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Hi all, we have booked our first ever cruise on Iona, but the dress codes for men are somewhat ambiguous at best.  
 

We are going when it will be colder in Norway so anything to do with shorts and swimwear isn’t really relevant (they get barely any use at home) but the rest of it confuses me.

 

Daytime isn’t so much of a problem, as long as hooded tops and trainers aren’t an issue.

 

The evening is the big question, I know that ‘smart’ denim is ok and that’s all I own, and I have a collection of chequered shirts that would put most panel show comedians to shame.  I believe this is fine?  Does ‘novelty’ items mean stuff like tacky stag/hen party tops or are logos and branding of any type outlawed?

 

Formal nights are the big question as I don’t own a suit…I am aware I will likely have to buy one (our travel agent said he swerves formal nights on p and o and it’s easy to do) but what realistically would I need? Normal dark suit that gets brought out for weddings? Full tuxedo/dinner suit?

 

Trying not to stand out for the wrong reasons 

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I agree that these things can be confusing. They still confuse me sometimes, and I have been sailing with P&O since 1997. However, .....

Smart denim worn with a shirt or polo shirt is fine anywhere on the ship on smart casual nights. On formal nights it is fine except in the main and some speciality restaurants and bars, but it is quite easy to eat drink and socialise without wearing a suit and tie.

Normal branded tee shirts are fine, as long as they do not feature a design or wording which is likely to cause offence to your fellow passengers. As you summise, this prohibition is mainly aimed at the often risque tee shirts often pruduced nowadays for stag and hen parties.

As I have said, you will not need to wear a suit and tie. But you will probably find that the majority of men wear one of some kind on formal nights and you might find the inability to use some bars and restaurants restrictive. Any dark(ish) suit will do, it does not have to be a dinner suit. Nor does it have to be a bow tie, a normal tie is fine or even a bolo.

Hope this helps.

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1 hour ago, Satellite city said:

Hi all, we have booked our first ever cruise on Iona, but the dress codes for men are somewhat ambiguous at best.  
 

We are going when it will be colder in Norway so anything to do with shorts and swimwear isn’t really relevant (they get barely any use at home) but the rest of it confuses me.

 

Daytime isn’t so much of a problem, as long as hooded tops and trainers aren’t an issue.

 

The evening is the big question, I know that ‘smart’ denim is ok and that’s all I own, and I have a collection of chequered shirts that would put most panel show comedians to shame.  I believe this is fine?  Does ‘novelty’ items mean stuff like tacky stag/hen party tops or are logos and branding of any type outlawed?

 

Formal nights are the big question as I don’t own a suit…I am aware I will likely have to buy one (our travel agent said he swerves formal nights on p and o and it’s easy to do) but what realistically would I need? Normal dark suit that gets brought out for weddings? Full tuxedo/dinner suit?

 

Trying not to stand out for the wrong reasons 

We are going on our first cruise next year too, also on Iona going to Norway. My husband will be taking his regular suit for formal night, he doesn't want to invest in a dinner suit until we know that cruising is for us. On the smart casual nights he is likely to wear dark jeans and shirts/polo shirts.

 

Our daughter cruised to Norway in May 2018 and the weather was warm so she did need her shorts and used her swim wear, she said many people on their cruise had mainly packed cold weather clothes and weren't prepared for sunny warm weather.

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We often ‘dodge’ formality on formal nights. We use the buffet and the bars that don’t demand formal wear. We always go to the theatre and that isn’t a problem as you can wear smart casual there. If we decide to eat in the main dining room on formal nights, my husband just wears his one and only dark suit with a tie. 

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Weather in Norway can be somewhat unpredictable. On our first Norway cruise in June 2015 it was cold and raining in Southampton when we left, and cold and raining when we arrived back, and the rain only stopped for half a day when I think we were in Stavanger. The wind and rain were so bad in the Fjords that we couldn't get into two ports (I forget which ones) so the captain arranged an overnight stop in Bergen, where it rained non-stop. On our way back, when we came out of the Fjords into the North Sea we were greeted by a force 10 wind, which, as we were on little Adonia, was an interesting experience. Our daughter was on an Azura Fjords cruise either two or three weeks later - the itinerary was virtually the same as ours. She didn't see one drop of rain, she got into the two ports we missed (and delighted in sending us photos to prove it) and she also got sunburnt. Good luck with yours!

