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My husband used to always bring his tux on cruises. It is too big for him now and he doesn't want to buy another one.
I think it is nice that you want to dress formally in a tux. Guys look so handsome in them. I was really surprised that Celebrity made the big move to Evening Chic.
So wear your tux and enjoy the cruises. The nice thing about this is that there are cruises that cater to different styles. I do not, however, want to go to the MDR and see passengers in baseball caps, tees or athletic style shorts. I have seen all this on cruises.
We go to Patrick Air Force Base for many affairs throughout the year. There was always a very strict dress code there. In recent years, even they have lowered their standards. I guess that it is just the wave of the future. I sense you will go down kicking. I am all for your wish to dress formally.
Thanks for the encouragement. Actually its my wife who really likes the dress up stuff. I'm afraid if that goes away her enthusiasm for cruising will be finished. Arthritis and other health issues have changed our manner of cruising, no more expedition cruises with 18 hour volcano climbing ventures. I can still manage some strenuous stuff but to do that I have to take a shore excursion and leave her behind, after returning one time from an all day one I found out that the excursion she had been on had left her behind in the dregs of a strange city because she couldn't walk fast enough to keep up. From then on I book the same as she does.
So, a decade ago there was all kinds of things that made cruising special for us, now we are down to such as formal nights, sea days and specialty restaurants.
Your husband. Wow, I wish I had that problem, tux too big. Being Alaskans we don't have much opportunity to dress well very often, in the summers I'm in the mountains all the time at our property there, wearing climbing boots and chain saw protective pants.
Remember, Benjamin Guggenheim on the Titanic? When he found out the end was near he went back to his cabin and put on his tux. Those were the days when the aristocracy brought on board a couple of steamer trunks packed with clothes just for the North Atlantic crossing. Sometimes, during formal nights, I like to imagine I'm rubbing elbows with Pierpont Morgan and John Jacob Astor. Haw.