P&O Give Cruisers A Dressing Down

April 1, 2015

P&O are simplifying the dress code on board Adonia, Arcadia, Aurora and Oriana to come in line with the rest of their fleet.

The dress code will now be a simple choice of Black Tie nights or Evening Casual. P&O cruises hope the change will help passengers when it comes to that really boring and quite time consuming act of deciding what to pack!

The cruise line said that by simplifying the dress code it will enable all guests to experience a combination of formal nights and a chilled out style when on their holidays.

These changes will come into effect between 20th March and 5th May 2016.

P&O cruises have acknowledged the fact that formal wear has been a part of the P&O cruising experience for many years and just how much the passengers enjoy getting glammed up so they’ve confirmed that the Black tie evenings are still firmly part of the programme on board.

Evening casual

Casual evening wear will benefit passengers who don’t like to spend a long time getting ready, enabling them to feel more relaxed.  It also allows them to spend more time enjoying other activities on board without rushing about!

Ideal for the casual evening nights would be stylish resort or leisurewear. Ladies, we’re talking casual separates or dresses, and Gents we’re talking open-neck polo shirts and casual trousers, and when we say trousers, we mean trousers, not shorts! Jackets and smart trousers can be worn but they are not compulsory. Smart dark denim is fine to wear, but if you plan to dine in your trainers, football shirt or tracksuit, don’t expect to be dining for long!

For your typical two week long cruise, expect ten Evening casual nights.

Black Tie

All Black Tie events foster a special atmosphere on cruise ships. It adds a touch of elegance and creates a real sense of occasion at sea. Witnessing an entire ship of glamourous guests transformed into their finery will always be something spectacular to behold.

Ladies dress in their very glamourous evening wear, generally they wear cocktail dresses, ball gowns or smart trouser suits. Gentlemen typically wear tuxedos or alternatively they can dress in a dark lounge or business suit with a tie. National dress and Army uniform can be worn also. Black Tie evenings tend to be on sea days, and on cruises over 7 nights, there will be a black and white themed ball.

For your typical two week cruise, expect four Black Tie evenings.


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