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We went last year and it is really casual all day and it is nice that you do not have worry about dashing back and getting changed and washed and dressed up. We chilled out in the evening with our jeans on - just like being at home. One evening we went to the Bistro that James Martin does something and we got dressed up a bit to make it feel special.
It is "informal" - but as you can see from the previous answer - SOME people can easily mistake this for meaning they don't have to wash or dress for Dinner!
It certainly isn't meant to be "Just like being at home".
99% of people dress smartly for the evening and make it an event - as they should - and not roll back on the boat after a day ashore and feel their day attire is acceptable when mixing with their fellow passengers on the evening.
Ocean village - wonderful ship - so informal - so smart casual is best for evening wear - unless you dine in the bistro or james martin restaurant but it's definately not a dress code ship either ov or ov2. enjoy ov. we have wish we were booked on it this year rather that trying out the new ventura (dress code ship) yuck .
We loved ocean village . we just dressed like we would if going out on a saturday night, they pushed the ventura alot when we were on ocean village in july , so weve booked it for february to carribean ,i hope it aint to posh or i wont feel comfy' , .
As for Ventura. We went during her first month maiden voyage. Seeing this huge ship birthed in Southampton certainly had the wow factor. It certainly was different to OV being it was so very new and clean. I felt and no offence to anyone that the clients travelling on Ventura most of which had been on other PO ships and therfore were keeping up the PO standards for dress code. If you do not feel comfortable with long evening dress and all the bling then you opt for a different type of ship as OV was being smart and casual. It's your holiday and you dress to how you feel comfortable and as you would at a normal hotel for evening meal. If you like the "dress up" style of cruising you do it, but do not snub other people who are not as comfortable with that dress style.. My self OV suited my self and husband as we are not the "dress up" type, but like to look smart for a meal and evening time. I just felt on Ventura those who wished to take the smart casual approach were looked down on especially if you went into the main restaurant. What we did not like was sitting at the restaurant table with about 10 others, and them wanting to know the in's and out's of a cats rear about you. If you went for a normal meal say to a pub, and were put on a table with 8 or 10 others, they would not be asking you such questions. So why do you get asked this when on a cruise ship. You are not wanting to make "friends" with these people. This is why when on a cruise ship it is nice to have the option of other dinning options- 24-7 where you can find a table just for two persons or four if you are a family. As to your query I hope it ain't too posh, go with an open mind look and admire the other dress code - say nothing. You have other dinning options of which we found were quieter, and with the large windows you saw the lovely sun sets, stuck in the middle of a restaurant you saw nothing of evening sun. Enjoy the Caribbean, I went on OV to the Caribbean and it was the best place I had been - and I have done all the Med, nothing affordable compares to the Caribbean islands - the scenery in Turkey a little but not the beaches or the people. Enjoy.
Classed a freedom dining ship. Don;t take any formal dress, you could be the only one.
We sailed on O2 last year, and most of the restaurants allow casual dress which is great for the men, as women look dress up regardless what we wear,( it s woman thing) however it you want to dine in the Bistro or James Martins restaurant then you will need to look the part, so its dress up time. But remember this is a ship that has been designed for those who want casual, so enjoy.
No need for formal wear but it is nice to see people make an effort in the evenings. Totally casual. One tip, if you take your tuxedo with you, they will dry clean it for free, because they say you are on the wrong ship!!
On ocean village 2, you are "asked" to wear smart casual dress in the James Martin bistro. It's the showpiece restaurant, and is really nice. Although you still get the odd person who looks like they just walked off the beach.
Definitely no formal wear required.Clean smart casual, that'll do.
The James Martin bistro is well worth the extra expense. The fillet steak is awesome, the service also. Costs about £15 pp extra. The wine gets a bit pricey, but as a one off its no problem. Get it spent !