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Old 07-17-2009, 01:37 PM
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Basically what it comes down to is you can spend as much as you'd like, depending on your interests and financial capabilities- there are many on board who do nothing extra and their only added expense is the gratuity. There are those who have a drink in their hand for the entire cruise and have bar bills in the thousands - there are those who never get one drink. That's the greatest thing about cruising - once you're on board it's totally up to you what to spend. My wife and I constantly hear 'It must be nice to have the $$ to go on a cruise' - meanwhile they book a house at Nags Head for $6000/wk. - Even if you need to watch your budget, you can still have a great cruise by doing things in moderation - a few cocktails, a few nickel slots, a few mid priced excursions, a couple of T's and you're good to go!
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Thank you so very much for the advise. I have to admit, I am a penny pincher but I have to as I work really hard for my money and so does my husband of 20 years. We have a beautiful home and two wonderful boys...our 17 year old goes into college next year. We are already saving for that as financial aid....what is that? We do not qualify for. We saved for this trip...it was not chear about $6,200.00 had to have the balcony...lol I want this to be memorable as the kids are getting older...one into College next year and the other into High School...my babies are growing and so I am trying to have some wonderful memories. What is important to my husband and I is not how much money we spend but the quality time with the kids...before they leave the nest and then it will just be us to on cruises.

Thanks for your advise.....very good by the way...that is the route I am going towards.
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That is wonderful advise. It is amazing as I too have friends that have the audacity to comment the same thing. The long trips down to the Jersey Shore, Atlantice City and now the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA.

Thanks for the advise!
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This is great, common sense advice Denjoker. We do not take vacations every year so when we do take one we can be indulgent and do what we want. This is our second family cruise and we are planning for some great activities. Carmen610, our families sound identical. We have 2 kids also also and we are thinking this may be our last family vacation. The oldest hoping to go into the military and our youngest is in high school. Cruises are a great way to spend time as a family, have a great trip!
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DenJoker, That was really good advice.

A cruise is really the only vacation I get to do all year, and I truly enjoy it. I set a budget for it. Some years I have more to spend, some years less. Regardless of what I spend I always have a great time.

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Carmena610 guaranteed that memories will be had and shared for many years to come from your family cruise. True, they grow up so fast and this will be one to remember. We would love to get our entire family together for a family cruise before they get too old and in their own groove. I can just see the 11 of us decending on RCI; it would be a hoot!
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DenJoker: I get the same thing! People have no idea what a. I give up at home for cruising, and b. what the true cost of say a Disney World vacation is compared to a cruise. (why does no one imply you must be wealthy if you are taking a family of five to Orlando for a week and getting a 3 park pass?) Anyhow it seems that the first cruise you spend more--got to try things. Now, we just do all the entertainment options on the ship that are included (so many!) and enjoy the pool/outdoor areas. I have an envelope I feed every week so that we can do some excursions.

Ask yourself what you will remember in 10 years and odds are it will not be Johnny Rockets or the casino.
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By the way, I totally agree with other posters. The staff bends over backward to make this the trip of a lifetime. Do not try to stretch your budget with limiting gratuities. By the way one of the major highpoints of cruise travel with the teens is the staff. When they are not running their butts off to serve you feel free to ask them about their home--a typical meal there, a date there, city or country dwellers--I figure my kids have an international education just from the staff. Some of them are lonely and have been away from home a long time and enjoy not just being a set of hands to serve you for a little while.
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Spoheat, you are so right, the crew absolutely love talking about their homes. Most are very proud of their countries, their customs, and especially their families whom they haven't seen for months (in some cases years).
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On our recent Grandeur cruise one of the assistant CDs was so excited because she was from Halifax and we were headed there. She gave everyone suggestions on where the locals eat, drink, etc. She actually got some vacation time there - said it had been 8 months since she'd been home.
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