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ShellyLynn3630
12-27-2010, 06:08 PM
Anyone else care to share thier budget for thier cruise vacation. Heres mine so far.... subject to change.:rolleyes: 2 adults/ 2 kids, 15, 6

parking 30.00/ really 60 but splitting
tips 40.00/ got an 125 OBC to cover the rest
insurance 140.00
gas 200.00/ really 400 but splitting
2 nights CBR 275.00
souvernirs 300.00
food 320.00
port activities 425.00
3-night
category 8d 1764.00

Total 3494.00 I don't think will cover it all.:scared1:

We may decide to come in one day later at CBR, not sure just yet.

*love*2*shop
12-27-2010, 06:53 PM
hmmm...not totally set, just throwing it out....we are 2 adults and 2 kids 9 & 11.....

we ARE DRIVING FROM nh....NO stopping except to pee and get gas lol....we drive straight through....we pack food.... gas we usually stop 2-4 times at 50.00 every time..

Hotel when we get to the Port is 70.00 for the night, plus 20.00 TOTAL to park /leave our car there for week ( CI& S) . ( the port is charging 20.00 PER NIGHT starting jan 1)

Cruise was $4600.00 for a dungeon room ( 10b GTY) for a western 7 night.

we have a 250.00 ON B Credit which i am going to palo for brunch- 20.00 per person and i booked Bikes on CC ( 6.00 per hour i think)

so we will still have @ 190.00 OBC to use on misc stuff...

we dont drink and dont play Bingo....

Misc junk for the kids will eat that up.....lol.........

excursions- i think its 100.00 cash for 1 on grand cayman ( snorkel)

and the other excusion is 50.00 for Cozumel.

ShellyLynn3630
12-27-2010, 06:56 PM
The dungeon room cracks me up.:rotfl:

NancyIL
12-27-2010, 07:16 PM
Anyone else care to share thier budget for thier cruise vacation. Heres mine so far.... subject to change.:rolleyes: 2 adults/ 2 kids, 15, 6

parking 30.00/ really 60 but splitting
tips 40.00/ got an 125 OBC to cover the rest
insurance 140.00
gas 200.00/ really 400 but splitting
2 nights CBR 275.00
souvernirs 300.00
food 320.00
port activities 425.00
3-night
category 8d 1764.00

Total 3494.00 I don't think will cover it all.:scared1:

We may decide to come in one day later at CBR, not sure just yet.

The suggested tip amount is $12 per person per day. On a 3-night cruise for 4 people, that's $48 per day or $144.

**Now that I'm rereading this, I guess you are allowing $40 out-of-pocket for tips in addition to the $125 OBC.

smb6
12-27-2010, 07:31 PM
I don't have a budget yet since I'm just planning my first cruise; but seeing others helps to get an idea...

ShellyLynn3630
12-27-2010, 07:32 PM
The suggested tip amount is $12 per person per day. On a 3-night cruise for 4 people, that's $48 per day or $144.

**Now that I'm rereading this, I guess you are allowing $40 out-of-pocket for tips in addition to the $125 OBC.

No, that was my tips for the four positions. And yes you are right and just so happens I was looking a cruise tip calculator and found out that I was wrong like five minutes ago.

ShellyLynn3630
12-27-2010, 07:34 PM
I don't have a budget yet since I'm just planning my first cruise; but seeing others helps to get an idea...

Oh thats great. I have'nt gotten to do to much planning so far, but I have a week and a half off work, so I have some major budgeting to do.

dursin
12-27-2010, 07:41 PM
Anyone else care to share thier budget for thier cruise vacation. Heres mine so far.... subject to change.:rolleyes: 2 adults/ 2 kids, 15, 6

parking 30.00/ really 60 but splitting
tips 40.00/ got an 125 OBC to cover the rest
insurance 140.00
gas 200.00/ really 400 but splitting
2 nights CBR 275.00
souvernirs 300.00
food 320.00
port activities 425.00
3-night
category 8d 1764.00

Total 3494.00 I don't think will cover it all.:scared1:

We may decide to come in one day later at CBR, not sure just yet.
What are you driving down in, a tank? We have a Suburban which gets crappy mileage and I could drive round trip between Orlando and Chicago for $400. You're only in Georgia.

