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Old January 17th, 2007, 03:07 AM
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Since this is our first trip we are needing to know about how much we are going to have to take with us, after the cruise is paid for that is..... So if you can give us an idea of how much extra money we are going to have to have for this cruise it will be so much appreciate... sorry if I posted this in the wrong category... Here is a little info about the cruise so hopefully I can get idea....

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I know a lot depends on what we do while we are on shore, but jsut basic things, eating, drinks, anything onboard entertainment, just a rough estimate would help.. thank you!

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Hi Court,
A lot will depend on how much you drink/gamble, how many shore excursions you want to do. A good rule of thumb is figure $100 per day per person. In most cases, thats plenty. Anything you purchase on the ship including shore excursions, drinks, etc. will go directly on your sign/sail card and will get charged to your credit card, so you won't need actual cash for that.

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Thing is, we don't have an actual credit card... only debit.... so we have to make sure we have all the funds before we go.... cause of this lack of refund now that I just found out about yesterday
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Budget the $100 per person/per day and then keep track of your expenditures and you should be fine.

Your food, non-alcoholic beverages, other than soda, as well as your food are included so you won't have to worry about that. You will have to watch your own drinks, gambling and shore excursions but $100/day should let you have a very good time with your on board account. Most people get by with much less unless they are into gambling or expensive drinks or wine with dinner.

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Since this is our first trip we are needing to know about how much we are going to have to take with us, after the cruise is paid for that is..... just found out tonight we are getting a significantly less amount back on our income taxes than we thought... due to my husband claiming himself through the year and forgetting to mention that to me So if you can give us an idea of how much extra money we are going to have to have for this cruise it will be so much appreciate... sorry if I posted this in the wrong category... Here is a little info about the cruise so hopefully I can get idea....

Royal Caribbean
Sovereign of the Seas
Departs March 19
4 day cruise to Bahamas from Port Canaveral, FL

I know a lot depends on what we do while we are on shore, but jsut basic things, eating, drinks, anything onboard entertainment, just a rough estimate would help.. thank you!
I'm sorry to hear about your cashflow squeeze, but you now have a chance to prove my hypothesis that it's possible to have a very enjoyable vacation on a cruise without spending a lot of money. Here are a few tips.

>> 1. You can get complimentary beverages at the buffet.

>> 2. Drink the tap water. It's actually purer than the stuff that comes in bottles.

>> 3. If you must get a beverage at a bar, get a soda ($2 with tip) rather than a mocktail ($5 and up) or anything alcoholic (probably $7 and up).

>> 4. If you drink enough soda to make it worthwhile, buy the soda stickers for the duration of the cruise.

>> 5. No gambling. Stay out of the casino and stay away from Bingo. There are plenty of free activities -- trivia contests, golf putting contests, pool games in warmer climes, etc. -- and plenty of good books in the ship's library that you probably have not read.

>> 6. Choose your shore excursions sensibly. The $30 walking tour is often just as interesting as the $300 "flightseeing" excursion, though you will see the destination from a different perspective.

>> 7. Tip properly, but don't overtip. For the ship's staff, the tips will come to about $10 per person per day. You can add a little extra if the service is very good, but don't overdo it.

>> 8. Avoid the spa. The treatments are not cheap, and they add a gratuity of 15% of the price.

>> 9. Be sensible in your selection of souvenirs.

>> 10. Be very selective in your purchases of photos from the ship's photo shop and even from tour operators. They add up very quickly.

Have a great, affordable, cruise!

Norm.
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Yikes! $100 a day per person??? We never come close to that.
My gambling money comes from the spare change that adds up and goes into a baggie on DH's dresser. Occasionally I will use a bit more, but I never stay more than 1/2 hr at a time. Usually I win some and use it to stay longer. Two or three times I've taken money home. We NEVER buy the ship pix--they are not very good anyway. We've never had a spa treatment and can't imagine spending that kind of money. Same for th "Speciality Restaurants".
We now have 8 1/2 grandkids to add to our 5 kids, 4 of them married. That would be big $$$ to buy for everyone and they don't expect anything. We buy something for the son who cares for our dog and last summer we got something for our neighbors at the lake who mowed our grass and watered our plants while we were in Europe. They did the same when they were in Russia 1 1/2 years ago and we took care of their yard. The dog-sitting son mowed our grass at home.
I usually get a T-shirt with the ship logo; sometimes DH gets a hat for his collection and I always get a Xmas ornament. We try to get full color guide books in each port, inexpensive trinkets and tip the tour guide/bus driver. We put tips on our Sea Pass. DH surprised me with an emerald/diamond pendant when we were in St. Thomas(Valentine's Day, '05)--it was a good deal on clearance.
We have one alcoholic drink with dinner, sometimes have one later in the evening and use the 2-for-1 coupons for others. That's on RCI cruises. Celebrity's Captain's Club coupon books were pretty chintzy last time. We are upgraded now so maybe it will be better on our cruise next week. We don't go to the wine tasting if we don't have a coupon to get in free. I've been known to get an extra glass of wine at the Loyalty club party and take it to the dining room for dinner.
Just use your usual good sense and don't let yourself get carried away by the availability of things to splurge on. You'll have a great time.
Last June for a 12-night cruise and 3 days in London, we took $800 in Travelers Cheques and $150 in cash. I redeposited almost $400 in the bank after we got home. Our shipboard statement totaled $746.01. That comes to less than $50 per day per person.
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The whole money issue has me puzzled as well. $100/day per person for me would be $2800.00 for the 7 day cruise for the 4 of us. Seems somewhat excessive. If I understand the ship will hold or freeze about 300/person for the sail and sign card which would ba 1200.00. Im guessing this is part of the estimated 100/day per person.

