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Average Final Bill for On Board Purchases?

What is your averege final bill for two on a 7 day cruise?  

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  1. 1. What is your averege final bill for two on a 7 day cruise?



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I had done this poll on the old site, but it disappearred. Since I have a link on my 1st Time Cruisers page for the results, I thought I'd repost so I can continue to provide the information to new cruisers. For poll, you can use your average per day to determine what the cost would be for a 7-days cruise. Example: $893 for a 12 days = $75 per day, or $521 for 7-days.

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Ohhh Catnip, I need to cruise with you! :D There are so many variables that we can easily be below $500 on one cruise and closer to $1000 on the next!

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I'm by myself so my tab is just for one but I usually spend $300-$400 for seven nights. (My Alaska bill was twice that due to a $400 shore excursion - helicopter/dog sledding - worth every penny) I don't shop that much but my bar tab is usually pretty high! :o

 

Amy

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Usually about 100.00pp at the most, and usually we have a shipboard credit from booking on board so that takes a lot of it off. Last cruise we owed 5.95cents for 2 people!!!!!

 

On the Radiance it was only like 25.00 PP

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We were running at $500 for the both of us until day six of the cruise. The DW went for her spa treatment and came out with $1500 of cosmetics. It looks like I got the treatment instead of her.

Ron

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Ouch...$1500 for cosmetics ??? I don't think I've spent that much in 30 years on cosmetics. heck, I just buy a gallon can of Bondo every so often :D

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Most of my charges are for internet time, emailing my husband every night! But I usually will have 1 cocktail in the evening, and I don't spend much (at all) in the ships stores. I've been on many cruises, so hardly ever do excursions any more--will just go walking on my own, or stay on the ship and enjoy a quiet day up at the pool. I never do the spa, as I feel they are very overpriced for what you get and I choose to have a massage or manicure here at home, where the prices are lower.

Now, I did not include tip money in that quote. I always pay cash to the room steward, waiter and asst waiter. They seem happy to get US currency!

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VickyVSN,

 

I really enjoyed your web site for first time cruisers. I am struggling with the passport issue. I know everyone suggests that you get one but I am cruising to the western caribbean in April with my husband and our 18 yr old son and our 15 yr old daughter. The cost will be $85 a person for us. My husband and I will probably go on another cruise but Im not sure that my kids will go agian. My son especially since he will be joining the Air Force after he graduates. Could we just go with our birth certificates or do you highly recommend purchasing passports? It's just a lot of money. Any advice would be helpful. We will be on the Radiance. I'm really excited, but have a lot of questions about excursions. Thanks

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My first 7-day cruise is coming up....less than two weeks and counting. On my two previous 4-day cruises we spent about $300. I'm assuming I can double that this week at least. I've already put putting money aside here and there specifically for onboard spending. I don't want to have to think twice when spending time in the casino or booking spa stuff. Having the money sitting here already makes me feel less guilty about my onboard spending. :p

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My final bill was for $722+ but they charged $878+ . I am trying to get with AMEX to get that corrected. RCCL told me that the excess was for a larger amount put on the card, which I was TOLD by RCCL that they had released. AMEX says no record. I have to wait until I get regular AMEX bill to file a complaint. (I always monitor my AMEX bills on line so I KNOW what has been charged. NO credit yet.)

I am glad that I watch my billings or I would not have realized the overcharge.

IMO no excuse for this.

Gene in Birmingham

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VickyVSN,

 

I really enjoyed your web site for first time cruisers. I am struggling with the passport issue. I know everyone suggests that you get one but I am cruising to the western caribbean in April with my husband and our 18 yr old son and our 15 yr old daughter. The cost will be $85 a person for us. My husband and I will probably go on another cruise but Im not sure that my kids will go agian. My son especially since he will be joining the Air Force after he graduates. Could we just go with our birth certificates or do you highly recommend purchasing passports? It's just a lot of money. Any advice would be helpful. We will be on the Radiance. I'm really excited, but have a lot of questions about excursions. Thanks

nbean38, My family and I are about to go on the Mariner next week. That's providing that Ivan doesn't cancel everything. This will be the 6th cruise for hubby and I. Third one for our teenage daughters. We've always used our birth certificates and have never had a problem. We'll probably look into getting passports for hubby and me before our Jan cruise, just because it's easier than always carring all the extra paperwork around. But for the kids it doesn't seem like a smart idea. They are almost 14 now and their passports would only be good for 5yrs. If we wait until they are 16 they will be good for the whole 10yr period.

