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desamnik
11-08-2010, 02:52 PM
on your seven night cruise? We are a party of four. 2A 2C. We have the $ put aside for tips and excursions. We have about $100 per day put aside for souveneirs, drinks, and for the kids. We will allow them each $15 per day for spending. (arcade, smoothie, souvenier)

Are we covered, or do we need more? We aren't big drinkers, so I can't imagine we would spend that much on alcohol.

Thanks, we leave on the 27th of THIS month!

kimkarli
11-08-2010, 03:24 PM
That is about what we are doing! I know I will be tempted to spend more, but I am trying to limit myself!!:goodvibes

MickeyManiacMom
11-08-2010, 06:29 PM
You know it all depends on how you go into it. Could you spend more? Sure. Can you easily do it on the budget you have set up? You bet! I always go into it with a general budget in mind. We have stayed on budget each trip. If you see a big ticket item you'd like - just see if you really have it in your budget or if you can save from other areas (no alcohol, or smoothies) for the rest of the week to cover it. You'll do fine.

The big budget breakers are alcohol, excursions, spa treatments and bingo. If you already have a plan for all of those things - you're good to go.

Enjoy your cruise!

accola
11-08-2010, 07:41 PM
The big budget breakers are alcohol, excursions, spa treatments and bingo. If you already have a plan for all of those things - you're good to go.



Only item I would add to that list would be pictures - you can spend anywhere from $0.00 to lots :laughing: We typically don't spend too much beyond the tips / excursions (sometimes DCL, others on our own), a couple souveneirs and some drinks. We'll bring some of our own alcohol along to minimize that cost as well.

Have fun!

scootch
11-09-2010, 08:51 AM
It is truly in your hands. We only bought a couple pictures and had the kids hair braided and one christmas ornament. Had $100 onboard credit, so our total bill was under $100!! I am sure we are not the norm though!

Fastpaks
11-09-2010, 09:06 AM
We aren't heavy drinkers iether. We just came off our last cruise and spent about $300 on the boat and $820 off of it. The drinks were cheaper than I thought. The wife bought a day at the spa ($16 a day, $99 for the week,$149 for couple pass) and Palo for both of us (30). I think I got a couple shirts for her and me. I think next time when we go. We may get the week as a couple. If this is your first trip just go a day and try the rain forest out. My wife LOVED it!

BIG TIP!!!!! ALWAYS PAY WITH YOUR KTTW CARD. They will let you use your room number, but I can't tell you how many times people got off the ship with additional charges. Get receipts if you can. This was about the only thing that irked me on the trip. Have fun!!

ducky_love
11-09-2010, 09:09 AM
We have spent way more and way less. Honestly, I cant remember which were which looking back. The $$ doesn't mean you have a better time. Everything you need is included- that is the great thing about DCL! :banana:

Dicecatt
11-09-2010, 09:18 AM
Keep in mind Bingo, if you want to play, and tips. Tips for Palo servers, and gratuity if you are putting them on your shipboard account. Plus the cost of Palo if you dine there, and you should :thumbsup2

Also, although not expensive, if you need any medicine (my husband needed cold medicine on our Med), the infirmary does charge.

On a 7 day, you might want to do a class or two that has a nominal upcharge...I know you said you aren't big drinkers, but there are alcohol tastings, my favorite is the Martinis (you can't get me near the whiskey tasting, yuck).

We usually don't buy pictures, but we did on our first cruise and that was about $150. Now, we'll buy one or two, or just rely on the hundreds we took ourselves! It is nice to get family photographs though, and you can do portraits onboard too.

The Cove coffee costs, although the snacks are free. I don't drink coffee but love a nice hot chocolate in that quiet environment!

I don't give my kids specific limits, but warn them to be careful, and they are. They usually will buy a smoothie or two, some movie candy, little things like that.

