Great North & Arctic
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.
Great North & Arctic
Great North and Arctic expedition cruises
IDEAL CLOTHING FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:
A fleece hat
Warm, stretchable, waterproof gloves
Sunglasses with high UV protection
Waterproof, non-slip mid-calf boots
(available to rent on board)*
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 boutique.ponant.com, under the Boots section.
IDEAL CLOTHING FOR LIFE ON BOARD
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.
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
- Polo shirt
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)
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 (not too thick so it will fit comfortably under your anorak)
□ Fleece jumper or sweat-shirt
□ Woollen or fleece leggings
□ Wool or silk inner gloves
□ Warm hiking socks
Outer waterproof layer:
□ Waterproof, stretchable winter trousers/ski pants or waterproof outer trousers - REQUIRED
□ Wind-breaker - REQUIRED
□ Woollen or fleece hat that covers the ears
□ Technical, stretchable waterproof gloves
□ Tall, waterproof rubber boots (at least mid-calf) with non-slip soles (for hiking and visiting terrain that is undeveloped and in some cases unstable, and to be able to disembark into 20 centimetres of icy water without getting wet). Free rental is available onboard (only for adults) on “Expedition” cruise dates with the "free boot rental"" logo.
□ Sunglasses with high UV protection
□ Binoculars (highly recommended for observing wildlife)
□ Pair of hiking poles (highly recommended)
□ Small, waterproof rucksack
□ High UV sun block
□ Swimming suit (for the spa or swimming pool onboard)
□ Gym clothes (for the fitness center onboard)
□ Battery charger and memory card for digital camera or camcorder
□ Mobile phone charger
Personal care - Health:
□ Total protection lip balm
□ Mosquito repellent spray + bite cream + mosquito head net (Greenland)
□ Medication and prescriptions
At Ponant’s online store you can buy the right equipment to make the most of your cruise: boutique.ponant.com.
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.
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.