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Is $1000 put aside for the whole trip unreasonable? I don't have much more than that, and have only one tour booked so far. that's for alcohol, smokes, a little bingo, dining mostly at free restaurants on ship, few souvenirs and some duty free. Or should I not spend too much for first few days and see how the money fares? Oh, that is $1000 each - myself, and sons each.

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I think that's plenty. My husband and I usually only spend $600-$800 between us. That's mainly on wine at dinner.:D

 

Hope this helps

 

Jenny

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Is $1000 put aside for the whole trip unreasonable? I don't have much more than that, and have only one tour booked so far. that's for alcohol, smokes, a little bingo, dining mostly at free restaurants on ship, few souvenirs and some duty free. Or should I not spend too much for first few days and see how the money fares? Oh, that is $1000 each - myself, and sons each.

 

 

Thats heaps of money for your teenage son!!

 

Hey- but if you run out you could always hit him up for a loan!! ;)

 

I like a drink and a smoke on cruises and we (DH and I) wouldnt spend $1000 each!

- Well - we didnt on our last one . ;)

Gosh- I hope we dont spend that much on our next one!!! :eek: Its only for 7 days!! :eek:

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Hi Milly_ 60,

You should be fine with that amount, we usually allow $100 each a day somedays its way under, some days over, usually depends on what you spend on duty free and tours ,they seem to be the area that adds it on quick.We usually have money left over as long as I don't spend to much at the ships shops.lol

Suggest you take a small first aid kit with you , much cheaper than buying a bandaid or a panadol on board.

Enjoy your cruise.

Deb

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Hi Milly_ 60,

You should be fine with that amount, we usually allow $100 each a day somedays its way under, some days over, usually depends on what you spend on duty free and tours ,they seem to be the area that adds it on quick.We usually have money left over as long as I don't spend to much at the ships shops.lol

Suggest you take a small first aid kit with you , much cheaper than buying a bandaid or a panadol on board.

Enjoy your cruise.

Deb

 

Well hopefully doing in bulk and with younger kids it will not be $100 each a day as there are 6 of us on 18 day cruise $10,800:eek:. More than the cruise and airfares together.:D

 

Mick

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my teens had a coke card each and then didnt spend any more money on their card except their tips

THere really isnt much to spend their money on

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that will be more than adequate other than the tours & photos we found there was not a lot to spend money on although we are non drinkers/gamblers

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Thats heaps of money for your teenage son!!

 

Hey- but if you run out you could always hit him up for a loan!! ;)

 

I like a drink and a smoke on cruises and we (DH and I) wouldnt spend $1000 each!

- Well - we didnt on our last one . ;)

Gosh- I hope we dont spend that much on our next one!!! :eek: Its only for 7 days!! :eek:

 

 

Stacey, you'd be suprised how quickly it adds up.

 

We generally allow $100 per person per day for the our onboard accounts - to cover tipping, tours, duty free, drinks, souveniers etc... Then a bit extra on top to cover cash for the ports of call.

 

On our recent 2 night cruise to Sydney we spent $700 between us... Admittedly most of that was the two paintings at the art auction and 2 lots of after shave.

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Hope we don't spend 1000 each on a 9night cruise. :eek:

Do they have a coke card on PD?? it's an addiction of mine you see lol :o

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Hope we don't spend 1000 each on a 9night cruise. :eek:

Do they have a coke card on PD?? it's an addiction of mine you see lol :o

It is likely to spend less onboard, but $1000 each is possible if you are paying for shore tours, autotips, excess cocktails, gift shop souvenirs, casino etc.

 

Coke card is on the Princess ships and not on P&O.

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Ok thanks, I'll just make sure that I have enough on the card to cover my little addiction:D :rolleyes:

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Spending would vary a lot from person to person and it sounds as if many others spend a lot more than we do. On a recent 14 day cruise the total spending for two of us was $293 on our ship account (tipping plus drinks), less than $100 for taxis etc. for sightseeing plus our duty free alcohol (around $100). We don't smoke, gamble or play bingo, and on this cruise we did not eat in the alternative dining areas. Total spending was well under $20 pp per day. I won't include the cost of my jewellery purchase!!

 

On our next trip our sightseeing costs will be a bit higher because we have a few other things planned. I think it is very difficult to estimate how much spending money anyone else would need.:):)

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Ela, the tipping is $10pp a day so that is $240? So you spent $53 for both of you besides the tipping on the 14 day cruise?? That makes for excellent value.

 

Mick

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Ela, the tipping is $10pp a day so that is $240? So you spent $53 for both of you besides the tipping on the 14 day cruise?? That makes for excellent value.

