P&O Cruises’ New Dress Code & Alcohol Limits

P&O Cruises’ New Dress Code & Alcohol Limits

In light of the recent changes P&O Cruises recently announced, we thought we’d round up everything you need to know about their updated dress code and alcohol limits so you can set sail knowing everything you need to…

What’s new?

To ensure your time onboard feels special, P&O Cruises have implemented a new code of conduct, which will come into effect on 1st January 2018.

The new code will see a restriction on the amount of alcohol you can bring onboard, prohibit offensive clothing, along with a ban on outfits which carry personal photos or slogans as well as messages that are seen as offensive. Fancy dress outside of the designated theme nights will also be prohibited.

A Black & White theme night is the perfect chance to get dressed up

Who’s affected?

The dress policy will affect passengers from the age of 17 upwards. Most elements of the previous policy are still in force – this includes resort wear or leisurewear for the evening casual nights, with light jeans, football shirts, trainers and shorts remaining a definite no-no. On black tie nights, it’s cocktail dresses or evening gowns for the ladies and suits or tuxedos for men.

The new dress code guidelines

  • Daytime – leisurewear
  • Evening casual – stylish resort-wear or leisurewear. No trainers, football shirts or tracksuits.
  • Black tie – glamorous eveningwear for ladies and dinner jackets, tuxedoes or dark lounge or business suits with a tie for men.

What’s prohibited?

  • Fancy dress (except for P&O Cruises’ theme nights)
  • Clothing with personalised slogans and images
  • Novelty clothing
  • Inflatables, bar crawls, practical jokes and noisy drunken behaviour

What alcohol can I bring onboard?

Every passenger 18 years or older will be allowed to bring one bottle of wine, Champagne or beer onboard, or up to 1 litre of spirit or liqueur during the initial embarkation. If any additional alcohol is purchased, either in duty-free or ashore, it will be confiscated until the last night of each sailing.

The new code of practice will apply across the fleet and on all P&O Cruises holidays, and a policy of zero-tolerance on loud behaviour means P&O Cruises holidays might not be right for large groups.

P&O Cruises did not provide an official reason for the changes, but the line stressed that it isn’t trying to detract from cruisers’ ability to have a good time. Michele Andjel, PR director for P&O said – “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 onboard. 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. The only exception to this is on official theme nights, when guests are invited to dress to reflect the theme”.

Have you sailed with P&O Cruises before? How do you feel about the changes? Let us know in the comments below.