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Wishful thinking. You can book on the cp up to 72 hours before departure, after that you book on board and the prices will have gone up by about 5%.
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#3
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When I read posts about people being concerned that they won't spend all their OBC and have some left at the end of the cruise it makes me wonder what they do on board all day. We had £460 credit on our trip in June and it had all gone by the end of the first week. Do people not drink, shop, visit speciality restaurants or pay the £6 pppd service charges?
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Solihull
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Originally posted by smj777
When I read posts about people being concerned that they won't spend all their OBC and have some left at the end of the cruise it makes me wonder what they do on board all day. We had £460 credit on our trip in June and it had all gone by the end of the first week. Do people not drink, shop, visit speciality restaurants or pay the £6 pppd service charges?


We work on our final bill being equivalent to £100 a day. I've brought quite a lot of excursions in advance of our next cruise (which is somewhat unusual but I've gone for the easy option), also I've booked a number of speciality restaurants in advance, as I wanted to see all of the acts in the Limelight and go to the Epicurean on day one. So I'm a bit worried about our OBS which is £900 but I figure with gratuities, hydro pool, wine, coffee, more speciality bookings etc. it should be ok. It is annoying that we can't use OBS when pre-booking, but people probably spend more this way - committing and paying in advance for something they may change their mind about when onboard.



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#5
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Joined Apr 2012
Originally posted by smj777
When I read posts about people being concerned that they won't spend all their OBC and have some left at the end of the cruise it makes me wonder what they do on board all day. We had £460 credit on our trip in June and it had all gone by the end of the first week. Do people not drink, shop, visit speciality restaurants or pay the £6 pppd service charges?
I think thats the case for some folk though not us
Many fellow travellers have told us they would never visit a speciality restaurant as they have already paid for their food. On my recent Adonia cruise we had several lunches and one evening meal in the Glass House and apart from one occasion the restaurant was never more than one third full (and you can eat in there for £5 or £6!) I also think some don't drink much in the bars and restaurants to save money - once we had a couple like that at our table and they had a drink in their cabin (inside one) before they came out in the evening

Horses for courses - but its my holiday and I am enjoying it
#6
Lancashire
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Originally posted by smj777
When I read posts about people being concerned that they won't spend all their OBC and have some left at the end of the cruise it makes me wonder what they do on board all day. We had £460 credit on our trip in June and it had all gone by the end of the first week. Do people not drink, shop, visit speciality restaurants or pay the £6 pppd service charges?
I pay the tips. But as for shopping, I've never seen that as a special holiday activity - we have shops at home, after all - and the idea of spending a couple of hundred pounds on food and drink on top of the unlimited free food and drink that's already available - not going to happen. (It helps that I don't actually like super-fancy fifty-ingredients food, and prefer tea to alcohol.)
#7
North East England
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Originally posted by dsrdsrdsr
I pay the tips. But as for shopping, I've never seen that as a special holiday activity - we have shops at home, after all - and the idea of spending a couple of hundred pounds on food and drink on top of the unlimited free food and drink that's already available - not going to happen. (It helps that I don't actually like super-fancy fifty-ingredients food, and prefer tea to alcohol.)
I'm at one with you there. As someone who is looking forward to my first ever cruise next year, can I just ask - is it obvious on board which venues charge extra as opposed to being included in your fare, or do I need to start researching the subject?
#8
Carlisle, Cumbria, UK. No Carlisle is not in Scotland
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Originally posted by Les_ldh
I'm at one with you there. As someone who is looking forward to my first ever cruise next year, can I just ask - is it obvious on board which venues charge extra as opposed to being included in your fare, or do I need to start researching the subject?
Yes it is pretty obvious. If staff are hanging about outside the venue, handing out fliers etc. it will be a paid for venue. It will also be indicated in the daily programmes.
#9
Devon, UK
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I have never had more than £200 OBC, so that's easy to spend and we rarely do excursions as we much prefer to DIY
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#11
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Originally posted by gadabout60
I think thats the case for some folk though not us
Many fellow travellers have told us they would never visit a speciality restaurant as they have already paid for their food. On my recent Adonia cruise we had several lunches and one evening meal in the Glass House and apart from one occasion the restaurant was never more than one third full (and you can eat in there for £5 or £6!) I also think some don't drink much in the bars and restaurants to save money - once we had a couple like that at our table and they had a drink in their cabin (inside one) before they came out in the evening

Horses for courses - but its my holiday and I am enjoying it
What's wrong with inside cabins ?????
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#12
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Originally posted by SDadw01
What's wrong with inside cabins ?????
I think the point isn't that there's anything wrong with inside cabins as a bedroom, but anyone who uses them as a cheap drinking zone might just be slightly too much in need of alcohol . I always have an inside cabin, but wouldn't want to hang out there.
#13
Edinburgh
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Originally posted by smj777
When I read posts about people being concerned that they won't spend all their OBC and have some left at the end of the cruise it makes me wonder what they do on board all day. We had £460 credit on our trip in June and it had all gone by the end of the first week. Do people not drink, shop, visit speciality restaurants or pay the £6 pppd service charges?
We've got £1550 for our next cruise!! It's 35 days so we will spend it. We'll probably do a couple of tours as we've done this itinerary a few times before - though we usually DIY. We love the Glass House and Beach House so we'll eat there a few (or more!) times. We'll also buy a bottle or two to drink in our cabin + water + mixers. Add that to our usual wine over dinner and drinks on deck, coffees etc - it's easily £300 per week. Apart from odds and ends we don't buy things in the shops.
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#16
Essex, UK
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Joined Jun 2015
Originally posted by beachdrifter1961
Where do you get all this on board spending money? We were given £90, that wont last one day!
We received £400 per person as a booking offer on B730.

It's pure luck as to when you book. Although the current obc iffer has been running for some months.


With the original question, we did it last year. If you book excursions after the 72 hour cut off window, it's charged to your onboard account.
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#17
Edinburgh
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Originally posted by beachdrifter1961
Where do you get all this on board spending money? We were given £90, that wont last one day!
All depends when you book and length of cruise. We booked the one we've got £1550 for onboard and from previously experience we knew we'd get lots of obc by waiting till we then. We got £1400 plus we'll get £150 shareholders' benefits. BUT we've only for £250 for our next 24 day cruise
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#18
Devon, UK
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My God, now that would give us a problem! £1400 OBC? We have a couple of drinks in the bar every evening and then wine with dinner. I think our last bill was £500 or so and that's without tips, so we would definitely have a problem spending that amount, as we hate organised excursions.
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#19
West Yorkshire UK
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The only time we have struggled to spend our OBC was on Celebrity the only time we had a free drinks package, and our grats had also been pre paid.
But a couple of trips to Tuscan Grill soon took care of that.
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#20
Edinburgh
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Joined Jan 2008
Originally posted by tartanexile81
We've got £1550 for our next cruise!! It's 35 days so we will spend it. We'll probably do a couple of tours as we've done this itinerary a few times before - though we usually DIY. We love the Glass House and Beach House so we'll eat there a few (or more!) times. We'll also buy a bottle or two to drink in our cabin + water + mixers. Add that to our usual wine over dinner and drinks on deck, coffees etc - it's easily £300 per week. Apart from odds and ends we don't buy things in the shops.
Originally posted by jeanlyon
My God, now that would give us a problem! £1400 OBC? We have a couple of drinks in the bar every evening and then wine with dinner. I think our last bill was £500 or so and that's without tips, so we would definitely have a problem spending that amount, as we hate organised excursions.
As I said above. 5 weeks at £300 a week.
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