Ask The Disney Moms – Dressing For Dinner On A Disney Cruise


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.

Dressing for a 4-night Disney Cruise

Have a wonderful cruise!

4 comments for “Ask The Disney Moms – Dressing For Dinner On A Disney Cruise

  1. Claudia Sophir
    17 October, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Oh great, thanks so much. CORRECTION: I am on the Fantasy which in a 7 night cruise. I am not sure why I kept thinking the Dream. Can you please speak to the semi-formal and formal nights?

    Aslo, I am a little confused about what things need reservations and what don’t and then also I have read that we cannot make any reservations until December for our March cruise which is when our final payment will be made. If you make our final payment now for example, would we then be free to start booking/reserving or is more a function of no one being allowed before a certain date?

    Another question – there are only 3 of us; My husband, my 8 year old daughter and me. Can we request to be seated with a similar type family during dinners or will we just sit alone every night?

    This is such an amazing service that I have stumbled upon, I so appreciate your help.


  2. Mickey Mama
    21 October, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Claudia –
    These are great questions! A 7-night cruise on the Fantasy is going to be amazing!
    On the 7-night cruise you will have a total of 4 cruise-casual evenings, 1 themed evening (pirate or tropical), 1 semi-formal evening and 1 formal evening. Disney recommends dress pants with a jacket for men and a dress or pantsuit for women for the semi-formal and formal evenings. Disney does stress that this is optional. If you want to really dress up and don’t want to pack the tux and formal there is an option for that too. You can contact Cruiseline Formalwear at and preorder tailored formalwear and have it delivered to your stateroom!

    You will need to make reservations for shore excursions, Palo and Remy, the spa and children’s programs. Once the cruise is paid in full reservations are made based on the accommodations you have booked and weather you have cruised before.
    Here is the breakdown of how far in advance reservations can be made:
    Concierge and Platinum Castaway Club – (Categories 1, 2, and 3 or have sailed 10+ times) – 120 days before sail date
    Gold Castaway Club – (Any category and have sailed 5-9 times) – 105 days before sail date
    Silver Castaway Club – (Any category and have sailed 1-4 times) – 90 days before sail date
    New Cruisers – (Any category) – 75 days before sail date

    Requests for dining companions can be made by calling Disney Cruise Line direct at 1-800-951-3532 or on line at under “Customize Your Cruise.” While Disney is more that happy to make a note of your request they will not guarantee that they can meet that need. I have found that DCL tries to be as accommodating as possible, and if they can make it happen they will.

    I hope you have a wonderful time. Please let me know if you have any more questions!

  3. Claudia Sophir
    22 October, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are fantastic as I am really more clueless than I thought when I got started. You all are amazing! What a great way to get answers to your questions. I hope you don’t mind but a couple of more questions come to mind. I don’t know what the different designations are for Castaway Club 1) what is it? 2)What are the categories with the different levels of clubs?

    Pins for trading – I assume that these are available for purchase on the ship. How are these pins typically displayed? Is there a book to hold them or a sash or something?

    Thanks in advance and I’m sure that we will get t know one another through this site. I love it!

  4. Mickey Mama
    24 October, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Claudia –
    You will automatically be a Castaway Club member after your first cruise on the DCL. You will receive a membership card with your personal membership number in the mail. It is handy for booking future cruises. The designations as platinum, gold, or silver show how many cruises you have taken and what perks (such as early bookings, discounts, and stateroom gifts) you are eligible for.

    The “categories” for the staterooms are essentially a ranking system for the rooms based on size, layout, and location within the ship.

    Yes, there is pin trading on the ship. Like the parks, guests will pin trade throughout the day. Cast members are always available for trading, and there are even designated times for all interested guests and cast members to come together to pin trade. Check your Personal Navigator to find the time and location of trading. Collectors bring their pins in huge binders, small soft and hard cases, or just a lanyard. It all depends on how many pins you have and how serious you are about trading.

    Let me know if you have any more questions…that’s what I am here for!

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