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Having travelled on P&O Cruises many times, the answer to your question is 60 40, ie 40% wear long. But the truth is it doesn't matter. Certainly no one wearslong on every formal night. Example, on ou last cruise, with 4 formal evenings, my wife took one long and three cocktail. Hope this helps
P.S. You picked the best cruise line. MS.
Thanks very much. Glad to hear a positive response for the cruise line, as having read some negative reviews on the Ventura it's put me off a bit.
We are also going on the Ventura in Feb, so your coments on what to wear for the formal eveinings were welcome. My sister in law has just come back from a med cruise on the Ventura and she it is wounderful, better than she imagined!!!!!! yes some people moaned but to be honest it was that the ship was to big!!!!!!!!!!!!! do these people not read what the ship has to offer? because if they did surely they would know that!!! VC.
Certainly P&O are the best as far as we are concerned, we cruised on Ventura this year on the maiden voyage and it's true, she is very big but not a problem regarding the ship - there were only about as many staff as on the other liners which didn't go down well. Also, we cruised across the Atlantic and back, to the Caribbean, on Aurora 2 yrs ago and hardly felt her move. This year, coming back from the Med on Ventura, off the coast of Portugal, it was worse than Brittany Ferries which we have to endure to get over to the UK from France - it was really bad so I hope the weather is good for you!!
Both my wife and I love the dressing-up, take as many dresses/suits etc as you can fit in as well as plenty of shorts/T-shirts etc for the Caribbean as it's bloody hot!!
We have cruised around the Caribbean many times and are also on the Ventura in February. As long as you wear something nice on formal nights that is fine. I have worn long and short dresses and also black trousers with a pretty top. You will see all sorts of outfits so whatever you are comfortable with will be fine.
We also did our first and only cruise this March to the Caribbean and like you was very unsure of what to take. Men need a dinner suit and black tie or whatever version you choose along those lines, we saw men in full kilts for dinner looking fantastic. I took two formal shirts for hubby and made him wear each one twice ! There is a free laundry on each floor. All the ladies looked fantastic some simply dressed in black slacks and a sparkly top but most had on a full length dress with a lightweight stole [ I got mine from e-bay for £3 ] I bought my dresses in the sale from M&S and Debenhams you will get away with 2 and take different jewellery. All from M&S in my case or Sainsburys or the like! I must say we had never dressed for dinner before as were unsure, but it really was lovely and my husband loved it. Not stuffy in the least every one having a good time, no snobbery, just lots of laughs, trust me you will enjoy. Good luck. I also took shorts and t shirts for the day. Our ship was the Oceana.
It's time to hit the early sales for items to take on your first cruise because this one usualy is the most expensive regarding wear for cruise events. Any other cuise you choose to go on you can add to your wardrobe and still keep the long and short items you purchased for your first cruise because you will not meet the same people on your second cruise. Regarding mens ware, it's a case of a mixture of Black and White so all one needs is a white Jacket and the trousers from the Black Tie set will do in order to keep costs down ( well you do want to go on another cruise?) Shop around and you will find some great bargains in the shops at the moment - Have a great cruise as we're on the Ventura next
June, and by the way, don't forget to loose a few pounds before you go as it's 7/24 feeding on P&O.
Having cruised pm Ventura in July I can confirm that many ladies did wear long evening dresses, many wore short evening (cocktail) dresses and equally as many dressed very formally but not in proper evening wear. I found the younger passengers (ie younger than 50) liked to wear the full length dresses.
We are going on Ventura in 4 weeks time to the Caribbean and as there are 4 formal nights I have bought 1 long evening dress and a long black skirt with a few evening tops that I can mix and match quite a lot of people I have spoken to said they just buy sparkly evening tops and a long skirt so saves them money. Just now Asda has quite a good selection of evening wear so have a look. I also bought a stole in case it is draughty with the Air conditioning on. It is also our 1st cruise and we are hoping we enjoy it. My husband has bought a dinner suit but my friend said that smart suit and tie is worn by a lot of men.
Having now sailed with P & O 4 times, I would comment that the majority of men wear a dinner suit on the formal evenings. My husband now has a black dinner suit and a white tux jacket with two dress shirts which cover the four evenings as you only wear the shirt for a few hours. It's easy enough anyway to wash individual items and hang them up to dry using the dryer line above the bath/shower. There are also laundrettes, although I now don't bother as it's too much hassle. Mixing and matching outfits for ladies is also a good way of cutting down on packing. Dressing up is part of the fun, sparkle as much as you like and enjoy!