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Old 10-22-2006, 11:56 AM
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This is my husband & I's first cruise.
I have seen some postings stating people spend around $800-$1000 on on-board expenses. And I am trying to figure out how this is possible.
My husband and I don't drink or gamble, we are just going to relax. SO I trying to figure out
if we would possible spend $800???

Also, how does tipping work on RCL? Can I just pay the staff in cash?

Thank you! Lots of questions
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Old 10-22-2006, 11:56 AM
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This is my husband & I's first cruise.
I have seen some postings stating people spend around $800-$1000 on on-board expenses. And I am trying to figure out how this is possible.
My husband and I don't drink or gamble, we are just going to relax. SO I trying to figure out
if we would possible spend $800???

Also, how does tipping work on RCL? Can I just pay the staff in cash?

Thank you! Lots of questions
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Old 10-22-2006, 03:02 PM
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If you don't drink alcohol or soda's,
don't eat in the specialty restaurants,
don't use the bottled water in you cabin,
don't shop on board or play bingo spend in the casino
don't do ship excursions etc...
You will not spend anything.
I think on RCCL you pay the tips in cash at the end but I have never sailed RCCL so may be different than other lines that have auto-tips added to you ship board account.
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RC gives you the choice of pre-paying your gratuities by charging them on your onboard account or paying cash.
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Old 10-22-2006, 04:59 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by cruise2cruise:
This is my husband & I's first cruise.
I have seen some postings stating people spend around $800-$1000 on on-board expenses. And I am trying to figure out how this is possible.
My husband and I don't drink or gamble, we are just going to relax. SO I trying to figure out
if we would possible spend $800???



As Lyn noted, most of the onboard expenses involve drinks (both alcohol and soda), buying stuff in the ship's stores, gambling, and buying tours through the ship. We typically run up a tab of around $1000 for a 7-day cruise. A lot of it is in bar purchases - probably half or more.
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Old 10-22-2006, 05:11 PM
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And don't forget about the pictures! If you can manage not to buy any of the pictures they take of you every time you turn around, then that helps too. If you are not going to drink or gamble, you shouldn't have that much of a bill at the end of the cruise. Just the tips... Also remember about excursions in the ports. You can figure about $200 for the two of you on average unless you book ahead by your self and do not go through the cruise lines.
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Originally posted by cruise2cruise:
This is my husband & I's first cruise.
I have seen some postings stating people spend around $800-$1000 on on-board expenses. And I am trying to figure out how this is possible.
My husband and I don't drink or gamble, we are just going to relax. SO I trying to figure out
if we would possible spend $800???

Also, how does tipping work on RCL? Can I just pay the staff in cash?

Thank you! Lots of questions


cruise2cruise, (and others)

This thread is a duplicate of what you posted in the Royal Caribbean section. We don't like to have the same question asked by the same person in more than one section. It causes confusion and duplicate postings. So - I am closing this thread.

Everyone please continue to respond here.
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