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Old September 4th, 2011, 09:16 PM
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So, you've booked your cruise and you are one happy cruiser. Years ago, that was that, you just waited for the day to come and sailed into the sunset. Happy as a clam.

Now, once booked, there still may be fiscal decisions to be made for many cruisers.

Your itinerary has a beach day at a private island, will you book a clam shell, or a cabana, or plunk yourself on a towel,and dig your tootsies into the soft sand?

On certain ships, sitting by the pool has options. Do you book an alcove? Ka~ching, if you say yes!

Those alternative dining rooms sure look tempting...will you decide, heck, we'll try one.

Want to see that"special entertainment"..it'll cost ya! So....

Do you do it old school, and, for you, none of those extras seem worth it, or, will you cave in, a little or a lot,and go for it?

What *extra* seems really over the top, in your mind, as far as being frivolous, and, what do you think is worthy of a little more sheckels?
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1. Shore tours have always been an added cost and a decision to make now vs. then.
2. Alternative dining onboard..... something we may or may not do, but those costs were just moved around a little for us i.e. eating at a nice restaurant in port at additional cost vs. substituting with alternative dining onboard.
3. Book an Alcove ??? Well, it is not a must have or must do for certain for us.
4. In reality, I do not see crusing that much different than in previous years, but the options are more available if you choose to participate and add that to your overall cost of cruising.

For me.... I guess I am old school and completely satisfied with just following the old school crusing lifestyle.
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Great question, Trip! We don't "do" beach or pool so we'd never pay extra for anything there.

We've seen quite a few shows, so we don't always go, but when we do, we sit in the back where we can leave if the show is "bad" (done more than I'd like !).

We do sometimes eat in the Steak House which costs extra $$$, but not very often. We find the food in the Main Dining Room, the Buffet, or even Room Service to be very good !

Generally, we're very easy to please and don't have complaints .
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Shore Excursions is an area where we will usually spend $
Princess had a special deck area - we chose to stick with the hoi poloi.
I can't imagine paying extra for "special entertainment".
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We too tend to spend our moola on shore excursions only.
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Honestly I was not thinking excursions at all when I posted this. To me that's really a given, going to new places, either on your own, or off ship.

I am referring to the relatively new onboard options, or like the cabana fees that are quite pricey,and paying for entertainment, which, was all free in the olden days
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on a private island beach day, just plunk down on a lounge chair, hail one of the servers for a nice fruity one, lay in the sun, go for a swim, explore the resort.
Pay extra for a "spot" by the pool, nope don't think so.
Alternative restaurants, maybe one night
Pay extra for "special" entertainment, not unless its to see a famous headlining singer or band
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