Fred Olsen – Dress Code – smart casual means smart

Fred Olsen says that smart casual means men with a jacket and or a shirt and tie in the evenings. For them this is traditional smart casual dress and the ladies are asked to dress smartly, but to be fair they don’t need to be encouraged, the turnout is always very smart and proper. This is a similar strict dress code to Cunard.

To be clear they state Chino type trousers or smart dark jeans are acceptable, though you rarely if ever see jeans. They certainly do not appreciate trainers in the evening. On their video, some men are seen in nice collared shirts but without ties on casual nights.

Even during the day, swimwear is not allowed in restaurants.

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Gala nights are a totally different thing, this is definitely black-tie of dark suit and tie and the ladies are to look stylish. I would suggest this is the same as the smaller and adult ships on P&O although they would claim there is no difference across the brand. To find out from those who cruise, or share your knowledge join your favourite ships chat and community page on Facebook.

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It is important to understand that even in their buffet restaurants in the evening, the dress code is a more relaxed version of smart casual. Here is a quote from their site so as not to misrepresent them.


Evening wear is simple on a Fred. Olsen cruise. Most evenings are smart casual with a few formal nights for the chance to dress up. And just to add some fun to the cruise, there may also be some optional theme nights on longer sailings.

Formal evenings

Depending on the length of your cruise holiday there will be one or more formal evenings whilst you are on board for cruise durations longer than six nights. This is your chance to ‘dress to impress’ and add glitz and glamour to your dining experience.

Most men opt to wear either a dinner jacket or a dark suit and tie. Ladies are often seen looking fabulous in anything from a cocktail-style dress to a full-length ball gown.

All Fred. Olsen cruise ships feature a casual dining experience for those guests who do not wish to join the formal evenings. The dress code for these restaurants is smart casual every evening.

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Smart casual evenings

Most evenings during your cruise holiday will be smart casual evenings so you can feel relaxed and comfortable whilst enjoying your dinner. For men, a pair of trousers, chinos or smart (dark) jeans, coupled with a polo shirt or shirt is perfectly acceptable. Some guests prefer to wear a jacket or tie which is also fine. The choice is yours.

Ladies’ dress can often range from tailored trouser suits and stylish dresses to casual separates and summer dresses.

Please note: trainers, T-shirts, shorts, and tracksuits are not allowed in the restaurants for evening dining. We reserve the right to decline entry to those who refuse to show this courtesy to their fellow guests.

Daywear on board

Whether enjoying the sea views from the deck or participating in the many activities available, we want you to feel at ease. Casual wear is perfectly acceptable for your days on board with many guests opting for shorts and a T-shirt or polo shirt while cruising in sunny climes, and a pair of light-weight trousers and a sweater or jacket for cooler daytime temperatures.

Whilst on deck, bathing suits are a must to ensure you can make the most of the pools and Jacuzzis on board. A pair of flip-flops or sandals are advisable as the decks can sometimes get very warm (and please take care, as the decks can be slippery). A T-shirt and casual shorts are often preferred for lounging by the pool. And don’t forget your hat, sunglasses and suncream, as the sun can be a lot stronger at sea.

The dress is smart casual during lunchtime and as a courtesy to their fellow cruisers, guests are asked not to wear bathing suits or vests in the restaurants. However, smart shorts and a T-shirt are perfectly acceptable.’


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