On the Maiden Voyage of QM2 I was surprised that the percentage of men in Tuxes was quite high - I think at least 90%, with the rest in very nice dark suits or formal kilts. A lot of women's gowns were also very fancy.
Marc - easy packing? Five formal nights meant : Formal kilt and jacket + tux with top hat & tails + white dinner jacket + regular tux + sports coat + suit coat + pants + all the accessories+ all the shoes = one very full suitcase!
Not quite like a windjammer : 1 swim trunks, 2 t-shirts. period. ;-)
Well, I have my one black tux with a variety of bow ties, vests, and cumberbuns, and one pair of shoes. Yes, there is that pesty sport jacket for the casual nights, but still, while a guy can limit his formal wear and use the accessories to jazz it up, ladies must drag all those dresses no matter what!
I don't remember seeing anyplace on board for tux rentals (for any age). You might be able to rent one locally before you go, but I'd check on the internet for a cheap one - maybe ebay. I got a Pierre Cardin tux jacket (with tails) for $39 - very good condition...
There is a shop on board which offers rentals but I would expect it to be very expensive. I looked at some of the ties they had for sale $95.00 us for a tie!!!! I would check out the prices at your local rental place before you sail.
Just got back from 11 miserable days on QM2 and didn't understand for one minute why a formal night is established. You put your tux on and take your lady in gown to dinner. Same room, same food, same service, same everything, so why the formal night. Why get dressed up with no place to go other than to the Ed Sullivan type Show in the Royal Court Theatre. Boring.
Wow, I don't know if we were on the same ship or not. We had excellent service, and yes there were a few kinks that needed to be worked out. But I found that Cunard was taking all complaints seriously. After all it's a new ships and some things will take time to work themselves out.
After dinner the first night we spoke the supervisior in the dinning room and requested the portion size be increased and we didn't have worry about it again. Every night Valerie our supervisor came by our table to make sure we were happy.
I wound find it hard to describe the past 11 days are miserable. The entertainment in the Royal Court Theatre was on par with or just above other cruises.
As I read through these post I don't see entertainment excitment reports...and I ask exactly what is the evening entertainment? Is there a dance company, magic shows, comedians...something new each night? How about a night by night report by somebody that took their daily progam home. We know about the singer, the stars, lectures but need more.
The formal nites in the main dining room are black tie (tuxedos and gowns). There is one "Black & White" formal nite. We went with another couple. Both men wore White dinner jackets / tuxedos. We dressed for dinner EVERY evening, just because it was fun.