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Why not choose a cruise line with no formal nights? Easy cruise, Ocean Village, Island, are for people who don't want to dress for dinner. P&O have formal evenings & expect people to comply, & so do their fellow passengers.
Perhaps people choose a particular cruise ship and cruise because they like the places the ship will visit.
Hopefully, someone who has saided on Oceana will provide the answer Mr/ Mrs or Miss Palmer seeks. In any case, the formal nights are usually only 3 or 4 on a 14 might cruise so there should be alternatives.
Hello we have booked Oceana and the ship has got a lot of positive reviews,as it is a family ship it will have a more relaxed attitude to the dress code,only one comment in the reviews i have read her husband felt uncomfortable not being dressed up but they must have let him into the dinning room.
Oceana will have at least one casual dinning area and normally this is the dress code is not followed,they have themed eating curry night,Italian,Tex-Mex ect.Hope this helped and enjoy your cruise.
I have been on the Oceana twice. Although I enjoyed my cruise the dressing up did spoil it for us. Ther are four formal nights to contend with and the only places available to eat will be a resturant serving Italian food or the buffet restaurant that changes daily. Alright if you like Chinese,Indian.Greek,American&Mexicon and good old roast beef. Each country is severed up twice on a fourteen night trip.There are also four informal night (jacket & ties) for the men and day dresses for the ladies. Hope this will help.
How can dressing up possibly spoil a cruise? Maybe you could enlighten some of us who just don't get it!
On a 14 night cruise in the Mediterranean you would certainly have 4 formal nights and probably 4 informal with the rest smart casual. If you don't want to dress up at all I think you have chosen the wrong ship. The ship takes on a completely different atmosphere on a formal evening with at least 90%+ of men in DJs and the women in long dresses or floaty trousers with glitzy tops. Part of being on a P&O cruise is dressing up. If you want a more relaxed dress code then I would look at NCL Freestyle cruising or Ocean Village. I suggest you look carefully at the P&O brochure and possibly at the P&O website which will give you a good idea of what a P&O cruise is like. It would be a pity to go on Oceana and then not enjoy the cruise. She is a lovely ship. I really think you would feel out of it if you didn't join in the formal evenings but if it's not what you enjoy then do look at another ship.
I hope you find the right cruise for your family.
Thank you for your info, i found yours answered my question in the manner it was asked.
Hi, I agree with Freemantle & Wilba. C'mon you lot....stop being like spoilt children & doing the opposite of what's required on the likes of a P&O cruise, i.e formal cruising! If you don't want a "Formal" cruise then the market is FLOODED with "Freedom" cruises...Ocean Village, Island cruises, Royal Caribbean, Thompson, Carnival....The list goes on & on & on, SO STOP acting ridiculous & thinking you are being "BIG & Rebellious" it's not clever & it's not amusing! It just annoys ORDINARY people like me who in every day life DON'T get the chance to wear posh frocks & feel special, & the likes of P&O make you feel just that! WHY go on a formal cruise just to flout the dress codes & complain & spit your dum dums out & mock the folk who enjoy something special for two weeks of the year?! So good on ya Wilba you are NOT a snob just because you like a bit of taste on your holiday....
The same observations that you have given could be applied to yourself.if you like everybody to wear dinner jackets etc sail with cunard or Silversea etc.I will gladly wear a lounge suit and tie but feel that p&o is a middle of the road cruise line and dress code is usually "suggested".
Your comments have made me laugh because they are so very true. Good on you Donna, well done!! I personally love the formal nights, getting all togged up in your glittery refinery is just magic and you feel so good. Cant wait for my next cruise - 2 weeks away.