My husband and I leave for Nassau in a month and this is our first cruise. We know that there is one formal night. We understand that he'll need a tux, but every place outside of the cruise says they'll have to charge us 2 weeks for anything more than 3 nights. Can anyone let us know if there are rentals on the cruise ship? We're going on Monarch of the Seas. Also, how formal is the dress expected to be?
Yes they have rentals. If your interested call ahead and make sure they will have his size and the cost, I'm pretty sure you can reserve ahead of time. While some do wear a tux it is by no means the norm. Jacket and tie for men is fine, some don't even dress up that nice.
Yes, you can rent a tux onboard. However, if you get the complete package, it will cost you nearly $100. If your husband has a suit, bring that along, and he will be just fine. Royal Caribbean says the "suggested" dress is formal, but fewer and fewer men are wearing a tuxedo.
I personally wear a tux because:
* I have one.
* It doesn't weigh any more than a regular suit.
* It doesn't take up any more space in the luggage.
If I didn't already own one, would I buy/rent one for just one night? No.
Enjoy your cruise!:-D
Serenade of the Seas b2b January 2016
If you want to step up and get into the "formal spirit" , renting a tux and getting all "dolled up" go for it.
BUT.. as a first time cruiser, you should know, these days the "tradition" of men in tuxedos and ladies in fine gowns, has certainly seemed to be pushed more to the way side. Especially on the shorter cruises.
These days, on ships like the Monarch, seeing passengers in tuxedos is much more the exception, than it is the rule.
Your husband would feel just as comfortable (and dressed more like the majority) in a suit and tie, or even a sports jacket, slacks, shirt and tie.