As I said before, I am only starting to plan a cruise for December 2002 (New year's eve).
This time my question is how much money I should expect to spend on a 7 days cruise. I like Catamaran, Beach, Fiesta boat party and other tours of this kind. I am not a souvenirs collector. I want to have a few drinks daily (from soft drinks and fruit juices to alcoholic cocktails) and wine at dinner.
I was hoping that 1,500.00$ Canadian would be enough (tips included). What do you think? How much do you usually spend on a 7 days cruise? Are there any other expenses I did not think about?
I think $100 US per day is a pretty good rule of thumb, unless you like to gamble ... in that case, you're on your own!!
Drinks are about $4-5 US each and wine probably $6-8 US per glass in the dining rooms. Of course, you realize that all costs will be charged to your room that has been previously guaranteed with a credit card ... the ships are all cashless now.
Just remember, you'll only need the cash for the tips, any gifts you purchase and of course the casino on board. Everything else goes on your sign and sail card, so you really don't need all that much cash. Many of the islands also accept credit cards for purchases. A good idea is to figure out all the tips before you leave and just set aside that money and you will be set when its time for tip nights. Some cruiselines have automatic tipping also, where if you need to, you can adjust.
So, what ship are you cruising on next year? We're doing a New Years cruise this year on Golden Princess and can't wait, will let you know how it is.
I really don't know right now what ship I will choose. I really want to take my time before I choose because I expect this vacation to cost quite a lot so I want to be sure I make the right choice for me.
If I choose based only on itinary my choice would be:
3) Mercury or Horizon
Now, since I am also looking for some special features such as Jazz and classical music, Martini bar and wine tasting bar, etc.it might change everything.
Also, I've wanted to go on a Celebrity cruise for many years because I heard that the food is really good (that's important to me), but, I am wondering if RCI would not be a better choice for me since I am travelling solo. I will be 37 years old when cruising. What is the average age on a Celebrity cruise? Do I have a chance to meet other singles (please note that it is not that important to me but it would be nice)? Are my chances better on a RCI cruise? How is the food on RCI compare to celebrity?
Thank you so much for your precious advice and please do let me know about your New Year's cruise when you get back. Have a great vacation :-)
Hi Nathalie, my son will be 37 by that time and I who loves Celebrity, could not recommend them for him unless he was traveling with a group. There seems to be more 'singles' activities on RCI. He has sailed with us on Princess (with a mixed group) and alone on Carnival. Celebrity is my #1 choice of cruise line but for couples. Even on Princess their singles activities were not well attended. If my Canadian dollar conversion is correct $1500 CND equals about $3000 US? This is way too much money unless you are including the cruise & air costs. New Years will cost more and there will be more families traveling no matter what ship you choose. I usually set aside $150 US for tips for us (2 people), bring $200-$500 cash/travelers checks depending on where we are going for taxi's, private tours, small purchases including $50-100 in $1 bills for miscellaneous tips on land. The rest is put on the credit card and we usually always come home with travelers checks left over. Checking on the internet for good cruise prices is very helpful. They certainly offer comparitive pricing. I prefer to book with an agent in my area. If I get the same quote from an on-line agent and at home agent, I go with the person near my home. CruisesOne and CruisesOnly are two great companies who specialize and have been in business a long time. Although I have never booked, they have always been very helpful.
THink about taking one of the RCI ships! Celebrity i s too sedate if you are looking for a fun trip! I a m 50 and I f elt about average on the Celebrity(holiday week-- more younger families) or even Carnival. A cruise experience is m uch more than just the quality of the food. My husband and I felt that the passengers had alot more fun on the RCI ships we were on. I think they have singles parties too.
Travelling a lone can be so expensive, have you thought of trying to get a friend or relative to accompany you?
BTW-- cruises NEVER cost as much as the brochure says, usually 30 -50% cheaper. --- Check the cruise bargain article-- there is some good advice there.
On most ships cash is not accepted except for gratuities and casino. You can put some cash down for sail and sign cards, but the easiest way is with a major credit card.
Shore e xcursions cost around $45 usd. You charge t hem to your account. You would not typically take more than one per port-- and even many people just walk off the ship to sightsee on t heir own. Most ports take credit cards-- depends on where you go-- American dollars a re accepted everywhere (almost). I think you won't spend more than $500 usd, unless you go on expensive excursions and drink ALOT.
have fun planning,,,,
I do like your Celebrity choices. I do think there may be a slightly younger crowd on RCCL, but not sure about the number of singles. Have you check out the soutnern itinary that Infinity will do, that sure looks good to me. I've cruised on a few RCCL ships, but like you, have yet to try Celebrity, but want to soon. I'm hoping in the next year or two to give them a try. I couldn't complain about the food on Explorer one bit, it was very good and a nice selection as well.
Just be sure since this trip does cost a lot to go and pick up travel insurance, you just never know what unexpected things could go wrong and you could end up loosing too much. Have fun with the cruise decision.