It sounds like you have a very good plan. The gift shops are tempting, lots of fun stuff in there that you can't buy elsewhere, and on Castaway Cay:)

Sleepyluke
11-09-2010, 09:33 AM
I really wanted to start a poll about this. We just got back from cruise number 3 and this was out biggest cost so far. We did the spa, cove cafe every morning, a couple pictures, an excursion at St Thomas, shopping on the boat (including several Christmas presents that you can't get anywhere else), few pictures and came in at $1,100 for 7 day. Was it more than we planned, yes a little, but again when you add a few Christmas presents and things for other people that you really did not plan on, it was not that bad. Now if we could ever know what was on the boat and know we can or can not live without that. This trip they had a display of Fossil and other watches that they said was a one time purchase and they were there until they were gone. Well of course we had to help them get rid of a couple of them. We have also gotten off of the boat under $400 with excursions before also, so it can be done, just may not be easy! Have fun and try to make the budget last becuase they rotate some of the stock in the stores, so buy it whne you see it, but also try to hold a little back because later in the week you may see something else that you can't live without!

Mr. Disney 652
11-09-2010, 10:57 PM
The big killers...
BINGO and the wine packages. Other than those, we'd be rich!:thumbsup2

LuvIt
11-09-2010, 11:21 PM
We don't plan on giving our child charging priviledges on the room card.
With all the free food available there's not a big need to pay extra for smoothies or movie candy. Arcades are something that can be played anywhere, so why spend time and money on arcade games when on a cruise? Souveniers can be bought when with us so we'd just put them on our room card. Basically, it just seems like a good lesson for a kid to learn that a smart shopper can budget and minimize extra costs to be able to afford something fun like a cruise!
Of course, next year's cruise will be our first one, so we may change our minds on this after we are on board LOL but I seriously don't see our child whining about wanting to buy candy or a smoothie and being OK with our "avail yourself of all the free food and activities - but we'd like to minimize extra charges so check with Mom or Dad if you really feel you need to buy something" policy. Time will tell, huh?
We will incur some extra charges for a shore excursion, spa, maybe some wine with dinner and a couple DCL logo souveniers, but that's about it.

Otimon
11-10-2010, 07:09 AM
When checking in at the terminal for our cruises, we always indicate we'll pay cash instead of putting a credit card on file. This helps keep us in line!

I think the most we've ever spent on a 7-night was around $115 - mostly for pictures and an item or two from the gift shop. None of us drink and we do our own excursions in town so lots of money is saved right there.

Have a wonderful time. :boat:

Michele325
11-10-2010, 08:24 AM
I can't remember what we have spent on our 2 cruises. We knew the tips and excursion amounts upfront. Then there were gift shop items and pictures. We don't drink much. For the kids, we made a chart and posted it in the cabin and colored it in as they got closer to the amount they had (like a thermometer, but we made a mickey) and that helped them visualize how much money they had. Have fun!

LuvIt
11-10-2010, 03:26 PM
Otimom, I haven't been on a DCL cruise yet (have to wait 'till next October!) but I thought I read that once onboard no cash is accepted and all purchases and extra charges are made to your room key card. Does anyone know for sure if cash can be used onboard? I'd probably still just charge to the room card because of the ease of it.

Michele, I like the idea of having your "chart" in the room to help kids visualize their budget! But I still will just encourage my son to take advantage of the free food, ice cream, etc and free activities (sports court, kids club, movies, etc.) rather than letting him pay for anything other than a souvenir or two.

FreeTime
11-10-2010, 05:28 PM
$0 - is what we spent on 2 separate cruises (not including tips). We usually explore the port for our excursions, don't eat at Palo and don't really need anymore Disney stuff.

over50visits
11-10-2010, 05:34 PM
We don't spend money on pictures, wine or bingo (all waaaay to expensive), so excursions and a few drinks can keep us under $50 a day total.

LuvIt
11-10-2010, 07:07 PM
Free Time,

I just have to say I LOVE YOU! :worship:

It's amazing to hear what people spend on these cruises for "extras" but I guess each to his own. I'll enjoy some spa time, a few drinks, an excursion (plus some shore fun on our own) and happily pay for that, but Bingo, arcades, elaborate photo packages, etc. is not attractive to me.

LuvIt
11-10-2010, 07:14 PM
Free Time,

I just have to say I LOVE YOU! :worship:

It's amazing to hear what people spend on these cruises for "extras" but I guess each to his own. I'll enjoy some spa time, a few drinks, an excursion (plus some shore fun on our own) and happily pay for that, but Bingo, arcades, elaborate photo packages, etc. is not attractive to me plus the mark-up prices for those are ridiculous! I'd so rather spend that on another vacation!

