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Old June 17th, 2003, 07:49 AM
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Default Formal Wear Hire on CAronia

I believe it's possible to hire formal wear aboard Caronia. Has anyone had any experience of this? What's the range like for ladies and gentlemen? Approximate prices would be welcome too.

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Old June 17th, 2003, 01:12 PM
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Default Re: Formal Wear Hire on CAronia

I have not travelled on Caronia but I assume the prices will be similar to QE2.

I was on QE2 last month and the tuxedo prices in the brochure (with shirt tie, cummerbund/waistcoat, hankerchief - no shoes) are as follows :
1 night : $75
2 nights : $115
3 nights : $150
4 nights : $190
5 nights : $225
To me these prices seem high, a lot higher than some of the other lines I have been on.

At hire shops in Scotland you can hire a dinner suit or highland dress for a whole week for the price of two weekends if you ask nicely. This would be about 60-80 ($90-$140).

I suggest buying a dinner suit anyway, for a good deal try : www.slatermenswear.com . 100 for average and 200+ for quality.

I do not know what choice there was for ladiesware.
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Old June 18th, 2003, 03:16 AM
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Default Re: Re: Formal Wear Hire on CAronia

I agree with Jon, it does seem expensive. I paid 60 from a local (Surrey) hire shop for two weeks last month. The annoying thing about this is that the Cunard brochure refers to formal dress hire as being "at a nominal charge", $75 seems far from nominal to me. Sorry that I can't comment on the ladies wear as my wife had a great time buying new stuff.

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Old June 18th, 2003, 03:45 AM
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Default Re: Formal Wear Hire on CAronia

Thanks for your help chaps, but the word from Cunard is that the Caronia doesn't do formal hire at all. Thank you both for the advice about menswear though - I shall be dragging my fellow around the gentlemens outfitters shortly.

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