If its anything like the other p o ships it will be
smart casual 5 nights out of seven the other 2 evening
dress for the ladies tux or evening suit for the gent.
Three dress codes on different nights:
Formal: Dressy as you like. 99% of men in DJs. Women in 'posh' frocks.
Informal: Men - lounge suites (lightweight for comfort). Women - cocktail dresses less dressy than formal/dressy trouser suites etc.
Casual: Men - trousers/short sleeve shirts. Women - matching co-ordinates etc - fairly informal.
Advice on dress code and number of each sort of night given by P&O on booking.
If you are doing a 14n cruise, expect 3-4 formal nights when the ladies wear long dresses or cocktail dresses and the men black tux/ or a lounge suit. There will be informal nights when the men wear a jacket and tie with smart trousers, and ladies again a cocktail dress or smart evening trousers and a nice top, then there will be smart casual nights when men can wear a short sleeved shirt/polo shirt with trousers - no jeans, and ladies anything smart but again no jeans. So to sum up approx 4 formal nights, 6 smart casual 4 informal..approx. When your tickets come it will say on them. Also expect one of the black and white nights on a formal night, when the ladies wear black and/or white dresses and the men their tux with white jacket or black. There will also be a tropical night, when men and ladies wear a flowery shirt/ blouse and ladies can wear a flowery dress, this is followed by a deck party.
When I cruised with P+O the protocol was generally smart( lounge suit or nice dress/trousers and top for ladies or smart-casual in the evenings, except for the 'formal' evenings where the dress code was very clear. I would dress as you would for a relaxed evening out at a local restaurant for 'formal occasions' 'formal' occasions should be treated as black tie for men and an evening dress for ladies.
If you think of casual as something you would wear to a pub on a summers evening, you shouldnt go wrong.enjoy your holiday.
Most eveing are smart casual, they usually have around 1 or 2 formal evening a week. No tracksuits of trainers. You should ask you travell agent or pick uip a brochure on the P&O fleet.
On formal nights ladies wear cocktail/long dresses. men tuxedos or smart suits. Normal nights just smart. Most ships are not casual apart from the Ocean Village. The big ships give you a chance to be dressy and I love tha.
Suggest you look at http://www.pocruises.com/before-you-sail/faq-Packing/Packing.aspx. This will tell you all you need to know. See you on the maiden cruise?
For each week of cruising, there would be three formal evenings: gentlemen would wear dinner suits and bow ties, ladies would wear cocktail dresses. Otherwise, smart casual (dresses or smart trousers for ladies, short of long sleeved shirts and trousers for men.
One of the formal nights is normally a "Black & White" night so remember to pack for this. If it is a Caribbean cruise, there will probably be a Caribbean party night, so wear most colourful dresses and the men will be able to buy bright caribbean shirts on board or ashore.On formal nights, "black tie" is not a prerequisite, but it does look lovely when people make the effort.
Hope this help.
We are going on the Ventura too and I asked the P and O line the same question and as we are going to the Carribean we were told that on the days the ship will not be docked at a port but on the seas we will have to wear evening dress but on other days when it has been docked for most of the day we can wear smart dresses or long skirt and blouse but never wear anything very casual such as tee shirt and trousers etc for evenings also men must wear shoes. hope this helps. In our case its 4 days of evening dresses and the rest Smart Casua.
Hello Rees, I'm off on the Carribean Princess & their dress code for most of the restaurants is " Smart Casual" i.e. what you would wear if going to a smart hotel for dinner - Read their Question& Answers leaflet/ brochure for mor details (DEFINITELY not jeans!).
Enjoy, Sue Walde.