We are taking our first cruise March 8th and it is special to us. We are celebrating our 33 Anniversary and after raising our 5 children we are finally getting away by ourselves.
Since it is our first cruise we want to do it right. So a Tux it is. Maybe on our next cruise I will consider just a suit but I highly doubt it.
We chose Holland America because of it's tradition and elegance over the other cruise lines.
I am sure when your boyfriend sees you in your evening dress; all his cares and concerns of what everyone else is wearing will be gone.
Otherwise you might as well go camping.
Let us know how things go.