Cruising is tons of fun!
The only reason I have a job is to pay for cruising (and Christmas presents).
For us drinking isn't necessary for fun. We don't hang at the bars, on ship or in port. Guess we're too interested in seeing all the sites. We went to a Senor Frogs on the other side of Mexico to see it, the way you'd see any other tourist spot, but we didn't drink there. I don't trust the water in Mexico, so I don't trust the ice they put in drinks.
We drink wine with dinner, and for us that's about all the drinking we do. The couple we are traveling with "party hardy" and drink mixed drinks and such and do the night life thing. That's totally cool too.
We're all on vacation and we hope everyone has as much fun cruising as we do, regardless of their personal preferences.
WOO HOO less than 40 days! Yippee!
Inquire with hotels that offer a shuttle to the port to see how much it would costs to park your car in their lot while on the cruise instead of paying the port parking fee.
gbrad, thanks for the offer but if you want me to cruise with you, you have to give me a lot more notice, like 3 months, some of us aren't our own boss and have to request our vacation time in advance! :roll:
Christie, check your watch. I don't know what time it is there, but it's August here.
That surely meets the "3 months notice" , not ?
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Check your balance on your shipboard acct daily, so you won;t be shocked at the end!!!!
Inside cabin, you are not in your room much at all,, save the outside room or balconey for a time when you might have more money to spend.
what your bad tab, drinks can add up quickly
Also, now that I have cruised a few times, I spend my money on excursions and not in the stores in port.......after aawhile, all the stores seem to be the same, and you can only buy so much jewlery, ect....
Save your change, as some seople have already indicated, it does make a difference...I use that as my casino money..
The photos on board are hard to resist, but they do add up as expensive in the end, maybe just splurge on one, a formal night pix, perhaps.
The stores on board are always having some type of deal and trying to spend your money, remember the more you buy, the more you have to try to bring home, and that is no small feat anymore, with luggage restrictions
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unless I missed it, this is your first cruise correct ?
if so, this may sound strange, but don't be so focused on a budget that you miss out on doing activities that cost $$$$ ..you never know when you might be able to afford to go on a cruise again so focus on what you can get the most value for your $$$$$
for instance, do a spa treatment just plan on doing it when the ship is in port
the Conquest has a really nice supper club..do it, put the $$$ aside in advance by skipping a couple of fast food outings pre cruise (plus you can justify this sacrifice by saying you are trying to lose weight on your cruise)
it's ok to treat yourself to the specials on the drink of the day..purchase it at sunset while you are on deck next to the railing watching the sun go down..the view is priceless
purchase yourself at least one new outfit for the cruise ..that way when you wear it again at home, it will remind you of the cruise
give yourself a budget of $10 per night at the casino...once you lose it walk around and watch the other folks lose $100's of dollars
have fun just make sure everything is paid for at the end of the cruise before you get home..don't charge anything that you have to pay for later
Go get a massage / pedicure etc at a local spa before you cruise.
This helps your local businesses...and saves you a TON of cash
I have found myself spending 230.00 or more in the spa..on a PORT day.
For every person take a bottle of wine with you. This will save you money on the bar bill. even if they charge you 10.00 corkage fee on a 7.00 bottle of wine....it is cheaper than paying 30.00 for a 7.00 bottle of wine.
bring some water bottles with you, they allow some water to be brought on. Same with pop/soda cans. dont' drink the stuff in the room...very expensive.
drink the free stuff.....iced tea...lemonade....fruit punch... all go brilliantly with whatever liquour you happen to have stashed in your flask. no im not telling you to smuggle liquour on board.... however..I have done it.
Instead of expensive excursions go to the beach...or take a local tour...but plan your time wisely and keep your watch on ships time!!! ALWAYS.
I have heard of people bringing ziplock bags...and ordering sandwiches from room service to take ashore with them for the beach.
we have not done this...yet...but would definately do it, also the corn flakes make great fish food when snorkeling
DO NOT buy the ships photos....take your own pictures.
I am going on a cruise by myself, I do not drink, so that will save me money, and since I only drink Vernor's Ginger Ale, I am taking a 12 pack with me. I have already paid for my excursions, so what else should I worry about. I know right off the top, I have the $70.00 tip expense for the staff, but if I get poor service ( which by what everyones says probably won't happen) what do I do if I do get poor service, am I still required to pay that. Honest I do not mind even paying more than that if I get good service. So what other expenses do I need to look at.
if you dont agree that the amount of tip is adequate you can argue it at the end of the cruise with a good reason of course. if you like to gamble you will of course need money for that also souvenirs and any additional items you may want on board like spa.