(Closed) Extra money for cruise

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think we spent an extra $600 on our cruise and we only did 1 excursion! We did a lot of shopping for souvenirs etc while at the ports because we didnt do excursions, there wasn’t much else to do! We bought one soda card and then we each got 1-2 drinks per night. The cruise was a 7 day cruise.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Meals are included right?

I have never been on a cruise. BUT we plan to soon. I was wondering the same thing. We are planning on bringing 500 to spend (we are NOT big drinkers at all.) So this would be more towards just fun spending money. But I would love to see how much everyone else actually spent & if $500 is far to cheap.

Oh & figured I should add the $500 would be for a 4-5 day cruise.
 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Usually cruises make you put your credit card on file and then all of your drink charges are charged on your room card (gratuity is also usually included for everything on board).  If they do not have this, I would plan on about $20 per day for each of you per drinks (to be safe).  And then for each excursion plan on the cost of the excursion +$100 per person to make sure you have enough for tips, food, pictures they take, and in case you want to have a nice meal out.

Definitely check the cruise line’s credit card and gratuity policy.  Usually they will not want to deal with cash on board at all (except possibly in the casino if there is one).

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

We went on a Royal Caribbean cruise for our honeymoon and found it quite expensive onboard and for the excursions.  Excursions can range from $50-200 and the drinks were very expensive.  We were given a sea pass card which is the only form of payment onboard Royal Caribbean.  Think of it like a credit card (it actually is your credit card as the money comes off at the end of the cruise when you pay for drinks etc in full).  You can keep an eye on your spending with the television facilities in your room (you get a constant round up of your bill).  With excursions and drinks we spent an extra £1,500!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  Meals are included….which was a blessing.  The dining room for evening meals, breakfast ect are all included but some places on the cruise ship do cost money for food.  It’s a case of checking these out before you go.

 

I found http://www.cruise.co.uk a really helpful site with answers, reviews, videos etc.  It covers ALL cruise liners and all questions are answered.  This site was a livesaver for me!  You can put in the cruise ship you’re on and areas you want answered such as meals, excursions etc.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Carolyn72:  No, I didn’t get seasick, but it was a lot choppier than I expected. Then again, we talked with several people on the cruise who are serial cruisers and they said that our cruise was the choppiest/had the most motion of any cruise they had been on. It was a little rougher than I expected but not to the point of getting sick.

My only recommendation to you in bring a watch! We were counting on our cell phones which were all screwy because we were in the middle of the ocean. And for some reason the cabin didnt have alarm clocks with clock.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

We went for 5 days, 4 nights, and spent about $200 on our room credit. We drank but not to excess. We booked one excursion before we left at something like $60/person. We booked through RC. We also needed some spending money on the islands for snacks and stuff. We bought very few souveniers. 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

If you go on an unaffiliated excursion and something happens to delay you, the ship will leave. If it’s an RC-sponsored excursion, they’ll wait.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We cruised for our honeymoon. In total, we spent around $1300 ontop of our cruise fare. Booze and dinner at a specialty restaurant cost $700 for our 7 day cruise and we spent about $600 in port. We prepaid our gratuities which I included in our cruise fare but that was another $140 ($10 p/person, p/day).

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MrMonkey and I did a cruise with Carnival last year. It was a 4 day cruise and I think we spent around $1000 – and that was after we got irritated with the drink costs ($10 for a beer…WHAT) and snuck some alcohol on after our 1st port. Things are expensive on cruises, especially if you like to drink. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

@Carolyn72:  You can book excursions ahead of time if you want but we found it to be the same price onboard.  We just had a look at the excursions on our television everyday and booked from the privicy of our room.  The information about where you were going and how long each excursion was brilliant.  It wasn’t any more expensive at all and you can take your time to pick each one.  Costs range from really low to really high.

The formal dining package was worth it and to be honest the food and presentation was outstanding.  It was really like being on the Titanic and the service was impeccable.  I couldn’t fault the high class quality  of the food and you always left feeling really full….and like you had dined in the worlds most expensive place.

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