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Old January 22nd, 2017, 10:57 AM
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This is my first time cruising. We will be on the carnival triumph. We have already prepaid gratuity, bought our beverage package and paid for excursions. About how much money should we (two of us) bring with us? Thanks
Oh we are traveling to cozumel and progresso.
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Old January 22nd, 2017, 12:00 PM
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When you said you pre-paid the gratuities, there are actually two types of gratuities you have to account for; one is for the gratuities associated with your beverage package, which you're required to pre-pay as a part of your cruise cost. The other is for your cabin steward and waitstaff, which you can pre-pay or you will be automatically charged for this onboard. So, talk to your agent and make sure you have pre-paid both of these, otherwise you may be in for a surprise. They will also be a great source of information, provided they've been on a cruise and to those ports.

As for other costs, it really is a personal thing. Onboard, you could purchase specialty restaurants, T-shirts, gifts, etc. All of these items will be charged to your onboard account and then rolled over against your credit card, so there's no reason to carry any cash with you while on the ship. You just need your sail & sign card for everything, so leave everything else in the safe.

On shore, you can purchase food, drinks, excursions, gifts, etc. All the ports will except U.S. currency, so make sure to take small bills. For larger purchases, you can use a credit card - but don't use a debit card.

Some people spend alot, whereas others don't spend much at all, or when in port, they may not spend anything. It really depends on what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. For example, if you purchase any shore excursions (which I suggest using an independent company and not Carnival), those will be pre-paid. Whereas, if you plan to just take a taxi, then you'll need some cash.

Keep in mind when going into port, don't wear your fancy jewelry or carry alot of cash. That's only asking for trouble.

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Don't forget about going to the casino....may-be give yourself a daily limit....That also will require some cash...so allow for that too....Just be careful with your on board purchase, keep track of them, so on the last night, so you know exactly what amount will be going on your credit card.
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you should be able to access your onboard account thru the tv in your stateroom. You can keep track of how much you charge to your cabin. That way; you have a running total and won't be shocked on last day of your cruise.
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Don't forget to buy trip insurance. Have a good time!
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Old February 8th, 2017, 04:16 PM
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The last time I went on a cruise, I put cash down on my sail & sign card so it was like a debit card instead of charging away freely and having a larger than life bill at the end of the cruise. I prefer to do it this way and I believe Carnival will let you do this as I've been reading up in preparation for my cruise next year. My budget was $500 for 4 nights, but that included alcohol purchases (they didn't have the beverage package back then), and my bill at the end was $475 so I was under by $25.
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Old February 14th, 2017, 01:18 PM
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I just went on the western carribean cruise. It was awesome. One rough day at sea. My husband typically gets sea sick but did not. Great weather. We left 02-04/2017 back 02-11/2017. The only problem was trying to get back into Port in Galvastan TX due to fog ship was 4 hrs late docking. I also went in Sept very hot but nice, The one thing I will always recommend is to book your flight through the cruise line if you have to fly because then if they are delayed they will take charge of rebooking a missed flight. Otherwise you are on your own. I also purchased the trip insurance. The costs add up but you just never know what the weather. I was told by Carnival the February March are very good times to travel to the carribean. Hope this helps
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Sailing from Port Canaveral, April 17 2017 (4 day to Bahamas) on Royal Caribbean. Anyone suggest a night before hotel spot local to the port? Also, is the car park in the port secured in any kind of way, or we should park at an off port car park? Thanks, looking forward to the advice.
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