Cruise Passengers and Tuxedos

It's not easy buying a tux. It's not easy wearing a tux, or so I'm told. The tuxedo-wearing man I live, cruise and do everything with is no easy study, either. I could count the times in four decades that he's worn one. On my fingers. One hand. No, not even on our wedding day.

It used to be that cruise ships demanded men wear tuxedos to the dining room, if not all the time at least part of the time. In these days or permissiveness in virtually every walk of life, even the queens of stuffiness at Cunard had to relax their "formal wear" mantra, now limited to three formal evenings, two semi-formal and one elegant casual. Cunard passengers aren't forced to wear tuxedos ("formal dark suit and black tie" will do), but many choose to dress to the nines.

You may see men in tuxes in other ships, not in response to a dress code, but just because they want to be. Not my man.

However, everything in life is cyclical. Maybe even mandatory tuxedos on cruise ships. I haven't sprung this on him yet, but I probably won't have to, now that he knows there is a company that rents tuxedos exclusively for wearing on cruise ships. It's called, strangely enough, Cruiseline Formalwear.

As with all clothing, there is a wide range of quality and prices. For $85, you (he) can get the basics, with either a black or white jacket. For $130, he can wear a Calvin Klein and for $160, both black AND white jackets.

If a guy's worried about having his wardrobe reviewed, he might want to BUY a tuxedo. Again, a huge range. The basics can be bought online for $130 but you have to get the pants hemmed (I can do that). On the other hand, if you buy into the recommendation from GQ Magazine, you'll buy plenty — $2,890 for a tux (Burberry), $495 for the shirt (Dior), $170 for the bow tie (Burberry) and $590 for the shoes (Ferragamo).

Who says only a woman can spend a fortune shopping?

Celebrity Silhouette
12 nights
June 12, 2012
Rome, Naples, Catania, Athens, Mykonos, Ephesus, Rhodes, Santorini, Chania, Venice
Inside: $1,329
Cost per day: $110
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