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View Poll Results: Just a poll to see how many actually can pay for your cruise and air, etc. BEFORE you go?
Or do you
Pay before your cruise? 53 91.38%
Pay after your cruise? 5 8.62%
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:05 PM
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Hi all.
Just a poll to see how many actually can pay for your cruise and air, etc. BEFORE you go?
Or do you charge it and then pay throughout the year?
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:28 PM
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We have done it both ways. But if we "charge it" we typically don't take too long to pay it off. And then on a couple of cruises, I have paid off the balance before leaving the ship from casino winnings... those are the best ones..
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:32 PM
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My rule is: don't ever go in debt for a vacation. I always use a card to pay for my cruises, and for the onboard charges, but I always have the assets to pay it off.
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:37 PM
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We pay for our cruise and excurions before we sail. If we have anything on the sign and sail card it is paid off at our next billing cycle or before.
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Old 02-02-2007, 03:35 PM
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Don't go into debt for anything but your house...life is much better debt free....pay for your vacation up front....you'll have a much better time!
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Old 02-02-2007, 04:57 PM
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Totally agree with all the above; if you can't pay up front, don't go.
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Old 02-03-2007, 07:43 AM
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Two words..Tax Refund! my way to pay for my yearly vacation.
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Old 02-03-2007, 09:09 AM
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When we book our vacation a year in advance, then I placed it on my American express and had them charge it over 5 months, paying the balance off every month and also getting the "points" paid tips also

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Old 02-03-2007, 01:00 PM
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We book our cruise almost a year in advance, so we have plenty of time. We pay it off BEFORE we cruise. Also, we pay the gratuities before we go as well.

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Old 02-03-2007, 03:08 PM
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paid in advance and gambeling money is saved as well. then an extra $500.00 is set aside for sail & Sign (Bar Tab). I come off the cruise relaxed as I should ,,,and not stressed about the money blown (in the Casino) or drank away. Thats exactly what it was allocated for. altho I do feel guilty blowing $1600.00 on a short three day cruise in the casino 2 weeks ago. could have paid off my October 13th 8 dayer on the Liberty this year. I better get singing I only have 9 months left before I cruise.
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