$425 for Port Activities seems high. A 3 day cruise only stops in Nassau and Castaway Cay. Don't need to spend much at all at Castaway Cay to have a great time and probably not worth getting off the boat in Nassau, let alone dumping a few hundred dollars there.

$320 for Souvenirs is pretty generous as well. We usually get by on far less, but $75 per person is a nice amount.

Can probably do better than $140 for insurance. Try TravelEx.

Orlando Disney Guy
12-27-2010, 07:46 PM
Tolls from WDW to Terminal $20.00 ($10.00 each way In reality I think it's about $6.00)
Parking at Port Canaveral: $15.00 per day (you now pay at the end of your cruise, tuck the cash in your glove compartment or somewhere else to make sure you have it)
$1.00 per bag that the curbside porter takes for you (wanna make sure it get's on the ship)
$100.00 per person per port (covers, excursions or taxi or souviners)
$200.00 DCL Souviners (Covers my souviner and anything that I need to bring back home for gifts)
$200 Onboard misc. beverages, wine tasting, bingo, ect
Gratuties (I always pre-pay mine so I don't count that as part of my actual budget, and give a little extra as needed)

This may seem a bit $ $ $ but keep in mind I live in Central Florida so I don't have the expense of hotel/airfare and I usually get a Florida Resident Discount on the cruise.

luvdamouse91
12-27-2010, 07:53 PM
$320 for Souvenirs is pretty generous as well.

Not if you're going to buy a DCL purse! ;)

*love*2*shop
12-27-2010, 07:53 PM
Parking at the port is going up to 20.00 starting jan 1 :(

tolls from wdw to terminal $20.00 ($10.00 each way in reality i think it's about $6.00)
parking at port canaveral: $15.00 per day (you now pay at the end of your cruise, tuck the cash in your glove compartment or somewhere else to make sure you have it)
$1.00 per bag that the curbside porter takes for you (wanna make sure it get's on the ship)
$100.00 per person per port (covers, excursions or taxi or souviners)
$200.00 dcl souviners (covers my souviner and anything that i need to bring back home for gifts)
$200 onboard misc. Beverages, wine tasting, bingo, ect
gratuties (i always pre-pay mine so i don't count that as part of my actual budget, and give a little extra as needed)

this may seem a bit $ $ $ but keep in mind i live in central florida so i don't have the expense of hotel/airfare and i usually get a florida resident discount on the cruise.

*love*2*shop
12-27-2010, 07:55 PM
yup, thats where we will be ...dungeon with the mice and luggage :)

The dungeon room cracks me up.:rotfl:

Orlando Disney Guy
12-27-2010, 07:57 PM
Parking at the port is going up to 20.00 starting jan 1 :(

Thanks for the update!

ShellyLynn3630
12-27-2010, 08:17 PM
What are you driving down in, a tank? We have a Suburban which gets crappy mileage and I could drive round trip between Orlando and Chicago for $400. You're only in Georgia.

$425 for Port Activities seems high. A 3 day cruise only stops in Nassau and Castaway Cay. Don't need to spend much at all at Castaway Cay to have a great time and probably not worth getting off the boat in Nassau, let alone dumping a few hundred dollars there.

$320 for Souvenirs is pretty generous as well. We usually get by on far less, but $75 per person is a nice amount.

Can probably do better than $140 for insurance. Try TravelEx.

I do believe you are right about the gas. I think I am overbudgeting on that one. Maybe 300 bucks at most.:thumbsup2 We are in north Georgia, our county borders Tennessee. Hey how many miles a gallon does a Suburban get, I think thats what we may drive?

We are going to Atlantis, once in a lifetime thing.

Insurance, I am looking at Disney, but will be looking elsewhere to.:thumbsup2

I think I might be down $120 now. :)

aseyrick
12-27-2010, 08:20 PM
If you're looking to cut costs, you can ...

1. Check out www.*****************. I think they'll have a lot more competitive price than $140.
2. I'm assuming the $300 food includes alcohol? If so, you can bring your own wine/liquor onboard and take a glass to the restaurants with you for no charge. I saw a lot folks doing that on our cruise.
3. Souvenirs - the kids will usually make a lot of arts/crafts onboard. My DS got a Goofy Slumber Party pillowcase that he was able to decorate. Also, you can bring your own pillowcase/picture frame/t-shirt and leave it w/ customer service on 1st day to be signed by your/your kids' favorite characters. Also, if you join your cruise FE, I can assure you you'll not need any more souvenirs.
4. Port activities - these aren't absolutely necessary, either. You can always just get out and about on your own without having to go through a tour.

