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Old 03-30-2008, 02:50 PM
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I am not a drinker so I cannot tell you how much drinks cost. I think beer is around 3 to 4 bucks a bottle and virgin drinks are not that bad. I don't think it is that bad, seems like the drinks are mighty popular on the ship so you should be ok.
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:27 AM
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Sorry guys-what I ment was that TA's MAY cruise more BECAUSE of work-I DID think that there were more TA's on board here than apparently there really are-no harm, no foul; I submit.
IS it really going to cost an extra $1000.00 for a balcony over an inside cabin?
If it's really budget time, maybe an inside cabin IS the way to go then. Maybe one of the cabins that overlook the Prominade area would be nice too. Either way, we can all agree that you're going to LOVE crusing.
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:29 AM
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I have been on three cruises so far. All have been inside cabins. The thing that I noticed was that when the light is out it is DARK, I mean pitch black, in there. I have never slept in a place like that and found that I slept soooo much better. Other than sleeping, we were not in our room. I have found that with more outside and balcony cabins it seems like more people are staying in their rooms freeing up the rest of the ship for me. Since I have not had an outside cabin I have nothing to compare with, but for the price difference, I'll stay inside.
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Old 03-31-2008, 06:13 AM
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We used to book the lowest fare possible, then one cruise had a balcony. It's very hard to go back to an inside or even an oceanview, however, it's better to be inside than not on a ship at all. If you drink, book excursions that offer drinks included in them. Most snorkeling excursions will give you rum punches on the way back, there are some "party boat" excursions that the rum punch flows freely. If you prefer beer, purchase them in port where they're $1-$2, you can't take them back on board, but you can drink them while you're exploring the port. Most crise lines offer bucket-o-beer, where you purchase 5 and get 6 or 4 and get 5. It's served in a bucket, helmet, some type of container of ice, so you can take them back to your room. Some cruise lines offer a drink of the day, if you don't get them in the souvineer glass, they will be less expensive. Some cruise ships have penny slot machines, almost all of them have nickel slots. You don't have to purchase every picture they take, so only get the ones you really want. You don't have to purchase them at all, but they do a great job. I like the ones they do with the intinerary on them. There's plenty to do without spending a ton of money. Read through our port section for ideas on excursions. I do suggest going through the ship for anything other than going to a beach or shopping. That way, you are sure you'll be brought back on time and that the vendors have been checked out. Best wishes and have a wonderful cruise!
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Old 03-31-2008, 07:54 AM
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I DID think that there were more TA's on board here than apparently there really are
And that would be a very reasonable assumption, but my experience with running travel forums (I work at another one too) shows the opposite to be true these days. Years ago it was common for many agents to actively work the boards but not anymore. The cruise specialist I am affiliated with hasn't visited a forum in probably 7 or 8 years.

Back to the topic at hand...

I have been tempted by the promenade cabins on the Voyager and Freedom class ships. Of course there is the Ben & Jerry "sweet" among these cabins and those lucky people get free ice cream all cruise long!
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:36 AM
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The promenade cabins are nice, but almost as much as an outside or balcony at times. It would be worth another $100 to be to have a promenade over an inside cabin.

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We travel as a family of four and get the balcony cabin. The third and fourth person have a somewhat discounted fare which helps with this. Should my husband and I return to those earlier days of cruising just the two of us we will probably look to inside and go more often. Just trying to figure out where we will pin the wet swimsuits with no balcony.

Budget: Drinks are expensive. Specialty restaurants are expensive. I save my money for the excursions. Even if I couldn't afford to "excurse" I would still want to cruise, there is almost always a beach just a cab ride away at most ports. I also prefer experiences to "things" and when on a budget I limit shopping. The thing you acquire as a remembrance will be long worn out, dusty, or discarded and you will still be remembering the great fish you saw, the white sand, the river you tubed down, etc.

Please Please Please don't try to make your budget by thinking you will short the gratuities. These people work their backsides off--well, you will see when you get there!

And check the brochures for where you want to go next, because you will be hooked.
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Also, for your next cruise: as soon as this one is paid for start an envelope or a separate account. However much you can possibly part with take out of EACH paycheck and put it aside for the next adventure. You will notice we cruise annually: That's a lot of twenties in a #10 business envelope, but it is a lot less painful that way!
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Just trying to figure out where we will pin the wet swimsuits with no balcony.
On the clothesline in the shower.

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Good idea sphoheat, I have a cruise jar and a piggy bank. The cruise jar gets whatever I have left at the end of the week from my paper money, my piggy bank gets all of my change. The cruise jar is for the cruise fare and the piggy bank is for my spending money.
 
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