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Old May 4th, 2004, 03:10 PM
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What would one think that our end of cruise charges would be just an approximate woudl be good? We have already paid for our excursions so what else would there be?

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Hi Michele,
Any purchases you make onboard or drinks that you order while onboard will all go on your sign/sail card. Depending on what cruiseline you are on, some of them automatically put your tips on there too, averages $10 a day per person. You will need cash for the casino.

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We will be on Royal Carribean cruise line. I think I heard that they have envelopes for tips which I am hoping that I can pay at the end instead. We don't usually carry cash with us. We mostly use our ATM (which can be used as a visa too). I am trying to find out what others averages were at the end of the cruise.

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For a 4 day cruise (for two of us) our end of the cruise charges were around $300. That was the $80 in tips, drinks, a soda card, bingo, a shore excursion for the 2 of us and items from the ship's shops (including some bottles of liquor). That *didn't* include shopping and taxis in ports and tips for room service.

We figured that we spent, including onboard charges, around $50 per day, per person.

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Thanks Doorthy for that information.

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Speaking of ATM's, do the cruise lines try to suck more money out of you by adding outrageous fees to use the onboard ATMs? Would it be a better idea to always try to use the ATMs on land if you need cash?

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Michelle -

We just got back from a 7 day cruise. A family of five and our sign and sail was about $1,000.00 at the end.
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ATM's are expensive onboard. Think I paid a $5 fee in addition to the fee my bank charges for not using one of their ATM's. Also, if you wait until too terribly late into your cruise, they tend to run out of money.

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Good to know about the atm situation.

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Micheled --

ATM's are outrageous on board. You can get cash advances from your sign & sail card / on board account. The pursuer will also cash checks & traveler's checks.

On board trip expenses are person thing but here's my list of what they might include:

1. tips (budget $10 per day per person)
2. drinks -- alcohol, special coffees, soda
3. spa
4. gambling inlcuding bingo
5. souveniers & pictures
6. other shopping, jewlery etc.
7. specialty restaurants

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Is it better to bring cash or travelers checks? We are going to be going to Vancouver first for 2 days.

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The thing to remember about travelers checks is that you are often charges a service charge for cashing them. If you are going to be in Vancouver, I wouldnt take cash or travelers checks. I would take the money straight out of the ATM on land in Vancouver so that you get Canadian funds. Just make sure you dont take out more than you will need b/c you get a worse exchange rate when you exchange Canadian dollars for US ones.

Anyone know if any service charges are charged to take out cash on your sign and sail card when on the ship?

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Also being a first time cruiser on a 5-day cruise, I'm thinking we'll need to count on having to pay $1,000 to get off the ship. is this a high estimate?
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Just off Navigator, ATM fee was $5.50. Cheaper on land but you end up with whatever currency that country uses. I spent a lot on my sea-pass, and I don't drink, but I do like to shop and my husband and I both enjoyed the spa treatments we got, and of course there are the photographs that the take of you constantly that come out great so you'll want to buy them.

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Family of 3, we had $496 on sail & sign for 5 day.... included tips, 1 shore excursion, coke card, photos, few souvenirs.... we paid cash for the taxi transfers, lunch in port, bingo, casino, and to adopt a horse for the horse race.... I think we did pretty good !

It might have something to do with the fact that I was pretty darn sick... so I didnt feel like my usual happy go lucky money spending self !

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So what is included in an end of cruise charge? I thought that sodas were inclueded in the cruise price as well as the food. And don't some cruises include the tips in their charges?
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No, sodas are not included. If you want, you can purchase a soda card in advance or when you get on board that give you all you can drink soda. I imagine if you purchase on board then it will be charged to your sign and sail card.
Carnival for one will include $10 per day per person to your end of cruise charges on your sign and sail card for tips. So a 7 day cruise is $70 per person for tips.

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My charges were $ 173.00 which included 2 cameras, $ 30.00 tip charges and drinks
I tipped an addl. $ 20.00 to the maitre d
and $ 20.00 to the room steward.

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Charges, lets see where to begin.... I went on Carnival Fantasy in April...your credit card/atm debit/whatever you use will be charged at the end unless you decide to pay in cash at the end of the cruise.

These are charges that were expected and unexpected:
1. $10 a day for tips per person .. if you wish to tip more or less that is an option too
2. Drinks .. this one was a doozy .. we drank quite a bit so just avg each alcoholic drink at $3 and up depending on how fancy .. tips are included at the time you purchase your drink ...Sodas were expensive .. they were around $2.00
3. Snacks .... I have never in my life paid $3.50 for a thing of Pringles but I did this time
4. ATM -- I didn't use it but I did see that it charged a $5.00 fee to use it
5. Casino -- you can use your sail and sign card there but they charge you a service charge
6. Towels -- towels at the pool are a $2 charge (bring your own from home)
7. Phone calls from room -- they are $7 a min --(bring a phone card)
8. Excursions can cost from $45 and up

My advice to cut down on $$ is bring your own sodas for your room, buy a soda card, buy alcohol from the store on the ship and make your own drinks, bring your own beach towels, bring a phone card and call home from ports, bring cash for the casino.

Although my bill was high... I still had a good time.
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Just a note: You cannot purchase alcohol at the gift shops and then drink it in your cabin. They will hold the bottle of whatever you buy until you disembark at the end of your cruise.

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I have sailed on 14 cruises, but never had to pay to use a towel at the pool. This is absurd! There is a charge if you take a towel off the ship and don't return it, however this is understandable!
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Default End of Cruise Charges... and Ship ATMs

It has been said on here, and I'll repeat it - ship ATMs can be drained by the end of a week - don't count on them as your only source of cash. In fact, on our cruise, the ship ATM was out of order the entire time.

That said, ship ATMs can cost less, for withdrawal charges, than the surcharge added to your withdrawal, by the cascino or purser's desk, for VISA advances.

And finally (on the topic) - our family of 5 had end of cruise charges which totaled
$ 535.00 - we weren't soft-drink drinkers, I had 6 glasses of wine through the week with my dinner - it included tips and a few purchases in the stores onboard.

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