Hopfully this will get you closer to your budget.

Good luck!

ShellyLynn3630
12-27-2010, 08:21 PM
Tolls from WDW to Terminal $20.00 ($10.00 each way In reality I think it's about $6.00)
Parking at Port Canaveral: $15.00 per day (you now pay at the end of your cruise, tuck the cash in your glove compartment or somewhere else to make sure you have it)
$1.00 per bag that the curbside porter takes for you (wanna make sure it get's on the ship)
$100.00 per person per port (covers, excursions or taxi or souviners)
$200.00 DCL Souviners (Covers my souviner and anything that I need to bring back home for gifts)
$200 Onboard misc. beverages, wine tasting, bingo, ect
Gratuties (I always pre-pay mine so I don't count that as part of my actual budget, and give a little extra as needed)

This may seem a bit $ $ $ but keep in mind I live in Central Florida so I don't have the expense of hotel/airfare and I usually get a Florida Resident Discount on the cruise.


Oh, tolls and curbside porters, forgot that. Thanks.

disneydreamin-gang
12-27-2010, 08:22 PM
OK here is what I have
7 night E. Caribbean
2 adults, 2 teens

300.00 gas (Suburban 800 miles 1 way)
200.00 hotel before and maybe after(plan on Radisson, free parking)
336.00 tips
300.00 kids spending(150.00 per-child) slushies, souvenirs, etc.
300.00 drinks (I know this looks like a lot. We have never cruised before and I want to try all the drinks of the day.)
500.00 cash for tips, our souvenirs, excursions, etc.
160.00 insurance

ShellyLynn3630
12-27-2010, 08:26 PM
If you're looking to cut costs, you can ...

1. Check out www.*****************. I think they'll have a lot more competitive price than $140.
2. I'm assuming the $300 food includes alcohol? If so, you can bring your own wine/liquor onboard and take a glass to the restaurants with you for no charge. I saw a lot folks doing that on our cruise.
3. Souvenirs - the kids will usually make a lot of arts/crafts onboard. My DS got a Goofy Slumber Party pillowcase that he was able to decorate. Also, you can bring your own pillowcase/picture frame/t-shirt and leave it w/ customer service on 1st day to be signed by your/your kids' favorite characters. Also, if you join your cruise FE, I can assure you you'll not need any more souvenirs.
4. Port activities - these aren't absolutely necessary, either. You can always just get out and about on your own without having to go through a tour.

Hopfully this will get you closer to your budget.

Good luck!

Ya, I am going to check around on the insurance thing, its just that we have to have coverage for pre-exsiting conditions. I already have a thread on this but I have'nt checked it. I know that Disney will not cover pre-exsisting conditions, but they will give you a "raincheck" on another cruise if something were to happen for your amount. Right? I think that is what I read. Wow, I did'nt think I would get this many suggestions!! I hope this thread helps others as well.

AmandaRG
12-27-2010, 08:37 PM
Ya, I am going to check around on the insurance thing, its just that we have to have coverage for pre-exsiting conditions. I already have a thread on this but I have'nt checked it. I know that Disney will not cover pre-exsisting conditions, but they will give you a "raincheck" on another cruise if something were to happen for your amount. Right? I think that is what I read. Wow, I did'nt think I would get this many suggestions!! I hope this thread helps others as well.

Yes. My TA checked during processing the final payment and if the insurance company denies the charge, DCL will give credit on a future cruise.

peachygreen
12-27-2010, 08:42 PM
Here is our budget for our 7 - night Eastern in February 2 Adults and 2 children

Cruise $3736.71
Insurance $144
Airfare $455.80
Car Service Round Trip $175
Car Service Tips $30
Hotel @ Port $138.86 (includes taxes etc)
Shuttle Tips $5.00
Porter Tips $10.00
Grocery Stop $100 (includes diapers for week)
Tips $336
Excursions $500
Spa $220 (may cancel this)
Wine Tasting $20
Palo $100 (brunch and dinner for 2 plus tip)
Flounders $69
Misc Onboard Expenses $700 (any drinks, souvineers, pictures etc))
Total - $6700 (some values above rounded so this total may not add up exactly but it is within a few dollars what my budget spreadsheet shows)

dursin
12-27-2010, 08:45 PM
I do believe you are right about the gas. I think I am overbudgeting on that one. Maybe 300 bucks at most.:thumbsup2 We are in north Georgia, our county borders Tennessee. Hey how many miles a gallon does a Suburban get, I think thats what we may drive?

