Aside from the cost of the tickets, taxes, gambeling and tipping...what else do we have to pay for? I have read about port charges, are they seperate from the ticket to go on the cruise? or are they normally included in the price that your agent gives to you?
Also, what about the soda cards, we normally don't drink more than two per day...other than that we drink juice or water...are the cards worth the money?
Just trying to see how much money we would probably spend on a 7 day cruise ... just a "guesstimate".
unless otherwise stated in your cruise contract, port charges are included in your cruise fare.
On average a soda on board costs around $2. The soda cards run around $25.00 average- do the math and see if it works for you.
other charges to think about: Photographs- run about $7 for a 4x6, spa/salon services- expect to pay about double what you do at home.
Liquor - fiqure on paying for a drink what you would pay at home at a nice restaurant or bar.
Some fitness classess charge a fee, internet charges.
We figure on spending around $100 per person per day to cover everything(shore excursions, taxi, tipping,drinks etc)
We managed to spend $500 on our ship account with some liquor and other goodies and pictures. Oddly enough, we didn't spend much in the ports. A quick lunch and a souvenier was it. Most of our money was spent on hotels, rental car, food and tours before the cruise!
I like to plan money too, so I made a list of everyday and every excusion(including the cruise, flight, ship tours etc). Always plan more than you think you'll need. I will plan $30 per meal for each port, (for two of us) then add $100 for souveniers. In one port, we didn't spend anything! We also allowed for $500 gambling but only spent about $40. It all depends on how you spend.
If you're on a tight budget (like we were last year), consider giving yourself an allowance at each port. Don't forget to keep some money aside for emergencies!
I plan $100/pp per day for everything - Tips, shore excursions, liquor, souvenirs, etc. We usually spend less and end up coming home with money.
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Carnival Destiny 10/07
Carnival Destiny 9/06
Monarch of the Seas 3/06
Carnival Inspiration 8/05
Carnival Miracle 4/05
Carnival Inspiration 4/04
Sovereign of the Seas 4/03
Your port charges are already figured in with the cost of booking your cruise, so thats nothing "extra" much you gamble, shop, etc. You can also check your onboard account during the cruise, to see where you are at. On Royal Caribbeathat you have to pay for. If you figure appx. $100 per day, you should have some left over. A lot will depend on what shore excursions you do, hown and Carnival, you can simply check that on your TV in the cabin.
On our 12 day cruise, the soda cards were $66, or $5.50 a day, which would make them $38.50 for a 7 day. I don't know the price of the sodas a la carte, so if you can find that out and then figure what you would drink a day, you can determine if it would be a good deal. Keep in mind you are only getting the fountain sodas, not in a can or bottle, so if you want one of those, it won't go towards the soda card.
that's why I carry the American Express green card on all my cruises...it helps me budget my money very well because I know I have to pay it off at the end of the month (VBG)
what ever you plan..budget about $250 "emergency money (in cash or traveler's checks) because there is aways something that comes up that you can't plan for, and if you don't need it, when you get home put it down on a deposit on your next cruise
For the last 3 cruises, we have consistently spent in the neighborhood of $50 per person, per day. That INCLUDES tipping (except room service and porters), shore excursions, all onboard purchases (including casino, arcade, photos, bar tab, souvenirs from onboard, liquor to bring home, internet cafe, etc.).
That does not include money spent in port for trinkets, cab rides, tipping or food.
What I like about cruising is that when I step onboard, the main part is already paid! I budget for a bit more than $50 per day, but don't usually spend it!
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RCI Sovereign of the Seas Sept 06
Carnival Miracle Sept 05
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Carnival Fantasy Jan 04
The budget will be different for everybody based on your spending habits. A good rule of thumb is $100 per day extra. Here's a list of what to think about:
1. Tips. Budget $10 a day per person. (2 people on a 7 day cruise = $140 extra). You will also need cash for the driver who took you from the AP to the pier; the stevedore who took your luggage ($1-2 per bag); the tour guides; anybody who goes above & beyond on your trip.
2. Excursions. Will you take a taxi to the beach (~ $20) or some $100 pp extravaganza?
3. Liquor. Budget at least $5 + 18% tip for each mixed drink. Cosmos, martinis, top shelf etc. can set you back $10-15 per drink. Soda cards are about $40 for the week & cannot be shared. You can bring your own soda & bottled water aboard. A bottle of wine with dinner is going to be a minimum of $25 but they will re-cork it for you & you can drink it the next night too.
4. Gambling. How much can you afford to lose? Remember, the tables will probably have a $5 minimum & bingo cards are $25.
5. Souveniers & shopping. What do you have to bring home for people? Do you want to buy jewelry or liquor on the islands? Do you want the pictures they will snap of you on the ship ~ $10 each?
6. On board extras. Will you eat at a specialty restaurant? Did you forget something & will you be required to pat $5 for toothpaste? Spa treatments probably start at $80 per person.
You have the ability to spend as much or as little as you wish. Enjoy.
You can spend zero other then the tips, if you don't buy any alcoholic drinks, photographs, tours, any souvinerss on board ship, no upscale restaurants, no gambeling, no sodas. In other words have a pretty boring cruise. My wife and I just recently went on a 10 day cruise. We averaged about $100.00 per day between the two of us, not counting the tips.
Steve & Donalee
HAL Zaandam 10/07