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Old April 19th, 2010, 09:02 PM
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I read on another thread that you should plan 100.00 per day on a cruise, this would cover drinks, tips, etc.... we, (my wife and I) are planning a cruise this summer my question is this....its a seven day cruise to alaska and back, we will probably get a soda card and drink water, we wont be doing alcohol. we are not doing any excursions, and will be dining in the buffet instead of the pay as you enter restaraunts. We are trying to do this extremly on the cheap but plan to have fun at the same time. If I take 500.00 in cash will that be enough? Is this something that you leave at the persers desk to cover tips etc....?
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Welcome If you don't plan on drinking and eat only at the restuarants included in the
price of the cruise $500 should be plenty. Last cruise our total tab was only $378
that included gratuities and a few drinks.
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Old April 19th, 2010, 09:35 PM
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I read on another thread that you should plan 100.00 per day on a cruise, this would cover drinks, tips, etc.... we, (my wife and I) are planning a cruise this summer my question is this....its a seven day cruise to alaska and back, we will probably get a soda card and drink water, we wont be doing alcohol. we are not doing any excursions, and will be dining in the buffet instead of the pay as you enter restaraunts. We are trying to do this extremly on the cheap but plan to have fun at the same time. If I take 500.00 in cash will that be enough? Is this something that you leave at the persers desk to cover tips etc....?
Yeppers, Im a newbie. Thanks for the help.
Hello, high seas! Welcome to CM's . I'm just going to comment on what I've highlighted in your post: and will be dining in the buffet instead of the pay as you enter restaraunts. You don't have to eat in the buffet or the "pay as you enter restaurants", you can eat in the MDR, the buffet, the Pizza Place, etc..

If you're not drinking alcohol, eating in the specialty restaurants, doing excursions, buying "stuff" onboard, you should be fine with a $500.00 cash deposit which you'll be asked for as you board.

I hope you and your DW have a great cruise,
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you aren't limited to the specialty restaurants, food in the main dining rooms are included in your cruise fare. When you fill out the cruise personalizer before you leave, it will ask you for a credit/debit card number for your shipboard account, this is the easiest way to pay for anything you purchase onboard. You don't have to do this if you want to pay cash, if you want to pay cash then you will have to go to the pursers desk and put the money on you account, you can montior your account from your stateroom tv or check with the pursers desk at any time.
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Old April 20th, 2010, 01:39 PM
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Don't forget to factor in the tips which will be added to your shipboard account.
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There are "must" tips , sure you know - 8-12 USD pro pesron (or cabin).
Maybe cabin hostess would hope to get 30-50 USD.

So 300 USD must be quite enought.
200 USD you can spend in casino then .
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Your gratuities will be $168. This cover ALL of the people that you are supposed to tip. $12 pp/pd.

Does your $500 include what you will spend on shore? Do you mean that this is the cash you will need or will you put some purchases and expenses on your credit card?

How much someone spends is entirely up to them. The $100/day is a number that is put out so that people can enjoy the cruise without feeling they can't spend and so they will not freak out when they see a five or six hundred dollar bill at the end of the cruise.

You could easily cover your onboard cruise expenses for $500 and still have dinner in the specialty restaurant and have a drink or two a day. As others have said; The main dining room and entertainment is included in your cruise fare. If you deduct your gratuities it would leave you with $332 or about $50/day for drinks or surcharge restaurants.

If the $500 includes the cost of your shore excursions and other onshore expenses then you may not have enough. How you spend is up to you.

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The costs are controllable to a large degree by what you purchase/or don't purchase.

I see you are cruising to Alaska, where you can encounter some of the most magnificent scenery and wildlife in the world. While I don't encourage going broke, I would certainly consider spending some $$ on tours in the area. Don't just settle for a walk around the pier area, and what you might see from the ship.
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Kuki has a good point. No need to break the bank on flight-seeing type tours but if you're careful you can see some wonderful sights. Juneau for example you can take a bus to/from Mendenhall glacier at a pretty low cost. A must. But even if you walk the towns....get away from the shopping areas which are at the docks. Go up to museums and historical sites. There are nice places to visit within walking distance of the docks in Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, and Skagway. We don't gamble, drink, or buy art so our ship expenses were pretty low so I know it can be done.
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Just don't forget the tips, that average $10.00 a day per person, so for two people, about $140....Unless you pre-pay them, that will either come off your sign/sail card or you'd need cash. The suggested amount of $100 per day is for purchases and shore excursions..

Since you are doing Alaska, I'd suggest some excursions, there are so many good one and you see and learn a lot more about the area by going on them....I always thought, "when is the next time I'd be here", I want to take it all in and see whatever I can...

What ship will you be on?
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I wonder if anybody read your question.

The answer is yes,500 USD is enought , if you don't go to excursions
etc...


Very simple question.
And very simple answer.

yes, in that case 500 USD is enought.
even 250-300 USD can be enought.
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I really appreciate your answers. As I said we are doing this on the cheap and it sounds like its going to work. I appreciate the advice as well....the wife has already informed me that she wants two things...one to go to mendenhall glacier and two, since we paid for our passports we WILL step into Canada If that keeps her happy, Im happy
Sergej, I had to chuckle at your statement regarding staying out of the casino....I had to promise that I would stay out of there...wont be easy, but hey again if it keeps mama happy .
Kuki, I totally agree with you and we will do what we can afford, in all honesty I have been reading books and talking to a friend who did the Alaskan Cruise a couple years back, about all the ports and it seems like there is actually alot you can do that doesnt cost or if it does its minimal, for example taking the blue bus in skagway to see Liarsville..relatively inexpensive.
I certainly would like to do as much as we can but again obviously I want to keep our costs down and you guys are showing me that this can actually be done.
Donna, in answer to your question we will be cruising on the Sapphire.

Any thoughts on the room that we have, its on the carribe deck (no balcony as I originally was told by princess..probably someone new but hey Im not going to get angry over a simple mistake) c109 or c106 FF I dont have the paperwork in front of me but Im sure its one of those.

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Caribe is our first deck of choice on any Princess ship. I haven't sailed Sapphire so i do not know of her particular lay-out, you can go to the web site and find out exactly. If you were quoted a price for a balcony and you didn't get one, make sure that you aren't paying the extra!
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Hi HS,
If you can keep the gamgling to a minimum and choose very wisely on excursions, you should be fine.

When you board, they will ask you for a credit card to put your charges on, then on the last day, you'll receive a detailed list of all the charges and then it will go on the card you gave them. Some people just give them a certain amount of cash and keep track of their purchases onboard, not sure what the amount is to start it.

I think you'll enjoy seeng the towns you stop in, make time to take a walk around, all very friendly and filled with other cruise passengers like yourselves.

Have yourself a wonderful time, take lots of pics...I love cruising on Princess in Alaska, they really know how to do it.
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just a quick update, I talked with princess today and they told me that if you leave cash at the persurs desk it is 300.00 per person...in my case 600.00. I called later and asked them if I could use my debit card it has the visa logo on it they said that was fine and I could leave 4 or 500 that way. Oh how I hate surprises.
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High Seas,
You can also use a regular credit card...That way, if there is any problem you can work it out with them, with a debit card, the money's are already taken out of your account, just more difficult to fix if a problem.
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If you want to go into Canada, take the train tour in Skagway. To me, it was the the best one.

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