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Old 11-05-2009, 09:18 AM
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Dave is a big spender!

I think for two people on a 15-night cruise, 7 ports, excursions in 6 ports, we spent a little less than $800 for the 6 excursions for two people. Prices for the excursions ranged from $45 to $99 (an all-day tour).

For on-board purchases, our biggest expenditure was the tips. We also bought a few photos, postcards, miscellaneous items (stamps, etc.). I know we spent less than $500 total. We didn't do specialty restaurants, bar, etc., and didn't buy much on board (didn't see much that we wanted).

Souvenirs on land--I am a Hard Rock Cafe fanatic and I visited 5 HRCs in all on the cruise (including embarkation and debarkation ports) and the HRCs was my biggest expense. Outside of HRC, I really didn't spend much money at all. There wasn't a whole lot that I wanted. Spent a $1 on a postcard in Jamaica. I usually don't spend that much on postcards, but it was an exception. Didn't buy anything in Cartagena. Spent a few dollars in Costa Rica--maybe $10-$15. Oh, plus, $6 for Aloe Vera Gel. I refused to pay $13 on the ship. I didn't care how burnt I was! Bought nothing in Huatulco. Spent about $36 in Acapulco excluding HRC. Spent maybe $90 in Puerto Vallarta excluding HRC (went to the Walmart across the street from the port and found some great stuff!). Spent $10 in Cabo San Lucas excluding HRC. I probably spent less than $200 in the 7 ports the ship visited.

It certainly helped that the shops the excursions took us to sold basically the same old junk I didn't want. I also refused to pay $1 for 2 postcards. I would have bought postcards if they were cheaper, but 50 c a postcard is too much IMO!
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Old 11-05-2009, 10:36 AM
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Ok, I have waited an hour for Dave to respond and I hope he does, but I gotta. Maurine, all of us cruise differently, some more alike than others. I thought you were kinda harsh with Freedom's wife, kinda funny too, leave her at hoem ??? I know that many people feel they are getting ripped off by alcohol on a cruise ship, but I do enjoy a few drinks and I budget for that. Others spend way more on excursions, I used to but I am over all that in the Carribean or Mexico. I enjoy the ship most of all. Dave was pretty clear and reasonable about his cruise budget for him. But not to spend 50 cents on a postcard and remember that ??? I believe very strongly that everyone's opinion is important, and others benefit from the variety of responses. I hope we are helping, but I know I find it very entertaining as I sit at work where its 45 degrees outside. I stiil love Sonny's idea of the four ladies who were gonna share a porthole room, to live in a closet for a few days first. Hysterical !! But it ended up they were able to get another room for very little extra. Great conclusion, I only hope we help Freedom as much because he does does think CRUISING IS AWESOME. Me too, for 30 years.
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Old 11-05-2009, 12:43 PM
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It is true alcohol can be an expense; although in the pubs I frequent on shore we pay an average of $5:00 for a beer and from $4:00 to $7:50 for a glass of wine plus tips. Not all that different than on board, the only thing is I drink lots more when I am on holiday, I am sure we all do - the extra three or four beers during the day or a bottle of wine at dinner a Drambuie after the show at the piano bar with coffee it all adds up. We do not use the casino or buy much merchandise yet our bill at the end of the cruise is pages long, we spend lots. We enjoy the specialty restaurants and tours, on the last Alaskan cruise we bought a spa package, money well spent. All in all a cruise is a very inexpensive holiday wonder how the cruise lines can do it with some of the prices they offer, obviously the casino, tours and drinks are where the profits come from.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:20 AM
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I thought you were kinda harsh with Freedom's wife, kinda funny too, leave her at hoem ???
It was just that she already seemed negative and the cruise hadn't started. Maybe once she gets on board, she'll lighten up.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:30 AM
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But not to spend 50 cents on a postcard and remember that ???
I thought they were overpriced. And it would have been more than 50c because I went to 7 ports and would have bought several postcards in each port. I mean, in the U.S. you can get postcards for maybe 5 for $1 or something like. I did get a few cards at Fort San Diego and at the San Diego Zoo, but I just felt the cards were overpriced and while I would have liked a few cards, obviously I've managed to live without them.

Some things I'll spend more on and others I won't. I really tried to be judicious in my spending because I didn't want to waste my money, I have limited space at home (I passed on the Costa Rican ox-cart.), and I had limited luggage room. I did splurge at HRC because I love them!

I don't drink alcohol so it was no prob for me to pass on that. I did try a complimentary mimosa and remembered why I don't drink alcohol.

I think we did pretty well on our excursions. And I was really glad we were on a ship-booked excursion in CR. There was an accident and traffic was all backed up. Guide was in contact with ship. We did manage to get back before planned sailing time. One bus did not. Since we were on a ship-booked excursion we weren't biting our fingernails wondering if we'd make the ship and the bus that got back late had no worries either as it was an excursion booked through the ship.
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But it ended up they were able to get another room for very little extra.
That's a good idea. Otherwise, they'd have to come up with a chart as to who gets the bathroom when.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:31 AM
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obviously the casino, tours and drinks are where the profits come from.
I think they get a lot of money from photos too.

What about Bingo?

Yes, you can go on a cruise and not spend anything extra (except gratuities) so it is pretty cost-effective.
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Just was at Split Rock State Park on Lake Superior. Post cards were .50 each, and the really cute vintage looking ones were $2-$3.50. I only know this because I picked up a few to scrap book with. Anyhow I already weighed in on how little we spend on board and for each person this is a very individual choice. My goal when traveling is to focus and budget on items and experiences not available at home and that doesn't include a soda card or the casino. Others wouldn't feel like they had had a vacation or even feel deprived if they didn't sample those things, especially the bar drinks. We are only putting our preferences and budgets out there to give the poster ideas of what can and can't be done. I know someone who spends under $100 per cruise (NOT including gratuities) but can go on 3 and 4 day cruises every couple months. Their choice to go more often and spend less each time.
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Oh yeah, and being concerned about hidden and add on costs and how they will blow the budget is not buzzkill. Someone who has never experienced a cruise could possibly know what to expect, and very few people I know are on the "who cares" travel plan when I comes to expenses. My first cruise was in 1993, the year we started a new business, and I had a toddler at home. We didn't have an extra dime in those days and I did worry about "extras". Fortunately in those days there weren't many extras to trip up your budget. I would hate to have inquired about what to expect and have someone suggest leaving me at home.
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We took our oldest Son on an Alaskan cruise in 1995 or so. He was only 16; we gave him permission to charge his drinks. I checked his expenditure each day. It was only a one week cruise and by the end of the week he managed to rack up a larger bill for “Mock tails” then we did for our bar bills combined. Another learning experience.
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