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Old September 10th, 2006, 03:56 PM
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I just had a travel agent tell me that the extra activities on the explorer cost extra. Any response would be appreciated. Didn't think the ice-skating or rock climbing wall, etc. cost anything.
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I just had a travel agent tell me that the extra activities on the explorer cost extra. Any response would be appreciated. Didn't think the ice-skating or rock climbing wall, etc. cost anything.
It does not cost extra for the rock wall, ice skating, roller blade course, the mini-golf course, the basketball/volleyball court or the fitness center.

What does cost extra are the alternate restaurants (Choppes and Portifinos), the 18-hole video golf course and the Johnny Rockets diner.
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Don't forget the spa treatments, special exercise classes, ice cream, specialty coffee, and the bar (drinks, wine, smoothies, ...). The casino, art auctions and bingo are other ways to spend money. Finally, the shore excursions need to be considered as well as they are also an activity.

My standard practice is to estimate a daily per diem for each member of my family - kind of like the tipping of staff - to estimate an on board budget for the trip.


Some estimated prices:

Drinks - $5-7 / drink
Spa Treatments - $50-75+
Coffee / Ice Cream - $4-5
Bingo - $35 / package - My son is an addict
Exercise - ??
Specialty Dinner - $20
Wine - $30+ / bottle
Art - it gets crazy for some people, especially on the longer cruises
Shore Excursions - $40 basic low-end tour. Can be way more depending on the port and what is included and duration (e.g., swimming with Dolphins)
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when they say drinks are extra....I know that it's for alcoholic drinks, of course, but did I read somewhere that soda is extra? What about bottled water?
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when they say drinks are extra....I know that it's for alcoholic drinks, of course, but did I read somewhere that soda is extra? What about bottled water?
Soda and bottled water are also available for a charge. Not free.
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Irish, what drinks are free?
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Coffee, tea, and juices that are in the buffet.

At the regular breakfast in the DR you can have juice in the AM, coffee, tea, milk .... lunch and dinner the same; might not get juice, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
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Along with the juices etc there should be a place to get a glass of ice water if your not into tea and juices.

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Don't forget the spa treatments, special exercise classes, ice cream, specialty coffee, and the bar (drinks, wine, smoothies, ...).........
On the most recent cruises Ive been on ice creme was free. Maybe your refering to some specialty ice creams shop or something.

Explorer had a ice cream machine on the promonade and you could just walk up and grab a cone any time you wanted pretty much.

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Iced tea and lemonade are also included and are available in the Windjammer and the dining room. The ice cream (frozen yogurt, really) machines are gone from the Promanade because of kids making a slippery mess, but are in the Windjammer and outside the door on the pool deck - these are included, but the Ben & Jerry's costs extra. IMHO, the soft serve is perfectly fine and you can have it either in a bowl or a cone.
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I agree with gerif. In fact, I like the soft-serve better than the "extra cost" Ben & Jerrys. Also, the ice cream served (free) with dinner is usually outstanding. Why pay for "Ben & Jerrys" when the free stuff is so good, and you can get "Ben & Jerrys" anytime at home?

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