Cruise cost last time was $82 per person/per day. Add to that $53 per person/per day to cover everything else: gas for the drive down, parking for 7 days, kennel for 7 days and ALL onboard charges (bar, casino, arcade, tips, internet cafe, souvenirs, laundry, golf lessons, etc), we averaged around $145 per person for 7 days. Not bad, I'd say!
We usually book one shore excursion per cruise, but might up the number this time.
We are lucky that we can drive (easily) to 3 ports in Florida, Mobile or New Orleans. So far we have stuck with the Florida ports. We drive to my sister's house in Lakeland the day before and therefore don't have any hotel charges.
Would Mobile or Jacksonville be driving distance for you, Cheryl?
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