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Old 07-08-2009, 08:50 PM   #1
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Hello everyone.... This is my first post... I am trying to plan our family's first cruise! And I am wondering how much the cruise will cost... including all hidden prices, taxes, fuel charges... hotel before and after the cruise, transportation to and from, extra money you spent on excursions and pictures, etc. and CLOTHES!!

I have been trying to add up the sum and I have been coming out at about $20,000. That is for My Mom, Me, my Husband, and 3 children- 1,7,and 9.

I have been playing around with the Dates for Dec 12th- 19th. For the Western trip, with 2 cabins, a Cat 11 for me, DH, and 2 kids, and Mom wants A Cabin with a Ver. and she will have the other kid. So just for the cruise it comes out to about $7613.

The plan was to go to Disney World and Universal for a week before- so that adds another $5,000.

Then add clothes for formal nights, pirate nights, and etc.
I just think this trip is going to cost a fortune.. heha...
So I was just wondering how much everyone spent on their trips. i guess its rude to ask, but I cant stop wondering if spending this much is insane... Thank you if you respond! ~Tinksdreamwishes!!!

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Old 07-08-2009, 08:58 PM   #2
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Well, if you just got another cat11 that would save you some $$$. We are a family of 4 in a cat 11 flying out to FL,renting car, 1 night hotel. I'm budgeting about $7,000 total for 7 nt eastern. ??? Who knows if I'll be able to STAY within my budget, but it's a good start!

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Old 07-08-2009, 09:16 PM   #3
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Thank you for your reply! Yeah I had told my mom about the huge price difference- but she is paying for half of the trip and insists that she must have a Verrandah. So I am not arguing with her... plus she really wants to just sit outside on her balcony for hours on end watching the ocean!

I love my mom to death, so making her happy is all that counts!

( I love these little icon thingies... too bad they weren't disney related... )


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Old 07-08-2009, 10:31 PM   #5
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We won a western DCL cruise for 4/08, so the tickets were free, but...
Our ship-board bill for our family of 4 looked like this: 400 Tulum excursion, 300 Castaway Cay excursion/shopping, 325 ships tips, 325 arcade, 130 spa, 150 booze, 200 gift shop, 100 bingo, 100 ships photos, 50 duty free shop.
Even without air fare, we spent another $2K+ on tuxes, dresses, dog boarding, one night pre hotel, passports, tips, clothes, gas & food. And we brought a small bar full of booze with us! (recommended). I cried about spending it all, but I think it was worth even more. That's why we are doing it again in Nov 09.
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Old 07-08-2009, 11:23 PM   #6
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$20,000 for one trip? Well, my husband would have me committed if I planned a trip that cost that much!

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Old 07-09-2009, 12:19 AM   #7
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Shh.. still trying to forget
First Land/Sea Package, CBR & Wonder, 10/14-21, 2004
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First Magic (Western) Cruise, 11/05-12, 2005
Second Magic (Eastern) - "3rd DCL Cruise", 10/28-11/04, 2006
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:32 AM   #8
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First of all welcome . 20k Here are a few suggestions since I am about as cheap as one can get.

1. Check various travel sites for cheaper prices and OBC (on board credit). You are picking a time of year that is more pricey.
2. Buy clothing off season. Summer clothes (shorts, swimsuits, etc, are now or will be clearanced very soon.) Spend some time doing laundry so you don't have to bring so much clothing.
3. Halloween costumes will be on sale before you go so grab ur pirate stuff then.
4. I don't buy anything on CC. I bring my own snorkel gear which you can get cheap for children at Target, etc.
5. Soda is free for most part so only need money for alcohol if you drink.
6. Rent a car or limo service to get to port/ hotel. It will be cheaper then shuttle bus.
7. Stay offsite and rent condo or house. Car rentals are pretty cheap. Might be easier then lugging all the kiddos on a bus. You can also make meals which would be cheaper.
8. There is only one formal night so you can skip it or dress down. You will see people in all kinds of attire.
9. If you don't want to take organized tours Cozumel you can walk around on your own and GC has a little beach just off the ship.
10. At the parks the kids meals are cheap and adults can also get them.
I was able to get my room 12 gty for $699. I hear if you book 4 for this room you get a free upgrade to 11 inside.

