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DH and I are cruising on Royal Caribbean (Majesty of the Seas) on May 5th to the Bahamas, 4 nights. I am pretty much set with my clothing, but am trying to figure out what DH should wear for formal night. We think renting a tux is a bit ridiculous price-wise for only one night. We really don't have much money to be spending on new clothes, and DH doesn't own a suit or any type of dress coat - Should we go out and spend the money on a suit for him (which he may not have a need for again for years) or would he be okay in some dressy khaki colored slacks, blue short sleeved dress shirt and a tie (we'd have to buy the tie, lol)...? We're really trying to stay tight with money so we actually have money for the cruise (this is not easy for us) so buying a suit would be a big purchase, but if it's necessary, we'll do it.

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You would have to search, either on here or on the cruiselines website, for the official dress code for formal/elegant night..

It sounds to me like the pants and shirt/tie would be ok. I don't think a jacket is absolutelyy required.

If for whatever reason you cannot get into the main dining, they may deliver the same meal to your cabin as room service, but that would require a nominal tip to the porter.

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I don't think you should jeapardize your financial situation. It is not really worth it. Like Liz and Phil said, you may have no problem without a jacket, and if you do, there is always an alternative area in which you can eat. I don't know that ship, but I think that all ships must have one. Have fun!
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If DH never wears a suit or sport jacket I would not buy one just for this cruise. You are talking about wearing it for 2 hours on formal night. I don't know the dining room policy on the ship you are going on but if you can't get in the main dining room with just a shirt and tie there are certainly other dining options available. He will not be the only person on the ship that does not have on a suit that night.
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We are going on the Monarch next month for a quick getaway and DH is just going to wear black dockers, dark gray long sleeve shirt, black tie and black shoes. We've done this cruise before and he will be fine. I would suggest buying a dark long sleeve shirt and tie. He can wear it again taking you out to dinner at home. You could try a local thrift shop/consignment shop. Our oldest son found 2 Brooks Brothers suits there for only $12/each.
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If you go to the second hand or consigment shop you may be able to find a nice jacket in your price range. Also stores like Ross get clothes for the major department stores after the "season" is over and you can sometimes find great deals there. My formal dress was $20 at Ross.
Walmart may also have things in a good price range. That is were we got my nine old nephew's suit for formal night.
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I think you can get by on RCL but agree on the long sleeved shirt with tie. Do check out local thrift stores. There are often high quality suits that have been worn once for a wedding or graduation and cost peanuts. Possibly even just a dark suit jacket to go with the khaki slacks. It is a 4 night Bahamas cruise, so the clientele and dress will be younger and more relaxed. Were you going on a longer Celebrity or HAL cruise, you might feel awkward with no jacket or suit. Have fun........and don't worry about the fashion police on this site or on the ship.
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Have fun........and don't worry about the fashion police on this site or on the ship.
KD you hit it on the mark. I agree the people cruising with you care more about having a good time the if your DH has a jacket or not. I hope you have a great cruise.
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Thanks for all of the replies, everyone.

As for the people we're cruising with not caring about whether or not he's wearing a jacket - I'm not concerned with them, I'm just concerned that he can actually get in, lol
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just as a point of reference, on our last RCCL cruise on the Freedom of the Seas, every man that i saw in our main dining room had on either a suit, or a suitcoat dress shirt/tie and dress pants, regardless of age.
If your DH had on a nice pair of dress pants, dress shirt/tie and dress shoes he should be fine in the main dining room
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DH and I are cruising on Royal Caribbean (Majesty of the Seas) on May 5th to the Bahamas, 4 nights. I am pretty much set with my clothing, but am trying to figure out what DH should wear for formal night. We think renting a tux is a bit ridiculous price-wise for only one night. We really don't have much money to be spending on new clothes, and DH doesn't own a suit or any type of dress coat - Should we go out and spend the money on a suit for him (which he may not have a need for again for years) or would he be okay in some dressy khaki colored slacks, blue short sleeved dress shirt and a tie (we'd have to buy the tie, lol)...? We're really trying to stay tight with money so we actually have money for the cruise (this is not easy for us) so buying a suit would be a big purchase, but if it's necessary, we'll do it.

Sorry for rambling, I'm just lost on this one.
What would your husband wear to a wedding or to a funeral? You most assuredly will have to go to such events from time to time!

You can buy a business suit for just $99 at J. C. Penney that your husband would be able to wear for weddings, funerals, and other special occasions as well as for the "formal" evening on your cruise. He'll need a dress shirt, a necktie, dress socks, and dress shoes to wear with it, but that's probably a better use of your resources than a tuxedo rental.

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Norm, don't be so sure that the husband will need a suit for weddings and/or funerals.