We are going to Atlantis, once in a lifetime thing.

Insurance, I am looking at Disney, but will be looking elsewhere to.:thumbsup2

I think I might be down $120 now. :)
Suburban gets about 13-14 city, 17-18 highway. Who knows though...the way gas prices are heading, maybe you should stick with the $400...just read that some expect prices to hit $5 per gallon by 2012!!

What are you doing at Atlantis? You can take a cab over there for about 40 bucks and then do the tour on your own. Are you planning on renting a room for pool access?

ShellyLynn3630
12-27-2010, 08:51 PM
Suburban gets about 13-14 city, 17-18 highway. Who knows though...the way gas prices are heading, maybe you should stick with the $400...just read that some expect prices to hit $5 per gallon by 2012!!

What are you doing at Atlantis? You can take a cab over there for about 40 bucks and then do the tour on your own. Are you planning on renting a room for pool access?

Ya, we are renting a room at CS for the pool access and just a few things on CC.

ShellyLynn3630
12-27-2010, 09:10 PM
Ok, updated version.....



20-miscellanous, tolls, porters, ect.
20-tips, 125-OBC for the rest
30-parking
140-insurance
150-gas
275-2 nights at CBR
275-souvernirs, took 25 away from hubby!!!:laughing:
300-food
425-port activities
1764-cruise fare

3399-total

Alexander
12-27-2010, 09:12 PM
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER list out all of your expenses! That is the only way we can continue to travel! If I ever made a list like that, DH would drop dead!

LadyOfNawlins
12-27-2010, 09:30 PM
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER list out all of your expenses! That is the only way we can continue to travel! If I ever made a list like that, DH would drop dead!

:rotfl2::rotfl2:

Anal Annie
12-27-2010, 09:35 PM
For a week long cruise I typically expect that we will spend somewhere between $1,500-$2,000 on the ship PLUS souvies in ports. We do not purchase lots of pics nor do we do the spa but we DO tend to drink our fair share and we do a lot of excursions. (Pretty much everything we can squeeze into a day.)

NOW, for our Med cruise next summer we're at $4,378 for the cruise fare. We have $400 in OBC which will cover the tips & a few drinks. I am planning to do private tours in at least 2 ports but maybe 3 for which I am budgeting $2,000 (depends on the darned Euro). I expect to cut back on our other ports and hope to not go over $300 per day on those. International AIRFARE is my current beast that I am trying to plan for. It is looking like $1,300ish pp which is a LOT more than what it was when we originally booked the cruise. We will use credit card miles to cover at least 1 of us. I was hoping to cover 2 but can't at those prices. :headache: But we CAN use miles to cover other travel related items like hotels so perhaps we can cover our extra nights in Barcelona that way. :confused3 We have found someone who wanted a points transfer so have transferred 1/2 of our DVC points to get the cash to use for our nights in Paris pre-cruise. I am HOPING our total out-of-pocket will end up being roughly $10,000 for everything except souvies (give or take $1,000).:rolleyes1 This will be for 4 nights in Paris, 2-3 nights in Barcelona and the 7-night cruise for a total of 2 weeks. I actually don't think that sounds TOOOO bad for some reason.:confused3 (We spent almost $8K on our first DCL / DL trip back in 2005.)

kkmcan
12-27-2010, 09:44 PM
Cat 9C gty Mexican Riviera in march 2011
2adults, 2 kids ages 14, 11

Cruise Fare with kids sail free $2300
Driving to port $100 round trip
Night precruise $150 including parking for free at hotel
Tips $336
Excursions $500
Photos $100
Souvies $75
Drinks $100
Total $3661

WOW! That's alot for a cheap cruise!

luvndizny
12-27-2010, 10:39 PM
Me, hubby, DD 9, DS 10
7 night Eastern Carribean 3/11

Well so far I have:

*Cruise: about $4400 to $5800, depending on room (haven't decided yet)

*Kennel to board dog (almost forgot that one) $170 to $200 (haven't added up how many nights yet she'll have to be there)

*Tips, probably the typical expected amount total so about $336, have $200 OBC so probably gonna use that and cover the rest ourselves

*Round-trip train from NC to Orlando- $300 total (We drive an Excursion so honestly gas would probably cost us more to get down there and back! And this way, we can leave the driving to someone else for once!)

