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Old 11-07-2009, 09:53 AM
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Cruises were more expensive 10-15 years back
Yes, even though more was included in the cruise fare, in the big picture it cost more. I remember the two of us going on the Majesty Of The Seas for a 7-night western Caribbean in 1993. We had a category C balcony cabin and as I recall we paid close to $4000. A similar sized cabin these days can be had for half that. We also ran up $1500 in onboard charges, and this was when you had to pay the tips in cash.
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Our cruises in '93 and '94 were "incentive travel" and cost us nothing but gratuities and on/off board extras. We were given a tax value of $1800 for two on the 4 day, and $2900 for two on the week cruise--I believe that included two airfares. We had oceanview rooms. Last year we went on the AOS for $5200 for five, including 5 airfares from MSP to San Juan, had a D10 Balcony room and an inside cabin for two.
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Some of the best excursions we've done is a visit of the island from a cab driver for a negotiated price. They won't always take you to tourist traps,
penny - As long as you have an honest cab driver I agree this is the way to go in the Caribbean but , as we have recently read in the posts, sometimes one can run into very ruthless cabbies who will take advantage!!
I usually ask one of the local constabulary at the terminal to recommend a driver - and I've never had a problem!

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