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Old 06-19-2007, 12:03 PM
 
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No, Mike, the reality is that you are dead. "The lady and 5 friends". Dude, unless you have complete control of the finances, you are in for a rude awakening. I took my wife and her parents for their first cruise and I almost had to take a second mortgage out on my house. I hate to sound like a stupid anti-drug commercial, but "just say no". Between excursions, drinks, optional restaurants, salon treatments (even if you feel that they don't want one), automatic gratuities, cash gratuities, cheesy gifts for people back home, the obligatory photograph, the rose on the night of the formal dinner, the gambling or bingo cards, etc. etc. Welcome to the world of cruising and everything that goes with it. You will never experience a better vacation that is harder to afford.
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Old 06-19-2007, 12:11 PM
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this is a terrible thread...you people are scaring the snot out of me....$1000+?!? im a 24 yr old guy, going with the lady and 5 other friends...im dead

then again, i dont buy pictures, wont be doing massages or any salon stuff, and will most likely be sticking to the cheaper excursions...."so you're saying theres a chance..."
If you are in for a 7 day cruise, you already have $140.00 for gratuities. If you can keep the 5 friends under control, you have a chance. It's if they start spending on drinks etc, and you feel you need to keep up, you might have some issues. How much do you like your lady friend?
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Old 06-19-2007, 12:27 PM
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Let me work this one out in my head.......................6 days.............................................$ 200 per day....................................hmmmmmmm $1000. Got it.
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Old 06-19-2007, 12:27 PM
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well, i guess the good part is that i will never have this problem again, because i will never be able to afford going on a cruise again

but, one of the reasons i love my gf so much is that she is very practical when it comes to money...so she wont insist on salon trips, or those pictures, the cheesy gifts, or the nicer dining experience...i would buy her all that, but dont think ill need to ....now, the peer pressure to drink more, thats gonna be the problem...but who the heck am i kidding, ill be the one pressuring the others...i might as well live it up if im going to have a heart attack anyway

and psycho - im glad someone is paying attention haha
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Old 06-19-2007, 12:34 PM
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No, Mike, the reality is that you are dead. "The lady and 5 friends". Dude, unless you have complete control of the finances, you are in for a rude awakening. I took my wife and her parents for their first cruise and I almost had to take a second mortgage out on my house. I hate to sound like a stupid anti-drug commercial, but "just say no". Between excursions, drinks, optional restaurants, salon treatments (even if you feel that they don't want one), automatic gratuities, cash gratuities, cheesy gifts for people back home, the obligatory photograph, the rose on the night of the formal dinner, the gambling or bingo cards, etc. etc. Welcome to the world of cruising and everything that goes with it. You will never experience a better vacation that is harder to afford.
How much did all of that cost??????
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Old 06-19-2007, 01:34 PM
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i would buy her all that, but dont think ill need to
Oh yes, you need to, all the more reason. Her being practical doesn't mean she wants you to be practical and if you want to hang on to this one you will spend the money Mike. Trust me on this one, I have been around a while.
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Old 06-19-2007, 01:48 PM
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Mike, listen to Chef Ken--He speaks the truth.
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Old 06-19-2007, 01:53 PM
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Mike, You will do ok if you can keep the girlfriend out of the spa. That is a big chunk of my "non casino" expenses. But my wife knows my casino expenses, so me telling her not to go to the spa goes over like a turd in a punch-bowl. The next biggest ticket item is the pictures. LIMIT THE PICTUREs. My wife can spend a couple of hundred in the pictures. The last cruise on the Conquest I knew I was in throuble when the photoshop guy knew her name and greeted her as she came into the photo viewing area ... on the THIRD day!

Excursions- these are NOT a must. If this is your first cruise, you can just "go into port" and look around. There are plenty of shops to visit. You can also just take a taxi to a beach. If you come back with your itinerary, we can all give you less expensive options than booking excursions.

SO, if you can do those things you can get by with the auto tips ($10 per day per person) and figure about $100 in nickle dime things. If you are not a drinker and don't need to buy the pictures or spa treatments OR need to go to the supper club (which isn't even available on all the ships) everything else is included. You need to establish this before you get on the ship.

As for MaryAnnb's question on carrying that much cash... Actually I do. I have my casino funds which I bring in the form of traveler's checks. And then we have the general cruise fund for cash in ports and other things. It al goes in the safe. We already had that topic covered pretty good, so I won't go into that here. But we have never been truly concerned with having a lot of money in the cabin safe.

Then we use a credit card for the sign and sail account. What is left from the casino funds and the general account pays on the balance the last day of the cruise. This normally (unless I have a BAD casino trip) is more than enough to pay the balance of the cruise off. Just remember to keep the traveler's checks and the receipt for them in seperate places so that if the checks are stolen (or lost) you can get re-embursed. I just leave the receipt in the luggage and through the checks in the safe.
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Old 06-19-2007, 02:19 PM
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Jim - i absolutely plan on limiting the pictures...i recently bought a nice new camera for my trip to Europe, and I plan on using that...in the end, i'll be just as happy...any "better quality" of the professional pic will be balanced out by the price

and, since you asked, im on the Miracle for an 8 day eastern - san juan, st thomas, tortola...as of now, i plan on one excursion, hopefully snorkeling, but we will see...any suggestions would be welcome

my pulse has slowed up a bit...i dont think ill be in the $1000/pp range...maybe $250 - $400 each for my gf and myself...but, then again, this is why i have a job - gotta enjoy the nicer things sometimes
 
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