fabric as opposed to navy blue or khaki cotton fabric) considered jeans for the ship's restaurants and evening activities?

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Reading this thread is very interesting - definitely lots of opinions! And, an opinion is what I am asking for here. Are men's and/or women's denim slacks (no double stitching on seams or pockets - just slacks made out of medium or dark denim colored fabric as opposed to navy blue or khaki cotton fabric) considered jeans for the ship's restaurants and evening activities?

 

I suggest contacting Viking with this one. Write them at tellus@vikingcruises.com.

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All of this rending of garments (pun intended) over the dress code reminds me of what I read once about the GM CEO:

 

When she was HR chief, Barra shocked GM lifers by reducing a 10-page dress code to two words: “dress appropriately.”

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Reading this thread is very interesting - definitely lots of opinions! And, an opinion is what I am asking for here. Are men's and/or women's denim slacks (no double stitching on seams or pockets - just slacks made out of medium or dark denim colored fabric as opposed to navy blue or khaki cotton fabric) considered jeans for the ship's restaurants and evening activities?

 

 

My DH has been wearing these (narrowly tailored with a nice collared shirt and sweater) to various restaurants without problem. They’re extremely dark and probably read as black or deep navy. Frankly, they look dressier than the khakis most men seem to be wearing.

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Reading this thread is very interesting - definitely lots of opinions! And, an opinion is what I am asking for here. Are men's and/or women's denim slacks (no double stitching on seams or pockets - just slacks made out of medium or dark denim colored fabric as opposed to navy blue or khaki cotton fabric) considered jeans for the ship's restaurants and evening activities?

 

Forget the policy and most of the comments.... The Maitre D' is the final judge and I have not seen or heard of anyone that was neatly dressed being barred for the MDR or will feel out of place. IMHO someone wearing neat jeans that fit is less offending then someone wearing stretch pants that last fit 20 years ago. When we were on the princessnclcarnival DW and I questioned if all the cabins had mirrors on Viking we know the do.

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My DH has been wearing these (narrowly tailored with a nice collared shirt and sweater) to various restaurants without problem. They’re extremely dark and probably read as black or deep navy. Frankly, they look dressier than the khakis most men seem to be wearing.

 

 

Are you on the Med Odyssey now? We weren't able to get to the Meet and Mingle so missed meeting you, if you were there. Would be nice to connect to Michigan folk.

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Are you on the Med Odyssey now? We weren't able to get to the Meet and Mingle so missed meeting you, if you were there. Would be nice to connect to Michigan folk.

 

 

We’re on the Sky, currently crossing the North Sea. But with the amazing weather we’re having, it does look like the Mediterranean!

 

We’ll just have to meet up back in Michigan. Enjoy your cruise!

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I've only sailed on O the past few years which I think was smart casual...no jeans but I was given a pass at breakfast.

 

I don't want to be publicly shamed, so what is permissible in the MDR?

 

 

 

Harry

 

 

 

The speciality restaurant and main restaurant you need to be in smart casual - no jeans - no shorts, no t shirts without a collar at night - you can wear a sport jacket and sometimes I do. The royal cafe is casual and a very nice break from being somewhat formal.

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Just clarification..........Is this rule "no jeans anywhere at night" or only "no jeans while dining, except in World Café"?

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Good question. Here’s what it says on the website under FAQ: “A tie and jacket are optional; jeans are not permitted. The evening dress excludes World Café where the dress remains casual after 6:00 PM.”

Here’s what it says in the travel documents they sent for our cruise next month: After 6:00 pm “A tie and jacket are optional, jeans are not allowed.”

 

On our last cruise we always dressed up for the restaurants and always wore jeans in the World Cafe. I would feel silly going there dressed up. It’s a serve yourself buffet!

