Carnival Cruise Line implements dress code for its passengers

Jan 10 2020, 7:48 pm

You may have to leave your “FBI: Federal Body Inspector” shirt at home for your next holiday because although you and your friends may think it’s funny and harmless, Carnival Cruise Line is now taking a firm stance regarding appropriate clothing on their ships.


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“At Carnival, we want to make sure that all of our guests feel comfortable when cruising with us, and that includes being around guests wearing clothing with inappropriate or threatening images or language,” spokesman Vance Gulliksen said in a statement.

“Like other cruise lines, we have long had some basic clothing guidelines in place, and our guests respect them and understand we are a family-focused business.”

The decision to implement more clear and concise rules is not meant to be imposing or limiting. The cruise line merely wants its passengers to practice common sense when it comes to how they present themselves on board and how their peers may perceive certain clothing items.


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The motivation to review their dress code policy came in the wake of reports in other travel sectors of customers wearing clothing with “threatening messages” and how Carnival would react if such a situation ever presented itself on one of their ships.

“We really don’t anticipate this being a significant issue, and our crew is not onboard to be the clothing or expression police,” Gulliksen explains.

“We will evaluate situations on a case-by-case basis and respectfully ask guests to change a clothing item that clearly threatens or conveys hateful ideas or lewd images.”


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The shift to making expectations for clothing more transparent does not come as a great surprise.

Many cruise lines have policies in place that revolve around the desire to create a welcoming environment for all of their passengers that is free of any discomfort.

The reception from passengers regarding this change has been generally positive.

John Heart, a Carnival Cruise Line brand ambassador, conducted a poll on his Facebook profile asking people if they agree with the policy.

The results showed that 97% of those who voted said yes.

However, the other 3% were quite vocal regarding the updated dress code, claiming that it was too subjective.

One user commented, “I can’t agree with a broad policy. Too many people coming from different areas with different reference points regarding what is offensive. Believe me, I know! I have lived in the buckle of the Southern Bible belt for 20+ years.”

Another wrote, “That policy is way too broad and vague. Offensive??? People today are too easily offended. Some may be offended by a T-shirt with a Christian cross or a Star of David on it. Or a MAGA hat.”


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The cruise line’s other guidelines regarding attire for the dining room and other public areas will remain the same, Gulliksen says.

That means no “jeans, men’s sleeveless shirts, shorts, T-shirts, sportswear, shorts, baseball hats, flip-flops and bathing suit attire” in your “Cruise Elegant” look.

For more comprehensive information regarding what is and is not appropriate, as well as what clothing items you should bring on your next trip, Carnival Cruise Line has created a helpful guide on their website.

Emily RumballEmily Rumball

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