My husband and I are going on our first cruise this Sunday and quite honestly, we are broke newlyweds. We are cruising Carnival Valor. We want to pay for everything with our credit card except for a couple hundred cash for casino and souvineirs.
I want to know how much we can expect to spend on credit on the cruise. We plan on doing everything cheap. All we are interested in is relaxing on the boat, doing 1 excursion, and sight seeing at the ports of call. We don't plan on drinking too much.
I guess I'm wondering if we can get away with $400-$500 on our credit card for the entire cruise including tipping, a few drinks here and there, and 1 excursion.
Sounds to me like you could do that. Figure tips at $10 per person per day, so for a 7 day cruise that would be $140 for both. Figure your drinks at up to $6 per each if you like the fancy ones. Drink ice tea so you don't have to buy the coke card. Or take your own soda/water on with you and keep it on ice. Find a low cost excursion, or figure on $100 per each for something like a dolphin swim, jet skiing or parasail. You can snorkel, tour, etc for a lot less - check the carnival website. It is possible to have a great time without spending a fortune! Have a great time and congrats! Diana
INCLUDING the $10 per person/per day on our card, we have consistently spent $50 per person, per day (this also includes our one shore excursion for each cruise).
We aren't huge drinkers, but *do* buy soda cards for the dh and son.
You will be having so much fun just being together and on the ship that you will do fine with your $400-$500!
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it would be safe to figure $50.00 per person per day spending money, not including tips.Don't go crazy but don't deprive yourself either, if you want a frozen drink treat yourself to one, buy it when its the drink of the day special. Same goes for those pictures that they are always taking, some of them are really great, if you find one that you love and have to have it, allow yourself that. Use your head spend wisely and you will do just fine.
We prepaid our tips.....and were wondering around how much cash we should take with us. We aren't really gamblers, so probably won't be doing much in the casino...but I am sure we will want to bring home some souveneirs. Also...if you go to the beach during a shore excursion....you need to have cash to pay for any food or drink you get there....is that correct?