Does a cruise ship speaker need a tuxedo? | Many ships now have casual dining.

ByRick Deutsch

Does a cruise ship speaker need a tuxedo? | Many ships now have casual dining.

As you do your packing, you may ask yourself: “I’m a cruise ship speaker now; do I need to buy a tux to wear on the cruise?”  Yes and no.

A tux is optional for cruise ship speakers

A tux is optional for cruise ship speakers

First the yes. I bought a $900 outfit when I began this fun seven years ago. I wanted to have all the trappings of a real professional. Men’s Warehouse did me from bowtie to patent leather shoes. I looked “up town.” I was ready. At the formal Meet the Captain night, I was grooving. Looking real sharp. I got lots of points and many nice comments. Now that I have the tux, I’m ready for any weddings. I also goof around and wear it to parties. Boy do I get looks, but most females gush at the “James Bond” look.

Now the no. The darn thing weighs about 15 pounds with the shoes tossed into the suitcase. That makes it tough when you only get 50 pounds and you still have to pack in your other clothes and mandatory stuff. I soon learned that since I am dressing nice to speak – meaning a dark suit and tie, I could use the same outfit for the formal night. Easy Peezy.

A good read => Crystal Cruises

Add to this that many mid-range ships are pretty much going ALL casual without any formal night at all. As long as you have your speaking garb, you should be OK. The high end all-inclusive ships still have dress-up nights.

I’ve learned that many women do like to get all gussied up. Not my wife. She suggests that we use room service for our dinner on  formal nights. Fine by me, but I still want to make an appearance; the dark suit works fine.
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