Here is the deal and I wil ask because I have not yet asked....if thats a good enough reason....Wife, Self, son 18 and son 16. How much would we need excluding excursions. I plan on setting those up before hand. I may have a few beers but Wife does not drink, I plan to get the soda card for the week at 38.50 x 4 and we don't gamble much.

Humm....I just noticed I was in the "cruise dress/packing" forum so I suppose this question was out of place but I have typed it out now.

Thanks for any and all info.
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$100 a day is very reasonable but I can live on less than that. If you have your heart set on excursions pay in advance weeks before the cruise.

As other mention moderate your drinking because you can lose track of your money that way, for gambling, do the same.

There are cruisers who spend all there money half way through the cruise and have been know to beg for money from other passengers.
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This will be my first cruise and I have been curious about the money as well.
~On the Sail and Sign card, do we put a limit or does the cruise line?
~When it is paid at the end of the cruise, can we pay cash or does it automatically go on the Credit Card? Or can we put it on the Debit Card?
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We are going on a cruise in March. We will have two parents and five kids (16, 15, 14, 9 and 70. Do we need sign and sail cards for all of them? If that is correct, then we will have over $2,000 tied up in sign and sail cards. Add $10 per day per person for gratuity, which will add up to another $350. We will also need drink cards for the kids.

Yikes, the cost of the cruise just went up a lot.
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All the sail and sign cards for your family can be tied to one person's credit card or cash deposit. They do not have to be funded individually. I also find the amount stated as a tad high. I think it is based on the assumption of alcoholic drinks being ordered. If they can't/don't drink and/or gamble and you put a personal limit on gift shop or spa items, then all you need to worry about are any tours you buy on the ship, plus thte tips.
Figure out what you think you may want to do in terms of tours, if any, allow a little bit for miscellaneous and it should be a lot cheaper for you.
We've been known to cruise cheap when times are tight. The important thing is being together on the ship, in my opinion.
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On one cruise our onboard account was the equivalent of $50/person/per day. On another it was about $100/person/day. On the cruise were we spent only $50/person/day we had tips, drinks, and a few trinkets on our bill. For the $100/person/day cruise we had tips, drinks, a few trinkets, shore excursions, post cruise airport transfers, and photos. For some reason, the ships photographers are the only ones who can get a professional looking photo out of my husband.

Much of the stuff we purchased on our onboard account can be purchased ahead of time, and if you stay away from the photos and casino, it should be easy to keep the bill down. Also, I've heard the arcades are expensive so for folks who are trying to minimize their bill, they may want to steer kids away from this area.
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Wow, I had been wondering the exact same things, since I'll be going on my first cruise next year. This is all great input! And Rev22:17, your suggestions all sound very reasonable and based on common sense; thanks!

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I guess I didn't realize that you pay for anything you drink? (other than tap water) Is that correct? I like soda (Pepsi/Coke) alot so I can get by alot on that and likely go with bottled water but what should I purchase tro cover myself? Also, what about hot tea and coffee? As my wife and I both drink that alot too.
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Beverages such as tea, coffee, milk, fruit juice and lemonade are provided throughout the day at no additional cost. You only pay for sodas, bottled water and alcoholic beverages.

To the original poster's question:

As to the daily amount to plan for - some people cruise without spending an extra dime! Budget what YOU can afford per day and stay within your limit. Spend less on board, maybe a little more in port for an excursion - but you can do as little or as much as you can afford. Remember to include tipping at the end of the cruise in your planning.
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It would also depend upon what excursions are you going to do, how many are in your party, do you drink alcohol.
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We are going on a cruise in March. We will have two parents and five kids (16, 15, 14, 9 and 70. Do we need sign and sail cards for all of them? If that is correct, then we will have over $2,000 tied up in sign and sail cards. Add $10 per day per person for gratuity, which will add up to another $350. We will also need drink cards for the kids.

Yikes, the cost of the cruise just went up a lot.
We did not allow our younger kids (18, 13, 11, 8 and 4yo) to be signers on the sign and sail cards. They had their own cash and when it was gone, it was gone! We did put our 21 year old on. She's responsible, doesn't drink and knew that whatever she signed for, she would have to pay me back later!
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