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P&O Shake Up Dress Code With Updates To Onboard Rules

P&O Shake Up Dress Code With Updates To Onboard Rules

Following the news that P&O has banned fancy dress onboard, the official dress code policy has been updated for customers:

“Dressing for dinner is one of the many highlights on a cruise and guests are expected to follow our dress codes, which change from night to night.

There are two dress codes that can apply, effective in the majority of public areas after 6pm. A description of each is provided below.

The only exception to these are the official P&O Cruises theme nights which may include 60s, 70s, tropical, Western, and black and white night.”


Evening Casual

“Stylish resort or leisurewear is ideal for Evening Casual nights, for example casual separates or dresses for ladies and open-neck polo shirts and casual trousers (not shorts) for men. A jacket and smart trousers can be worn but are not compulsory.

Smart dark denim is also fine, but not trainers, football shirts or tracksuits. For a typical two-week cruise there are normally ten Evening Casual nights.”


Black Tie

“Our Gala Evenings provide the opportunity for ladies to wear glamorous evening wear including cocktail dresses, ball gowns or even smart trouser suits. For men, dinner jackets or tuxedos are the norm, but a dark lounge or business suit and tie can be worn as an alternative.

You can also wear formal national dress. Attire for Black Tie nights can be purchased on board (limited availability).”


Theme Nights

“Our theme nights offer a great opportunity for guests to dress up in line with the theme. Themes can include 60s, 70s, tropical, Western, and black and white nights.”



“The dress code for children in the evening is Evening Casual, regardless of the adult dress code but they are welcome to dress to impress too. We do, however ask that children don’t wear denim on Black Tie nights please.

When dining in the informal or buffet restaurants children can be casually dressed. If children are going to be with you in the evening in the formal restaurants and theatre then they can still dress more casually adopting our Evening Casual dress code.”


Fancy Dress

“We don’t want to dampen anyone’s fun but coming into effect on 1st January 2018, fancy dress and/or novelty clothing will not be permitted on board. We reserve the right to deny embarkation to guests who are inappropriately dressed.

This is a change from the policy wording printed in the back of our January 2018 – October 2019 brochure and pre-cruise brochures. The only exception to this is on official theme nights, when guests are invited to dress to reflect the theme. This policy, however, does not apply to children 16 and under.”


Personalised and Slogan Clothing

“In addition to the fancy dress policy, clothing personalised with images/slogans, and/or clothing that features offensive language, images or slogans, will not be allowed on board at any time.”


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