(Closed) Cheap cruises?

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  I haven’t taken a cruise yet, but we booked our 7 day cruise to Bermuda and paid for gratuity in advance.  It was about $1800.  We are going on Royal Carribean and staying in a room with a balcony.  FILs went last year and they told me they spent almost an extra $1000 (which seemed really high to me, so I have NO IDEA what they got into) on ship, but it really depends on how much you want to drink and such.  It’s completely up to you.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  I think it’s probably one of the best vacations you could probably take because everything is inclusive.  Where do you guys want to go?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We did a week long Carnival Mexican Riviera cruise (Cabo & Puerto Vallarta) and it was great! I think we paid $1600 for the both of us in the cheapest room (no windows, etc.) but in a good location. We only bought a few drinks throughout the trip (maybe 8 tops). We also didn’t do any tours/excursions at the ports– so just had to pay for lunch when we got off the boat. We pretty much kept it as cheap as we could get but still had a great time!

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  Sure does. =) There’s going to be places where you can go and buy food if you want (but that’s silly).  IE: There’s a Johnny Rockets on our ship, but neither of us will want to eat there.  I know some ships have pizza places, ice cream shops, etc.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

Carnival tends to be cheaper than other cruise lines….It depends what kind of room you get. A room without windows is the cheapest, one with windows is the next step up, a balcony is more expensive than that, and a suite is the most expensive. You may also be able to book one category and get an upgrade if you ask. Check out sites like cheapcaribbean.com for deals. Drinks and excursions are extra, so it also depends on what you choose to do.

I have been on several cruises. When I was with a girlfriend doing the cheapest option, we paid about 500 for a one week cruise and (dont remember exactly but guessing) maybe 300 each spending money, so 800 total.

When I went with my SO, we went on a one week cruise, had a balcony room (worth it if you could swing it). It was about 900 each, plus 400 or so for excursions/drinks/casino (again dont remember exactly but guessing).

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Fiance and I went on a 5 dayer last May.

Each ticket was $350 but with the taxes and gratuities it was more like $1,000 total.

We drove to the port…not really sure how much gas was but it was from IL to New Orleans. We also got a hotel the day before and the day after so another $200. And food for those days.

When we got to our ports of call we did not book the excursions. Just went to the free beaches, best way to do it. We spent money on food & drinks while at the ports. 

We also played bingo and I got a massage. 

I would say total was $2500

ETA: I have been on four cruises and they are awesome!!!!
 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  We actually only got off the boat 1 day in Cabo. We were supposed to go to Mazatlan but for some reason didn’t and spent 2 days in Cabo instead. We got off the boat the first day in Cabo and just relaxed on the beach & went swimming. Because we wanted to save money, we didn’t get off in Cabo the 2nd day or in Puerto Vallarta. We were more than happy to stay on the ship as it was wayyyy emptier and we were able to get great loungers by the pool, etc.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oh we also spent some money on bingo & the casino (mainly my FI)

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