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nbean98, I'd get the passports if I were you. They carry a bit more "weight" than driver's licenses and birth certificates, and they are good for ten years (at least for the adults) so even one more trip out of the country in that time would make it worth it. I think your son will end up needing one eventually anyway if he gets stationed overseas. I used to work in Europe with the Dept. of Defense and while they paid for my "official" passport, I still needed my blue tourist passport to tour around on vacations - you can't use the official passport for personal travel. I think the same rules would apply for using a military ID for personal travel (I don't know the exact rules on this, but that would be my guess).

 

There's a big wide world out there - see as much of it as you can.

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My husband, who is VERY generous (I do however keep his house clean, raise our children and cook our food so he better be : ) would have a heart attack if I spent 1500 on cosmetics... He would not say boo about it, just quietly fall to the ground clutching his chest.. I'm afraid to have him open the hospital bills (long explanaition available in other threads, let's just say I am pregnant and this child wants out too early)..

 

We usually spend about a grand on purchases on board and excursions. I drink, but I am a cheap date to three drinks a day on vacation is a lot for me. He does not drink at all but can ring up the bills on the diet pop.

 

We always get T-shirts and stuff for the boys from the ship. Matching if possible cause they all grump about it and we use the complaining for entertainment.. till we bring out the toys.. You would think they would be onto us by now.

 

Get a passport.. You never know when you may want it and I was once able to take advantage of a CHEAP last minute trip to London with a girlfriend because I had one.. My husband got a long weekend off and suggested that I take a break with a friend who was leaving on a trip to Europe. I thought he was joking but the tickets were in winter and very cheap. If I had not had a passport I could not have gone.. (when I say cheap I think the whole trip, food, hotel and meals, was under $500.00)

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Nancy,

This was our first cruise and we renewed our wedding vows after 32 years. This trip was my anniversary present to your for all of her support over the years. We are the old high school sweetheart story. Graduated from high school, joined the Marines and got married on boot camp leave. She was by my side through Vietnam and all of the years that followed. That included five years as a cop in southern California, layoffs in manufacturing and climbing the corporate ladder. I actually consider the cosmetics as a payment over due.

 

Whenever she goes on one of these spending binges I ask her "did we have fun?" If the answer was yes then I know that I am in deep trouble. We have an agreement, I make the money and she spends it.

 

November 26 will be our 33 anniversary and we fly that day to Miami for the Navigator of the Seas. I just hope she does not run out of facial cream before then.

 

Take care, Ron

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Thanks for your responses. I may end up getting a passport for my husband and I at some point. I think it will depend on how much money I can save up.

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Your own preferences make such a HUGE DIFFERENCE in your final bill, so I think an average bill is almost impossible to predict.

 

Suppose one couple plans only private excursions, while another books all their excursions through RCCI. Though they might actually "spend" the same amount of money, their final bills will be very different -- the private excursion couple just paid theirs to individuals in the ports, while the RCCI couple paid theirs in one lump sum at the end.

 

Drinking habits vary widely. Some people drink $15 of alcohol on the whole cruise, while others spend $15 at breakfast.

 

Bottom line: I think you have to look at HOW people are spending as much as WHAT they're spending, then you can get to the real question: How much am I personally likely to spend?

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Thank you to everybody who has participated in the poll and discussion so far. This poll is turning out a bit different then the one I ran 9-months ago, that one had almost even answers across the board. But I'm not surprised by why I've seen so far. And its still early :)

 

nbean98 - Thanks for checking out the website. I don't have a strong opinion one way or another on passports. It was important for us since my husband in naturalized, but if we both had US birth certificates, I may have passed. On the other hand, I like that we have them. It is one less expense for our upcoming Med cruise. And like Nliedel, a friend of mine was able to go to London cheap for a long weekend at the last minute. Still waiting for my opportunity for that cheap last minute trip to London myself ;).

 

skybuffalo - Sounds like your wife is a lucky girl :D.

 

Mrs Pete - I couldn't agree more that the on board charges is highly indivdualized. That was one point I hoped the poll would highlight. And if you check out my website, I spell out the choices we made for our bill so other people might be able to kind of gauge if they'd spend as much or little based on comparing our preferences to what theirs might be. It is directly after the list of spending for our three cruises that I have a link to "poll results" so folks can see how others vary.

 

Keep 'em coming!!!

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Your shipboard account can be quite a bit higher if you book ship excursions and charge tips. I usually book my own excursions and pay cash for tips, so my balance is lower....but I'm still spending plenty!

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On our last 7 day cruise we spent $600. Most of it went for excursions, then drinks, then photographs.

