There does seem to be a decline in the numbers of men wearing tuxes. My last few trips I'd say about 50% were in tuxes. But, there's nothing wrong with wearing a suit and tie.
Lately we've started noticing people not even willing to go that far, and that's when I decided it was time to buck the trend, and went and bought a tux.
I think the couple of "dress up nights" add a nice ambience to the ship, and personally would be kind of dissappointed to see that disappear. Guess my tux purchase was my statement into which direction I'd like to see this go. Heck I don't even wear my Kuki-moose antlers on formal night anymore.... well, rarely<G>
I agree with Kuki....I love the formalityof dressing up. My hubby purchased a tux after our second cruise and looks fabulous in it - not that he didn't look just fine when he simply wore a nice suit on the formal nights.
We enjoy dressing up for the 2 formal nights on board, however, on our 12 night cruise in the Med., there were 3 formal nights - and we both didn't want to bother dressing up for the third night.....we did the alternative dining that night.
As Kuki mentioned, it's about 50/50 for tuxes. We, too, appreciate dressing for dinner - whether it's a nice suit and dress (or classy slacks and blouse) or tux and cocktail dress. I'd hate to see this tradition change.
I too hate to see the decline in "formal nights". We're actually in the process of getting the husband a tux. I think all the men in tux's really adds something special to the atmosphere of the whole night, wish more would go and splurge on the tux. You may be suprised as to the uses of a tux if you had one at home.
Our daughter is getting married next year, so for us, the purchase of a tux will already be a good investment.
Lets fact it too guys, you look so nice all dressed up in a tux!
harry,i just got off the enchantment last week,and there were many men in tuxes looking like dapper dans..nothing beats a well dressed couple entering the dining room or dancing across the dance floor..go for it,you willl look and feel like a million bucks......
Go for the Tux... men look soooo good dressed up... my husband wears on on the first and second formal nights but not always on the 3rd on longer cruises.... on the QE2 it was so great to see tuxes almost every night... just a little of civalization that is rapidly going away... as an aside met an old lady from NY ( Tuxedo Park) who explained that the cc there was the first place that (tuxes were seen) quite scandelous... everyone wore tails but a group of young rebels redesigned the suits ... and all wore them... fad caught on and tuxedos were born...
Sorry, but I just don't look forward to dressing up for dinner. I am a craftssperson by trade, so I don't have to dress up for work, incontrast to the "suit" crowd. In fact, I have never learned to tie a tie. I just don't feel comfortable in a suit or tux. But, if the wife wants, I will dress any way she wants. Left on my own, I'll dine in the alternate room on the formal night.
On board Majesty in June, there was only 1 man I saw dressed in tux - and WOW he really looked GREAT!!! To me, the choice depends on comfort! Of course, you can rent a tux on board & have it delivered to your room!
I was offered a Tux for the entire cruise at a cost of about $100. All I had to do was get fitted at a local tux place & they put the measurements on a card. Then I called the Royal Caribbean office number provided. This is the only way to go. Formal nights on a cruise ship are so cool that a tux makes them all the more special. You feel like James Bond or something! GET ONE!!