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Old December 21st, 2011, 12:13 PM
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We have always had the philosophy and advised clients to factor in at minimum, 50% of their actual cruise fare costs to cover onboard expenses, casino play, gratuities, shore tours, etc.....

Some reports have said they spent less and some more than the suggested amount.
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Last few cruises my bill at end of cruise has been ZERO. In fact, we have had to use the spa, boutique, and very expensive whisky just to use up shipboard credit.
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Last few cruises my bill at end of cruise has been ZERO. In fact, we have had to use the spa, boutique, and very expensive whisky just to use up shipboard credit.
Marc.. u forgot to mention you sailed on Regent (a luxury cruise line that is all inclusive), so your initial up front costs are not comparable to main stream. Though you are right to point out the all inclusive nature, that's quite a small segment of the cruise market.

However, even in that case, I bet you had other costs; transportation to from the pier for example. Plus any tips you may have given the staff, even though gratuities are included in your cruise fare. Plus tipping guides. Plus any shopping you may have done in ports of call. Those are all costs that do add to your total cost.

If you HAD too spend onboard credit just to use it up, then you also obviously made purchases you normally wouldn't have. Nice in one way; not so nice in another, as one way or another you do pay for the shipboard credits.
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Kuki, all good points. I did have to spend $365 per person for HSV - YUL and then FLL - HSV on last cruise. No tips onboard but I did tip about $10 per day for guides.

I agree about preference for cash to shipboard credit; we all have to adapt to the situation at hand.

I should have mentioned that these cruises were on Regent; I wish all would compare apples to apples before discounting luxury cruise lines as too expensive.
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