 

Majesty of the Seas 3/02

Monarch of the Seas 2/03

Serenade of the Seas 11/03

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Last time I cruised was on the Nordic Empress to Bermuda. We tipped a little more generously than the "guidelines" indicated but paid cash. We took only one excursion, on the pink catamaran swim and snorkel, which I think was about $30 each (for my sister and me). Other than that, we spent a total of about $30 on board, of which $24 was owed by my sister and the other $6 by me for bottled water. I try to buy everything I need at home, such as toothpaste, deodorant, etc. so that I won't get hit with a big bad bill from my Visa!

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Maybe instead of how many dollars was your bill, we can change this to read how many pages was your bill. :D Last cruise it was neatly folded, in half, the long ways, and when I took it off the wall I immediately noticed it felt fat.:eek:

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Nancy,

This was our first cruise and we renewed our wedding vows after 32 years. This trip was my anniversary present to your for all of her support over the years. We are the old high school sweetheart story. Graduated from high school, joined the Marines and got married on boot camp leave. She was by my side through Vietnam and all of the years that followed. That included five years as a cop in southern California, layoffs in manufacturing and climbing the corporate ladder. I actually consider the cosmetics as a payment over due.

 

Whenever she goes on one of these spending binges I ask her "did we have fun?" If the answer was yes then I know that I am in deep trouble. We have an agreement, I make the money and she spends it.

 

November 26 will be our 33 anniversary and we fly that day to Miami for the Navigator of the Seas. I just hope she does not run out of facial cream before then.

 

Take care, Ron

 

 

Congratulations! I am so impressed!!!! Sometimes the 10 we have makes me feel like a circus freak because no one stays married that long.. I would not trade a minute of it.. well maybe one here and there ; )

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I usually get a spa package and charge my casino money to my card. Therefore, our final bill will run a little higher than 1,000.00:( I really like getting the massages as it's part of my relaxation therapy. And, I don't like to carry a lot of cash while traveling. We don't usually book shore excursions.

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For those of you who said you book your excursions privately or yourself, how do you do that? I am going on my first cruise at the end of October and my friend and I were planning on booking the RCCI cruises through the website, this way paying for them well in advance so we don't have to worry about running out of spending money on our excursions. I have been thinking to myself, I am sure that there are tour operators on the islands that are much cheaper than RCCI. Is it possible to find them and book them the same day you get into the port, or do you do this in advance and just take your chances that you won't run into any bad weather which could effect your port schedules?

 

Thanks to anyone for any information!

 

Heather

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Heather, I learned everything I know about excursions from these very boards. I am scheduled to sail on the VOS this Friday to the Western caribbean, and at this point I'm not going to concern myself with the weather. I don't know what your itinerary will be, but in Jamaica I am taking the tour with Peat Taylor Tours, whom you can reach at http://www.geocities.com/peattaylor/island_tour.html. I booked this after reading many rave reviews about Peat and his tours. ($30 pp., paid at conclusion of tour.) Then for Grand Cayman I booked with Native Way Watersports, http://www.nativway@candw.ky.com and chose a combination of two tours, the Island Tour and Stingray combination. Both agencies responded immediately to my e-mail. I think that if you click on the Search Forums option, you will find many suggestions for your tours. Apparently, there is a significant markup if you do it through RCL. Best of luck!! ML :D

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For my last 2 cruises (1 on RCCl and 1 on Celebrity), my shipboard total was < $5

 

I buy a shot glass as a souvenier for my son. I tip in cash. I don't do ship excursions, drink, play bingo, or any other extra cost things. Nada.

 

Actually on Bermuda this summer, the only thing I bought was a 3 day bus pass ($28) and a mouse pad for my computer. Oh yeah, I paid 0.51 for one of those souveniers that you put a penny in the machine, turn the crank and get a smashed pemny with an imprint. Beach was free, gardens and parks were free.

 

It is possible not to spend money on extras.

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You can find almost everything you need to book your own shore excursions on these boards-especially the ports of call section. Members are very honest and opinionated about these things. I just got back from my cruise and did all my own tours and transportation for the first time and saved a bundle. If I had booked similar tours through the cruise line, it probably would have cost my hubby & myself about $300.00-500.00 more.

While everybody has different spending habits, On my previous cruises, we spent an average of $1000-booked ship tours on those. On this last cruise, our bill was $800 but that included almost $600 in cash advances. I take very little cash with me and leave it the bank and take the cash through advances then just pay it off when I return.

