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Old May 16th, 2006, 12:58 PM
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Hey guys, only 4 days left till I leave for my cruise. I was wondering whether anyone had any advice on how much is a good amount of loot to bring. My excursions are already pre-booked, and I'm not a big souvenier shopper (figure ~$200.00 on souveniers total). That being said, I am a big drinker and plan on having a good time. Any suggestions?
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You didn't say how long of a cruise you where taking,or if you where flying, pre or post cruise stay. So, I figured somewhere in the neighborhood of $500.00 or so at the cheapest.

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dandle:
It depends on where you are going; USVI is a great place to buy booze & cigs as is Mexico & Caymans; your on board drinks will be charged to your sign & sail account (if you do not put your account on a credit card you will need to deposit cash with the purser- min. $250-350. you will be notified of acct balances or you can check yourself in cabin on the TV.
If automatic tip is charged to your account thats about $160+ per 2 people total. If you plan to tip in cash that's your call on the amounts to keep in safe or with purser.
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Sorry about that! I'm letting my excitement get ahead of me. Leaving out of Miami on the elation for 7 days (nassau, San Juan, St Thomas, Grand Turk)
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Heading out on my first cruise in July. I have used these boards to gather tons of info. From what I gather they say $100/day per person on avg for everything ie: tips,drink, excursions, souviners. I have had a few different friends just return from cruises and I asked them that question. It seems no matter how many went (2-5 people) they spent a grand on a 3-4day cruise. That was the consensus. again I havent cruised yet but that is what my research tells me. hope it helps. enjoy your cruise!
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My DH and I paid via credit card for things on the ship which added up to $700ish for our 7 day cruise. Only one excursion so if you take more excursions it adds up quickly. As for cash, we took $300 and picked up some more in St.Thomas at the ATM. About $500 all together in cash. We didn't buy many trinkets and things like that either.

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So is the general consensus that I would be okay with $1200 (leaving 700 on CC and bringing 500 in cash)? Bear in mind, we picked a lot of excursions, but they are already paid for. (we literally can't fit an extra one in, lol)
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With that many excursions, you won't have time to shop... kidding. You should be fine with that.
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You also didn't say if you planned on gambling!!
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You also didn't say if you planned on gambling!!
Good point. Maybe 1-200 max gambling.
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You also didn't say if you planned on gambling!!
Good point. Maybe 1-200 max gambling.
Why don't you just mail me the gambling money that way you won't have to bring it to just give it to the casino!
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Dandlewood wrote
Good point. Maybe 1-200 max gambling

I would say closer to $200 you won't get much gambling done with a dollar HA HA
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Good point. Maybe 1-200 max gambling

I would say closer to $200 you won't get much gambling done with a dollar HA HA
heh...hoisted on my own patard. $100-$200
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Dandlewood....if you're a big drinker, bring some liquor on board with you, it will save you some money and you'll have it in your room. People can be very creative when it comes to bringing alcohol on board.
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HEY ROSETATTO

WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO SHARE SOME OF THAT CREATIVITY?

DOES THE CREATIVITY WORK THRU CUSTOMS?

WE HAD HEARD OF VODKA IN A SPRITE BOTTLE BUT WE WERE NOT BRAVE ENOUGH TO TRY IT.

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Dandlewood,
The wife and I are sailing on the Valor for a 7-day cruise, to Nassua, St.Thomas, and St.Maarten.We're fling in to Miami on Saturday, and will board on Sunday.(21'st)
We've decided on $1200.00 . If we don't need it, we'll bring it home.
Don't forget to bring some small bills for tips.

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Bandrews.....some people pack liquor/wine bottles, carefully wrapped in bubble wrap, in their checked luggage, I would never do that for fear of breakage and ruining my clothes (or smelling like a vodka martini the entire trip, hey, that's not a bad thing). A friend and his wife each purchased one of those super sized bottles of mouthwash, emptied it, washed it out, filled it with rum, and put it in his carry-on luggage with no problem, of course, his rum & cokes had a slight hint of Scope. Another friend purchased those plastic bottles usually found around the cosmetic counters to be used for transferring shampoos, etc., from a larger container for traveling. She filled them up with rum, vodka, olives, etc., and put them in her carry-on. The cruise lines will let you bring a certain amount of water and soda onboard. If you read these message boards on a regular basis, you'll be familiar with Dave the Wave, he brings beer and lots of it, onboard. There is orange juice, fruit punch and lemonade available 24/7 on the Lido deck if you need a mixer. I'm sure you will get a lot of responses from very creative cruisers out there.
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P.S., the Sprite bottle is a good idea, just put it in your carry-on. Also, if you drink a clear alcohol, i.e., Vodka, white Rum, etc., empty a 2 liter bottle of water and fill it up with liquor. I'm sure the cruise lines know every trick in the book but look the other way unless you are trying to bring mass quantities of liquor aboard.
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Dandlewood,
The wife and I are sailing on the Valor for a 7-day cruise, to Nassua, St.Thomas, and St.Maarten.We're fling in to Miami on Saturday, and will board on Sunday.(21'st)
We've decided on $1200.00 . If we don't need it, we'll bring it home.
Don't forget to bring some small bills for tips.

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I'm a very big shopper and spend nothing these days .... there is no good shopping anywhere. Prices are lower on Ebay and the internet and the Euro has driven prices sky high. Alaska just has knick-nacks, Mexico and the Caribbean, t-shirts.

Alcohol will drive up your costs quite a bit, so plan for that.
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The wife and I are sailing on the Valor for a 7-day cruise, to Nassua, St.Thomas, and St.Maarten.We're fling in to Miami on Saturday, and will board on Sunday.(21'st)
We've decided on $1200.00 . If we don't need it, we'll bring it home.
Don't forget to bring some small bills for tips.

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Are you bringing 1200 apiece, or 1200 for the two of you?
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I'm a drinker and a gambler and my breakdown for a 7 night usually runs about $300 to give to the casino, $150-200 for pictures and on board souviner/jewelry purchases and about $400-500 for alcohol (this includes a bottle of wine at dinner each night). I usually run anywhere from $600-900 total for a 7 night cruise just for me.

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Hi All,

I am bringing my 2 teenagers. Believe it or not, they don't drink sodas, or alcohol. They drink mostly bottled water or some juices. My point is, is there a set amount for kids on their own cards? Can I just put credit on my sail & sign card? I realize these are also the room keys, but I don't want my teenagers roaming the ship with $300 on each of their cards, and it is not because they would spend carelessly (they understand how the sail & sign cards work so they would not abuse it), but in case it gets lost.

Any feedback or experiences with other parents bringing along older kids that will each have their own cards would be appreciated.
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Hi All,

I am bringing my 2 teenagers. Believe it or not, they don't drink sodas, or alcohol. They drink mostly bottled water or some juices. My point is, is there a set amount for kids on their own cards? Can I just put credit on my sail & sign card? I realize these are also the room keys, but I don't want my teenagers roaming the ship with $300 on each of their cards, and it is not because they would spend carelessly (they understand how the sail & sign cards work so they would not abuse it), but in case it gets lost.

Any feedback or experiences with other parents bringing along older kids that will each have their own cards would be appreciated.
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