In my community, people don't "dress" for funerals and I know that in other communities, people dress what I call casually for weddings. It's a cultural thing.

She already stated that he didn't have need for the suit and the cost would be a problem.
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Rachel, just so you have a point of reference what you described for your husbands attire, dress khaki pants, short sleeve blue shirt and tie is what a lot of the men would be wearing for semi-formal nights
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Since your budget is tight, check eBay, overstock.com, your local menswear store(sometimes they have inexpensive seconds or even used items) and thrift stores(you can always have the ugly shiny metal buttons replaced on an otherwise fine blazer inexpensively). Also there are some online tux shops that will sell a full basic ensemble for about $100. You also have the option to rent. I would recommend buying no matter which way you go, because a suit can be used in seperate pieces or together any time and a tux costs the same to rent as it does to buy now(assuming you aren't like me and have to make a fashion statement(but then my career will have plenty of black tie events) and go budget). Also, some Wal-Mart stores now carry suit seperates, as does JC Penny and Target. Ross may have something if you have one locally, and they are at deep discount. Another source for a basic black suit with a shirt and tie that offers payments is blair.com. There are plenty of options and you don't want to miss formal night, as that is typically when you have the best food served in the dining room. Enjoy your cruise.
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I have found 1 tux at a yard sale for 50 cents and my girlfriend found one the other day for $10 at a consignment store in the 50% off room.
Check there. Good luck.

Before I had the Tux I would wear a gray suit with a tie.
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It's your fault, Keki, you changed a glorious 4 formal night cruise to a two night. Don't use your clout for me!
I was thrilled with the idea of formal evenings. How often do we get to wear dress up any more now that we are beyond prom night age. Why did you spoil it for us, would it kill you, a cruiser, to buy a soft silk jacket and wear it with some dark jeans. How "comfortable" is that!
I had accepted the invitation to cruise because it it is about the last venue I could dress up. I bought a sequin blouse and wore it with a black skirt. Of course I wore a black jacket over my bare shoulder for dinner, but by then was too tired to go dancing. If I could have a few more dressy nights with other elegant people around me, I would have been charmed.
But, Keki, you cut the fun down to just two nights.
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Some people think it is fun to dress up, some think that it is necessary to dress up, but the question related to a 4 day Caribbean cruise. If money is tight, don't worry about it. The only reason you might want to find a 2nd hand sport coat is to make sure he gets into the dining room. And, I have never seen someone who is dressed nicely, if not formally, get turned away on a short cruise.
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I got you, Maruccio! If a guy can't find a jacket, then send him to the Buffet. Save the blue short sleeve shirt for the beach buffet. I know, he got tired of wearing a suit when he was a corporate banker, and threw them all away when he retired. I've heard that one before on my first and last date with some of these guys.

Where did all this "men's wear" problem come from? What happened to the idea that the man is to show off his beautiful woman, who, by the way, spent eight times the price of a men's blazer on her dinner gown. What happened to his pride in her? All he needs is one black jacket, black jeans and a white tie, and he will frame her beauty with his restraint.

Thank goodness for the cruise industry, where the glamour and etiquette of a more gracious time can be experienced.
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Norm, don't be so sure that the husband will need a suit for weddings and/or funerals.

In my community, people don't "dress" for funerals and I know that in other communities, people dress what I call casually for weddings. It's a cultural thing.

She already stated that he didn't have need for the suit and the cost would be a problem.
There's always one person who dresses at a funeral, but he's in a box. It's a cultural thing.
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A suggestion, if I may. Your husband can get a suit on blair.com on payments if you have decent credit. For the Bahamas I would look to linen or silk. Another option is eBay, which has a suprising number of men's suits and tuxedos from around $50 up. JC Penny has tuxedos for about $99(plus cost of the extras which you can buy for under $60, but remember buying a tux is in the long run cheaper than renting. if you wanted a tux but didn't feel like a rental was justified. For tuxedoes in the Caribbean and the Bahamas, tropical wool is your most common option, though occassionally you will find silk ones. You must pay attention to fabric. Do not wear poly/wool or poly/silk blends. They hold in too much body heat. I also recommend a no vent jacket for a slimmer man and side vents for a man with a bit more girth. If you want any advice on where to find something for an inexpensive price, feel free to contact me. I am on a tight budget myself so I am always on the lookout for great deals. Below I am posting the RCCL dress code guideline for formal nights, from their website.

Q: What are the dress codes onboard?

A: There are three distinct types of evenings onboard: casual, smart casual and formal.

Suggested guidelines for these nights are:

Casual: Sport shirts and slacks for men, sundresses or pants for women

Smart Casual: Jackets and ties for men, dresses or pantsuits for women

Formal: Suits and ties or tuxedos for men, cocktail dresses for women.
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