We just returned from the Summit, What a fantasic cruise we had!!!!, and I finally did what I always said I should do.
My wife drinks a lot of diet Coke, a little wine and I drink a lot of bottled water, so our first stop was Key West. We went to Eckerds, the local drug store and loaded up. Got back to the ship and removed everthing from the fridg and loaded it up with our sundries and we were good to go.
I estimate that we saved $150.00 when I reviewed the end of cruise statement from this year to last year.
On our next cruise I am going to save even more by bring a mini coffee maker and my Starbucks coffee avoiding the Cove's $2.88 per cup of decent coffee.
THANKS FOR THE INFO ON BUYING POP/WATER FROM ECKERDS IN KEYWEST - BUT I DO HAVE A QUESTION, YOU STATED THAT COFFEE IN THE COVE WAS $2.88 A CUP - IS THAT THE ONLY COFFEE AVAILABLE - IS THAT THE SPECIALTY COFFEES YOU'RE REFERRING TO - WHAT ABOUT ROOM SERVICE COFFEE, OR PLAIN COFFEE WITH YOUR MEALS - ARE YOU CHARGED FOR THAT COFFEE?? ANY INPUT YOU CAN GIVE WOULD BE GREAT - OTHERWISE I'M TAKING MY MINI COFFEE MAKER TOO!!!!!
Okay, you spent anywhere from $2000.00 to $4000.00 per couple for this cruise and you cheapen the experience by having to serve your own pop?? Give me a break. And for the record, Celebrity pours Porpbeca coffee as their house blend and it's one of the best coffees in the world. So you can leave your "Starbucks" at home!
I have to say it.....cheap...if you can afford the cruise then a $150.00 savings by hauling around can drinks ect is.......well...being cheap. Do you bring your own can drinks to a restaurant when you go out to dine?
The purpose of cruising is to relax and enjoy. If someone enjoys shaving costs off their vacation, then let them enjoy it! If another is not conerned by the charges for soda or "decent" coffe and it is enjoyable for them to walk up and put their sail-n-sign card down, then let them enjoy that! Everyone cruises differently, hence the plethera of ships. For all who have a problem on how someone else cruises, then maybe you need a cruise to RELAX!
Can't believe some of the sarcastic answers you got trying to be helpful. I didn't know you can take stuff out of the fridge. Did you give it all back to the Cabin Steward? I thought if you removed anything you were charged for it.
Joe, I appreciate you for trying to pass on a money saving tip. When you say you're not wealthy, well guesswhat, plenty of super wealthy people don't waste money. I say if you want a mixed drink, or a coke, or even coffee in your own room, so what, it's your business. We bring mixer & vodka with us, strictly to drink in our room. We buy drinks when we are out & about on the ship too. To pay 3 or 4 dollars for 8 oz of coca-cola brought by room service (and then tip on top of that) is foolish, regardless of whether you are wealthy or not!!!!!!!!!! Keep those suggestions coming.
I think the best suggestion we've heard so far is bringing one of those coolers on wheels. When we get to San Juan we're going to stop and get a case or two of beer, throw it in there, and slap a luggage tag on it. Everyone I've talked to that has brought one of these says your room stewart will keep it iced for us all week if we tip him a little bit up front. Also going this route means you don't have to worry about messing with the mini bar. This little cooler on wheels gives you a place to put all of the stuff you can buy in the ports with all the money you saved. I figure $170? Don't worry- I'm sure we'll have a bar bill anyway.
My parents always bring a bottle of Banker's Club with them (the plastic bottle). They always hide it in their luggage just in case.
And some people need to remember, if you have a good travel agent, you aren't necessarily paying $2000-4000 per cruise. My mother books so freaking early the cruise often costs between $1500-2000 (not everyone who cruises gets a private balcony). Saving $150 on a $1500 cruise aint being so cheap. Haven't you ever tried to save 10% on something?
Sometimes it's not a matter of being cheap, it's a matter of availability. It just happens that I don't drink coffee or tea (can't stand the taste!), but I still like my caffeine jolt every morning like everybody else. I prefer Diet Mt Dew, or Diet Pepsi or Diet Orange, but ships NEVER carry anything other than Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite. I HATE Coke products, so I will be bringing some Diet Mt Dew on board with me for my next cruise......the Summit in 6 weeks and 4 days. Can't wait!
For us, the smartest thing I did was to arrive in port the day before. By going dockside at 11:00 a.m. the next day, my wife and I were onboard in five minutes (!!!!). Even better, our luggage arrived much sooner than normal (at our room by 4 p.m.- unheard of for us).
Plus, we saved money! Normally, we'd buy travel insurance for fear of weather interfering with getting aboard. The cost of the hotel room was more than offset by deferring to take insurance. Of course, not everyone will take that advice.
And if you're coming from the Northeast and having to deal with snow and closed airports, it makes sense to be checking the weather at least 5 days before the cruise and getting yourself completely packed a day in advance --- just in case you have to change your airline reservations, leave the day before the cruise and spend the night in South Florida.