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Old 01-10-2007, 08:27 PM
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I know you seasoned cruisers get tired of answering redundant questions from us newbies so I apologize for mine in advance. There are so many posts on every question would could imagine that my head spins when trying to find the answer to a question I might have, So.......

How much cash should one bring on a 7 day cruise? Other than personal one on one tipping (not counting the automatic tip added to your bill) and how much are other things such as stuff in the casino's? How much are the slot machines, nickel, dollar, etc..., Blackjack tables, one dollar, five dollars, etc.... and how much are things like coffee, tea, fruit juice, bottled water? I know you can get a card for pop or soft drinks.

I've ready somewhere on here that one should bring twice as much cash as they originally thought and to pack half as many clothes as the originally thought.
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Old 01-11-2007, 04:48 AM
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my beer tab alone for a four day cruise ranges from $350.00 to $400.00 (cheaper than a new york bar for 4 days.

My Casino Loosings on a four day have usually bee between $1500.00 and $2000.00

I just Booked an 8 day on the liberty in October...my first long cruise, and I have learned from others here on this board things I will try then , such as....Limit my self to $100.00 a day for the casino, and bring a bottle of Captian morgan on board. if I do that the cost should be the same for me as the 4 day cruises.....lol

there are penny slots, very few nickle slots (four on the Fantasy) Then there are multidenomination slots (the best) from .25 .50 1.00 2.00 , I played .50 cent roulette (fun) 5 & 2 dollar black jack .

coffe , tea and juice are free. the water on the ship out of the tap is probably cleaner than the bottled water you buy. (saw that on the discovery channel) ..Bottled water you pay for.
And since I can tell your Gender from your nick name.
if your a guy: dont worry you'll have enough to wear no matter what you pack.

woman : List

8 Thong panties *(4 Hot pink rest color of your choice) matching Bra's

4 pair of Boy short panties
7 regular high cut bkini's
3 low cut bikini's
3 open back Black cocktail dresses (diff lenghts)
10 pair stiletto heels.
3 pair of Black seemed stockings (no panty hose)
4 mini skirts
5 assorted pullover low neck shirts
3 pair of short denim shorts

one pair of tennis shoes (incase you have to run and get your man a beer)

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Old 01-11-2007, 05:27 AM
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How much cash? There is no pat answer for that! Assuming you use a credit card to secure your shipboard account you will only need cash on the ship for any casino losses you plan and for personal tips you want to extend beyond those automatically added to your account. You can't use cash to buy things on the ship - only your cruise card.

So it really comes down to how much you need for going ashore in the ports. In the Caribbean we usually bring $100 to $150 per adult ashore with us for each port visit. We usually don't spend all of it, so by the end of a typical 7-day cruise we usually have at least half of the cash we started with. Speaking stictly for us (two adults and one child) when we go on a 7-day we bring along $1200 in cash or so. But we also always strive to get to the port a day early, so some of this money is used up on that day and evening.
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Old 01-11-2007, 08:47 AM
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great advice dave. we will usually spend anywhere between 50-100 dollars on sea days and around 150-300 when in port. IT really all depends on where you are and what you want to buy. We always bring 500 off the ship with us just in case we find somthing that we really like that costs alot of money. However we have only used all of that once. If you took 1200 total for two people for the week and you are an average spender and gambler then you should be fine. I usually only spend around 100 for the week in the casino. I am going to hawaii in the fall and i am bringing 250 per day because it hawaii and everything costs a arm and a leg
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Old 01-11-2007, 09:00 AM
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To answer the portion of the question on the casino- CCL (assuming you are cruising on CCL sinc eyou posted it here) Has a couple of $5 BJ tables, but will also have $10/$15 and $25 min tables. Most of the poker table games are $5 min bets. The craps tables is a $5 minimum.
For slots, typically there are quarter slots but I have also seen penny slots (on the Spirit) and most have $1 machines too but most are $0.25 machines.

The others provided good advice on other cash needs so I won't be redundant.
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Old 01-11-2007, 09:55 PM
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My wife and I take $1400 on a 7 day trip--but usually come home with about half of that. Better to have it and not need it than the other way around.
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Old 01-16-2007, 08:47 PM
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Send me a check for $ 500 and I will tell you how much cash to bring! LOL

It really is a huge variable from one person to another and Dave's point is well taken. I like the reasoning of f-mattox. Shipboard credit account aside, It would be quite easy to spend a
$ 100 per day per person in cash.
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:08 PM
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I've seen Carnival offer $2 blackjack the first day or two of the cruise and then after that it goes up. I don't spend much in the casino, so those tables are good for me. I also learned roulette last cruise and I really liked it.
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Old 01-21-2007, 09:35 AM
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The minimum I plan on is $100 cash, a day, per person. Plus a credit card.
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Old 01-21-2007, 11:19 AM
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Originally posted by dhornick:
I know you seasoned cruisers get tired of answering redundant questions from us newbies so I apologize for mine in advance.

Your premise is wrong. I can't speak for anyone else but my thoughts are that the veteran posters love it when someone asks for advice or even what would be considered mundane questions.

If I could go into a little amateur analysis, I think that we thrive on being seasoned cruisers and love sharing our experiences. In other words it makes us “feel good” to have impact on the lives of others. Also, we want other people to know how great it is to take cruise vacations. This also means that we like be pampered and looked after. We enjoy the sun and sea. Some of us snorkel or climb or shop and there are others who seem to plunge into decadent, binge behaviors to maybe escape the reality of their present existence.

For me, I am a serious lounge chair lizard, passing through the karaoke bars on my way to watching sunsets and sunrises. I breathe deep of the salt air and quirky island aromas. I am up with the sun and after a good breakfast linger long on the fantail seating area and watch people, servers, children, the wake of the ship the dolphins breaching along side. Engage in conversation with willing participants and pray that the morning never breaks into afternoon where other pleasure await. To slow down the day and turn the clock back and absorb more of life in the moment so I don’t think redundant questions from newbies will ever tire me. My only worry is that I might think I have all the answers! Good thing there are so many other wiser and more experienced posters!
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