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Old April 11th, 2007, 10:09 AM
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ME AND MY FIANCEE ARE GOING ON A 5 DAY CRUISE ON THE ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS MAY 12 THROUGH 17 I AM 23 AND SHE IS 20 I HAVE NEVER CRUISED BEFORE AND I HAVE RESEARCHED ABOUT HOW MUCH STUFF WILL COST, WE BOTH LIKE TO HAVE DRINKS THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND EVENING AND PLAN ON DOING AN EXCURSION IN JAMACIA AND IN GRAND CAYMAN I WAS JUST WONDERING FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE DONE A 5 DAY CRUISE ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY DO YA THINK WE SHOULD TAKE RIGHT NOW WE GOT 1200 AND THATS WHAT WE WERE PLANNIG ON TAKING IS THIS AROUND WHAT I SHOULD TAKE OR SHOULD I TAKE MORE, LIKE I SAID WE WILL BE DRINKIN DAILY AND NIGHTLY SO ANY HELP WOULD BE GOOD THANKS!!
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I usually go on 7 night cruises. We normally book our excursions ahead of time so we do not have to worry about paying for them at the end. It depends on how much you drink and what excursions you plan on going on. I normally bring about $500 p/p for souvenirs and tips. I normally have money left over. We charge the rest on our seapass card - spa, photos, drinks, onboard activites(bingo, horseracing) ........we tend to put that stuff on our credit card at the end of the cruise. Our credit card bill at the end is normally not that bad because we pay for our excursions ahead of time and our tips in cash.....I guess we have about 4 drinks a day or so each- we try to stay away from the souvenir glasses (which are extra $$) and stick with the basics........on average our bill is probably $500-$600 or so......it really depends on what you plan on buying or drinking......
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thanks a bunch this helps so if seven day cruise runs around 600 then i should be fine takin 1200 for five days i know we will drink more than 4 drinks a day so maybe ill take aq lil more money any other info would be great thanks
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Well, bottled beer is around 3.50-3.75 a bottle, and mixed drinks are a little more. Your specialty drinks (Pina Coladas, Strawberry daiquiris) are going to be even more. I am a drinker myself and I spent about 500.00 on a 4 day cruise last year. Shore excursion prices are listed right on the RCCL website to give you an idea of how much they'll be.
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Following tipping guidelines for a four night cruise, it would be about eighty dollars for the two of you.
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If you're planning on dealing with your entire shipboard account by paying cash, with no credit card, I'd recommend taking more money with you if possible. Shore excursions, if you take them, tipping, impromptu casino gambling, and drinking can all add up... never mind souvenir shopping, etc.

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I agree with Kuki take more. While on your daily activities something(s) might pop up that you might want to purchase.
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We just got back from the JOS and put $450.00 on the seapass card, had $400 cash for ports and DH charged a couple of Eco watches on the credit card directly in the jewlery store on the ship (I didn't know they would do that). In the interim, we did get more $$ but there was an ATM on board. At 5.50 per w/drawl, we limited those transactions to one.
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When my wife and I cruise, we usually take atleast half of what our cruise cost. If the cruise was $1500 total, we would usually figure about $750 in spending money. That is always enough for us. It just really depends on what you are going to do. I have found that the first time cruisers will usually spend double what an "experienced cruiser" will, just because of the cups, pictures, etc. that first timers tend to buy. It all adds up. I will say that if you are careful, you can have a great time and not spend much. Have a great cruise.
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$1,200 will be plenty. My hubby usually wins $$ at the casino and we have left the ship with more $$ than we came on with each time! Hope it happens again this time........
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The only time while on the ship you will need cash is when you go to the casino, otherwise whenever you buy anything on the ship you need your on board card. (this card is also your room key card) A pack of gum and you pay by card. Of course on the islands you need to bring money. I think the amount of money your bringing is plenty. At the end of the cruise when you get your bill, you can pay some of it if you want or leave it on your credit card. When it's the end of our cruise we just keep our fingers crossed that the bill fits inside one envelope. lol. have fun. quincy.
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How much money you take really doesn't matter because everything you buy on board will go to your credit card. Better contact your credit card company and inform them that a large amount will be showing up, that way you'll avoid the embarrasing call to the Pursers Desk when your credit card is denied on the day of disembarkment! Have fun .
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Is there an ATM machine on board?
I don't like to carry too much cash with me especially if I have to walk around Barcelona. So, can I buy things at ports in Italy and France with traveler checks? And should I change currency to E before hand?
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I would be nervous taking that much in cash. I use a debit card for everything on the ship which goes on my sea pass card.

I think if you are paying cash, they want you to put up a certain deposit but I could be mistaken. We find using a debit card to work much better than cash on the ship. We only use cash for tipping and in the ports.
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Yep, ATM's are onboard. Be prepared to pay $5 service fee for each transaction.
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Bringing alot of money is always a concern, but it's better to have more than less. Also there is a safe in the room. Well i hope there is one on rccl. we'll be sailing on the explorer in sept. All the other ships we sailed on had a safe in the room which came in handy. have fun.. quincy
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Minimize the amount of cash you take. Plan on using a credit card and take travelers checks. The pursers desk will cash them for you. Credit cards and travelers checks have theft/loss protection.

I've never averaged $250/day on a cruise (your rough estimate), however I don't drink or gamble and buy very few trinkets.
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About a 100 a day per person should do it and believe you most of that will be brought back. If you wish to save some money I would suggest bringing aboard your own bevarages. This will save you alot of money.
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Thank you all for your inputs. I don't drink anything more than water or herbal tea and sometimes juice. Do you say these are also expensive on board? Thanks again.
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