I've eaten at 62 out of 247 restaurants at Walt Disney World (25%)
I've eaten at 27 out of 87 quick service/counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World (31%)
I've eaten at 29 out of 73 table-service restaurants at Walt Disney World (40%)
I've eaten at 4 out of 18 signature restaurants at Walt Disney World (22%)
I've eaten at 1 out of 3 dinner show restaurants at Walt Disney World (33%)

Here's my list!

    • Flame Tree BBQ
    • Pizzafari
    • Rainforest Cafe
    • Restaurantosaurus
    • Tusker House
    • Yak & Yeti Counter Service
    • Yak & Yeti
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios
    • '50s Prime Time Cafe
    • ABC Commissary
    • Backlot Express
    • Brown Derby
    • Catalina Eddie's
    • Fairfax Fare
    • Feel the Force VIP Package (Fireworks Dessert Party)
    • Hollywood & Vine
    • Mama Melrose's
    • Min & Bill's Dockside Diner
    • Rosie's All-American Cafe
    • Sci-Fi Dine-In
    • Starring Rolls Cafe
    • Studio Catering Company
    • Toluca Legs Turkey Company
    • Toy Story Pizza Planet
  • Epcot
    • Coral Reef (Living Seas)
    • Electric Umbrella
    • Fountainview (Starbucks)
    • Garden Grill (The Land)
    • Sunshine Seasons (The Land)
    • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway)
    • Biergarten (Germany)
    • Boulangerie Patisserie (France)
    • Chefs de France (France)
    • Fife & Drum (American Adventure)
    • Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party
    • Katsura Grill (Japan)
    • Kringla Bakeri og Cafe (Norway)
    • La Cantina de San Angel (Mexico)
    • La Hacienda de San Angel (Mexico)
    • Le Cellier (Canada)
    • Liberty Inn (American Adventure)
    • Lotus Blossom Cafe (China)
    • Monsieur Paul (France)
    • Nine Dragons (China)
    • Odyssey
    • Restaurant Marrakesh (Morocco)
    • Rose and Crown (United Kingdom)
    • San Angel Inn (Mexico)
    • Sommerfest (Germany)
    • Spice Road (Morocco)
    • Tangierine Cafe (Morocco)
    • Teppan Edo (Japan)
    • Tokyo Dining (Japan)
    • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (Italy)
    • Tutto Italia (Italy)
    • Via Napoli (Italy)
    • Yorkshire County Fish Shop (United Kingdom)
  • Epcot Food & Wine Festival
    • Argentina
    • Australia
    • Belgium
    • Brewer's Collection
    • Canada
    • Caribbean Islands
    • Cheese
    • China
    • Craft Beers
    • Desserts & Champagne
    • Florida
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hawaii
    • Hops & Barley
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Mexico
    • Morocco
    • New Zealand
    • Poland
    • Party for the Senses
    • Scandinavia
    • Singapore
    • South Africa
    • South Korea
    • Terra
  • Epcot Food & Garden Festival
    • Buttercup Cottage
    • Fleur De lys
    • Florida Fresh
    • Hanami
    • Intermissions Cafe
    • Jardin De Fiestas
    • Lotus House
    • Pineapple Promenade
    • Primavera Kitchen
    • The Smokehouse
    • Taste of Marrakesh
    • Urban Farm Eats
  • Magic Kingdom
    • Be Our Guest Lunch (Fantasyland)
    • Be Our Guest Dinner (Fantasyland)
    • Casey's Corner (Main Street USA)
    • Cinderella's Royal Table (Fantasyland)
    • Columbia Harbour House (Liberty Square)
    • Cosmic Ray's (Tomorrowland)
    • The Crystal Palace (Adventureland)
    • Diamond Horseshoe Review (Frontierland)
    • The Friar's Nook (Fantasyland)
    • Gaston's Tavern (Fantasyland)
    • Golden Oak Outpost (Frontierland)
    • Liberty Tree Tavern (Liberty Square)
    • The Lunching Pad (Tomorrowland)
    • Main Street Bakery (Starbucks)
    • Pecos Bill's (Frontierland)
    • Pinnochio Village Haus (Fantasyland)
    • The Plaza Restaurant (Main Street USA)
    • Sleepy Hollow
    • Tomorrowland Terrace (Tomorrowland)
    • Tomorrowland Terrace Wishes Dessert Party (Tomorrowland)
    • Tony's Town Square (Main Street USA)
    • Tortuga Tavern (Adventureland)
