Tuxedos in the city of the Tzars
Trip Start Jun 05, 2009
63Trip End Aug 21, 2009
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Tuxedos in Saint Petersburg
I didn't find a Tuxedo that I liked in my home town, just a bunch of polyester one-size-fits all shops. Although each shop offered to order a tuxedo for me, I didn't want to buy a tux from a picture. In Saint Petersburg, we found a nice shop where I found a very stylish tux, completely different than what I had seen in the US. It had to be fitted, which I thought would take all afternoon
I wasn’t too thrilled about getting a Tuxedo. I have worn one before, but nothing this nice. In the tradition of evenings at sea, we would have many formal events while guests were aboard.
Although we are living aboard a luxury yacht, neither my father nor I are very formal people. He got his money the hard way, by working for it, so living in a formal world of stewardesses, and formal meals didn’t really appeal to either of us. So to solve this problem, Stee, short for Steven, had organized a system where the yacht crew had three different formality protocols that the yacht operated under. Casual is for days when no guests are aboard, or guests that are not use to the formality of life aboard a luxury yacht. On these days, the crew could wear tee-shirts and shorts all day, the crew addresses all guests by their first name, fresh flowers were not required, meals are more simple and often served family style and dinner isn’t preceded with a cocktail hour. For Semi-Formal days, the crew wears their regular uniform, dinners have multiple courses and the food is plated in the kitchen, like at a restaurant