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Kimbopolo March 10th, 2010 08:40 PM

Formal Rental
DH is thinking about renting a dark suit jacket in order to save space in the luggage. Is this a good idea? What is the selection like with the rent-a-clothes? We will be sailing on Fantasy.

Mike M March 10th, 2010 08:47 PM

If your goal is to save space in the luggage then renting is an alternative. It will run you about $110 to rent a tuxedo, vest and shirt. You can rent shoes but I would just bring a pair of black dress shoes and wear them on other nights.

Personally I would just pack a dark suit that can be worn for non-cruise occasions.

Take care,

Rev22:17 March 11th, 2010 07:41 PM



Originally Posted by You (Post 1279383)
DH is thinking about renting a dark suit jacket in order to save space in the luggage. Is this a good idea? What is the selection like with the rent-a-clothes? We will be sailing on Fantasy.

On-board rental of formalwear has become a significant profit center for all of the major cruise lines. They offer pretty much the same selection that you would find in a typical "tuxedo" rental shop at home. Your husband could choose either a tuxedo (black jacket) or a white dinner jacket, and they offer vests and cummerbunds with matching neckties in a selection of colors that's similar to what you would find ashore. The standard rental includes one vest with matching tie and one cummerbund with matching tie, so he could match both of your dressy outfits.

Now, with regard to the economics, you can buy a complete tuxedo outfit, except for the shoes, at J. C. Penney for about the cost of two rentals -- though I seriously recommend buying shirts, ties, cummerbunds, and cuff links and stud sets at a normal tuxedo shop instead, as they are not that much more expensive and you'll have more selection. If you buy a second shirt, a second vest or cummerbund with matching tie, and matching pocket squares at a normal tuxedo shop (Tuxedo Time, MW Tux, etc.), the total will come to about the cost of three rentals. Thus, it's certainly cheaper in the long run to buy formalwear if you expect to cruise a few more times or if your husband will have other occasions, such as charity galas, to which to wear it.

Another option is to buy your husband a dark business suit that he can also wear to weddings, funerals, and other events that require it. This option would again price out to around the cost of two or three rentals.

OTOH, if the rental saves you airline fees for a second or third checked suitcase on his ticket (remember that the luggage fee schedule is per passenger so two passengers travelling together can bring two cases for the fee listed as for the first), you may well come out ahead with the rental even if your husband already owns either the formalwear or the suit. Of course, you'll have to check your airline's schedule of fees to be certain. Remember that you have to pay separate fees in each direction on a round trip ticket.

That said, Carnival's "elegant" evenings are not as dressy as the true "formal" nights on other lines. You might want to check Carnival's dress policy, which states that jackets and ties are optional on these evenings for gentlemen, before coming to a final decision as to what he will wear.


Kimbopolo March 12th, 2010 07:07 PM

Great responses and advice! Thanks so much!

LisaK March 16th, 2010 03:13 PM

i honestly don't know if you could rent just a jacket, something worth checking into, your cruise line should have a link to a formal wear website, that being said, think about actually how much space a suitcoat would take up in your suitcase, not much at all, and it is always a good idea for a man to have a dark suitcoat for occassions like cruises, weddings, funerals etc.

colorcrazie March 20th, 2010 04:11 PM

One reason that we like Carnival is that hubby does not need to pack or rent a jacket at all. Carnival is definitely less "formal". In fact, they don't even call them formal nights anymore. Nice shirt, tie and slacks are the most common men's apparel on the dressiest nights.

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