    • Frontierland Turkey Leg Cart
Water Parks
  • Blizzard Beach
    • Avalunch
    • The Cooling Hut
    • Lottawatta Lodge
    • The Warming Hut
  • Typhoon Lagoon
    • Leaning Palms
    • Lowtide Lou's
    • Surf Doggies
    • Typhoon Tilly's
    • Bodie's All American
    • Earl of Sandwich
    • Fulton's Crab House
    • Ghirardelli's
    • Marketplace Snacks
    • Pollo Campero
    • Rainforest Cafe
    • Starbucks
    • T-Rex
    • Wolfgang Puck Express
  • Pleasure Island
    • Cooke's of Dublin
    • Paradiso 37
    • Planet Hollywood
    • Portobello
    • Raglan Road
  • West Side
    • AMC 24 Pleasure Island Dining
    • Bongo's Cuban Cafe
    • Crossroads at House of Blues
    • Crossroads at House of Blues Sunday Brunch
    • Foodquest
    • Splitsville
    • Smokehouse at House of Blues
    • Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
    • The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
    • Wolfgang Puck Express
  • West Side Food Trucks
    • Fantasy Fare truck
    • Namaste Cafe truck
    • Superstar Catering truck
    • World Showcase of Flavors truck
Wide World of Sports
    • ESPN Grill
  • All Star Movies
    • World Premiere
  • All Star Music
    • Intermission
  • All Star Sports
    • End Zone
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Boma Flavors of Africa
    • Jiko: The Cooking Place
    • The Mara
    • Sanaa
  • Art of Animation
    • Landscapes of Flavors
  • Beach Club
    • Beach Club Marketplace
    • Beaches and Cream
    • Cape May Cafe
    • Hurricane Hanna's
  • Boardwalk
    • Big River Grille & Brewing Works
    • Boardwalk Bakery
    • Boardwalk Pizza Window
    • ESPN Club
    • Flying Fish
    • Kouzzina
  • Caribbean Beach
    • Old Port Royale
    • Shutters
  • Contemporary
    • California Grill
    • Chef Mickey's
    • Contempo Cafe
    • The Wave
    • Top of the World Lounge
  • Coronado Springs
    • Cafe Rix
    • Laguna Bar
    • Maya Grill
    • Pepper Market
    • Siesta's
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin
    • Cabana Bar and Beach Club
    • The Fountain
    • Fresh Mediterranean Market
    • Picabu Buffeteria
    • Shula's Steakhouse
    • Todd English's bluezoo
  • Fort Wilderness
    • Crockett's Tavern
    • Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review
    • Meadows Snack Bar
    • Mickey's Backyard BBQ
    • Trail's End Restaurant
  • Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
    • 1900 Park Fare
    • Citrico's
    • Garden View Lounge Afternoon Tea
    • Gasparilla Island Grill
    • Grand Floridian Cafe
    • Mizner's Lounge
    • My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea
    • Narcoossee's
    • Pool Bar
    • Victoria and Albert's
  • Old Key West
    • Goods to Go
    • Olivia's
    • Turtle Shack
  • Polynesian
    • Captain Cook's Snack Company
    • Kona Cafe
    • Kona Island Sushi Counter
    • 'Ohana
    • Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Luau
    • TambuLounge
  • Pop Century
    • Everything Pop
  • Port Orleans
    • Boatwright's
    • Riverside Mill Food Court
    • Sassagoula Flotworks & Food Factory
  • Saratoga Springs
    • Artist's Palette
    • Grandstand Pool Bar
    • Paddock Pool Grill
    • Turf Club
  • Shades of Green
    • Garden Gallery
    • Evergreen's
    • Mangino's Bistro
  • Walt Disney World Swan
    • Garden Grove Cafe
    • Il Mulino New York Trattoria
    • Kimonos Sushi Bar
    • Splash Grill
  • Vero Beach
    • Bleachers Bar and Grill
    • Green Cabin Room
    • Shutters
    • Sonya's
  • Wilderness Lodge
    • Artist Point
    • Roaring Fork
    • Territory Lounge
    • Whispering Canyon
  • Yacht Club
    • Captain's Grille
    • Crew's Cup Lounge
    • Yachtsman Steakhouse
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    • Cooked a meal using a resort BBQ grill
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