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Are all activities onboard the ship (Sapphire) free other than--casino, spas, bar, classes at sea?

 

I guess I'm asking specifically about golf simulator, mini golf, fitness center, shows and movies etc?

 

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not free

 

spa, espresso drinks (drinks from coffee bar), group exersice classes (like spining, yoga etc), santuary, pop, delivered pizza to your cabin, shops, classes in the computer room, internet, photos, art classes like needlepoint you have to pay for the supplies, bingo, horseracing, water in the bottle (water from tap is just fine and free), some items from International cafe (gelato), specialty restaurants

 

Free

 

food (except for some items in International Cafe), coffee/tea/ice tea from anywhere except coffee bar, movies, shows, room service, towels, pools, cards, games (trivia etc), exercise equipment

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the golf simulator is an additional fee, I think about $30 for a half hour or so. You can also get golf lessons on some of the cruises. The golf simulator is decent, similiar to most indoor simulators you can find at some golf stores (I do like the part about setting the gimme to 12 feet from the hole) Granted, for the $30, I would rather be on a real golf course. You can make tee times for the simulator if you want as well.

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Some of you may find this useful; I created this chart for friends who are new to cruising, or unaware of all the extra things one can spend money on while cruising, and to prepare a budget for both charged items and cash outlay. People unfamiliar with it tend to think of cruising as "all-inclusive" -- which it is, to a certain extent (as evidenced by the number of people on this thread who spend very little onboard) -- but there certainly is a lot to plan for in advance if you are on a budget.

 

I do my own chart, writing down what I plan to spend in each area, what will be billed in advance, what goes on an outside credit card or cash (private port tours, port shopping; room service tips, laundry, etc.)

 

Hope it's helpful!

 

LIST OF EXTRA CHARGES ON CRUISES:

FOOD/DRINK:

· Fountain Soda at bars and in dining rooms (Soda card available for $3.95 per day for length of cruise plus tax/tip; 7 days = $27.65). Also Canned Soda / Bottled Water ($1.50/ea plus tax/tip; can bring onboard at embarkation and port stops) – have your cabin fridge emptied out by steward; better to buy a package.

· Drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), anywhere on the ship (buffet, dining room, pizza place, trident grill, café, bars, shows, pool deck, room service, etc.) I gather there is a “wine package” for wine drinkers.

· Specialty ice cream near the pool and in International Café (available for free in Horizon Court Buffet from 3:30-4:30 pm and at dinner)

· A few items at International Café (chocolate covered strawberries, fondue, caramel apples, truffles); a few Room Service items (tray of canapés, soda package, etc.); Sushi at Vines

· Specialty coffee at meals, in International café (coffee card for $24.95 covers 15 drinks plus unlimited brewed coffee at Café).

· Specialty Dining Rooms ($15 Sterlings; $20 pp Sabatinis; $25 pp Crown Grill) and Special Dining Experiences (ultimate balcony dining, Brooklyn lunch, Chef’s Table, Wine Flights/ Tastings, etc., etc.) (RCCL - $3.95 Johnny Rockets upcharge) (Disney $20 charge at Palo)

· Any meals / drinks in port (duh)… except where included at “private island” stops (Princess Cays cookout)… plus

· rental of beach chairs, loungers, cabanas, umbrellas, kayaks, etc., etc., etc. (CASH ITEM if not at "private island")

 

ACTIVITIES/PURCHASES:

· Port Tours / Shore Excursions / Port Hotel Day Pass ($20-$200+ per outing, privately arranged or thru cruiseline). (POSSIBLY CASH ITEM/TIPS CASH)

· Rental of beach chairs, loungers, cabanas, umbrellas, kayaks, snorkel gear, floaties, water bicycles, sea-doos, etc., at beach breaks and beachfront hotels, including cruiseline “private island” stops (CASH ITEM if non-cruise venue)

· Gambling / Casino (as you will… be sure to bring on CASH or be charged a service fee for taking out cash on your ship card) + Bingo ($10-20 per game… and now $1.50 for a bingo marker!)

· Art Auctions (can be very pricey if you buy; they often offer free champagne at preview and sale)

· Shopping / souvenirs / gifts / necessities (cosmetics / perfume / jewelry / clothes / trinkets / etc.) onboard or in port (Port “Discount” shopping books sold onboard, w/coupons for free/discounted items in port = $20-25)

· Spa treatments / Salon Services ($60-$180 per treatment – massages, wraps, facials, tooth whitening, ionithermie, manicure/pedicure, haircuts, etc.) + any Salon Products (Steiner/Lotus Spa/etc.) – expensive!

· Sanctuary ($15/half-day – quiet, shaded area with deluxe loungers and drink/food service, outdoor massages and sunset Yoga classes available)

· Thermal Suite ($130/couple for the cruise – indoor heated stone loungers, aromatherapy steam rooms)

· Some exercise classes ($10/ea. 55-min. Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, plus personal training and fitness/ metabolism testing, and they ask for tips on top of fees. The shorter, 25 mins. stretching and aerobics classes are usually free, as are the machines and jogging track, plus sales presentations)

· Renting movies on TV (about $10/movie)

SERVICES/GRATUITIES:

· Some classes including Computers@sea, digital photography instruction, materials for some scholarship@sea programs (ceramics, etc.); port lectures and other programs often have no fee.

· Photographs taken by the ship’s photographers ($10-25 per photo); developing disposable cameras/film; having prints/CDs made from your digital camera.

· Internet time (.75/min. unless you buy a package, then it can drop to .50/min – much cheaper in port) and Telephone (Yikes! Look at those costs… if you can use your cel, beware of international roaming charges)

· Laundry / dry cleaning / pressing through the ship; Self-serve laundry (CASH - I think it's $1 for washer, $1 for dryer, $1 for soap; there’s an iron there, too); tux/formalwear rental, floral purchases

· Golf simulatorand Scuba Training (no idea about these, just know they cost extra)

· Gratuities ($10pp/pd automatically added to your bill or can handle separately)

· Tips on drinks at bars or for room service orders (CASH or card)

· Any needed medical services (doctor visits charged to your account; you may be reimbursed later if you purchased travel insurance timely).

· Cruise Insurance (to cover medical services rendered, emergency evacuation, repatriation, lost/stolen/damaged baggage, camera, cellphone, laptop, etc.)

· Future Cruise Credit (FCC) – deposit to be used on future cruise, usually results in OBC (onboard credit). Can be charged to same credit card for onboard charges or another card.

· Babysitting and certain special children’s activities.

· Transfers / parking at pier (if you drive to port) / taxis to and from ship before (during) and after cruise; Tips for baggage handlers, drivers, etc. (CASH)

 

What’s Included:

· Cabin, TV movies (except pay-per-view), cabin service, toiletries, fruit delivery, safe, refrigerator (can fill with own drinks) and of course transportation to all ports of call.

· Breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner in dining rooms, at 24-hr buffet, pizza place, poolside grill, most items at the International Café, room service (except for tips).

· All entertainment (production shows, singers/musicians in bars, show lounges, nightclub, movies, trivia, dance classes, poolside games, Princess Pop Star, port tour/shopping/some educational lectures).

· Special events such as champagne waterfall, pool buffet, captain’s party; several presentations such as culinary arts, galley tour, bridge tour, spa wellness (i.e. sales) presentations.

· Use of library, pools/hot tubs, gym (including some classes such as stretch and aerobics), ping-pong, shuffleboard, sports court (bball/vball), putting green, kids program (babysitting extra).

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