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Sea Trekker May 2nd, 2006 12:57 PM

How many men wear a tux or the simple dark suit?
 
My dh has worn the tux a few times, he preferes to only pack the dark suit.
This New Year on the Century he will bring the tux. :)

LisaK May 2nd, 2006 01:20 PM

dh wears the dark suit - usually navy

Mike M May 2nd, 2006 01:27 PM

For 18 cruises I went with a tuxedo. On my last cruise I purchased a very nice dark suit. I considered all factors and because I had lost a considerable amount of weight and my old tuxedo no longer fit I went with the suit.

I may now well be over to the dark side, however I will probably go with a tuxedo for NYE. It is the most festive night of the year. If my weight loss has stopped I may just stay with one.

Take care,
Mike

nlb1050 May 2nd, 2006 02:15 PM

Hubby wears a dark suit. We aren't in a position for him to need a tux and as it is he hardly ever wears the suit. In 31 years of marraige this is only the 3rd suit he has bought and only did so because the last one didn't fit anymore.

Luanne Russo May 2nd, 2006 06:03 PM

We also do the dark suite. Looks very nice, and on ships out of Galveston, you don't see a lot of Tuxes.

Luanne

Rev22:17 May 2nd, 2006 09:30 PM

Sea Trekker,

My dh has worn the tux a few times, he preferes to only pack the dark suit.
This New Year on the Century he will bring the tux.


I wore a suit on my first few cruises, then decided to spring for a white dinner jacket outfit. I have since added accessories to give it more variety.

Norm.

Pootersdad May 3rd, 2006 06:57 AM

Suit or Tux?
 
I used to always wear a dark suit. About three cruises ago, I bought a tux, and that's what I wear now. After all, a tux is just a suit with a black thing around your waist and some rubber bands holding up your pants. :D

dina May 3rd, 2006 08:13 AM

My DH wears the dark suits.

mehawk May 3rd, 2006 09:03 AM

I prefer to wear the tux myself. I don't get the opportunity to wear it often so I take advantage of it. :D

LisaK May 3rd, 2006 09:24 AM

Michael you look very handsome in your tux

Beetlegator May 3rd, 2006 11:57 AM

Re: How many men wear a tux or the simple dark suit?
 
I bring BOTH a Tux and a Dark suit.

Anni May 29th, 2006 11:06 PM

Hubby has a wonderful double-breasted tux that he looks FABULOUS in - and that's what he wears. We've only cruised with Carnival, so he hasn't needed a suit as well, and I love him in his tux!

Cruz Crazy June 15th, 2006 10:31 PM

Hubby wears a dark suit. He's much more comfortable in it. But he does wear French cuffs with cufflinks.

CruisinK n J June 20th, 2006 08:35 PM

How Many Men Wear a Tux or a Simple Dark Suit?
 
My DH brings both even though he doesn't not own a tux (not enough need). But he plans to wear a tux for New Year's Eve, I know. He looks FABULOUS in a tux! :)

Judy

jnky June 30th, 2006 05:24 PM

Tux only...in fact, I take two different jackets...standard black and white dinner jacket as well. Formal means formal....:)

Rev22:17 July 1st, 2006 12:11 AM

Judy,

My DH brings both even though he doesn't not own a tux (not enough need). But he plans to wear a tux for New Year's Eve, I know. He looks FABULOUS in a tux!

It does not take many skipped rentals to pay back the price of a tuxedo or a dinner jacket outfit -- especially if you watch for deals on the latter.

>> 1. Most tuxedo rental shops have periodic sales of used outfits. They are renting outfits for weddings and such, where exact match of colors is critical, so they can't rent anything that might have faded even half a shade from routine cleaning, so they tend to sell outfits at serious discounts after only a few rentals. We, as individuals, do not have such constraints, so we can wear those outfits many more times. They usually will tell you when they will have such sales if you ask.

>> 2. Liquidators like Railroad Salvage and Building 19 often get brand new tuxedos and dinner jacket outfits from insurance auctions and manufacturers' overruns and sell them for a fraction of the normal retail price. Watch the circulars of the liquidators in your area for great deals.

In many cases, you can buy outfits on sale for less than the cost of two rentals. Of course, full price is usually cheaper than three rentals.

