Just curious, if it's not too personal, how much everyone spend on their cruises as far as spending money (including tips, excursions, drinks-alcoholic/non-alcoholic, shopping, entertainment on cruise etc.) I know everyone is different, just trying to get a ballpark/average. As many responses as possible are welcomed.
Like you said, it depends on a lot of things ... we did a 7 day in January and with the ship booked shore trips, we spent with tips added, an additional $900. I did buy 3 pieces of jewelery on board ship though. THis doesn't include what we spent in the ports.
When I went last year I was a part of a group and we prepaid tips and I took $1000 and returned with $350. However I am not a big drinker I think I had 6 drinks and I am not good at gambling so I saved money in those aspects. I also don't drink cokes. I know how boring. But I still had a wonderful time and brought back some goodies.
Well, for a family of four, 7 day caribbean cruise and doing an excursion in each port we spent about $1200 including tips ($240). But I also take about $200 or $300 a day in "miscellaneous casino expenses".
For an Alaska 7 day cruise you need to almost double that because the excursions cost at least twice as much as they do in the caribbean.
You can do much better than this if you curb drinking and excursions, but there is always something you want to spend money on .
I only spend $100 in the casino, on slots. This is my limit for each cruise. I'm lazy when it comes to tours and usually just go with those offered by the ship, even though I know I am paying more in many cases. But on Cozumel we usually don't take tours and will take taxis to wherever we want to go.
The bar tab is typically our largest expense on the cruise card. Even when getting the soda cards for my wife and son, that bar tab can be high. Those two cards by themselves are around $60 I guess.