We're leaving for the Sea Princes in 8 days!!! We've decided to bring as LITTLE luggage as possible (hopefully just 3 pieces). I know we can do our own laundry on board, which we plan on (jeans, undies, socks, etc) but we were wondering if anyone knows approximately how much it costs to have the ship launder or dry clean shirts and pants. Also, has anyone used the tux rental service? We are thinking of that too. THANKS!
Pam... I think you are right... the rates quoted for valet laundry are about double the norm that I've seen. I cannot imagine going on a cruise and doing laundry... spending several thousand dollars for a week or so at sea and spending time in the laundry? I can do that at home. As for the rental tuxedo... well... the fact that it's rented won't be a secret to many. If one cruises regularly, I can't think of not wearing my own tux... and my own shoes! I suppose if it is a one time... or rare event... it can work... but, it only takes two or three rentals to equal the cost of buying one. Also... I think the "space saving factor" is far outweighed by the... shall we say... less than perfect fit and shinny countenance of a rented tuxedo.
I guess I need to clarify what I mean by "doing laundry" on the ship. I only mean to do it ONE time, so that we don't have to bring so much stuff! Last year in the Caribbean, we ended up with about 7 pieces of luggage including dive bags, etc.... I don't want to have to schlep any more than 3 pieces this time to Alaska. Knowing that things like sweaters, sweatshirts and coats take up some room, we decided to leave our own tuxedos at home and rent this time. If they turn out looking crappy, then we've learned a lesson. $7.50 to clean 3 items does not seem very expensive to me, so we'll be utilizing the service for dress pants and shirts. It's all about "freedom from luggage"! Air travel is too much of a hassle anyway to complicate it with more things to worry about. I'm leaving exactly a week from today and am so looking forward to this trip of a lifetime. By the way, I'll let you know how those tuxes turn out!