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Old November 4th, 2013, 09:09 PM
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Curious - Manuel, what do you spend money on?



For us - family of four - two kids - we routinely spend under $200. A couple of bottles of wine, and a few odd drinks - a shop glass or souvenir from the ship's boutiques and that is it. DH has given up the soda package and we don't do excursions. We have a great time on our cruise.

Now, DH usually brings about $500 for gambling for the both of us. Sometimes we do really well in the casino, sometimes not. If DH has lost 300/500 he usually cuts himself off. If we had to - we could give up gambling - we've done it twice on Disney.


I would venture to guess that (gambling and tips aside) we've spent less than $100 on most of our cruises.
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Curious - Manuel, what do you spend money on?

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I have wine with dinner plus a couple of drinks during the evening. Sometimes a drink in the afternoon, plus a few dollars in the casino.
Also I usually tip more then the suggested amount.

My DW always gets a few photos and some gifts for friends and family members.

We do some ship's tours on occasion.

All in all it's not hard to spend some bucks on a cruise.

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I have wine with dinner plus a couple of drinks during the evening. Sometimes a drink in the afternoon, plus a few dollars in the casino.
Also I usually tip more then the suggested amount.

My DW always gets a few photos and some gifts for friends and family members.

We do some ship's tours on occasion.

All in all it's not hard to spend some bucks on a cruise.

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Not hard to spend $200 dollars at all. A couple of photos, a few drinks each per day, a few souvenirs and wallla, $200 is gone!
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I agree - the photos alone could eat up $200.00. We rarely buy photos and would certainly skip that on a budget.

My last 2/3 cruises were on Disney and I found their photo quality really poor. I was impressed with the photo quality on our Oasis cruise a few weeks ago. I was really tempted to buy some of the formal night photos of my kids. But for the cost of the pictures .... I could hire a freelance photographer and retain rights to the digital copies. which reminds me .... I need to book a photo shoot of my kids in their formal wear!
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If it meant a choice between cruising or not cruising, I could definitely do it!

Today's cruise ships have a ton of free entertainment and activities. No need to spend extra money if you don't want to. You can even dine in 4 or 5 different venues with no up charge. We did not book a single excursion on our last cruise. There were plenty of things to do on our own. Some cruises we have spent only $300 or $400 between the two of us. And that afforded us a few specialty dinners, some drinks to go along with the nightly entertainment and some time in the casino. On some cruises we have gone all out with suites, spa passes and pricey excursions. The great thing is that you can still have a good time spending very little extra.
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I don't drink or gamble. I have never spent more than $50 a day and that was on shore excursions
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Yes but $50 per day on a 7 day cruise is $350! Shore excursions can eat up alot of money, depending what you like to do!
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Not including tips, I think my wife and I combined have only spent over $200 on 1 out of 13 cruises (our 20th anniversary cruise I think we spent about $300 or so). I usually have 1 beer an evening and she has 1 glass of wine. That's about it. No pictures, no specialty restaurants, no spa or other premium services. We just go for the cruise, the regular food, and the ports and we love our cruising just the way it is. Cruise lines can try and nickel and dime us but we just say no thanks.
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Not including tips, I think my wife and I combined have only spent over $200 on 1 out of 13 cruises (our 20th anniversary cruise I think we spent about $300 or so). I usually have 1 beer an evening and she has 1 glass of wine. That's about it. No pictures, no specialty restaurants, no spa or other premium services. We just go for the cruise, the regular food, and the ports and we love our cruising just the way it is. Cruise lines can try and nickel and dime us but we just say no thanks.
Your experience highlights one of the great things about cruising, and that is it's affordability. The cruise lines make most of their profit in selling passengers extra things once onboard, so they are really not making much off cruisers like you who stick to all the free stuff and purchase little else.

