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#1
Joliet, IL
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I will have $300 from the current Princess booking, $50 from my travel agent, and $100 from a Future cruise booking. Total is $450. I'm frankly not sure if I will use all of it--even though I know it will easily cover my gratuities.

Is any refundable or should I just buy drinks for everyone?
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#4
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By the look of that amount, the TA's OBC is most likely a Group OBC which is non-refundable.
Use it or lose it.
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#5
South Carolina
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Originally posted by recyclelady
I will have $300 from the current Princess booking, $50 from my travel agent, and $100 from a Future cruise booking. Total is $450. I'm frankly not sure if I will use all of it--even though I know it will easily cover my gratuities.
Is any refundable or should I just buy drinks for everyone?
From your signature seems your next cruise will be for 60 days ... and the other two you have booked are also somewhat longer cruises.
With gratuities and other things you'll probably be doing your $450 will be gone ....
Enjoy!
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#6
Petaluma, Ca. 94954
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Originally posted by OCruisers
From your signature seems your next cruise will be for 60 days ... and the other two you have booked are also somewhat longer cruises.
With gratuities and other things you'll probably be doing your $450 will be gone ....
Enjoy!
A 60 day cruise, and can't spend $450 in OBC? Really?
#7
Joliet, IL
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Originally posted by OCruisers
From your signature seems your next cruise will be for 60 days ... and the other two you have booked are also somewhat longer cruises.
With gratuities and other things you'll probably be doing your $450 will be gone ....
Enjoy!
No, actually it is for a 7-day cruise I just booked (and have not added to my signature!)
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#8
Joliet, IL
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Originally posted by CruiserBruce
A 60 day cruise, and can't spend $450 in OBC? Really?
No . I said nothing about it being a 60 day cruise. It is for a 7-day cruise.
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2010 Carnival Liberty, Western Caribbean
2011 Ruby Princess, Eastern Caribbean
2011 Italy, 2.5 weeks, land vacation
2012 Island Princess, Panama Canal, partial transit
2012 Viking Emerald, China Cultural Delights
2013 Crown Princess, Western Caribbean
2013 Viking Rurik, Waterways of the Czars, Russia
2014 Royal Princess, Eastern Caribbean
2014 Viking Aegir, European Sojourn from Amsterdam to Bucharest
2015 Emerald Princess, Transatlantic Crossing and Adriatic Sea
2015 Viking Mekong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand
2016 La Estrella Amazonica, Amazon River, Machu Picchu, Nazca Lines
2016 Caribbean Princess, Transatlantic from Southhampton to NYC
2017 Cuba, land tour with International Expeditions
2017 Coral Princess, Panama Canal, partial tour
2017 Viking Hild, Paris to the Swiss Alps
2017 Ruby Princess, Seattle to Vancouver in one day
2017 India, land and river tour with Vantage Adventures Travel
2018 Island Princess, around South America in 60 days
#9
Chico, California
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Joined Sep 2012
Just under $200 will go for daily gratuities depending on your cabin category. You can always book specialty dining for one night or perhaps book the Ultimate Ship Tour. Are you interested in any of the Princess excursions? Having too much OBC is a good "problem" to have.

We will have $372 "extra" OBC on our next cruise after gratuities. It makes choosing a Princess excursion much more palatable than usual as we can generally find a private excursion that suits us for less money. This time we will be visiting Trinidad which isn't a "safe" port for wandering around and having spare OBC made the Princess excursion an easy decision.

Enjoy your cruise and, if you decide to buy a few extra drinks with your OBC, I'm sure folks will appreciate it.
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#10
Lihue HI & Calimesa CA
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You could also visit the casino. Register your card on one of the slot machines. Put $50, $100, whatever. Play for as long as you can stand it. Balance going up?? Keep playing. Balance drops? Cash out. Quick!!
We do this over several days of the cruise. Sometimes we come out ahead, sometimes we lose. Who cares? It's "funny" money.
And one time, after our cruise, we got the "casino discount". Great savings on some cruises. We booked 5 cruises using the discount.
#11
Diamond Bar, CA
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Wow. Who would have thought it was so hard to spend money on a cruise:
  • Art Auction
  • Bingo
  • Bottled water
  • Casino
  • Chef's Table
  • Cocktails
  • Coffees
  • Dry cleaning/Laundry
  • Excursions
  • Flowers for the cabin
  • Gelato
  • Gratuities
  • Photographs
  • Room snacks
    • Canapes
    • Cheese platter
    • Chilled shrimp
    • Chocolate dipped strawberries
    • Pizza
    • Vegetable platter
  • Sanctuary days
  • Ship's stores shopping
    • Clothes
    • Jewelry
    • Snacks
    • Spirits
    • Trinkets with Princess logo
  • Spa treatment
  • Specialty dining
  • Sodas
  • Ultimate Balcony Dinner
  • Ultimate Ship's Tour
  • Wine
    • Bottles ordered with dinner
    • Corkage for bottles carried on
OP, I apologize for making light of your situation. The XBGuys generally spend about $1000 per week on a cruise. So, we would have no probblem solving your problem.


I know you will have a great cruise.


