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TNT November 25th, 2003 09:40 PM

Formal attire for gentlemen
Cruising with a gentleman friend on the Costa Atlantica, Jan. 25.04. We are wondering what the majority of men wear to the Captain's Dinner and any other formal dinners/events onboard. Do the majority wear tuxedos, suits or sport jackets and slacks? If the attire of preference is a tuxedo, can you rent them onboard and if so, what is the procedure? To all those who reply, thank you for your assistance!

dove November 26th, 2003 09:21 AM

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We are also sailing on the Atlantica on Jan.25th. From what I understand most men do not wear a tux . Most wear a dark suit. I do beleive that I read somewhere that they are able to rent a tux as well but I'm not 100% positive on that. I'm sure someone else who has already cruised will answer this one for you.

Happy sailing

Dave M November 26th, 2003 11:49 AM

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Thanks for posting that request. I could not get a clear answer on the tux vrs. the suit and even if you can rent a tux. I am traveling alone and did not want to fool with a tux. Hope you and your gentleman friend have a good time. See you there!

annmarie December 4th, 2003 10:27 AM

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Yes there is a tuxedo rental on board the mediterranea, you must call costa in advance to rent it and leave a deposit. although i am sailing on the new years eve ship, so there might have been more of a demand. Call them to make sure. Have fun..

Tom F December 30th, 2003 12:16 AM

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Most went in suits. Very few people on board with Tuxedos. Many people in T shirts.

Rosemary December 31st, 2003 12:10 AM

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Our documents arrived today and there is a tuxedo brochure in it. It says you must phone 72 hrs ahead of your cruise to rent the tux.

tom f December 31st, 2003 07:06 AM

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Do not rent the Tuxedos. There is no use for it. Very few people had a Tuxedo. The onces that did wear it look like they were on the wrong ship. Many poeple wore dark suits. By the second formal, there were people wearing t shirts in the dinning room yes T shirts..

TNT January 1st, 2004 05:07 PM

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Thanks to all that have replied! I realize that people tend to be a bit more casual today but there is nothing appealing about men in T-shirts at formal dinners. Tom F, I have read your recent notes and am a bit concerned. I am sailing on the Atlantica on Jan 25/04. I agree with you that Europeans are rude and pushy...guess I'll have to push back for my lounger on deck! I am disappointed about your opinion of the day at Catalina Island as I was hoping this would be the highlight of the cruise. There must have been at least one pleasurable excursion or event you participated in. I would be interested in knowing what port you had the most fun in and why. Also, was there a Toga night onboard and did you participate? I would be interested in hearing more from those who recently sailed on the Atlantica. Please share your "best adventure" or onboard event with us! Thanks!

Tom F January 1st, 2004 05:48 PM

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TNT: The best port I would say was Puerto Rico. Old San Juan was great. I was there a day before the boat due to the screwed up airline tickets. There was a great Jazz restaurant, owner and two other members played some great jazz. Food was great. This was at christmas time and there were many children singing, just wonderfull.

St Thomas, enjoyed this very much. There were four of us. We met a open taxi driver who took us for $20 each to the top of the mountain and toured the beaches etc. Man was friendly and informative. Best tour. Would stay away from the exursion on this one. The merchants were a bit pushy. All selling the same thing.

And Nassau, we took the local water taxi to Paradise Island, $3.00 each way, was alot of fun. A real local way to travel. Had a Bahama Momma on the pier on the Paradise Island side, was great.

Island Catalina: The water was great. The beach was overcrowded. Too much for me. Also watch the beach chairs they bring to you. Many of them were broken. They give you a BBQ lunch on the Island. It was okay. Chicken was undercooked along with the hamburger. The lines to get the food was long and horrible, and you have to be on high alert for the European line cutter on this one. One thing I did enjoy. Go towards the locals gift shops. There are a couple of Dominican Woman who have a refreshment
stand. Ice cold presidente beer for $2 bucks a pop, listen to the Salsa music and sit at the picnic table they have there. It was alot of fun. They also have non alcoholic drinks available. The gift shops are going to push you on the Cuban cigars here. And they dont like to take no for an answer. This Island would have been great if they just spaced out all the people on the beach. We really were on top of each other.