Otimon
11-10-2010, 07:47 PM
Otimom, I haven't been on a DCL cruise yet (have to wait 'till next October!) but I thought I read that once onboard no cash is accepted and all purchases and extra charges are made to your room key card. Does anyone know for sure if cash can be used onboard? I'd probably still just charge to the room card because of the ease of it.

Michele, I like the idea of having your "chart" in the room to help kids visualize their budget! But I still will just encourage my son to take advantage of the free food, ice cream, etc and free activities (sports court, kids club, movies, etc.) rather than letting him pay for anything other than a souvenir or two.

Cash is not accepted as payment on board and everything you buy is charged to your room key. You are correct.

What I was referring to at the terminal was indicating to them we would use cash to settle our bills instead of using a credit card. Just as with everyone, we paid for our purchases with our room key but settled up at guest services with cash instead of a card. Helps us stay within our budget.

Eeyore1928
11-11-2010, 07:24 AM
Our largest bill was about $ 350 on the Panama Canal crossing. We never do ship excursions...way too expensive. Only buy about 4 drinks whole cruise. We bring our own as no ship ever carries DH's favorite beer ( Landshark). No bingo, no smoothies, no candy, usually no spa.

We may shop a little...one thing per person. Although I fear my whole budget is going out the window on our next 2 cruises as I NEED a DCL Dooney, and then we are on the DREAM!!

cinmouse
11-11-2010, 08:53 AM
I guess we are not the norm...on our 4 day in April 2009 we spent about $1,000 extra, as well as $400 when we upgraded at the port.
We do enjoy our drinks, went to Palo, went to the Spa & did the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Excursion, rented bikes @ Castaway Cay, played Bingo and bought a few smoothies & movie candy, a picture package (about $140) and tips..that was for 3 of us...we are going on the Dream for a 5 night in June 2012 and I think we will spend about the same or more, as I want to cabana @ castaway cay for one of the days since we will have a 2.5 year old this time!

Anal Annie
11-11-2010, 09:36 AM
OK, we DO drink (and we also bring some alcohol onboard with us) and we DO let DS get a smoothie at dinner if he wants to (after all, if we have a cocktail at dinner he's entitled to something special too IMO). We don't do the spa & may or may not do a small picture package. Martini tasting, refillable beer mug, 1x at Palo, some shopping, we ALWAYS do excursions (may or may not be thru DCL) plus the gratuities mean that in total we typically spend between $1,500 and $2,000 onboard (for 3 ppl). For our Med cruise next summer I am planning on spending $3,000 for the week because we want to do private tours in 3 ports - so hoping only about $800-1,000 of that will be going to DCL (depends if we book excursions thru DCL or not in our other 2 ports). We were shocked at our final tab on our first cruise & learned that we don't like to "hold back" when on vacation so I go ahead & try to budget for it up front. The crappy rate between the US dollar & the euro is gonna KILL us next summer. It just keeps getting worse.:headache: But for the most part we look at our cruise vacations like they may be the last one we ever get to do so we don't do tooooo much penny pinching - I try to do that BEFORE we go in order to pay for it.:goodvibes

LuvIt
11-11-2010, 09:48 AM
Cash is not accepted as payment on board and everything you buy is charged to your room key. You are correct.

What I was referring to at the terminal was indicating to them we would use cash to settle our bills instead of using a credit card. Just as with everyone, we paid for our purchases with our room key but settled up at guest services with cash instead of a card. Helps us stay within our budget.

Ah, now I understand!

desamnik
11-11-2010, 10:15 AM
I looked for this post yesterday and thought it got buried! Then all of a sudden it was right in front of my eyes this morning!

I think we are pretty much covered, I can see how you can go all or nothing on spending.

Didn't even think about pictures when I was planning, I'll have to re-consider that. They took some really cute shots of our kids last time.

Thanks for all the tips, very helpful.

DAKfever
11-11-2010, 11:02 AM
Not sure how but every 7 night cruise we've done, 4 by the way, our room charges have NEVER been UNDER $1,000! It adds up super quick from the spa to the excursions to pictures.....ugh! It's insane....but...we wouldn't have it any other way! And that's only my wife and I, God bless us if we had kids with us! haha

Chaosfilms
11-11-2010, 12:14 PM
This will be our 2nd cruise and first on DCL. (Really looking forward to it :cool1:) It's not easy for us to arrange a cruise, so we're planning to not hold back. Spa treatments for my wife, snorkel excursion for DD, Scuba for Me, Palo, drinks, etc., etc.
We go to Disneyland once a month (or more:)) and can do that on a dime, if we feel like it, but after flying across the country, taking the kids out of school, getting time off of the job and having a vacation with friends and neighbors who will also be onboard. :banana: I figure I will be in $1K to 2K range on our bill :scared1: We've been saving for over 2 years to make this a special trip and we can't wait!