For the luxury lines, you pay a big fare upfront and then get things included for "free" like drinks, and even excursions. For the mainstream lines, you pay a low fare and many things are free, but there are lots of things like drinks, excursions, specialty restaurants, pictures, etc that you can spend extra money on, and the cruise line profits. But, you could have a perfectly enjoyable cruise without them.

But I hate that "nickel and dime" phrase. The definition of nickel and dimeing, is to require an extra fee for something you can't avoid, like the "resort fees" which are tacked onto your hotel stay. You pay it whether you use any of the hotels amenities such as the pool or not. If the cruise ship charged you a $5 fee when boarding to set up your ship board account, that is nickel and dimeing.

But for a ship to offer a list of options available such as bars, specialty restaurants, spas etc. from which I can choose to purchase or not, is not nickel and dimeing to me. We love having these options available and know upfront the extra $$ we are going to spend in choosing the extras that will make it a great vacation for us.

Nothing wrong with the way you cruise. But if all cruisers did as you do, the cruise lines would eventually have no choice but to increase cruise fares. So you should thank the cruise lines for offering those "nickel and dime" options, and thank the rest of us who buy some of them to keep your cruise fare low.

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We use to bring $100 per day just to lose in the casino. We finally wised up and no longer enter the casinos unless it's for a slot pull with a roll call group. We are not missing them as they are way to smoky! Now we generally get by with around $100 per day for drinks, gratuities and one or two photos and an occasional specialty restaurant.
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Spend just $200?? Well, for the first time, we are going to try! We are going on our next cruise On the Cheap. Interior room for the first time, no drink cards, no excursions etc., just planning on (long needed) relaxing on the deck 24/7. Let's see if we can't spend money!!
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Your experience highlights one of the great things about cruising, and that is it's affordability. The cruise lines make most of their profit in selling passengers extra things once onboard, so they are really not making much off cruisers like you who stick to all the free stuff and purchase little else.

For the luxury lines, you pay a big fare upfront and then get things included for "free" like drinks, and even excursions. For the mainstream lines, you pay a low fare and many things are free, but there are lots of things like drinks, excursions, specialty restaurants, pictures, etc that you can spend extra money on, and the cruise line profits. But, you could have a perfectly enjoyable cruise without them.

But I hate that "nickel and dime" phrase. The definition of nickel and dimeing, is to require an extra fee for something you can't avoid, like the "resort fees" which are tacked onto your hotel stay. You pay it whether you use any of the hotels amenities such as the pool or not. If the cruise ship charged you a $5 fee when boarding to set up your ship board account, that is nickel and dimeing.

But for a ship to offer a list of options available such as bars, specialty restaurants, spas etc. from which I can choose to purchase or not, is not nickel and dimeing to me. We love having these options available and know upfront the extra $$ we are going to spend in choosing the extras that will make it a great vacation for us.

Nothing wrong with the way you cruise. But if all cruisers did as you do, the cruise lines would eventually have no choice but to increase cruise fares. So you should thank the cruise lines for offering those "nickel and dime" options, and thank the rest of us who buy some of them to keep your cruise fare low.

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I completely agree with your definition of "nickel and diming" and believe you are absolutely correct. I simply used the phrase that most people understand and identify with, whether it be right or wrong. It would be like trying to use the term "gay" to mean happy, people don't identify that term with happiness anymore, it's used to identify something else now.

As for the expectation to "thank you" for spending a lot on board to help keep MY cruise costs low, sorry, that's not going to happen. It doesn't matter to me what you spend on board just like what I spend on board shouldn't matter to anyone else and if it does, it wouldn't matter to me what they thought. I will cruise as long as it is a good value to me, not anyone else. If it get's to the point where it's not a good value (huge increases in cost), I stop cruising. Pretty much as simple as that. 75% of my vacation budget goes to land based vacations as it is and I have no problem with changing that to 100%. But as long as it's a good value, I'll continue cruising and I will continue to be as frugal with my money in the future as I have been in my past. And I have no one to thank for that except myself.
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