clothing cruise tips

    Are you about to embark on one of our ships or are you thinking about going on a wonderful voyage soon?
    To make sure that you have the best possible experience, we have put together some useful tips for what to wear during your cruise.


    Clothing Tips

    Antarctica expedition cruises


    A fleece hat

    Warm, stretchable, waterproof gloves

    Sunglasses with high UV protection

    Waterproof, non-slip mid-calf boots
    (available to rent on board)*

    Fleece neck-warmer

    Waterproof outer trousers REQUIRED

    * (for adults only) on “Expedition” cruise dates with the "free parka" logo and “free boot rental" logo. You can rent boots directly via the website, under the Boots section.


    For days spent on board you are advised to wear comfortable, relaxed clothing.
    As the whole of the ship is air-conditioned, you may need a thin jumper, lightweight jacket or shawl. 
    For moving around public areas and on the ship's deck, opt for shoes that are lightweight but comfortable.

    Informal evenings:

    In the evening we recommend that you wear smart, casual clothing, in particular when dining in our restaurants where shorts and t-shirts are not permitted.


    • A simple dress
    • Skirt or trousers
    • Blouse or smock
    • Polo shirt


    • Darted trousers or chinos
    • Sports jacket
    • Shirt
    • Polo shirt

    Gala dinners:

    On our cruises two gala dinners are organised onboard. As such we recommend that you bring one or two formal outfits.


    • Evening wear
    • Long evening gown (not required)


    • Dark suit
    • Tie advised, possibly a bow-tie
    • Dinner jacket (not required)

    Officers’ dinner

    Depending on your cruise itinerary and programme, an Officers’ dinner may be organised. Accordingly, we would encourage you to bring white smart-casual wear for the occasion (failing that, black and white).

    A laundry service is available on board (laundry and ironing) but is unable to offer dry cleaning. For safety reasons, there is no iron in your cabin.


    Thermal base layer:

    Technical thermal underwear, wool or thermolactyl

    Fleece or technical jacket

    Fleece jumper or sweat-shirt

    Wool or silk inner gloves

    Wool leggings

    Warm hiking socks

    Outer waterproof layer:

    Waterproof outer trousers - REQUIRED

    Waterproof anorak - Available free of charge onboard (not available in children's sizes)

    Woollen or fleece hat that covers the ears

    Woollen or fleece neck-warmer

    Technical, stretchable waterproof gloves

    Boots at


    Sunglasses with high UV protection


    Pair of hiking poles

    Small, waterproof rucksack

    Swimming costume (for the spa onboard)

    Gym clothes (for the fitness center onboard)

    Battery charger and memory card for digital camera or camcorder

    Mobile charger

    Personal care - Health:

    High UV sun block

    Total protection lip Balm

    Medication and prescriptions

    At Ponant’s online store you can buy the right equipment to make the most of your cruise:

    Benefits of the online store:

    • Delivery to your cabin.
    • Expert advice.
    • Duty free prices
    • A range of technical equipment
      and accessories approved by our naturalists.
    • Products may be exchanged onboard.
    Discover THE PONANT Shop ►


    In your personal carry-on luggage, don't forget to pack any medication you need and maybe some toiletries and a change of clothes (in the event of any delay in receiving your luggage from the airline company).
    Take care to always have any travel documents you might need on you: hotel vouchers, cruise vouchers, return tickets etc. Never leave them in the luggage you check.
    All of our cabins have a safe. We advise you not to take any valuable jewellery off the ship. 

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