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Cruisenovice

Smart casual ok?

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Considering going on our first cruise, somewhere in Europe over 12/14 nights; we are two females, neither of us own a dress and are seeking advice on which cruise line to look at, in order to find one where we won't be having to deal with formal nights. Or is it still possible to eat in a restaurant on board which doesn't require formal wear? Quite happy to wear smart trousers and nice tops. Any advice welcomed- our main reason for going on a cruise is to see the destinations and enjoy relaxed informal times on the ship. Or is cruising not recommended if we aren't into posh dresses?

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Hi Cruisenovice and welcome to the forum.

It is actually the more upmarket lines that don't have formal nights or where the formal nights are more relaxed. Dressing up is mainly on P&O, Cunard, Fred Olsen, Saga and maybe a couple of others. Therefore the world is your oyster with another 50+ cruise lines to chose from. Have a look at Azamara, Oceania, Royal Caribbean, MSC, NCL etc.

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Hi Cruisenovice and welcome to the forum.

It is actually the more upmarket lines that don't have formal nights or where the formal nights are more relaxed. Dressing up is mainly on P&O, Cunard, Fred Olsen, Saga and maybe a couple of others. Therefore the world is your oyster with another 50+ cruise lines to chose from. Have a look at Azamara, Oceania, Royal Caribbean, MSC, NCL etc.

Many thanks! I think P&O had a cruise we were interested in... I've just asked in another post whether trouser suits are acceptable. Also is there always a cafe/restaurant where we could eat, if we didn't wear formal dress?

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Smart trouser suits for ladies are acceptable by P&O on formal nights.

See website

https://ask.pocruises.com/help/PO/life-on-board/dress_code

There is always the self service restaurant avalailable as an alternative except on Adonia. However, you should note that the menu in the main restaurants is enhanced on formal nights

Brian

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As has been said, smart trousers and a smart top will be quite acceptable on formal nights for ladies. And there is always the alternative of eating in the buffet restaurants. Once you get hooked on cruising, and have been on a few, you will have to consider changing your username lol

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LOL! Thank you kite63!  I am glad to hear that smart trousers and tops are acceptable. I normally object to being told what to wear.... but as long as there are alternatives then that's fine.  Looking for a cruise in September (Europe) but most seem to be in Oct and Nov.

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Depending what you are looking for(ie style of cruising) both Azamara  & NCL are very relaxed in the dress style but good look in your hunt!!

Thanks... just an introduction to cruising really; something for a week or 10 days or so, round the Med, or Madeira (not bothered about the Canaries though and they go together!) Thanks for the names to look out for. We are in our 60s, not into discos or anything.

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Find the right ship for a relaxed dressing code...Regent and some others are all smart casual or

Princess is more relaxed dress code...most have flown in to join the ship...some from Australia ..New Zealand and USA...

Formal dress for the main dinning room.. And a few just don't fly with evening clothes..or just simple items...seems less long dresses .

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Cruise Novice you will find the P&O dress code is observed in several bars too .

Just carry an evening bag and evening wrap or sparkly jewellery...maybe ?

An out fit you may have for a wedding would work too.

I take a little black dress..can't go wrong.

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