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What to Wear to Dinner on Disney Cruise Line

Cruise Casual with Captain Mickey

In the old days, there was a show on TV called “The Love Boat”.  This fictional show followed the lives of the Captain and his crew each week as they sailed around the world entertaining new guests.  Having cruised myself, I can tell you that cruising today is nothing like cruising on The Love Boat. There are so many differences (for example, there’s more than one bartender and Charo isn’t onboard) but a big one is the dress code.  Everyone on The Love Boat was dressed to the nines in designer duds all the time.  Naturally, this makes many people worry about the dress code prior to their own cruise.  No need to stress though!  Cruising attire is “vacation” driven!

Grab your passport and let’s take a look at what the official guidelines are for dinner attire on Disney Cruise Line.

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Regardless of cruise line you decide to sail, you will hear the words “cruise casual” quite a bit.  Disney Cruise Line is no exception.  “Cruise Casual” generally refers to traditional tropical vacation attire—shorts, t-shirts, sundresses, and such.  Cruise Casual in restaurants excludes swimwear and tank tops so save those for the pool and your port excursions.

Cruise Casual in the AtriumEnchanted Garden Fountain


In addition to Cruise Casual, most cruises have themed nights, including “formal” and “semi-formal” nights.  Formal and semi-formal don’t necessarily mean evening gowns and tuxedos.  While you will have some guests who enjoy going all out for these special nights, most guests opt for what we refer to here in the South as “Sunday clothes”.  Nice dresses or pantsuits for women and dress pants and button down shirts for men.

Formal Night


Disney Cruise Line is famous for its Pirate Nights!  Not just because of the Fireworks at Sea and the Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party, or even that late night pirate buffet.  One of the things guests look forward to is dressing the part on Pirate Night!  There is no rule that you must participate so there is no pressure if you don’t want to be a pirate for the night.  You will however see guests in full pirate regalia, as well as some who have just pirate t-shirts, and even some who take a more inspired approach to their attire.  Think “Disney-bounding” except pirate themed.

Captain Jack Sparrow Pirate Night

Dress code guidelines including themed nights are broken down by your cruise itinerary as follows:


3-night cruises:

  • One cruise casual night—remember, this excludes swimwear and tank tops
  • One pirate night themed deck party
  • One optional “semi-formal” night—jacket or button down shirt for men, dress or pantsuit for women. Great opportunity to get a nice photo on the atrium staircase!



4-night cruises:

  • First night is cruise casual—no swimwear or tank tops
  • One pirate night themed deck party
  • One optional dress-up night—jacket for men, dress or pantsuit for women. Photo ops! Think Christmas Card photos!
  • Final night is cruise casual—no swimwear or tank tops


7-night cruises:

  • First night is cruise casual—no swimwear or tank tops
  • One pirate night or other themed deck party
  • 3 additional cruise casual nights—no swimwear or tank tops
  • One formal and one semi-formal night—both give you the opportunity to dress up and take advantage of the onboard photography services at the formal photo backdrops set up around the atrium. Though optional, dress pants with a jacket or a suit for men, and dress or pantsuit for women are recommended.



Dress Codes for Palo and Remy, Adults-Only Restaurants for Guests 18 and Older


As the adults only, specialty dining venues on Disney Cruise Line, Palo and Remy give guests a more refined dining experience.  For this reason, tank tops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, shorts, hats, cut-offs, torn clothing, t-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics, flip-flops and tennis shoes are not permitted. Further, here are the specific requirements:

PALO Brunch and Dinner

Elegant northern Italian-inspired dining venue aboard all 4 ships.


  • Men: dress pants or slacks and collared shirt; jacket is optional
  • Women: dress, skirt or pants with a blouse
  • Jeans may be worn if in good condition (no holes)


REMY Brunch and Dessert

Sophisticated French cuisine aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy

During brunch and dessert at Remy, the following dress code is enforced:

  • Men: Dress pants and a shirt are required for men. A jacket is optional. No jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes.
  • Women: A dress or pantsuit is required. No jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes.

REMY Dinner

At dinnertime, the following dress code is strictly enforced:

  • Men: A jacket (such as a sport, suit or tuxedo jacket) is required, with dress pants/slacks and shoes. Ties are optional. No jeans, shorts, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes.
  • Ladies: Cocktail dress, evening dress, pant suit or skirt/blouse are required. No jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes.



It is interesting to note that Disney Cruise Line offers formalwear rentals.  You may pre-order tailored formalwear rentals and have them delivered directly to your stateroom upon arrival. To learn more, visit Cruiseline Formalwear.

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