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#41
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Originally posted by mbhobbs09
I have heard horror stories of people being shocked/devastated at the end of their cruise by the charges they have accrued during the cruise....

Would the majority of this come from onboard drinks?
I'm curious to hear anyone else's experience .... and also a little worried we will rack up a huge tab before we know it on things I didn't budget for.
Looking at the TV account of charges and thinking "I was at what bar last night at what time?"
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#42
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Originally posted by Krazy Kruizers
We were on a cruise a number of years ago and the man in the cabin next to us was stunned when he got their bill and discovered that his wife and daughter spent a fortune in the beauty parlor and spa area.


It amazes me that people even use the overpriced spa services lol

No need for $200 facials or massages

I guess because I get great monthly facials and massages for $59 at a well run gorgeous clean spa run by an Eastern European trained esthetician That I'm just spoiled

I never get the hard sell either




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#43
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Originally posted by luvtheships
It amazes me that people even use the overpriced spa services lol

No need for $200 facials or massages

I guess because I get great monthly facials and massages for $59 at a well run gorgeous clean spa run by an Eastern European trained esthetician That I'm just spoiled

I never get the hard sell either





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The spa services (as with the photographer and most on board retail outlets) are third party contractors. As they are not cruise line employees they earn their income directly and only from the services they provide - thus the hard sell.
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Originally posted by leaveitallbehind
The spa services (as with the photographer and most on board retail outlets) are third party contractors. As they are not cruise line employees they earn their income directly and only from the services they provide - thus the hard sell.


Yes I know that and that's just one reason why I would never use the shipboard spa service in addition to the prices. Hard sell is a no go as far as I'm concerned and even if telling ahead of time no hard sell I would still be uncomfortable.

I guess some people see it as something very special and therefore is supposed to be expensive

I see facials and massages at great prices as part of my pre vacation as well as monthly ritual in addition to mani pedi etc

I would hate to waste valuable sea day time in the spa or port time there. Not happening


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#45
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I go to the Spa on the ships for novelty value & when they are running special offers. Way better value on land

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#46
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Originally posted by leaveitallbehind
Very true, but they would not be a surprise on the bill at the end of the cruise unless the one purchasing them did not tell their significant other - if one was traveling with them - that the purchase was made.
Yeah, or they had too much of the free champagne (sparkling liquid), thought they paid $500 and didn't realise they paid $15000 for a disney print.
#47
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I've found the cheaper the cruise line the more they nickel and dime you. Turn your phone off, don't buy any pictures, drink the water off the ship, enjoy the meals in the standard dinning rooms, and limit your drinks. You will still have lots of fun.


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I think most people lose track of how much they drink and that's where the shock comes from.

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#49
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The only shock I've had when getting my statement on the last morning was being charged for a bottle of wine that we shouldn't have been charged for. The person at passenger services desk was unable to get it off the bill--so I had to dispute it (successfully) with the cruise line after getting home. We've had similar mistaken charges added to our account, but those have been earlier during the cruise, when we had time to get them corrected on the ship.
#50
Berkshire UK
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No shock with Regent, you have paid up front for everything. No extra's for excursions, drinks, gratuities, no photographer on the ship. The only surprise will be if you are unwell, or have an accident and need to see the doctor or use medical services as to a non north Americans this will give you palpitations.