 

Bob

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36 minutes ago, Dorset cruise fan said:

Iona has a lovely indoor pool and hot tubs everywhere so you may want your swim things. Norway can be cold but can also be pretty warm so, as with the UK, layers are best.

Another rainy day in the fjords🤣

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You haven't said exactly when you are going but I see Iona is only due there between April and September, so just to add to the weather debate, my only Norway cruise was early September. Four of the five days we were there, it was fabulous and we could easily have worn shorts, especially at sea level. Geiranger was one of those but we did take a tour to the top of Mt Dalsnibba where it clouded over and was freezing. Once back down the bottom again it was warm and sunny though...

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6 hours ago, Satellite city said:

Hi all, we have booked our first ever cruise on Iona, but the dress codes for men are somewhat ambiguous at best.  
 

We are going when it will be colder in Norway so anything to do with shorts and swimwear isn’t really relevant (they get barely any use at home) but the rest of it confuses me.

 

Daytime isn’t so much of a problem, as long as hooded tops and trainers aren’t an issue.

 

The evening is the big question, I know that ‘smart’ denim is ok and that’s all I own, and I have a collection of chequered shirts that would put most panel show comedians to shame.  I believe this is fine?  Does ‘novelty’ items mean stuff like tacky stag/hen party tops or are logos and branding of any type outlawed?

 

Formal nights are the big question as I don’t own a suit…I am aware I will likely have to buy one (our travel agent said he swerves formal nights on p and o and it’s easy to do) but what realistically would I need? Normal dark suit that gets brought out for weddings? Full tuxedo/dinner suit?

 

Trying not to stand out for the wrong reasons 

Norway weather can be similar to ours, during the day I wear shorts and T shirts and have done so in Norway during several visits in May and June. On our first cruise I wore smart trousers a nice shirt with tie and a jacket as I too didn't want to buy a dinner suit for what could be a one off. However we got hooked on cruising and now have many dinner suits plus all the regalia as we dress up for formals. Go enjoy and figure out what you will do in future.

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Used to take a DJ for formal nights, but I hate dressing up and switched to a plain, dark business suit because it was more comfortable. Absolutely no problems with that at all - plenty wear suits.

 

Forgot the wretched thing on one occasion - left it on the bed instead of packing it. Did have a smart dark plum jacket though, with trousers that matched, and that didn’t cause any problems at all. Did apologise profusely to everyone on the table though, but they just thought it was funny. Maitre d’ didn’t bat an eyelid.

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21 minutes ago, terrierjohn said:

Strangely enough Harry my DJ is more comfortable than any suit I have ever owned.

Same here, but maybe psychological as dinner suit is worn for fun times and suit worn for work and funerals😁

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I would also like to inform that you dont have to buy a tuxedo/dinner suit, instead you can rent them.

My local tailor hires a full dinner suit (Trousers, Jacket, Shirt and bow tie) for £50.  Pick up the week before cruise and drop off up to 2 weeks after.

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35 minutes ago, Harryjacobs said:

I would also like to inform that you dont have to buy a tuxedo/dinner suit, instead you can rent them.

My local tailor hires a full dinner suit (Trousers, Jacket, Shirt and bow tie) for £50.  Pick up the week before cruise and drop off up to 2 weeks after.

You can buy a dj for not much more than that in places like Primark and Matalan.

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Yes but hiring one is advantageous if you are a portly chap like me whose weight yo yos.  I have 3 suits in my wardrobe that I have out grown over the years 😉

Further you may find that you will only ever wear a Tuxedo once. 

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1 minute ago, Harry Peterson said:

Quite warm in the MDR though, and artificial fibre suits are going to be pretty uncomfortable to wear. 

Never causes me any problems, and most of my casual trousers are also made of some, if not all man made fibres. My DJ is 45% polyester.

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I think smart dark denim does not include those with holes and frays or the colour washed out. My dinner jacket and dark suit are now to big for me however if I ever went formal i would choose a suit as the trousers can be used on other evenings. Last time I took a DJ was on a 31 nighter. It was a M&S washable one ideal for multiple formal nights as you could rinse the trousers. Only wore it once though as the first formal night seemed to be full of the locals talking about the size of their sheep farms etc. A lot of the worldie passengers had got bored with formal after several weeks of twice a week.

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12 hours ago, terrierjohn said:

You can buy a dj for not much more than that in places like Primark and Matalan.

I got my first dinner suit in C&A in a sale. It confused the Americans on RC. They thought I must be well up in the Crown & Anchor society.

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