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Old 01-30-2006, 07:21 AM
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I am going on a 7 day cruise on the miracle. The cruise was booked through singlescruise.com. I was under the impression that the $800.00 + ticket covered all expenses on the ship other than acohol and tips. As far as going to eat and going to the bars etc... Can someone PLEASE tell me what to expect. This is my first cruise and I know nothing about cruises. I am hearing that there are cover charges and so on. What is a ballpark figure of the amount of money I should take for just on ship?
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Your smart to ask about this. Many people don't and get shocked by the way it all works!

1) Tips for "primary services" will be added to your Sign and Sail Account (on-board charge account... most people use a credit card as the payment option for their Sign and Sail but they will take a cash deposit) Total will be about $70.00 for the 7-day cruise. If you want to tip anyone else... use cash.

2) Alcoholic Beverages are charged to your Sign and Sail Account. They are not "cheap" but it is a vacation! Margaritas were something like $4.98 each and Coffee Drinks were around $5.50. (This includes a tip / service fee for the server.)

3) Iced Tea, and Lemonade are always available at no charge at self service stations all over the Lido deck. Sodas are $2.50 each but you can buy a card for $30.00 or so that covers them for the whole cruise.

So..... I don't know what you like to drink or how much but I'd say to plan on at least $30.00 per day in misc. spending. I usually manage to spend $60.00 or so every day at sea and $100.00 or more in port. Hmmm? Does that mean I have a drinking problem? Nah... No Problem! LOL

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Old 01-30-2006, 08:54 AM
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Is there cover charges to get into the restaurants and bars?
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Oooops... I forgot the other thing! I sometimes focus on the margaritas! Some of the ships have a restaurant of two that charge a "cover" the fee is usually $10.00 to $25.00 per person. Most people will try one or two of these during their cruise. Your choice... I'd go for a couple extra drinks or upgrade to a better bottle of wine in the dining room!
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I've never seen a cover for the bars on-board. If there was one, I crashed it!
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Old 01-30-2006, 09:02 AM
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Thanks for your info!!
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Old 01-30-2006, 09:02 AM
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That really depends on your personnal habits and what you like to do. The cost of the cruise does cover all meals in the main dining room and the Lido buffet. The Miracle has a reservation only dining room Nick & Nora's, which if you choose to dine there, has a cover charge. I believe $25pp. The speciality coffee, soft drinks, and alcohol drinks are extra and a 15% gratuity will be added to the bill. You will pay for things you choose to do of personnal nature such as the spa, bingo, casino, shore excursions, gift shop. The gymnasium is free, however; there are certain classes such as yoga, pilates, there is a nominal fee. All your entertainment of production shows, comedians, magicians, music in lounges, poolside entertainment is free. The ship will charge your onboard account $10 per person per day for gratuites to cover your cabin steward, waiter, asst waiter, and buffet staff. You may adjust the gratuites. Up or down. The staff works very hard and long hours.
You may charge anything ship related to your on board account so you would need cash for casino, bingo, and for things in port such as taxis, souvenirs, perhaps lunch and drinks. Depending on your spending habits. Take lots of ones and smaller bills. There is a safe in your room to lock up valuables and excess cash. Only take ashore an estimate of what you think you might need. You can use your charge cards in the reputable jewelry stores for large purchases. IE; Diamonds International, Tanzanite Intl. Columbian Emeralds. The ship will have a port talk to recommend stores. While many believe the ship gets a kick back from the recommended stores, it also is wise to use these stores because they are more reputable. Also if you have a problem with a piece of jewelry within 30 days of purchase the cruise line will take care of it for you. If you buy in a small mom&pop shady store you are on your own.
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Old 01-30-2006, 09:07 AM
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Thank you! All the info is very helpful!
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Old 01-30-2006, 01:41 PM
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new2cruisen,

To add to what the others have said, please note that all of your charges on the ship are made to your Sign and Sail Card, which is your onboard charge account. It is the only accepted form of payment while on the ship. Cash can only be used in the casino, for bingo, or if you wish to tip the staff with cash instead of using the automatic gratuity program - which you can opt out of.
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Old 01-30-2006, 01:48 PM
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I'm getting a little confused about the tipping. They charge the card for tips and then I'm supposed to tip with cash as well? Or I can say no to charging the card for tips and just tip cash? Is it $10 a day or is it a percentage that is charged to the card or both?
 
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