My wife and I are going on our first cruise in Jan (Carnival Fascination 1/13), and are busy trying to figure out our appropriate wardrobes. As an Air Force officer I already own a formal military mess dress uniform, but aren't real sure how appropriate it is for wear during the formal nights. Its much cheaper than renting a tux so I'm leaning that way, but would like some other opinions.
I tell myself I'll be sure to hit the aerobics room everyday and do lots of snorkleing, but I'm sure it won't account for all the food and adult beverages I'll be consuming. I'm sure I won't be the only person walking off a few pounds heavier than I walked on. You and Kuki have convinced me to go with the uniform, but I've also decided to go get fitted for a new one. My current mess dress was purchased as a young 2nd Lieutenant -- As I recall, Reagan was still president. Thanks for the advice and boost to the ego.
I have seen many foreign nationals in their countires formal dress attire and believe me they look stunning. Go for it sir, you deserve the recognition for all of your dedication to protecting our country.