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Darlene July 2nd, 2001 02:18 AM

How much spending money will we need to bring?
We are a family of 4 going on the Inspiration and this will be our first cruise. How much money should we bring? We are not drinkers, so that will not be a factor. Thanks!

libby July 2nd, 2001 01:19 PM

Re: How much spending money will we need to bring?
If you are not drinkers, you are right you will spend considerably less. Carnival does charge for soda pop on the ship.If you want to save even more money you could bring a case of soda pop on board the ship in your checked luggage. Have your room stuard make sure you always have ice and clean glasses on hand and drink your pop out of a glass with ice to keep it cold as Carnival does not have refrigerators in the rooms. If you want to buy any of the great photos the Carnival staff will be taking of your family (most of them are 8x10) they cost $19.99. Some of the photos are small (aprox. 4x6) and are about $6.00. Shore excursions are very expensive. Some are very worth the money, others are not. If you have a fax machiene you could call Carnival and have them fax you a list of all the shore excursions for your particular cruise. That way you will be prepared of how much that stuff will cost. As you probably already know casino games and spa treatments are extra. Then there are also any souveniers you may want to buy. Also the last evening is the time to give all the people who have made your vacation so wonderful their tips. The standard tip amounts are in the Carnival brochure. If you are uncomfortable bringing large amounts of cash on board, you can use credit cards for Almost everything. I would suggest bringing cash for tip night. Hope this helps. Happy sailing! Libby

JD3 July 2nd, 2001 03:52 PM

Re: How much spending money will we need to bring?
Carnival is basically a no cash cruise. Everything,including excursions has to be put on your sail & sign card so you will only need what cash you will need in the ports for souveniers, cabs, & tips, food on shore.We are a family of 4 & probably spent about $300 on shore.

shanden July 3rd, 2001 03:16 PM

Re: How much spending money will we need to bring?
If you take the tours they are around 25.00 a person ( not worth it). Family of four should take around 500 hundred dollars. If you plan to do any shopping. You really won't need any money on board. Pictures are very expensive. Try to take one family portrait, it only cost about 25.00. Take lots of film and batteries. If you drink a lot of water. The water is very nasty. So take a some bottle water in you carry on. Make sure you take some close to freshen up in your carry on. Sometime it takes awhile to get your luggage. If you like to party and don't want to miss nothing. Don't sit on the beds they are so comfortable, they will rock you right to sleep. Spa treatment cost around 70.00 to 80.00 dollars

Shannon :)

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