Formal Night: I did not opt for a Tuxedo, risked wearing a dark suit. Thought I would look out of place. Well I was about one of the best dressed in the room. And yes, there were many wearing T-shirts. I think they should enforce a dress code on the formal nights. And only a handfull wearing tuxedos.

Toga night: I did not participate, but many in my group did. They had fun. Did not notice that many participating in the toga.

Another thing, maybe being a Christmas cruise. There were many children on board this ship that were totally unsupervised and not behaving well. No supervision . There were children playing slot machines in the casino as young as 14. I was a bit taken back. Children sunning through the disco.

Rae January 3rd, 2004 08:21 AM

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When we were on the two week cruise, my husband wore a tux as did many men. Most men were dressed in suits. Saw two guys in T-shirts and they looked like dokes.

TNT January 3rd, 2004 09:33 PM

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Thanks to all who have replied! Tom, do you remember the name of the jazz restaurant you speak of in San Juan? Also, if you purchased any Rum, which Island had the best prices? Does Costa tell you how much to tip the stewards and waiters or can you tip as you please? Friends tell me that you can enhance your service by leaving little "gifts" for your cabin stewards. Has anyone ever done this? Your replies are greatly appreciated!

Tom F January 4th, 2004 05:02 PM

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TNT: The name of the Jazz restaurant in Old San Juan is Carli's. I have a postcard. They are located in Plazoleta Rafael Carrion Banco Popular. It is in the banco Popular building. The phone number is 787-725-4927 and you can email them at I had a great meal and listened to some great jazz. You will love it.
As for Rum. The best buys on rum is in St. Thomas. The best buys on anything are in St. Thomas for that matter. There is a duty free shop when you get off the boat, right on the pier in Puerto Rico. They were reasonable as well. Nassau was expensive. If you remember, bring your own booze and soft drinks. Plenty of people in my party took their own booze which they had cocktail parties in their cabins. And when I was in St. Thomas I loaded up on both.
As for tips. Costa says to tip the waiter $3.00 per day. The assistant waiter $1.50 per day. The maitre D'hotel $1.00 per day. And the cabin steward $3.00 per day. They do not as they state take it out of your account. You will pay this cash in envelopes on the last day. I gave the steward a more generous tip, he was the nicest person on the boat and really took care of us. The waiter was okay. The Maitre D was lucky he got a nickle. but he got his $1.00 per day. And that is per person, if you have children they expect you to tip the same for them. I normally tip much more. And I did not leave anything else for the steward. I am sure it owuld work though. He who gives, gets.

TNT January 5th, 2004 03:51 PM

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Thanks, Tom, for this great information! You are most helpful! Yes, I agree, he who gives shall receive. Tips, after all, are to insure proper service....I'll let you know my opinion of the whole week after I return. I am very interested in going to that jazz bar, so thanks for the name and address! I will be sure to do the bulk of my gift shopping and purchasing or rum in St. Thomas. This is all great info.....thanks for taking your time to share it on this site!

Supercruiser January 9th, 2004 01:57 PM

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Atlantica's catalina island was one of the best stops. We were waited on hand and foot and I even had a massage on the beach. It was one of the most relaxing fun days of the trip. How could you not enjoy any day on the beach. Of course being from the midwest, a sunny beach in January is as good as it gets.

TNT January 10th, 2004 04:50 PM

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Thanks for your reply, Supercruiser! I am glad to hear you enjoyed Catalina Island. This is the first time I am cruising and of all the ports, I am very excited about Catalina Island as I understand it is somewhat of a nature preserve. A massage on the Island? That would be wonderful....I am looking forward to this specific stop even more! Did most of the guests partake of this event and did you find the island too crowded? Is a meal provided by the cruiseline or are we on our own? Are there any "touristy" spots to visit on the island? Your reply is appreciated.

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