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Old February 27th, 2007, 09:21 PM
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A couple of things I heard today, gave me a start!

Firstly, my granddaughter used 6000 minutes last month on her phone..
she is a smart cookie, & used them when they were free. She also used 1000 minutes for text messaging!

For me, to use 6000 minutes, I would be talking from the coffin, and still have time left.....& text messaging, lets just say, myTriponese typing, would make the person I texted, go bonkers!

Secondly, Bruce's pal, who just drove home from port Canaveral, driving up 95, with terrible driving conditions, told Bruce his sail and sign bill for the week was $3000,00!!!! The cost thereabouts of the CM Transatlantic 14 day cruise! Amazing!

So I ask you, have you ever spent that much on a cruise? Years ago, I once heard a couple of guys bragging by the pool, about how much they spent, and I gasped when one said $1500.00. that makes the 3 grand look good !
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Old February 27th, 2007, 09:33 PM
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I don't remember the exact # but the bill on our 12 day Baltic cruise for Dave and the kids and I was a heart stopper. A bunch of excursions and way too much Bingo!
Trip, my kids each sent over 500 text messages in one month and I hit the ceiling.
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Old February 27th, 2007, 09:43 PM
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I agree, WOW! Must have been some kind of cruise!

I never go over on my minutes, use very few of my free minutes, and have never sent a text message.
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Old February 27th, 2007, 10:14 PM
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We have never spent that much on a cruise. but... this new years cruise
(Century) was a really BIG one for the photos. It was the first time that all the family were together for new years and on a cruise at the same time.
Our photo bill was $600.00 and the professional framing was in the hundred somewhere. Well, it was a very special time for all 27 of us.
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Old February 28th, 2007, 02:13 AM
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After the New Year's Party of the Century my account was over $9000.00

Made Mrs. Kuki's eyes

Dinner in Muranos for 132 , and listening to my own advice about "Free Money on Cruises" (using casino advances to build up FF miles) led to the rest.

I could have used security leaving the ship, as I also won in the casino that trip

The good news, after the exchange to Canadian funds, and the 1 &1/2 FF miles per dollar that my Am Ex pays , it all equalled 15,000 FF miles. 8)
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Old February 28th, 2007, 06:21 AM
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To make an "apples to apples" comparison, you have to compare total cost; both upfront and onboard. I never have much in the way of onboard costs (beyond some shore excursions) but have high upfront costs. I can't imagine spending hundreds per day on top of what I have already spent.
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Old February 28th, 2007, 07:25 AM
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WOW on both counts. Trip, that means your granddaughter is talking on the phone 3.33 hours a day......phewwwwwwww! I'd be exhausted.
Since Gary and I do not drink, our bill at the end of each cruise is never very much.....unless we do a lot of excursions or a baubble catches my eye (and card) onboard.
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I always keep a "running total" of my s&s card to keep it in check
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My sign and sail bills haven't been too bad. The first cruise was for all four of us in the family and was less than $1,000, the second cruise, my niece and I was only about $350. Both a little less than I had budgeted.

As for the phone. We use so few minutes for the family of 4 - even with the two kids we are going to lower our minutes to 700 - we don't even come close to this amount. We do well because most of the people we talk to on a frequent basis are on "In". This helps a great deal.

As for texting - yikes!!! Thank God I have a plan where I can send unlimited texts and pictures for $5 a month - they don't offer this anymore, but I can keep it until they change the rules, which I truly hope never happens. I'm big on the texting. My niece and I have been known to send over 700 messages a piece to each other in a month, this isn't including the other people that we text on a regular basis. She has the same plan I do. It is insane. But it keeps us close.
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My S&S last week on the Inspiration (yes, on her again in April), was $957. However, $500 of that was at the art auction and another $300 was in the casino ( I left with $295, so good cruise). So drinks, souveniers, photos, bingo, etc. were only $157.

I have often heard about some outrageous S&S bills, but it could have been someone who purchased a lot of art or jewelry. I sat next to a guy in art auction last week that bought several pieces, I am sure his cost was well over $8K.

I budget for art auctions and casino, so I am never surprized at my bill - I know I have it covered.

As far as the cell phone minutes - that blows my mind. When I was not required to have a cell phone for work (before I got promoted), my highest minute use for any month was 110 minutes. Usually averaged about 50 mins. Then, I was required to have one for my new position - the company pays for it thank goodness - and I have a 1500 min plan and go over every month - mainly work related calls. I hate talking on the phone so you can imagine how much I hate it...

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My husband and I S&S card runs about $900.00 together per cruise. This includes all excursions and tips etc. It will be interesting to see how much I will manage to spend on my next cruise since I'am leaving hubby at home. As far as the cell phone bill. I get my phone paid for by my company. I hardly use any minutes, I hate talking on the cell phone. They have me in a plan where I get 3000 minutes per month and they roll over, I probably have a kabillion hours. Teenagers are really in to texting, it takes me tooo long. We got a plan for our daughter where she has unlimited text's which SHE must pay for it cost an additional $9.99 per month. It works out great and her phone bill does not go over.
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Our last two cruises we have gone over 1,000 mark but that includes photos and excurions. Our average is about 1,300 per cuise. Not considering everything I spend before we actually get on.
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Since I no longer drink wine our S&S bill is less but, on average it is around $500 - $700 per seven day cruise. This includes the automatic gratuity, drinks and alternative restaurants. We rarely do ship's excursions but do have a two or three drinks per day, in my case Coke's.

If you have a couple of bottles of decent swill, buy a few rounds of drinks it can add up to a higher S&S bill. If you put gambling money on your S&S then it will add considerably to the bill. I gamble but that money is separate and I gamble less than I used to. I can't count past 21 since they removed my sixth finger.

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I got off easy this time. Last time I spent over 1200.00 and this time it was under 200.00.
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Just paid mine on Sunday. I spent a total of $249 this trip. That included thetransfers for 2 back to LAX. Most of my expenses were for onboard entertainment. We had pre bought out tours before leaving home.

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