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Originally Posted by skybuffalo

Nancy,

This was our first cruise and we renewed our wedding vows after 32 years. This trip was my anniversary present to your for all of her support over the years. We are the old high school sweetheart story. Graduated from high school, joined the Marines and got married on boot camp leave. She was by my side through Vietnam and all of the years that followed. That included five years as a cop in southern California, layoffs in manufacturing and climbing the corporate ladder. I actually consider the cosmetics as a payment over due.

 

Whenever she goes on one of these spending binges I ask her "did we have fun?" If the answer was yes then I know that I am in deep trouble. We have an agreement, I make the money and she spends it.

 

November 26 will be our 33 anniversary and we fly that day to Miami for the Navigator of the Seas. I just hope she does not run out of facial cream before then.

 

Take care, Ron

 

 

 

Ron, reading this almost brought tears to my eyes. Your DW is very lucky.

 

I am a nurse w/ VA for 21 yrs and truly appreciate all you've shared. Enjoy the celebrtion of your 33rd, you deserve it.

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This was my first cruise, and I simply went by what I learned here at CC. Excursions are found on the port boards - you can find links and/or phone numbers for the various companies. As far as them being cheaper, I can't say, that was not my goal. My goal was to spend our time wisely, and the companies I dealt with offered excursions that appeared to be superior to the RCCL offerings. Each one that we did was around $150 for me and my son together, and they were completely worth the price.

 

Most of them require a small deposit, one of ours required 50 % up front. They indicated that if conditions prevented them from performance that we would be refunded our monies. As these companies were highly regarded by other CC members, I trusted them. We made our plans about 2 to 3 months in advance.

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Oh yeah, I paid 0.51 for one of those souveniers that you put a penny in the machine, turn the crank and get a smashed pemny with an imprint. Beach was free, gardens and parks were free.

 

It is possible not to spend money on extras.

 

Sue,

Do you remember exactly where you found the smashed penny machine? I love those things!

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I was surprised at your poll results and it might be early but another post I saw about this topic shocked me.....more people were in the thousands, $2-4,000 which of course included gambling.

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Sue,

Do you remember exactly where you found the smashed penny machine? I love those things!

It was in the port, not the ship. I have them from Bermuda, Cape Cod, Canada, NYC, etc...

 

In Bermuda, it was somewhere on Front Street in Hamilton I think

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We try to stay under $500 if possible for a week..sometimes for 5 of us. On our recent Bermuda cruise we spent $578 for 4 ..this included tips of $280...one shore excursion for 2 for $120..we spent $20 for photos, rest went for gift shop, drinks etc. We don't gamble so that helps keep the overall costs down. Searching for private tours or non-tour activities in port saves us quite a bit.

Chris Mitchell

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VickyVSN,

 

I really enjoyed your web site for first time cruisers. I am struggling with the passport issue. I know everyone suggests that you get one but I am cruising to the western caribbean in April with my husband and our 18 yr old son and our 15 yr old daughter. The cost will be $85 a person for us. My husband and I will probably go on another cruise but Im not sure that my kids will go agian. My son especially since he will be joining the Air Force after he graduates. Could we just go with our birth certificates or do you highly recommend purchasing passports? It's just a lot of money. Any advice would be helpful. We will be on the Radiance. I'm really excited, but have a lot of questions about excursions. Thanks

Do one a month and the cost won't seem that much. I recommend getting them.

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We don't drink so that saves us a ton. But last trip on AOS in July the bill was almost $900 because our 37 year old son was with us. He bought a watch and a few drinks. Good son that he is, he has paid us back.

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Personally, I use cash at the end of the trip. They contact you when each person reaches $200, which I do half-way through the trip. No, I do not drink a lot of alcohol. Gifts, add-up, and I like espresso, which is an extra charge. By the way, a champage-orange juice is $10 bucks, so watch those.

Enjoyedthis poll!

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Our bill for a seven day cruise in Asia on Norwegian - zero :D. For two people. We did our own tours organised through locals over the internet before we went, mostly at www.lonelyplanet.com.au, therefore giving the money direct to a local, paying about one fifth of what the cruise lines charge, having a better time and not getting ripped off. We bought our soft drinks ashore and brought them back with us on board. I don't drink alcohol, my partner does but not at shipboard prices, we had one bottle of wine with dinner which we won in the trivial pursuit! We don't gamble either and no we're not boring nor some sort of evangelists - quite the opposite. It is totally possible to have a great time on a cruise and not give money to the cruise line for overpriced rubbish. I guess if everyone did that the cruise lines would go broke-but sorry that's not my concern. Actually I tell a lie, we bought two T shirts at the last day sale and paid cash for them ;)

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