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Cruise January 20th, 2003 03:16 PM

Spending Money
I was wondering approx. how much a person should plan to spend on the cruise. An approximate range would be appreciated. Thanks!

Jim Bragg January 20th, 2003 04:32 PM

Re: Spending Money
Much depends on how much you drink, how many tours you plan on, if you gamble, or buy many trinkets. Figure $10pp per day for tips at least. Also drinks are in the range of $6 avg and beer $3.75. Tours cost anywhere from $35-$100+ per person depending what is done. My wife and I do not gamble and drink very little but spend on avg $100 per day plus tips.

Thomas January 20th, 2003 04:34 PM

Re: Spending Money
That's a tough question because you can spend a bunch or basically nothing at all. It depends on what your intentions are.

If you want pictures by the onboard photographers you'll spend around $10 per picture.
Drinks run around $4.50 to $5.50 for mixed drinks and $6.50 for specialty drinks. Beer is $3.75 each.
Shore excursions run $25 to $100 and higher for some.
Souveniers can vary all over the place.
Slot machines are 5 cents to a dollar. Minimum on table games are $5.00.
Some ships have specialty restaurants that charge around $25 per person.
Tips are $10 per day per person for cabin steward, waiter, ass't. waiter. Fifteen percent on all bar purchases. A dollar or two per bag for the porters.
Massages run aroung $90 for a standard massage. Extra for the oils and such they sell.
Tips are expected for room service.
Tux rentals around $75.
In ports you can buy nick nacks. And drinks and/or lunch or snacks.

If you want to really splurge and do all the things available and drink whatever you want it can get expensive. But I know an elderly couple from Orlando who cruise about once a month on the Fantasy out of Port Canaveral who get last minute fares and spend nothing at all who cruise for around $250 each for a 4-day trip to the Bahamas.


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