*Excursions- not sure if we'll even do any yet (first cruise)

*Maybe $100 total for dinner by ourselves once and a few drinks

*Hotel for night before/after cruise- Haven't decided if gonna use timeshare points or book separately...hopefully not more than $150 night if so

*Passport renewal costs...hubby's is good, mine and the kids' are not- so about, YIKES, $400!!

I don't want to add the total up...LOL!

I am hoping the calendar will be bumped out by then so we can book a cruise for Christmas 2012 while onboard and not have to spend so much for the cruise alone! I keep seeing what y'all are paying and thinking we're paying WAY too much!

BTW, thanks for mentioning the insurance comparisons...DCL wanted almost $400 for this trip for insurance alone! I love finding a good deal so any tips are greatly appreciated!!

karajeboo
12-28-2010, 12:45 PM
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allonte
12-28-2010, 12:57 PM
What's an OBC and how do I get one?!

Blueyed Girl
12-28-2010, 01:21 PM
Tolls from WDW to Terminal $20.00 ($10.00 each way In reality I think it's about $6.00)
Parking at Port Canaveral: $15.00 per day (you now pay at the end of your cruise, tuck the cash in your glove compartment or somewhere else to make sure you have it)
$1.00 per bag that the curbside porter takes for you (wanna make sure it get's on the ship)
$100.00 per person per port (covers, excursions or taxi or souviners)
$200.00 DCL Souviners (Covers my souviner and anything that I need to bring back home for gifts)
$200 Onboard misc. beverages, wine tasting, bingo, ect
Gratuties (I always pre-pay mine so I don't count that as part of my actual budget, and give a little extra as needed)

This may seem a bit $ $ $ but keep in mind I live in Central Florida so I don't have the expense of hotel/airfare and I usually get a Florida Resident Discount on the cruise.

Thanks for posting about the tolls. I couldn't remember how much we spent last trip(2009). I just remember being dollar and quartered to death every so many feet of driving!! :eek:

Parking at the port is going up to 20.00 starting jan 1 :(

Well that stinks! But thanks for posting that info! :thumbsup2



NEVER, NEVER, NEVER list out all of your expenses! That is the only way we can continue to travel! If I ever made a list like that, DH would drop dead!

:rotfl2: That's exactly what I was thinking!! Besides, if I actually looked at the list after I made it, I might get depressed.

tinkmom2
12-28-2010, 01:35 PM
This is our budget for my DH and I and our two daughters 6 and 12 at the time of the cruise for a deluxe stateroom with verandah.

We spent about $450 on our 3 night with the glass bottom boat tour, no pics and around $750 on our shipboard account for our 4 night including tips and no excursions, and pictures. Here's what our budget is so far...

$1300 roughly for 5 days 4 nights at POP plus meal plan (hoping for free dining which will bring our total to under a thousand)
$200.00 MNSSHP tickets
$150.00 Disney Souvies
$150.00 Disney tips
$1000 max for air fare (last time was able to get it for $500. have to wait and see)
$500.00 Dolphin enconter for two children and two adults approx (it's my dream to have a cabanna but I am not paying the $499 by myself)
$300 Souvies Tips
$250.00 Limo to and from Port including gratuity
$52 for airport limo to take us to and from airport
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$3800 approx budget this doesn't include what we spent on our verandah cabin

jakespop
12-28-2010, 02:05 PM
Thank you for this thread. This is very helpful AND Scary as we are planning our 1st Cruise. Many of listed things we have yet to think of.
Keep them coming
Thanks

Schachteles
12-28-2010, 02:06 PM
I don't even want to admit what ours is looking like for our Alaska Cruise :scared1:

peachygreen
12-28-2010, 02:49 PM
Oops I forgot to add the dog kennel to my budget. Hmm - I should actually remember to book the dog kennel. Picking up phone now.

aseyrick
12-28-2010, 03:58 PM
What's an OBC and how do I get one?!

