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My wife and I will be cruising in less than 2 weeks on the Carnival Inspiration which is a 5 day cruise out of Tampa. We were thinking a $1000 should be enough for our excursions, shopping, drinks, light gambling, tips, and parking. We thought a budget would be smart but still want to have a great time. Its my second cruise and my wife's first. My cruise was a long time ago and was only a 3 day tease!

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I typically spend about $400 on a cruise inc drinks, shore excursions, parking, tips, photos, gambling souveneirsand other misc. charges. so for two i think $1,000 is reasaonable. You might want to get travelers checks as I would hate to lose $1,000.

Also you might want to use a credit card to set up your sail & sign onboard account.
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Everything on board, except the casino, is charged to your on board account. So, unless you are going to set that up with a cash deposit, you will be doing it with a credit card, so all shore excursions, drinks, tips, on board shopping, spa, etc. will be charged. We usually spend less than $1,000 on a 7 day, but we are not drinkers. And, taking a lot of cash into ports can be risky.
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My wife and I will be cruising in less than 2 weeks on the Carnival Inspiration which is a 5 day cruise out of Tampa. We were thinking a $1000 should be enough for our excursions, shopping, drinks, light gambling, tips, and parking. We thought a budget would be smart but still want to have a great time. Its my second cruise and my wife's first. My cruise was a long time ago and was only a 3 day tease!

What do you guys think?
First- Congrats on your upcoming cruise. I know your getting excited.
The wife and I usually carry around $1000.00 - $1200.00 for a 7-day. So, I think you'll be fine. I would put your S & S account on a credit card to cover that. On the last day, you can go down and pay cash, and settle your account and all is good.
If by chance you have a really good time, and you blow your budget out of the water. You got your CC to pay for your onboard account.

The Inspiration is a great ship. You'll have a good time. We had a wonderful cruise when we sailed on her. Great shows, wonderful service, great food, and the greatest atmosphere I've ever seen on a cruiseship.

Happy Sailing to all ;
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I put almost everything on my Sail & Sign. I brought cash for bingo, tips, shopping at ports. The rest went on the credit card. I still think the pics at $20+ a pop are ridiculous. I spent over $300.00 for pics. We were on a group cruise, and what can I say....

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You can also use your debit card to back it up with instead of having cash on hand
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You can also use your debit card to back it up with instead of having cash on hand
The problem with using a debit card is that the ship puts a hold on your checking account until the charges go through, in the amount they think you'll spend typically around $200 - $250 and they keep increasing the hold as you spend more. So that means that you had better have enough $$ in that account to cover both your sail & sign account and anything else that might come up like checks you wrote before you left, automatic payments, etc. or you might run dry. I prefer to use a credit card and pay off the bill as soon as I get home and it appears. Of course this assumes you pay your CC's in full it month. At least with a CC if the hold uses up your credit line it stops you'll have a big bill but at least your checks will not bounce.
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My husband is not crazy about us using our debit card so what we thought we would do is when we board the boat is open the sail & sign account with $1,000 in cash (there is 4 in our family) We booked through AAA and bought a package with our tips included. We can always add money to that account and if we do not use it all they will give it back to us the last day in the form of a check. We like to carry a little cash ($500.00) We also wanted about $1,000 in travlers checks. We know that we will not need all that money but this is our first cruise and I want to be pampered.
Is this a good idea or not? Is $500.00 to much cash to carry? Can I use Travlers checks anywhere?
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I brought $2400 on my Conquest cruise and came home with only $168. I charged close to $1100 on my sail and sign--most of it excursions and dropped a good $300 at the spa. I graciously donated $700ish to the casino, but I did it with a smile (because I was on a luxurious floating hotel in the tropics!!!).
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Wow! Thanks for all the great advice! Sounds like we should go half and half. Half using the Sail and Sign Card using the CC and just bring $500 cash with us for shopping, gambling ect. We will just pay off the CC when we get back. We use the CC for vacations anyhoo. Thanks again! All of you in the forums are just wonderful!
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Leaving on 4-26 we have $400.00 in fun ship dollars down for our sign & sail pre paid, $220.00 in drink coupons, $30.00 in photo coupons, excursion in St Thomas prepaid and we each take 100.00 cash per each day for the 7 day cruise. I hate bills so I pre pay as I go along each month so we don't end up with credit card or debit card bill at the end of the cruise. Tips are pre paid and extra tips are in envelopes already so we are all set to go.
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Ro- Congrats on your upcoming cruise. Sounds like you got it all together. I'm doing the funship dollars myself this year.

