the poor person, travelling with 4 children and an old mother.
I hope you have a good time and very important, some time for yourself onboard.
On the Zenith the prices for laundry were not so expensive. On some ships are washing machines availible, maybe on the Elation too.
But it must be horrable, to come on board and do the laundry for 6 persons.
Sorry, but I have no money saving tips for you.
But I wish you a very nice cruise, no poblems with the old lady or the kids and I hope you can enjoy some parts of the cruise.
Hold in your mind, that the next cruise is perhaps without the kids, only for you and your needs and wishes.
Best wishes, Marita
(going on vacation tomorrow close to the Northsea in the Netherlands).
You have to be getting excited (even if you have the whole family in tow)! Wow!! Two days - wish I was going (I have to wait until the end of the month to escape). Have an absolutely fabulous time and we are all looking forward to your stories (I know you will have some) when you return.
As for money saving tips - I have 2: First, set a monetary limit you are comfortable with for the children each day - video games, sodas, souenirs in port, etc. all add up quickly (AND then - the hardest thing for a Mom to do - stick to it!!) Secondly, don't rush to buy the photos. I always suggest you fight the urge and wait until the end of the cruise - then pick out that one photo that seems to best represent the cruise and act as a lasting memory.
Oh yeah, as a sidenote: Allow yourself at least one luxury that is not inline with "money saving tips" - purchase a spa package or order those fancy drinks at the pool non-stop (or do both) - Remember, you deserve it!!!
Marita, This sounds familiar!! I sailed on the Elation its inaugrual year to Mexico, and had two kids and my mom!! And you know, I had a blast!! My money saving tip is this: on Lido deck there was free beverage service that consisted of coffee, tea, and juice!! The kids just wanted something cold, so the juice was satisfactory and my mom and I were happy too. Have fun!! Sharon