Norm.

momofmeg July 10th, 2006 11:32 AM

On the cruises I have been on -at the most- maybe 30% of the men wore tuxes-and this was on HAL-much less then that on Carnival and Royal Caribbean. In 11 cruises hubby has always worn a suit.

Next year we will do our first euoropean cruise-for this cruise my huibby will rent a tux as we have heard-europeans go for the tux more.

Desdemona01 July 14th, 2006 12:55 PM

We only cruise HAL and DH has a gorgeous suit that he wore for the first few cruises and then he decided to buy a tux. I must say he takes my breath away when I see him in it. (not that he's not dashing in the suit). This is after 30+ years of marriage, too! :D

BEACH DOUG August 7th, 2006 03:13 PM

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Rev22:17 August 7th, 2006 07:23 PM

momofmeg,

On the cruises I have been on -at the most- maybe 30% of the men wore tuxes-and this was on HAL-much less then that on Carnival and Royal Caribbean. In 11 cruises hubby has always worn a suit.

There's actually a very interesting dyanmic here. On lines that attract an older crowd, like Holland America Lines, you'll see a high percentage of men wearing dark business suits because most of the men own suits that they wore to work before they retired still fit. On lines that attract a younger crowd, you will see more tuxedos and dinner jackets because many businesses now have a "business casual" standard of dress even for professional staff. Those who don't own (or have occasions to wear) business suts tend to rent formalwear because it's considerably less expnesive to rent a tuxedo than to buy a reasonably good business suit.

Norm.

SharB August 9th, 2006 02:11 PM

Capt Ron opts for a dark navy suit and wears different shirts and ties, depending on the evening. His most formal look is with a white shirt and navy tie.

Shar

symond steve June 30th, 2008 05:25 AM

yes i agree Tux only...in fact, Its two different jackets.i wear tax on many occasion

Grandma June July 16th, 2008 09:29 AM

My hubby has always worn a dark suit. Part of your decision should be dependent on the cruise line. Carnival is one of the least expensive cruise lines and tuxedos are few and far between. Princess is a moderate price line, and no more than 25% of the men wear tuxes. the Wind Star line is pricier, but they have a dress code of "casual elegance" and don't have a formal night. We have never cruised on the high end, $12,000 per cruise lines, but suspect that tuxedos might be more popular on those.

Grandma June

Joeb1sd August 9th, 2008 08:48 AM

I don't have a suit so i wear Mess Dress

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flygrl September 16th, 2008 10:57 AM

From what I have seen for the past few years, you are lucky to find men wearing shirts with collars!!!! Heck woman don't really get dressed up anymore, and they change right after dinner and pictures. They would rather show their tatoos.........................

flygrl September 16th, 2008 11:01 AM

How many men wear a tux
 
From what I have seen for the past few years, you are lucky to find men wearing shirts with collars!!!! Heck woman don't really get dressed up anymore, and they change right after dinner and pictures. They would rather show their tatoos.........................

billbelt July 10th, 2009 09:12 AM

Tux or Dark Suit
 
Gave up the tux about 10 cruises ago and don't plan to go back. It's the dark suit from now on. Less packing, less weight, less storage.

vi reynolds July 15th, 2009 03:32 PM

On Carnival, as we speak, couldn't stay away from the computer for too long!!! DH wears both and is comfortable with ether. Now dad, he's a farmer from England, and suit works better for him. Personally, l fancy men in formal gear, even I bought a little one for my 6 month baby as a joke! but that's me!

I promise pics as soon as we're back in NY!

momofmeg July 22nd, 2009 06:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rev22:17
momofmeg,

On the cruises I have been on -at the most- maybe 30% of the men wore tuxes-and this was on HAL-much less then that on Carnival and Royal Caribbean. In 11 cruises hubby has always worn a suit.

There's actually a very interesting dyanmic here. On lines that attract an older crowd, like Holland America Lines, you'll see a high percentage of men wearing dark business suits because most of the men own suits that they wore to work before they retired still fit. On lines that attract a younger crowd, you will see more tuxedos and dinner jackets because many businesses now have a "business casual" standard of dress even for professional staff. Those who don't own (or have occasions to wear) business suts tend to rent formalwear because it's considerably less expnesive to rent a tuxedo than to buy a reasonably good business suit.

Norm.

I haven't not noticed this- it seems to me HAL and Celebrity have the most Tuxes, then Princess, with very few at all on RCI, Carnvial, NCL, and Disney. Now that is all the lines I have cruised.


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