 

Mick

I am not sure which ship Millie 60 is going on. We were on the Pacific Sun where the tipping (Feb/Mar '08) was $5.50 pp per day. We were on the ship for 14 days. We are not 'big drinkers', and each had a drink with dinner.:)

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I went on one cruise and spent $500 all up and on another only $95!!

 

The more I cruise the less I spend now.

I agree with the latter comment. Our last cruise (actually counted as two) were number 19 and 20 for us, and we had cruised a few times in the previous 12 months. On our last cruise we didn't buy any photos, but we had on some of the previous trips. It depends who we are travelling with. We think the photos are very expensive. The main reason I mentioned what we spent was to demonstrate that it is a very individual thing, and can vary from cruise to cruise, even for the same people. I know several people (non-drinkers, non-gamblers) who spend nothing on board except for the tips. They also do their own shore tours for very little money. It is not that they are 'scrooges', it is just the way they like to travel. Each to his/her own.:):)

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Ela, the tipping is $10pp a day so that is $240? So you spent $53 for both of you besides the tipping on the 14 day cruise?? That makes for excellent value.

 

Mick

 

Tipping on the Pacific Dawn & Pacific Sun is only $5.40 per person per day - the $10 figure is for the Princess ships.

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We could probably spend less than $100 pp per day, but we take the view that we are on holidays, and we can afford it so why not. We don't go overboard - a wine with dinner and a cocktail or two at night.

 

We tend to get suckered in by the photo's - and we've made a resolution that on our next cruise we aren't going to get suckered in by the 'but it's cheaper if you buy two photo's and get all this useless stuff that you don't need' routine... We fell into that trap on Pacific Star last year and came back with photo frames and albums that we still haven't used, and multpile copies of the very similar photo's! We really don't need two different embarkation photo's etc.

 

We're going to be much more disciplined in September - especially as we'll have a 20kg weight limit for our luggage to deal with to get home from Sydney.

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Thanks for the advice. Appreciated.

 

I am on the Pacific Dawn this weekend. I have allowed $1000 for the 10 trip, tho hoping to bring some home. But I agree with a few msgs - I am on a holiday and would like to let my hair down a little, but didn't know if $1000 was unrealistic or doing it tight, so to speak.

 

Umm..how does tipping work? Is it compulsory? Is it added to your bill? Or do you just walk up to the person who served you and put money in a jar? I'm totally lost on this concept.

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And remember - onboard shops are closed when in port - and they deep discount stuff towards the end of the cruise - buy then - not at the beginning.

 

Is $1000 put aside for the whole trip unreasonable? I don't have much more than that, and have only one tour booked so far. that's for alcohol, smokes, a little bingo, dining mostly at free restaurants on ship, few souvenirs and some duty free. Or should I not spend too much for first few days and see how the money fares? Oh, that is $1000 each - myself, and sons each.

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Umm..how does tipping work? Is it compulsory? Is it added to your bill? Or do you just walk up to the person who served you and put money in a jar? I'm totally lost on this concept.

 

Tipping is a very sensitive subject around these parts :rolleyes: .... So I'll stick to the facts;

 

Tipping is done automatically - $5.40 per day is charged to each person's(over the age of 12) account. It is charged each day.

 

Even though it is done automatically, it is still entirely at your discretion and you can choose to stop, or reduce the amount of, your tipping at anytime by visiting the purser's desk.

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Ok, I'm going to stick my neck out here. :) What the heck, I'm amongst friends, right?

 

Am I the only one who lines up at the pursers desk and removes the auto-tipping?

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Ok, I'm going to stick my neck out here. :) What the heck, I'm amongst friends, right?

 

Am I the only one who lines up at the pursers desk and removes the auto-tipping?

 

Ok Jen, I will be right out there with ya:p

 

We took the tips off for our PS cruise in 2006 because its the first time I had cruised with auto tipping, had no clue how it worked and was disgusted I had to "pay" for a service upfront......plus we had the kids with us it worked out alot of money.

 

Then I joined CC:) and found out how the tipping works.....we left it on for the 7 dayer last year, we got our cruise so cheap, $40 each was nothing.

 

I will be leaving it in place for the 28 day cruise......works out about $150, I still dont like the system of paying upfront for a service you are yet to recieve, just not an Aussie way of doing things:rolleyes: you may have a crappy cabin steward and a great waiter.......but overall everyone gets the benefit, I think?? whats the use of taking the tips off then tipping the waiters you want when they have to pool it anyway?

 

Chez

xx

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Jenny,

 

I am with you..I remove it first day. The amount I tip is up to me and I do it for good service not an AWS!!

 

Karen

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