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Old January 1st, 2014, 10:07 AM
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Default How much money do you spend?

Again, probably a stupid question.
But, TYPICALLY, on a 7 night cruise, how much extra do you spend? Above what you've already prepaid?
I know there is a wide variety of people, habits, indulgences, preferences, etc.
Buying excursions onboard or just taking a taxi and being on your own.
Buying a pair of sandals at Nassau or buying an expensive piece of art.
Eating at the buffet the whole time, or room service with tips.
As I get ready, I was just wondering a, as we say here, 'ballpark' figure.
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Old January 1st, 2014, 10:23 AM
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I would guess $500 or so. That is before deducting the OBC we receive from Princess and our TA. That is usually $300 or so. So out of pocket maybe $200.
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Old January 1st, 2014, 11:28 AM
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Again, probably a stupid question.
But, TYPICALLY, on a 7 night cruise, how much extra do you spend? Above what you've already prepaid?
I know there is a wide variety of people, habits, indulgences, preferences, etc.
Buying excursions onboard or just taking a taxi and being on your own.
Buying a pair of sandals at Nassau or buying an expensive piece of art.
Eating at the buffet the whole time, or room service with tips.
As I get ready, I was just wondering a, as we say here, 'ballpark' figure.
Thanks.
Usually somewhere around $500 - $600. Can be more if we visit the spa several times. We've actually had up to $1000 when we've done that.
I don't eat in the buffet, but will do room service (with tips), main dining rooms mostly, but will sometimes go for a specialty dining venue (fee).
Our bar bill is usually $200-$400.
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Old January 1st, 2014, 12:09 PM
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I've been wondering this as well. Thanks for asking. I was planning on having about $500 cash. Is there any way to get OBC as a first time cruiser?

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Old January 1st, 2014, 12:21 PM
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I've been wondering this as well. Thanks for asking. I was planning on having about $500 cash. Is there any way to get OBC as a first time cruiser?

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We usually get OBC from our travel agent. Also, there will sometimes be past guest specials that will include OBC. And, sometimes the cruise lines will have sales and will include OBC.
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$500 is a good ball park figure. Spent upwards of $900 when the entire family went, boughts tons of photos.
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I've been wondering this as well. Thanks for asking. I was planning on having about $500 cash. Is there any way to get OBC as a first time cruiser?

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If you served in the Military Princess will give you a generous OBC from $50 to $250 depending on the length of the cruise.

All you have to do is provide proof of service and then they keep that record on file for future cruises. Just make sure to black out your SSAN before sending in the proof.

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I've been wondering this as well. Thanks for asking. I was planning on having about $500 cash. Is there any way to get OBC as a first time cruiser?

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Some travel agents will give OBC. If you have booked, you are no longer in a good negotiating position.

Cruise lines have different reasons for giving OBC. For instance all the lines owned by Carnival Corp give OBC to anyone who owns at least 100 shares of their stock. This includes Carnival, Princess, HAL, Costa, Cunard and others. You can purchase the stock after booking. $50 to $250 depending on the length of the cruise.

RCCL also gives OBC to shareholders.

Princess gives OBC to anyone who served in the military for US, Canada, UK, Australia and NZ. $50 to $250 depending on length of cruise.
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Old January 1st, 2014, 01:15 PM
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Great replies. I was actually thinking somewhere around the $500.00 mark.
I have the credit card on file, but I'd rather use my debit card, if possible.
I'd think it's safer to use the cc on file and then pay off later with debit after returning.


The tip thing seems to be a big topic on here. Since I've already paid for gratuities it does seem odd to be prepared to tip again. But, apparantly that's expected as well..if the service warrants, which I hear it should.

Or..do you just carry cash? I'm not sure that's safe, but I've never been on a cruise yet. I know you have a 'safe' in your room.
But, anything can happen and I'm not sure who has access to that safe.
I'm sure I'll need some cash for tips and buying stuff at ports.

Again, thanks for the thoughts and replies. I like being prepared when I can.
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I don't have a number, but a good general rule for cruising is to bring half as many clothes as you thought you'd need, and twice as much money. Not being facetious. Hope you have a great time!
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The tip thing seems to be a big topic on here. Since I've already paid for gratuities it does seem odd to be prepared to tip again. But, apparantly that's expected as well..if the service warrants, which I hear it should.

Or..do you just carry cash? I'm not sure that's safe, but I've never been on a cruise yet. I know you have a 'safe' in your room.
But, anything can happen and I'm not sure who has access to that safe.
I'm sure I'll need some cash for tips and buying stuff at ports.

Again, thanks for the thoughts and replies. I like being prepared when I can.
The gratuities that are prepaid or charged to your onboard account don't cover everyone. They do cover your room steward staff, wait staff in the buffet and main dining rooms. They do not cover room service, or bar staff, or spa staff,, etc. Each drink you buy will have 15% added to it so you don't have to carry any ones if you don't want to. You also may have the option to add tips on any bill that you have to sign.
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Your on board purchases, such as shore excursions, photos, items from the gift shop, etc. will be charged to your Sign & Sail card (or whatever it's called on your cruise line), which is tied to the credit card you use when setting up your on board account (unless you use cash for that). Probably your best bet is to set a spending limit for yourself and add about 20%, in case you come across something that you just have to have, whether it's on the ship or when you're ashore. Of course, if you're like our daughter, you'd probably want pants with asbestos-lined pockets, so that extra $20.00 doesn't burn a hole if you don't spend it on something.
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Speaking of tips. When are tips expected/appropriate? We have MTD. I knew room service is tip appropriate but what else? What about on shore excursions?

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Obviously I didn't see these replies while I was typing. Sorry!

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Speaking of tips. When are tips expected/appropriate? We have MTD. I knew room service is tip appropriate but what else? What about on shore excursions?

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We only tip extra if the service is very exceptional. Some people always seem to tip extra........
We do keep a stack of ones in our cabin for room service and occasional bar staff.
We do sometimes tip on shore excursions. Even if you're on a ship excursion, they are not ship staff so your gratuities do not go for them.
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Speaking of tips. When are tips expected/appropriate? We have MTD. I knew room service is tip appropriate but what else? What about on shore excursions?

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It's no different than when you tip (or not) for something at home or a land-based vacation. A suggested guideline is a dollar per item for room service (example: pot of coffee & croissants = $2.00). Tip for shore excursion guide? At your discretion (whatever you feel is appropriate). If we've been on a tour and the guide was just so-so, we may not tip anything. On the other hand, if the tour guide has been really outgoing and informative, and has kept our group entertained, we might give a $10.00 tip.
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I spent $300 for the week on my last 7 day cruise but did not do any excursions or have any alcohol.
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On cruises, tipping it traditionally done on the last evening. If you have pre-paid your tips, you need do nothing else...those folks will get their tips when the cruise is over.
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My last S&S account final total was $1700.
Thats about normal for us.
Final bill was about $250 that hit credit card due to OBC, pre paid Cruise Cash, and casino winnings applied to S&S account.
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I spent $500.00
This was consisted of
a) Internet (teen daughter)
b) Mini bar (we drank alot of the Evian water & packets of M & Ms were irresistable)
c) souvenirs & gifts
d) make a wish t-shirts
e) daily glass of champers
f) One cruise photo

Port tour was paid before cruise, I only bought one cruise photo, did not go to the Casino, I did not go to Latitudes (where you pay for coffee etc) and tips were pre-paid.
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