We are trying to decide whether to purchase a tux for our cruise or just go the rental route. Anyone out there know the cost of a tux rental. Do you keep it all week or have to rent it each night needed? Would appreciate any info.
We rented a tux for my husband on the Grand in May of 1999, it was waiting in the cabin for him, it had two shirts so we could use it for both formal nites and it was approx $65. We arranged for the tux through our travel agent month before we sailed. It beats lugging another rental on board and taking a chance of losing parts you would have to replace.
Our Steward picked up the dirty tux after the last formal nite, so we got to use it all week.
I have rented a tux one time, on our first cruise with Norwegian. The price was about the same as noted by the previous post. I even had shoes added. I got the tux, accessories, shoes, two white shirts. The order form came with my cruise info about three weeks before the cruise. I just filled out the measurement info and faxed the form to the company. I understand that this option is not available for every itinerary. You may want to go to the "Practical Advice" section of this web site and ask one the Cruisemates staff where this option is available-they are normally very knowledgeable and helpful. The tux was waiting for me onboard (MIAMI, FLA) and I just had our cabin steward return it at the end of the cruise. As far as purchasing a tux, you will have to decide how often you will use it and decide if it will be cost efficient for you. On our three most recent cruises, I just took a dark suit and felt right at home with the tux wearers. Some of the ships are now going to optional formal dress with flexible dining times. From the postings I have read, appears one would still have the option of a formal dining experience with the same tablemates, if you so chose. We kind of like the formal dining option, but is a matter of personal choice. Have a great cruise.
I rented on our cruise just before Christmas. I got everything including shoes for $85. But when I tried it on they had given me a 42 instead of a 50, so I was without for formal nights. It was my fault for not trying it on immediately but I didn't figure they could screw up that much. I did get a refund though. When I got home I started looking on E-Bay and found a tux for $69, included cumber bun and tie, and a shirt for $15(included a tie). That was the same cost as the rental and I won't have to keep paying. The only thing left to get is shoes. Rental is easy and usually no problem, but now I prefer to take my own. Also we plan on cruising at least 2 times a year.
http://www.cruiselineformal.com/ This is the web site for a tux rental company. Rented one in January (Dawn Princess) and it was $90.00 Tux 2 shirts cumberbun studs tie and shoes was in the cabin waiting for me. Try it on as soon asyou get into the cabin . My father in law did this and the coat wa a bit small (he had been undermeasured) and he told the steward and got it replaced almost instantly. You have to do this early because they onlyh have a limited number aboard. the other 3 of us had no problems
Actually buying the tux does sound like a good investment if you do plan on more cruises, thats what we did for the husband, good idea. We were able to find a Gingus warehouse sale, where they sold both new and used ones, great bargain, so ask around about that as well, good luck and happy cruising.
Don't forget the other option. A white dinner jacket which blends in with the officers of the ship on a tropical cruise. You can even change appearance with a different cumberbund and bow tie each formal evening.
I agree that since you are planning more cruises, purchasing makes since. I wore a dark suit on our first few cruises. Then I rented on two cruises, which was very convenient and went smoothly. Then I purchased a nice quality used tux from a rental agency. The nice thing about this rental tux is that it has the "slider" adjustment on the waistband... very useful on the second formal night after a week of six meals a day. <grins>
My wife and I have had some beautiful photo portraits made on the ships. The tux really ads a nice touch... and besides, I get to play like James Bond in the casino.
I really hate to see the decline of the formal wear with all the new dining options.
There are shops that sell used tuxes from the rental shops for about the price of a rental. In most cases, they have been worn only a few times and are still in excellent conditions. Check your yellow pages for locations of such shops in your area.