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toletiquesbysam 03-22-2007 02:25 PM

Are tie's required for men during the evening meal, not talking about the formal nights just the regular nights?

LisaP 03-22-2007 04:01 PM

Jacket and tie are required on informal and formal nights, but not on casual nights. The number of nights designated as such should be indicated in your documents.

Which ship/itinerary are you planning?

toletiquesbysam 03-23-2007 01:52 PM

Transatlantic 4Jun/6nts on QM2
We'll skip the formal nights, since my DH does not go for tuxedos or suits on a vacation, we're more into the casual mode so I was hoping they would no skulk at him not having a tie for the other evening meals!

f-mattox 03-23-2007 08:17 PM

Pardon the intrusion here; I completely understand your desire to be in "casual mode"; it's a vacation, after all!
But to miss the opportunity to attend a formal night on one of the most elegant ships afloat seems such a shame. He couldn't slip on a dark suit and tie for one night?

LisaP 03-24-2007 05:01 AM

I would also encourage your husband to bring a dark suit and tie. A Cunard crossing is not like a cruise -- the dress code is intended for the entire evening on most of the ship, and nearly all passengers adhere to it. There are just two nights onboard for which a suit and tie are not required, and it would indeed be a shame to miss the beautiful dining room, show rooms, and almost everything else on board in the evening on the other four.

toletiquesbysam 03-26-2007 08:17 AM

We are going to be traveling the week before and hitting New York (2days), Paris (3days) and London (3days) so he is not wanting to pack alot and so I've mentioned sending a bag using Cunard's white glove service, but don't know if he is going for that. He just thinks we need to pack reasonable and we'll get by. We'll still enjoy our cruise, we have cruised before and have never done the formal nights, I just wanted to make sure the other evenings he would still be permitted without a tie!

LisaP 03-26-2007 04:23 PM

Thank you for the clarification. Yet, I need to state again that your Queen Mary 2 voyage is not a is a crossing on an ocean liner, and there is a big difference.

When you say you "have never done the formal nights," what exactly do you mean? I suspect that you did not go to the dining room, but did you also skip the evening shows, bars, casinos, and other public rooms? If that was the case, you'd be OK. But, if you wish to attend these on QM2, he will need the jacket and tie. He can even wear the same suit jacket all four nights (two formal, two informal), if he is concerned about packing. Otherwise, you will be missing out on a lot that the ship has to offer.

toletiquesbysam 03-27-2007 08:08 AM

On our previous cruises we have just gone to the buffets for dinner and then still took in the shows or whatnot in our casual dress and it was not uncomfortable at all for us. I will however speak to my DH about bringing along his suit coat and tie since it looks most evenings they will be needed. So we'll see what happens but I do appreciate your thoughts and hopefully we will have a wonderful crossing!!

toletiquesbysam 03-28-2007 01:27 PM

I've talked with my DH convinced him this is not our normal cruise and he will indeed need to pack a suit coat and tie, he reluctantly agreed! So now I was wondering if I've got him talked into that, I may be able to get him talked into a rental tux since this is a "once in a lifetime" voyage for us. Do you happen to know how pricey the rental tuxes are?
Thanks for all your help in this!

f-mattox 03-28-2007 02:15 PM

From everything I've read, around $100 should cover everything. There was some mention that for slightly more than that you could buy the tux.

Don't mean to meddle here, but if he's already agreed to the suit and tie, are you sure you should push for the tux? Especially since he's doing the suit reluctantly?

It's none of my business--just a thought. I'm a man and I can pretty much predict what my reaction would be.

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