Cruise wear essentials unpacked

What to wear on a P&O Cruises holiday

Flip-flops or walking boots? Trunks or tux? Bikini top or cosy jumper? Knowing what to take on a cruise holiday can be confusing. Here’s the low-down on our simple dress codes, whether you’re lounging by the pool, enjoying time on shore or dressing up for one of our famous Black Tie nights. And for any extras you forgot to pack, don’t worry – we stock a full range of clothes and accessories for both men and women in our on-board shops.

Daywear on board

Daywear on board

Daywear ashore

Daywear ashore

Evening Casual

Evening Casual

Eveningwear Black Tie nights

Eveningwear Black Tie nights

Childrenswear

Childrenswear

Theme nights

Theme nights

All you need to know

Venue dress codes

Venue dress codes

We want you to feel at home on our ships but would like everyone else to feel comfortable, too. Parade by the pool in your bathers, but if you go to the buffet please pop on a shirt and suitable footwear. Swimwear is not permitted in the lounges, interior bars, restaurants or reception. After 6pm, no shorts, bare feet, football shirts or tracksuits, please. If it’s a Black Tie night, we apply the dress codes in the majority of restaurants and bars for guests aged 18 and over. Appropriate attire is essential for entry to the ship’s bars and restaurants. You might find it help to read our Code of Conduct.

Learn more about our Code of Conduct

Black Tie nights

A black tie night

Black Tie nights are all about getting dressed up in your finery. For ladies, cocktail dresses and ball gowns are perfect. For men, dinner jackets or tuxedos are most common, but a dark lounge or business suit and tie are fine, too. You can also wear formal national dress and military uniform on these nights. Visit Cruise Personaliser before you embark to find out how many Black Tie nights there will be on your cruise (there are usually two on a seven-night cruise). Horizon daily newspaper (delivered to your cabin) will also keep you informed. What makes it a Black Tie night? There could be a black & white theme – where you wear either a black or white outfit – or a special Gala menu. On many occasions, it’s simply because we want you to enjoy a special evening.

Extra clothes to pack

Ladies jogging around the deck

Pack to tailor your holiday and make it your own. If you plan to run laps of the deck each morning, take advantage of our exercise classes, or play golf, deck tennis or basketball, remember your sports shoes and gym kit. Sun and swim? Pack easy layers that don’t mind the odd splash of sun cream (plus your cossie, of course). Spa-bound? Then a loose kimono might be in order. And perhaps now’s the time to dust off those dancing shoes…

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