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Old 10-03-2012, 09:47 AM   #1
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Onboard Bill...Care to share?

So, I am trying to budget for our upcoming Panama Canal Cruise.

On our first 5 night cruise we had a $800 stateroom bill


On our 7 night cruise we had a $1400 stateroom bill


So I am guessing that a 14 night PC cruise will be about $2400

We usually get drinks, souvenirs, play bingo, do the spa, nursery, limited Disney excursions, drink tastings (and on the 7 night there was a $200 medical visit fee)

Care to share? (I know many people will not feel comfortable sharing)
How long was your cruise?
What was your bill?
What were your major charges?

I am especially interested in the amount spent on longer cruises!
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:50 AM   #2
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Our 7 day to Alaska we had a $3000 stateroom bill... Ouch! In theory Panama should be $6000 for us then! However we did four excursions through Disney, some at $200-300 per person (there was two of us) which our Panama cruise won't have. So uh... I am not helpful. Sorry!
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:52 AM   #3
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Last week we did the 7 day Pixar cruise. We got a great rate and were planning to be very budget conscious. Then we came into a little unexpected money about 2 weeks before we left and all heck broke loose. We ended up with a bill of twice what we paid for the cruise but we had a stateroom upgrade and the Lasseter Winery excursion that were major expenses. Without those two we would have had quite a reasonable bill, about $100 a day with tastings, coffees, pictures, souvenirs, etc.

We haven't done a longer cruise yet, but I would really like to see the Panama Canal.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:12 AM   #4
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You're really comparing apples and oranges here. We average about $100 per day depending on shore excursions, but we don't have any kids in the nursery, or charges for bingo, or alcohol. DH enjoyed a massage when his back was really bothering him, and we did have a medical charge (gall bladder attack), but that was reimbursed by insurance.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:19 AM   #5
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It's really going to be so different for everyone!

We had budgeted an amount, and stuck to it. We ended up $2 under budget.

For our 7-day alaska, we ended up with a $598 bill, not including the deposit for OBB, but including tips. We just kept track of it well, and never really felt like we were sacrificing, or over spending. We also could have left with a smaller bill, but since we had already budgeted $600, we didn't feel bad about getting a few extra things in the stores, etc...
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:21 AM   #6
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7-day WC on the Fantasy, 8/18 was $1700..included tips for everyone, the $240 picture package, water package on the ship (rip off), nicely priced excurions for 3 at all the ports, BBB for my daughter (hair on formal night and whole shobang on Pirates night), hair braiding for my daughter and a lot of beer for me
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:24 AM   #7
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You're really comparing apples and oranges here. We average about $100 per day depending on shore excursions, but we don't have any kids in the nursery, or charges for bingo, or alcohol. DH enjoyed a massage when his back was really bothering him, and we did have a medical charge (gall bladder attack), but that was reimbursed by insurance.
I know I am comparing apples to oranges but it is still a fun thread!




I forgot to mention that our stateroom bill did not include our tips (we had cash for that).
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:33 AM   #8
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On longer cruises you have more time to visit the future cruise desk, so charging a deposit to your onboard account will increase your daily average.

Some friends bought more DVC points, so that was a hefty sum.

And oh yeah. Some artwork followed us home on our last 15-day cruise too.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:35 AM   #9
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On our last cruise (7 day Western Caribbean on Princess) our bill was $68. We had $300 in OBC, but most of that went to tips. We also had a $65 medical bill and bought a couple souvenirs. I'm too cheap to buy alcohol or gamble onboard so we generally don't have high bills, but that was our cheapest bill to date.
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On longer cruises you have more time to visit the future cruise desk, so charging a deposit to your onboard account will increase your daily average.

Some friends bought more DVC points, so that was a hefty sum.

And oh yeah. Some artwork followed us home on our last 15-day cruise too.
Sounds like me! I forgot to add, we also paid two future cruise deposits and bought a bunch of artwork. So $3000 was not that bad...
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:05 AM   #11
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On our 7 day alaskan our stateroom bill was $1600 for two of us. We did excursions, spa, drinks and souvenirs. We budgeted for $1500.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:40 AM   #12
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If I remember correctly on the Jan 2011 Panama Canal Cruise our stateroom bill was around $2000, for our excurstions, tips, a spa visit, a new camera (mine died just before the show at Animators Palate which was the night before the canal, a couple of souvinears, and other on board spending. We didn't drink alot or play bingo, nor did we buy pictures or art (although we did go to brunch 4 times over the cruise.)
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Our 7 day eastern in April was $1300 for two adults. This includes five Disney excursions, tips, dinner for two and two glasses of wine at Remy, 4 photos, and souvenirs (a Dooney purse.)

We have been consistent over our three cruises on what we spend, makes the pre-cruise budgeting easy.
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On longer cruises you have more time to visit the future cruise desk, so charging a deposit to your onboard account will increase your daily average.

Some friends bought more DVC points, so that was a hefty sum.

And oh yeah. Some artwork followed us home on our last 15-day cruise too.
I've read that you can't pay the deposit with gift cards, but if you charge the payment to your onboard account, and they use your gift card balance first, won't that work the same way, essentially?
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:10 PM   #15
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All three of our cruises (2 four nights, 1 seven) were 500-800 on our final bill (can't remember exactly). 2 adults, 2 kids.

Each cruise we had at least a $50 OBC as well.

We also usually put at least one hundred dollars in gift cards down on the account at the beginning.

Our tips are paid seperatly with cash, so that is not figured in the amount above.


We don't book excursions through the ship , we do all that on our own.


So on our first cruise we probably spent another$75-$100 off the ship.

The 7 day we probably spent $300 or so off the ship.

Our last cruise we only spent about $25 off the ship.
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