You will be fine. Just a nice dress, suit or pants. I always think it easier for ladies as we can really wear anything - most important feel comfortable in what you wear.
Sounds fine to me. If you still fel underdressed buy some matching shawls. there are loads around with bling and glitter (try wedding shops, debenhams or john lewis)These will also take eyes away from your middle. Forget others smile and remember that Oriana welcomes you and she is lovely.
You sound such a nice caring lady never mind what others think.im sure you will make your other half proud and besides sounds as if you have some nice classic clothing so just go and enjoy yourself.
Lots of ladies wear trousers and pretty tops for semi-formal and casual evenings. You can always dress them up with a pretty shawl, jewellery etc. The most important thing is to feel comfortable. There are some loose glitzy tops around which would be good on a semiformal evening. I'm sure you won't feel out of place. The dress code applies to the restaurants and bars each evening. You will see all sorts of fashions around the ship. When you board why not book an appointment at the hair salon for the first formal evening then you will feel really good!
Don't worry, you'll have a fantastic time.
please stop worrying what you have sounds lovely. i am going on a cruise for the first time soon. i am a mum who has had no time to shop . i am taking smart trousers and a few glittery tops. i am taking a black dress and a red dress for formal nights.the answer is accessorise!. accessorising with some differnt jewelery and wraps/ shawls. with your makeup on, some blingy earings and nice shoes, what ever shape or size you are you will look great. absolutely no one will put me off my 5 years long awaited cruise roll on the holidays have a brill time! sounds like you deserve it.
Stop worrying for heaven's sake! Never have we heard anybody say anything nasty to someone. they may say it about someone to someone esle, but to the person, no way. This site does push the view that dressing up is good to do & I agree completely, but that is because dressing up is a dying spectacle, seen only on cruise holidays & it shouldn't be dropped. You won't eat in the 'formal restaurants' each night. You will eat in the restaurant which on two nights will be formal wear, which you seem to have got well sorted. On the other nights, it is smart casual, which you seem to have got sorted as well. And it isn't a 'bling' thing either, it is about wanting to dress in 'black tie' like the liners in the past, and it is a wonderful sight, guests, especially gathering pre-dinner, in the atrium, all dressed elegently. Go enjoy!
I really wouldn't worry too much! The outfits people wear on the informal nights vary enormously and trousers and a pretty top would be absolutely fine. We regularly travel with P & O, and it's not half as 'bling' as the ads suggest! Hope you have a really great time on your cruise.