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 on what to wear on your cruise.


    Clothing Tips

    Antarctica expedition cruise


    A fleece hat

    Warm, stretchable, waterproof gloves

    Sunglasses with high UV protection

    Waterproof, non-slip mid-calf boots
    (available to hire onboard)*

    Fleece neck-warmer

    Waterproof outer trousers COMPULSORY

    * (for adults only) on “Expedition” cruise dates with the logos “Anorak available free of charge” and “Boot hire available free of charge”. You can hire boots directly via the site, under the Boots section.


    For days spent onboard 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.

    Women :

    • A simple dress
    • Skirt or trousers
    • CBlouse 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 more formal outfits.

    Women :

    • Evening wear
    • Long evening gown (not compulsory)


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

    Officers’ dinner

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

    A laundry service is available onboard (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 - Compulsory

    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 (fitness)

    Battery charger and memory card for digital camera or camcorder

    Mobile charger

    Personal care - Health:

    Total sun block

    Total protection lip palm

    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 PONANT Shop ►


    In the bag that you will always have on you, 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...Never leave them in the luggage you check into the hold.
    All of our cabins have a safe. We advise you not to take any valuable jewellery off the ship. 

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