OBC = onboard credit, which you can use for anything while on board a cruise. This is offered directly from the cruiseline and/or travel agents. Note - Different agencies offer different incentives, so be sure to shop around. A great way to shop for obc's/incentives is via www.cruisecompete.com. You submit what you're looking for (i.e., the cruiseline, the dates, location, room categories, etc.) and wait for the travel agencies to respond with their incentives. Give it at least 3 days for all the agencies to see your request and respond. It's great in that it's anonymous. Meaning, they don't get your name/contact info unless you respond to their incentives.

Schachteles
12-28-2010, 04:01 PM
So now you got me curious...so I added it up :scared1:

$7400 for the cruise (2 adults, 2 kids in a 5C room)
$383 for flights (had US Bank travel perks and got 3 tickets free saving $1150)
$600 for a car rental
$200 for parking
$150 for 5 nights in the hotel (saved a $1000 using Hilton Honors points)
$400 for pictures on the ship
$250 for tips
$3000 for excursions
$2000 for souvies
$500 for tours when we are in Vancouver and Seattle
$500 for dining

:scared1:$15,383 total:scared1:

Jewelss37
12-28-2010, 06:45 PM
:thumbsup2
:idea::rotfl2::rotfl2:

cheesekate2005
12-28-2010, 10:27 PM
Parking at the port is going up to 20.00 starting jan 1 :(

:mad:

cheesekate2005
12-28-2010, 10:31 PM
Yeah, I am so screwed..... I'm already "fudging" the prices and am going to "fake" getting upgraded to a verandah cabin!!! :rotfl2: I would think he'd know me by now!!!!

You are too funny!

jakespop
12-29-2010, 09:11 AM
OBC = onboard credit, which you can use for anything while on board a cruise. This is offered directly from the cruiseline and/or travel agents. Note - Different agencies offer different incentives, so be sure to shop around. A great way to shop for obc's/incentives is via www.cruisecompete.com (http://www.cruisecompete.com). You submit what you're looking for (i.e., the cruiseline, the dates, location, room categories, etc.) and wait for the travel agencies to respond with their incentives. Give it at least 3 days for all the agencies to see your request and respond. It's great in that it's anonymous. Meaning, they don't get your name/contact info unless you respond to their incentives.


This is GREAT information. I tried it this morning and within minutes received 4 quotes. all were similar in price but each offered different OBC and other discounts.

Thanks

NancyIL
12-29-2010, 09:51 AM
My Disney cruises have been with one other person (relative or friend), and usually in the least expensive cabin. My cruise cost for the 4-night Feb. 27 Dream cruise is about $490 with taxes, after 10% onboard booking discount of $36. :) I don't drink alcohol, so there's no bar tab. I tip the recommended amount and usually no more, and I don't buy many souvenirs.

The tolls from WDW to Port Canaveral via 417/528 are $4 each way if you get on at State Road 536, and I think $4.50 if you get on at Osceola Parkway. They're slightly less if you take I-4 to 528, but that route has much more traffic. There is only one toll after leaving the airport (north exit to 528) on the way to PC, and that one is $1.50. The other two tolls on 417 are $1.25 each, plus $.50 if you get off at exit 3 (Osceola Parkway).

jakespop
12-29-2010, 10:24 AM
Trying to save where I can before making a final decision, I just check my Marriott Rewards to see if there were any tie-ins to Disney Cruise and there is. If you have Marriott Points, you can redeem for DCL discounts.

$250 Cruise Certificate 70,000
$500 Cruise Certificate 110,000
$1000 Cruise Certificate 145,000

You have to book through them but that can be a substantial savings.

Kanga1
12-29-2010, 11:20 AM
Ok, before I list all of this, let me preface by saying that our vacations are usually major vacations. We save all year for them, and while we don't deprive ourselves of luxuries throughout the year, we really don't have any expensive hobbies, etc. that we spend money on. There. I feel better now.