#12
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Joined Nov 2009
Originally posted by recyclelady
I will have $300 from the current Princess booking, $50 from my travel agent, and $100 from a Future cruise booking. Total is $450. I'm frankly not sure if I will use all of it--even though I know it will easily cover my gratuities.

Is any refundable or should I just buy drinks for everyone?
Ask them at guest services.
#13
Dover,NH,USA
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Joined Dec 2001
Originally posted by recyclelady
I will have $300 from the current Princess booking, $50 from my travel agent, and $100 from a Future cruise booking. Total is $450. I'm frankly not sure if I will use all of it--even though I know it will easily cover my gratuities.

Is any refundable or should I just buy drinks for everyone?
Not sure why you think you won't use all your OBC. Shore your cost around $100 per person. A trip to the spa is around $125 for massage or facial. OBC can be used up pretty quick.
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#14
USA
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Joined Dec 2011
Originally posted by JF - retired RRT
You could also visit the casino. Register your card on one of the slot machines. Put $50, $100, whatever. Play for as long as you can stand it. Balance going up?? Keep playing. Balance drops? Cash out. Quick!!
We do this over several days of the cruise. Sometimes we come out ahead, sometimes we lose. Who cares? It's "funny" money.
And one time, after our cruise, we got the "casino discount". Great savings on some cruises. We booked 5 cruises using the discount.
Cash out quickly before too much is gone. I do not see it as funny money but real money.
#15
Alabama
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Joined Jul 2012
Originally posted by JF - retired RRT
You could also visit the casino. Register your card on one of the slot machines. Put $50, $100, whatever. Play for as long as you can stand it. Balance going up?? Keep playing. Balance drops? Cash out. Quick!!
We do this over several days of the cruise. Sometimes we come out ahead, sometimes we lose. Who cares? It's "funny" money.
And one time, after our cruise, we got the "casino discount". Great savings on some cruises. We booked 5 cruises using the discount.
I thought the one thing you COULD NOT use OBC for was in the casino. I guess I've been told wrong all this time! I'm going on a cruise in March and have a lot of OBC to use up, this is great if I can use it in the casino!! Do you just charge it to your ship account and the OBC will go towards the casino charges?
#16
Raleigh, N.C.
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Joined Jul 2002
Originally posted by mistyann
I thought the one thing you COULD NOT use OBC for was in the casino. I guess I've been told wrong all this time! I'm going on a cruise in March and have a lot of OBC to use up, this is great if I can use it in the casino!! Do you just charge it to your ship account and the OBC will go towards the casino charges?
Yes, you can charge your shipboard account when you play both the slots and the table games.
#17
Lihue HI & Calimesa CA
5,809 Posts
Joined May 2013
Originally posted by Micah's Grandad
Cash out quickly before too much is gone. I do not see it as funny money but real money.
For us, it's "funny" money until the instant we cash out.

Originally posted by mistyann
I thought the one thing you COULD NOT use OBC for was in the casino. I guess I've been told wrong all this time! I'm going on a cruise in March and have a lot of OBC to use up, this is great if I can use it in the casino!! Do you just charge it to your ship account and the OBC will go towards the casino charges?
On our last cruise we had almost $1000. For part of the non-refundable, we went to the casino, put a cruise card in the slot on a slot machine, set up an account and picked the amount of $$ we wanted to put in the casino account. That amount was immediately taken as a debit from our OBC folio. When we'd won/lost enough, we'd cash out.
#19
Joliet, IL
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Sorry I seemed to hit a nerve with some folks. All I wanted to know was if any portion unused was refundable. I did appreciate the casino tip, however! Seems like a good way to put the money back in my pocket.
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2001 Crown Princess (the old one!), Panama Canal, partial transit
2001 Carnival Destiny, Southern Caribbean
2003 Coral Princess, Alaska
2004 Coral Princess, Alaska
2004 Celebrity Century, Western Caribbean
2005 Sun Princess, Southern Caribbean
2006 Benin and Egypt, 3 weeks, land vacation
2008 Carnival Destiny, Southern Caribbean
2009 Sapphire Princess, Mexican Riviera
2010 Carnival Liberty, Western Caribbean
2011 Ruby Princess, Eastern Caribbean
2011 Italy, 2.5 weeks, land vacation
2012 Island Princess, Panama Canal, partial transit
2012 Viking Emerald, China Cultural Delights
2013 Crown Princess, Western Caribbean
2013 Viking Rurik, Waterways of the Czars, Russia
2014 Royal Princess, Eastern Caribbean
2014 Viking Aegir, European Sojourn from Amsterdam to Bucharest
2015 Emerald Princess, Transatlantic Crossing and Adriatic Sea
2015 Viking Mekong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand
2016 La Estrella Amazonica, Amazon River, Machu Picchu, Nazca Lines
2016 Caribbean Princess, Transatlantic from Southhampton to NYC
2017 Cuba, land tour with International Expeditions
2017 Coral Princess, Panama Canal, partial tour
2017 Viking Hild, Paris to the Swiss Alps
2017 Ruby Princess, Seattle to Vancouver in one day
2017 India, land and river tour with Vantage Adventures Travel
2018 Island Princess, around South America in 60 days