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From Viking’s website

 

 

 

“What Is The Dress code”

 

 

 

“During the day, dress is casual including shorts (if the season is warm), slacks or jeans and comfortable shoes for walking tours. Swimsuits, brief shorts, cover-ups and exercise attire should be reserved for the Fitness Center, pool areas and Sports Deck. There are no “formal nights” in the evening; evening dress is “elegant casual” for all dining venues, performances and special events. On these occasions, required attire for ladies includes a dress, skirt or slacks with a sweater or blouse; for gentlemen, trousers and a collared shirt. A tie and jacket are optional; jeans are not permitted. The evening dress excludes World Café where the dress remains casual after 6:00 PM”

Just came back from a Caribbean cruise. You can definitely wear jeans on board during the day. You can get away with jeans at night in the World Cafe although I saw only one person the entire cruise in jeans at nighttime

 

 

 

 

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Just clarification..........Is this rule "no jeans anywhere at night" or only "no jeans while dining, except in World Café"?

 

From our documents we got today:

 

Evening dress is "elegant casual" for all dining venues after 6 PM, performances and special events. On these occasions, required attire for ladies includes a dress, skirt or slacks with sweater or blouse; for gentlemen, trousers and collared shirt. A tie and jacket are optional; jeans are not allowed.

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From our documents we got today:

 

Evening dress is "elegant casual" for all dining venues after 6 PM, performances and special events. On these occasions, required attire for ladies includes a dress, skirt or slacks with sweater or blouse; for gentlemen, trousers and collared shirt. A tie and jacket are optional; jeans are not allowed.

 

Still not consistent with the FAQ. Viking, which is it?

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I agree, they need to get it consistent. But as long as it says WC is excluded on the website, I don’t think they will turn people in jeans away from that venue and it is nice to have one place you can go without dressing up. And to clarify my above statement, when we did eat in the WC after 6 in jeans, it was after a long day ashore, when we were just going to eat and go back to our cabin. I wouldn’t go to the evening events or even to the various bars in jeans at night. People are usually well dressed in the evening.

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I suggest contacting Viking with this one. Write them at tellus@vikingcruises.com.

 

Thank you for this suggestion. I did write to Viking, and they responded very quickly.

Evening dress is “elegant casual” for all dining venues, performances and special events. On these occasions, required attire for ladies includes a dress, skirt or slacks with a sweater or blouse. The evening dress excludes World Café where the dress remains casual after 6:00pm.
If the slacks or outfit that you describe align with your definition of “elegant casual,” then you are welcome to wear them.

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Ah! 24 hours since the last post. Can we please declare this subject closed? At least for the next week or two? :-)

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Sorry Geosez ... I have been waching this thread for a few days and must say it has been entertaining. It's almost as much fun as food threads! I have nothing to add but a humorous anecdote from our first VO cruise in 2016.

 

Although I have no problem with jeans anytime (there are jeans and there are jeans, if you get my drift) but I packed "dressier" slacks for dining on this cruise. We were in one of the specialty restaurants ... I think the Chef's Table ... when a couple was escorted to a table near to ours. The gentleman was probably fifty-ish and had longer hair ... it as neatly combed back away from his face. He was wearing jeans, a Metallica tee shirt, a blazer type of jacket and cowboy boots. He was fit, good looking, his jeans were dark and creased, his tee shirt looked new, the blazer had a very expensive look to it and fit like a glove. I couldn't tell you what his dining partner was wearing ... never looked at her. Frankly, dress code violation be damned ... he was the hottest thing in the dining room that night!

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Sorry Geosez ... I have been waching this thread for a few days and must say it has been entertaining. It's almost as much fun as food threads! I have nothing to add but a humorous anecdote from our first VO cruise in 2016.

 

Although I have no problem with jeans anytime (there are jeans and there are jeans, if you get my drift) but I packed "dressier" slacks for dining on this cruise. We were in one of the specialty restaurants ... I think the Chef's Table ... when a couple was escorted to a table near to ours. The gentleman was probably fifty-ish and had longer hair ... it as neatly combed back away from his face. He was wearing jeans, a Metallica tee shirt, a blazer type of jacket and cowboy boots. He was fit, good looking, his jeans were dark and creased, his tee shirt looked new, the blazer had a very expensive look to it and fit like a glove. I couldn't tell you what his dining partner was wearing ... never looked at her. Frankly, dress code violation be damned ... he was the hottest thing in the dining room that night!

 

My husband was an independent filmmaker for many years, and for that crowd, in Los Angeles, that was pretty much formal wear. Now days you will see him attired on the ship in khaki pants, a dress shirt, and blue blazer! (sort of too bad...)

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