Question for the Disney Moms: “I am booked on the Dream for a March 2014 cruise. Will I need any dressy clothing? Are there any dressy dinners if we do not go in the upscale restaurants? I am not opposed to bringing dressy stuff but I certainly don’t want to drag it along for no reason.”
This is a great question! There are four types of dress for dinner on the cruises: cruise casual, dress-up, semi-formal, and formal. Depending on the length of your cruise, there will be different dress requirements. A longer 7-night cruise will add on semi-formal and formal evenings that a 3 to 4-night cruise will not.
Cruises onboard the Dream in March 2014 are all 3-4 night. On the 3-night cruises there will be one cruise casual evening, one pirate/tropical themed evening, and one optional dress up evening. On the 4-night cruises there will be one cruise casual evening, one pirate/tropical themed evening, one optional dress up evening, and finally, one last cruise casual evening.
Cruise casual attire is generally defined as long pants for the men/boys with at least a collared shirt. No shorts or flip-flops. For the women/girls a dress, pant outfit, or dress Capris. The optional dress-up evening would consist of a sport coat, collared shirt and slacks for men and a dress outfit for women.
With all that being said. You really see everything on the cruises. There is no strict dress code enforced, with the exception of no swimwear or tank tops in the main rotational dining rooms. I found that the majority of the guests wore cruise casual for most meals. A pair of khakis and polo shirts were great for the men and boys in my group and I was perfectly comfortable in a nice maxi dress.
Have a wonderful cruise!