Me, DH, and DD10 (14 nights total)

$164 1 night at hotel in Pittsburgh before flight
$275 (Using some miles) Includes taxes, fees, baggage
$260 Passports
$3,488 7-nights MYW Package w/dining at WDW before cruise
(Caribbean Beach/Preferred)
$4,136 (Cat. 8D/Includes insurance and transfers)
$300 Food, drinks, etc.
$500 Pictures
$1,000 Souvenirs (budgeting high, but may buy an expensive item or two)
$1,000 Excursions (wanting to do Dolphin Encounter and parasailing)
$250 Tips
$400 Spa
$140 1 night Pop Century after cruise

$11,913 Total:eek:

NancyIL
12-29-2010, 11:32 AM
Ok, before I list all of this, let me preface by saying that our vacations are usually major vacations. We save all year for them, and while we don't deprive ourselves of luxuries throughout the year, we really don't have any expensive hobbies, etc. that we spend money on. There. I feel better now.

Me, DH, and DD10 (14 nights total)

$164 1 night at hotel in Pittsburgh before flight
$275 (Using some miles) Includes taxes, fees, baggage
$260 Passports
$3,488 7-nights MYW Package w/dining at WDW before cruise
(Caribbean Beach/Preferred)
$4,136 (Cat. 8D/Includes insurance and transfers)
$300 Food, drinks, etc.
$500 Pictures
$1,000 Souvenirs (budgeting high, but may buy an expensive item or two)
$1,000 Excursions (wanting to do Dolphin Encounter and parasailing)
$250 Tips
$400 Spa
$140 1 night Pop Century after cruise

$11,913 Total:eek:

That's about $2k more than I spent for 3 weeks in Europe this summer with my 2 adult daughters on a pre-cruise land trip (3 nights each in London and Paris), 12-night Princess British Isles cruise (inside cabin), 2 nights post-cruise in Bath/Heathrow and all spending!

Kanga1
12-29-2010, 11:42 AM
That's about $2k more than I spent for 3 weeks in Europe this summer with my 2 adult daughters on a pre-cruise land trip (3 nights each in London and Paris), 12-night Princess British Isles cruise (inside cabin), 2 nights post-cruise in Bath/Heathrow and all spending!

Yea I know...it's terribly high. My downfalls are my souvenirs, excursions and the cruise itself. $4,200 is really high for 5 nights I think.:confused3 But probably because it's the Dream. And keep in mind too, this trip is in July...peak season.

NancyIL
12-29-2010, 11:45 AM
Yea I know...it's terribly high. My downfalls are my souvenirs, excursions and the cruise itself. $4,200 is really high for 5 nights I think.:confused3 But probably because it's the Dream. And keep in mind too, this trip is in July...peak season.

I saw your 7 nights at WDW and assumed it was a 7-night cruise. Yes, that price for a 5-night Disney cruise is even worse! My Europe trip was also in peak season - June 16-July 7. When I spend that kind of money, it had better be to go somewhere more exciting than Florida and the Bahamas.

Kanga1
12-29-2010, 11:54 AM
I saw your 7 nights at WDW and assumed it was a 7-night cruise. Yes, that price for a 5-night Disney cruise is even worse! My Europe trip was also in peak season - June 16-July 7. When I spend that kind of money, it had better be to go somewhere more exciting than Florida and the Bahamas.

But see...to each his own, I guess. I'd much rather be in the Caribbean on a brand new ship (even if it's just the Bahamas) than spend a week (or even 3) in Europe. That has no appeal to me.

NancyIL
12-29-2010, 11:57 AM
But see...to each his own, I guess. I'd much rather be in the Caribbean on a brand new ship (even if it's just the Bahamas) than spend a week in Europe. That has no appeal to me.

I'll be on the brand-new ship in February, at $490 (half of the cabin price shared with a friend)! Florida/Bahamas/Caribbean in the summer - ugh! I'll take Europe any day over the Caribbean.

Dallas_Lady
12-29-2010, 04:30 PM
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER list out all of your expenses! That is the only way we can continue to travel! If I ever made a list like that, DH would drop dead!

Ditto! We are doing a 10 night land/sea in June 2012 and I am guessing it's going to come to almost $7000. The idea of spending that much on a vacation seems so extravagant to me, I can't even think about the total. I just have to close my eyes and do it!