We often ate in the buffet restaurant which was much more relaxed and we were able to see 3 shows a night. The food in the buffet restaurant is miles better than what they serve in the formal restaurant and there is much more choice.
You also need to be aware that they have become very strict with the dress code and there are notices regarding this outside the bars and restaurants.
On one of the semi formal nights in a bar, a man suitably dressed except he had no jacket, was told he couldN't be served with drinks because he didn't have a jacket. He was told his wife and children could be served but not him. He pointed out to the waiter that other men in the bar had taken their jackets off and were therefore not wearing jackets and they had been served. The waiter told him the other men had their jackets with them so they could be served, but he didn't so therefore they could not serve him!!!!!!!!!This is the second Pand O cruise we have been on and out of the 5 we have done they are the least favourite. Don't think we will consider a P andO cruise again.