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Old August 7th, 2010, 10:53 PM
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I assume that since the WTIC is well above 65/B the surcharge is SOP for most seasoned cruisers. Is it always 10/day or is there any pro-rating system?

Is tax included in the room quotes?
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Hi 7,
Not sure on the gas surcharge at this point. As for your cabin quote, some include them, while others don't. Does make for a difficult time when shopping for a cruise. You will have to ask to find out if it is included and if not, what they are...I just wish they would all include them, would make it a lot easier.
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Thanks Donna. I agree, it's difficult to go from $XXX.XX (blinking advertisment for lowest priced/lowest grade room - double occupancy) to Z(total vacation price).

So far I have
~$1000 Inside State Room (priced per person X2)
~ $140 Fuel Surcharge
~ $60 Tax
~ $300 Passports (although we may not need them)
~ $150 Tips
~ $80 Car Transportation to Ship
~ $60 Parking
~ $100 Hotel Room (if we get to port the evening before)
~ $50 Booze (very little, and I may take a bottle of wine; muffin no drink)
~ $300 Gambling (probably less than average)
~ $30 Soda card (for muffin)
~ $500 Excursions (total WAG on that one)
~ $50 Upgraded dinner one evening
~ $100 Souvenirs
~ $120 Spa Day (for muffin again)

Z = $3040.00 Do these numbers look "real world"?

A week with my beautiful wife of 10 years and a week without a 4 year old feral child = priceless.

We spent about $250/month on cigarettes. We just quit smoking a month ago. That should just about cover the expense of a backyard cruise every year or a really nice one every two years.
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Thanks Donna. I agree, it's difficult to go from $XXX.XX (blinking advertisment for lowest priced/lowest grade room - double occupancy) to Z(total vacation price).

So far I have
~$1000 Inside State Room (priced per person X2)
~ $140 Fuel Surcharge (Some lines currently don't charge)
~ $60 Tax
~ $300 Passports (although we may not need them)
~ $150 Tips
~ $80 Car Transportation to Ship
~ $60 Parking
~ $100 Hotel Room (if we get to port the evening before)
~ $50 Booze (very little, and I may take a bottle of wine; muffin no drink)
~ $300 Gambling (probably less than average)
~ $30 Soda card (for muffin)
~ $500 Excursions (total WAG on that one)
~ $50 Upgraded dinner one evening
~ $100 Souvenirs
~ $120 Spa Day (for muffin again)

Z = $3040.00 Do these numbers look "real world"?

A week with my beautiful wife of 10 years and a week without a 4 year old feral child = priceless.

We spent about $250/month on cigarettes. We just quit smoking a month ago. That should just about cover the expense of a backyard cruise every year or a really nice one every two years.
I think the most cruise lines don't charge the fuel surcharge . They say they have the option to do so if Crude is above $70 USD/barrel.
Most would be very hesitant to charge the surcharge.
I usually count on about $100 USD/day/ :razzerson for travel expenses for a cruise .
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Hi 7,
You list looks pretty complete. You may also want to include some travel insurance, since your total is not chunk change, just to cover some unexpected things, hopefully you will not need it, but its good to have when things happen that you have no control over. Just look around, check CSA travel protection, Travel Guard, etc...Small price to pay in the long run.

I'd also suggest going ahead and getting the passports. They come in very handy if for any reason you have to fly home from a port, you'd need a passport to get back into the USA from the Caribbean. Remember, they are good for 10 years, so its not that much if you look at it that way.

You all should have a wonderful trip!
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Thanks D

You are right, I forgot about Travel Insurance. I've never heard of "Chunk Change". Is that what chump change is converted to once one hits the buffett (International Cruise Currency)?
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At this time no major cruise line has reinstated the fuel surcharge.

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Thanks Mike. That's music to my ears.
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The first time fuel went high most lines did change the fuel surchage. After it dropped they have all left it at their discretion. As Mike mentioned none are currently charging it.
7 - I think you have done a pretty good job of counting the costs. And I like your definition of "chunk change"
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