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Thanks David. Those funship dollar sure do take the edge off of owing a big bill at the end of the cruise.
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Do any of you know what the rules are to cash traveler's cheques on the ship? I read that you can cash them with no penalty at the desk but is there a limit on how much? We usually put everything on credit cards also but this time we have to pay for excursions we booked on our own with cash and that would be a way to carry cash but not really cash.
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I use a credit card for the S&S and for the onshore stuff, I will use the same. I will carry a little bit of cash, about 300 - 400 total. But I don't carry it all when I go ashore.
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mehawk do you trust the cabin safes to place your cash in when you go ashore? How much cash do you take on shore with you to spend? You always have so much cruising knowledge to pass on to us and I appreciate it.
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Leaving on 4-26 we have $400.00 in fun ship dollars down for our sign & sail pre paid, $220.00 in drink coupons, $30.00 in photo coupons
What is the advantage of buying the drink coupons ahead of time? I am hearing more and more about these. But I did notice the price of the coupons vs. the price of the drink you can purchase, and I see the possibility of losing money. Please share What are photo coupons?

We usually throw everything on our sign and sail card but take all travels cheques with us for casino and at ports. The only "cash" I usually go with limited and I just exchange what I need in travels cheques as I need them. Don't forget your dollar bills for tipping the porters, room service, etc.
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mehawk do you trust the cabin safes to place your cash in when you go ashore? How much cash do you take on shore with you to spend? You always have so much cruising knowledge to pass on to us and I appreciate it.
You make me blush

I am just an old follgy who likes to cruise. I do research before I leave, and research some more. I don't like surprises.

The cabin safes... yes, they are quite "safe" Can they be opened? Yes, they can. But it is the staff that does it. So, if something is missing, you... and they, know where to look fast. And they are captives so they aren't going anywhere. Your cabin stewart is the one who can open it. I am like you are.... very leery and cautious, but after the experiences I have incurred, yes, I happily place any and all of my precious pieces into the safes with complete and utter confidence.
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Thank you mehawk I feel better about using the safe now.
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Noles the only advantage to purchasing the drink coupons ahead of time is that you know most of your liquor bill is paid before you go. I like my on board credit, my drinks & my photo's paid in full before I cruise. I have never gotten any balance left to pay put on my credit card at the end of the cruise and never have anything to pay at all because of doing it this way. You do not get any discounts its just paid before you cruise and worryfree I call it. Its also just called peace of mind for me. I have this thing about not owing money for things I do & buy so budgeting for the cruise and paying it off alittle at a time with each paycheck and purchasing all the coupons and sea dollars work for me.
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Noles the only advantage to purchasing the drink coupons ahead of time is that you know most of your liquor bill is paid before you go. I like my on board credit, my drinks & my photo's paid in full before I cruise. I have never gotten any balance left to pay put on my credit card at the end of the cruise and never have anything to pay at all because of doing it this way. You do not get any discounts its just paid before you cruise and worryfree I call it. Its also just called peace of mind for me. I have this thing about not owing money for things I do & buy so budgeting for the cruise and paying it off alittle at a time with each paycheck and purchasing all the coupons and sea dollars work for me.
Ro - thanks for that bit of advice. I, too, like things to be paid for up front and worry free. It is a great idea.
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I believe you can use credit cards and travellers checks in most of the ports Carnival goes to, and as for cash, what I did on Sensation in 2007 and will do on Valor in 2009 is keep enough cash for excursion tips and cheap souvenirs - $25 per day (per person) should be sufficient. I put that into separate small envelopes and write ion the envelope what that amoutn is for (i.e. Tuesday - Freeport, Thursday - Nassau, etc.).

So when I am in a port, I bring that port's envelope with me and one credit card. I use the credit card for everything possible, but the cash is for things thare are cash only (tips, fast food snacks, etc.).

I think I brought $300 on a 4-night cruise to the Bahamas and ended up bringing about $100 of that home. We didn't see any souvenirs in the ports, but got two Sensation t-shirts and 2 Sensation coffee mugs on the ship, which of course went on the sail & sign. I brought 25 singles, 15 5's and 10 ten's, as well as one fifty to give the cabin steward on the last day.

For my solo 7-day cruise to Nassau, St Thomas and St Maarten in 2009, there are three ports, so I'll bring $25 cash for each travel day plus $25 cash for each port day. No need for cash on for the "at sea" days. 2 travel days plus 3 port days equals 5, so that's $125 PLUS $50 for the room steward for a total of $175. I'll bring 25 singles, 25 fives, and 1 fifty.
I'll have two credit cards with me with plenty of available credit. - One for the sail & sign and one for port stuff, misc. travel expenses.

The cash stays in the safe, and I didn't haver a problem with my safe at all. I trusted what I'd read on this board, that you don't ahve to worry about anything you put in the room safe. I kept our travel docs, passports, my set of keys, even my son's psp in there whe he didn't hae it with him. I used an old expired Toys R Us gift card to secure the safe and will probably bring it again next trip.
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