Steve:cool2:

21 DAYS UNTIL WE FLY OUT TO ORLANDO!!!party:

tinkerbellmom1
11-11-2010, 05:53 PM
We've cruised 3 times with Disney and have our 4th planned for next year. We have had a mix of onboard totals when we leave the cruises!

Our first cruise was a 4 night and we did all of the excursions on our own, bought a few cocktails, a few souvenirs, had a spa pedicure. Left with maybe $500 worth of charges.

The second cruise in 2007 was an Eastern. ** Warning** Don't look if you are sqeamish! Did all Disney excursions including the dolphin swim, cocktails, another spa pedicure, had a very successful shopping spree at Castaway Cay but then found the David Willardson and Peter Max art. Left the ship with a $7000 art receipt and about $1500 worth of onboard charges. We were able to pay cash for the art, and I love looking at it every day, but still can't believe we did it!:scared1:

Third cruise was in 2009 and it was another Eastern. I did buy the romance package for DH and I. First trip to Palo, cocktails, beach excursion and snorkeling excursion through Disney, kids had smoothies and hit the arcade whenever they wanted, and bought almost nothing on the ship or at Castaway and we ended up only spending about $900.00.

I guess we average about 100-150 dollars a day and we do not skimp or budget. From the time we book until the time we leave, I am calling DCL to add money to our shipboard account whenever we can afford it. Whatever we don't spend, they refund.

ep1229
11-11-2010, 09:43 PM
Our 4 day cruise in February, our charges were over $3,000 including all the tips, excursions, bingo, pictures, etc. Not exactly sure how ended up spending that much... We also ended up buying into DVC... add another few thousand for that! When we go next month... definitely going to have a budget.

MomlvsGoofy
11-11-2010, 10:17 PM
Sheri how do they refund the money you have left? Do you get it when you leave the ship or do they put it back in your bank account?
Also does anyone know how much bingo is? thx

ruadisneyfan2
11-11-2010, 10:55 PM
Sheri how do they refund the money you have left? Do you get it when you leave the ship or do they put it back in your bank account?
Also does anyone know how much bingo is? thx

Not sure about prepaying the way Sheri was but my parents always pay with cash at GS, put plenty down to cover what they like for the week. Whatever doesn't get spent, is returned as a check under the door Sat morning. They are fine with it and never had a problem but makes me a little leary and I prefer using a cc. Whatever it comes to, I transfer out of my vacation acct.

ruadisneyfan2
11-11-2010, 11:07 PM
We just got off the Magic last Sat. :sad1:
We agreed to keep our spending down since we want to cruise the new ships too but my inlaws were cruising w/us for the 1st time (dh was so happy) They are in their upper 70s and have some health issues and not sure we'd get this opportunity again.
We are 2 ad, 1 teen, 1 tween and our total spending was around $1k. This included gratuities, Palo, a couple drinks, helmet trek excursion for dh & kids to do w/ his mom, kids snorkels and floats at CC.
I don't usually buy a lot of souvies but let kids get some pins and swim trunks. I got a sweatshirt, big tshirt to sleep in, and the throw blanket.

Ds10 went to the free arcade night so that was a nice break. That's usually $20 per kid there. Yes, you can do that crap at home but some things are just more fun on a ship. I told them I didn't want to pay to see TS3 & SA in the theater cuz we'd be cruising soon and can see it on the ship for free. Ds10 teases me that I pay thousands for a Disney cruise and we end up watching movies on the ship. Yes, I can do that way cheaper at home but it's way more fun in the BV Theater.

It would have been $320 more but our jet ski excursion at CC was cancelled due to high wind. grrr. Same thing happened last year.

Anyway, with our $400 in obc, it was only around $550 OOP.

eta: We also visited Paradise Beach in Cozumel so add another $70 for lunch, lots of iced teas, and activities bracelets for the kids.