(Closed) How much did you spend on a cruise??

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 4
7556 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’ve never been on a cruise but I can move this for you Laughing

Post # 5
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We are taking a cruise for our honeymoon and we spent about $1600 total for interior rooms for a 10 night cruise and an additional $750 total on shore excursions we’ve pre-signed up for. If you are soda/juice/coffee drinkers they have beverage packages to consider as well. They have alcoholic ones too but honestly unless you want to drink a lot its cheaper to pay per drink on board. If your are looking for budget friendly Carnival is the cheapest. Royal Carribean is family friendly but a little more classy than Carnival (and in my opinion they have a lot more to do on board). Celebrity is very fancy and awesome but only if thats what your going for. I would suggest a family interior room to save money so you can include more for shore excursions because you wont spend much time in the room anyway. Also look through travel websites for better deals that may have perks like free stuff for on the cruise. Most cruises have daycare on board (for free usually called a kids club) that includes fun acitivutes and their own special events which will give you and the hubs some alone time so I would find some cruises you like and then check out what that ship has in that way.

Post # 6
9951 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

For Mr TTR & I our Cruise Budget typically allows for the following:

  • The Cruise Fare Per Person PLUS Taxes & Fees as advertised / paid for
  • A Hotel Stay Before the Cruise
  • A Hotel Stay After the Cruise
  • Meals for those 2 Days
  • Transportation to & from the Cruise Terminal (back to our Hotel)
  • Gratuities for the Cruise (a per person charge per day that is applied to your Cabin Category).  Sometimes paid upfront in advance with your Booking, sometimes due on your On-Board Account.
  • A Beverage Package for both of us
  • One or Two Nights Dinner in one of the onboard Special Restaurants
  • One Drycleaning / Pressing Charge (used by Mr TTR)
  • Excursions for each Port of Call (sometimes thru the ship, sometimes done independently… depends on the locale)
  • A small amount of “fun money” for gambling in the Ship’s Casino (no more than $ 10 to $ 20 per night usually… we aren’t really gamblers, but the Casino tends to be a draw late at night after the Theatre / Comedy Club Show… as usually they are all in the same area of the ship)
  • One treatment at the Ship Spa (used by me)
  • One or Two Wine or Food Workshops (for both of us… usually done Sea Days)
  • Souvenir Photos from the Ship
  • Souvenirs from the Ship (like a Tshirt for each of us)
  • Souvenirs from the Islands (again usually something small like a TShirt etc)

Add it all up… and when it comes to a Cruise for 2 People, we typically have spent what we call the fare for the “Mystery Person” (ie Cruise was $ 1000 a person, then we’ve racked up another $ 1000 in misc items)

On Ships where there are No Beverage Packages, or we have not a significant amount of “Loyalty Points” accumulated… then we’ll be even more out of pocket (the perks of being Returning Customers are beneficial with discounts offered).

Add in any flights for us coming in from Canada…

And a Cruise isn’t a cheap Holiday… BUT it is a great vacation that offers good value for the dollars spent (on a per person per day basis based on basic cruise items… such as Food, Accommodations, Entertainment, etc)

Hope this helps,

PS… It is hard to give you a ballpark number for your particular cruise, as every Line, Ship & Itinerary / Dates is going to be different.  You might want to check the Ship’s Website for costing on things you’d be interested in, and build your Budget from there.


Post # 7
3057 posts
Sugar bee

@Ninteenthchance:  My last cruise I spent $640 for a 9 day cruise. I am not a huge drinker, but still spent a good $250 on-board for drinks and maybe another $100 or so for gambling.

I would suggest getting a soft-drink plan for the kids. It is a set price at the start of the cruise (maybe $30? a person) so all their soda is free.

Post # 8
1186 posts
Bumble bee

@Ninteenthchance:  I am spending $800/person for my boyfriend and I to go to the South Caribbean in November, balcony room. Our pre-cruise room is $200 for the night. 7 nights, 8 days with Celebrity. Flights are cheap- $350/person, and I’m not sure how much we’re going to spend on excursions yet.

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