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Is there a dress code on board?


Yes. However the Dress Code only applies in the evening. During the day you can wear exactly the same as you would on any other holiday.


There are two dress codes – Evening casual and Black tie.  

To help you with your packing, CruisePersonaliser will let you know how many nights of each dress code you can expect during your holiday. Please check in advance so you’re ready for each occasion.

For a list of what the dress code will be on a specific cruise number, you may also find the following question helpful: What will the dress code be whilst I am on board?  

To see in which areas of the ship the dress code applies, please see Does the dress code apply to all areas of the ship? 


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 long trousers (not shorts or 3/4 length trousers) for men. A jacket and smart trousers can be worn but are not compulsory. T-shirts are also acceptable but should not have any offensive symbols or language on them. Smart dark denim is also fine, but not trainers, football shirts or tracksuits. Please see below examples/ideas.


Black Tie

Black Tie nights foster a rather special atmosphere on-board and we know that our guests adore dressing up and it has long been a part of the P&O Cruises experience, adding a touch of glamour and a real sense of occasion to evenings at sea. Seeing an entire ship full of people transformed into their finery is quite something to behold. Ladies 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 and military uniform.



During the day you can wear exactly the same as you would on any other holiday. Casual shirts, shorts, trousers and beachwear are ideal. For going ashore and walking on deck, flat comfortable shoes are a must. You will also need a lightweight jacket or coat for cool evenings and occasional showers. Don't forget sun protection cream, a sun hat and sunglasses as the sun is much stronger at sea.



The Dress Code for children in the evening is Evening Casual, regardless of the adult Dress Code. We do ask that children don’t wear denim on Black Tie nights. 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 and novelty clothing

We don’t want to dampen anyone’s fun but we don't allow fancy dress, novelty items or inappropriate personalised clothing to be worn on board. Any clothing that features inappropriate or offensive language, including novelty clothing with printed images or slogans and accessories, will not be allowed.  We reserve the right to deny embarkation to guests who are inappropriately dressed.

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, and seasonal events such as Halloween and Christmas. For guests travelling on N834, N835, N836, N837, R823, R824, R825, R826, J818, J819, E825, E826, E827, E828, E829, X822 & X823, we are bringing festive sparkle on board your cruise and invite you to join us in wearing your favourite Christmas jumper for Sail Away as we leave Southampton. For guests travelling on A832(A), A833(A), A834(A), B832(A/B/C/D), B833(A,B,C,D) & B834(A/B/C/D) we also invite you to pack your Christmas jumper and Christmas jumper evening will be advertised on board.


Personalised and slogan clothing 

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



The Dress Code is applied in most restaurants and bars for guests over 18 years of age, from 6pm. Please wear the appropriate attire to the ship’s bars and restaurants; blue or worn denim, sandals (for men), sleeveless tops (for men), flip flops and shorts are not permitted in ship's public areas during the evening.

Swimsuits are not permitted in the lounges, interior bars, restaurants or reception area at any time. A shirt and suitable footwear is required while indoors and when using the buffet restaurants. 


Travelling to the United Arab Emirates

Modesty in clothing is to be respected in this region, so make sure you pack plenty of light and loose clothing that covered the tops of your arms and legs. We advise ladies to avoid wearing any shorts or tight-fitting clothes and to take a head covering ashore.

For further information, please visit the government Foreign travel advice website for advice regarding dress-codes.


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