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Old 04-02-2004, 08:34 AM
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Hey Past Cruisers and any one else who might have an idea.
Does any one have any suggestions on how much spending money they are taking or have taken one a one week cruise. My boyfriend and I like to drink and hear horror stories about huge bar tabs. We want to do some shore excursions and want to buy some pictures. I am just worried that we might not have enough money for everything. Just looking for some suggestions. Thanks Jenn
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Hey Past Cruisers and any one else who might have an idea.
Does any one have any suggestions on how much spending money they are taking or have taken one a one week cruise. My boyfriend and I like to drink and hear horror stories about huge bar tabs. We want to do some shore excursions and want to buy some pictures. I am just worried that we might not have enough money for everything. Just looking for some suggestions. Thanks Jenn
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Old 04-02-2004, 12:01 PM
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This is a question that many ask but it is almost impossible to answer. Each person spends differently. Tours can cost anywhere from $20 a person up to $300 a person depending on the type of tour. Flight tours will most likely be the most expensive. Only you know what your drinking habits are and many drink a little more on a cruise than they would at home. The cruise line will take many pictures of you so you will have to decide how many you want to purchase.

The best thing to do is to budget how much you are willing to spend or are comfortable spending. You will get a receipt for every tour, drink and picture you get onboard the ship. Check out these receipts often to see if you are within your budget.

Keep in mind drinks onboard automatically add 15% tip to your bill. Tipping will be expected for wait staff and room stewards. Some lines have auto tipping some do not. Your tickets or your brochure will have suggested tipping listed but you still can tip according to what you feel is right whether it is auto tipping or not.

I know you wanted a monitary figure given but as I said that is not possible because only you know your spending habits. I personally have been on a cruise where I only spent $200 and I have been on a cruise where I spent over $1000 so it can vary from cruise to cruise.
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I have been on many cruises, average yourself 100.00 per day for two people. This is off of the ship. That should cover all expenses for extras, shopping, excursions liquor ect. Some days may be more, some less, so it works out in the end. Good Luck!
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Hi we are taking 4,000 follars on our cruise this summer on the Paradise. We want to purchase art at the auctions, jewelry and mexican china. It totally depends on what you want to buy and do. We also like gambling on the ship, drinking and buying the ictures.
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You can charge just about everything to your "sign and sail" onboard account and most ships have atms available (not to mention atms in the various ports) I normally only take a few hundred dollars and then get more if I need it on a cruise.

If a ship doesn't have an atm, you can always get cash from the casino by cashing a check, against a credit card or by signing to your account.

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Sometimes the ATM's onboard don't work properly. I might suggest bringing along some travelers checks too, as you can cash those at the purser's office if you need more cash on hand. I am sure the previous post referring to bringing lots of money is by someone who will be purchasing art in the ports. Even in those cases, a credit card might be a better choice - more protection in case you get home and find out that piece of priceless ancient sculpture you bought was actually a made-in-China ripoff!
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Old 08-20-2004, 10:23 AM
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when I o on vacation I make envelopes for each day and get an idea where we will go and how much it will cost. I usually round it off to the higher amount.food, extra spend money for the kids, everything i can think of and put the money in each envelope and mark what that days activities are and how much is in the envelope. Make an extra envelope marked extra money. Every day I had extra money from the day before which after a few days I could do more than I planned for that particular day. Still after all my trips I always came home with at least a hundred dollars extra.
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That is a GREAT idea!

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