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Old 07-10-2009, 12:39 AM   #31
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[QUOTE=tinksdreamwishes;32637491]Thanks for all these great ideas- you have my head spinning LOL!
Here is my breakdown:

Daycare employees - $2000 (not sure what this is for since the kids on the cruise attend clubs for free and flounder is I think $10 an hour w/10 hr max. I think I got it. Since you run a daycare this is for employees. Can't help you there.)
Airfare at Southwest rt from Ca- $1700 (Keep checking since they usually offer $99 one way fares from CA-MCO and back.)Cruise $8,000
Hotel- $1500 (You can get a condo or home for $100-$150 a night..Value hotel at Disney is about $82 a night. Also check for deals)Rental Car- $600 (Thrifty offers great deals. I got car for $150 for the week)
Tix for Disney World and Universal- $2000 (Special for 2 days at Universal $99)Food- $1500 (Cheaper if you eat in at least breakfast)
Mics (tips, tax, pics, souv) -$1,000(Take your own camera. You can use them to take pics or Cast members will help you take them and save by maybe buying one or two. Tax is included in total cruise price. Excursions can be done on your own)
Clothes $2,000 (if you must have new close shop Marshalls, TJmaxx, Target, for after summer sales. You are wearing shorts and T's. You only need do wear formal if you want. Nice top and and slacks for you, slacks and shirt for DH not many seen wearing tux)
Equals- $20,300- LOL i went over my budget- and I have to get my hair colored hehehe! (Land/sea actually cost more since you are getting less time and if you do the math you are paying something like 3 times the normal room rate)
how do you get OBC? (Travel agents offer as an incentive to give them your business. For example Dreams U. offers up to $600 depending upon the room. Sam's club offers giftcards to be used later at their stores.)

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Old 07-10-2009, 06:58 AM   #32
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I agree. Stay on Disney. The time you will save will be worth way more than the money you will spend. Especially if you have your mom with you. This way, if someone needs a break, you can easily come and go to and from the hotel. Renting DVC points is a great option. Enjoy your trip.
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Old 07-10-2009, 09:01 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by kcashner View Post
I'm going to guess that you can't get airfare from Michigan for $300 each ($300 food + $500 gas + $300 hotels).

However, I do have one suggestion if you are budget minded. Stay at one of the hotels (Radisson, Quality Suites, Country Inn and Suites, Residence Inn) that offers free cruise parking if you stay with them the night before your cruise. We stayed at the Quality Suites. For $107, we got a night at the hotel, breakfast in the morning (nothing to write home about, but it was included), parking while we cruised, and shuttle to/from the port. The port parking for the week would have been $105. Obviously we had to stay somewhere, so it made sense to choose one of the free parking places.
We prefer to drive. Dh likes to stop in Kentucky on the way home and stock up on bourbon. We will be stopping in Atlanta to visit the American girl store (budget breaker), Downtown Disney for the lego store, we like the convience of having our own car. We are arriving on Thursday, so we will have a few days in FL. ( The kids just want to go to the beach and swim in the pool)

We prefer to have our car at port, that way we can get off the ship and go home. IMO, it is worth the $ for parking, not have to deal with the shuttle.
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:13 PM   #34
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Here what my damages are for Me, DH, DS8, DS5:

Airfare: Philly to MCO, Southwest $480
Car Rental $200 7 days
WDW - CBR 9/24-9/27, 1 day pass with free dining: $600
4 night Wonder 9/27-10/1 Cat 12 GTY $1200
Disney Dollars +/- $600

Total +/- $2700 for 7 days of MAGIC
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Old 07-10-2009, 04:09 PM   #35
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yeah my $2,000 for daycare expenses is for my daycare employees at my house to keep the daycare going while we are gone!

I was thinking of calling a TA once I had all the money ready- to see if they have cabins at a lower price- wondering if they bought some but they have not yet filled em up.

Also, do you have to have a TA to book a cruise? Or can I do it myself? just wondering!

Everyone has been so wonderful with responses and tips! I hope to meet some of you on a cruise someday! Thank you! ~Tinksdreamwishes!

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Old 07-10-2009, 04:15 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by tinksdreamwishes View Post

Also, do you have to have a TA to book a cruise? Or can I do it myself? just wondering!
Go to and you can book the cruise yourself.
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:41 PM   #37
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save money

We borrowed our pirate costumes from a friend and will supplement what doesn't fit us with misc items.

We used millage points for our airline tickets.

Formal wear is something that we always have since we have had many weddings and bar mitzvah's that we have gone to. I find that if I don't have a size for one of my daughter's, I can always borrow something in their size from a friend.
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Old 07-11-2009, 05:29 AM   #38
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I'm probably gonna regret calculating this but we're booked on a 2010 Baltic cruise. Here is an estimate of what this trip is gonna end up costing;

Cat 4 Cruise for 4: $15,500
RT air to London for 4
(business class using FF miles for upgrade): $8,000
Hotel in London for 2 nights: $500
RT Trans from London to Dover, cabs to/from airport: $200
Meals and entrace fees and such while in London: $500
Shore excursions for 4 at various ports: $3000
Tips, bingo, photos, misc on-board charges: $1500
Gifts, suvenuers, tee-shirts, food while in port: $1000

Total: $30,200 ugh

I think our Med cruise cost us about $25,000 but we flew coach on that trip.

I figure the cost of these trips is sorta the cost of our kid's education. Our kids are very well traveled and have seen much of this big blue planet we live on!

WDW 4/98, Yellowstone 6/99, 4-day Bahamas DCL 6/00, Washington DC 6/01, WDW 1/02, Scotland 6/02, Alaska 6/03, 7-day Caribbean DCL 6/04, 4-day Bahamas DCL 1/05, WDW 1/05, Universal 3/05, Norway 6/05, NYC Waldorf-Astoria 10/05, Snowshoe, WV 12/05, China Adventure 3/06, WDW 6/06, Copper Mountain, CO 12/06, 11-day DCL Med Cruise 5/07, 4-day Bahamas DCL 10/07, 7 Day NCL cruise - Hawaii 7/08, Door County, WI 7/09, Snowshoe WV, 12/09, 12-day DCL Baltic cruise 6/10, 7-day Caribbean HAL 12/10, WDW 6/11, 5-day Dream NYE 12/11, 7-day Canadian HAL 6/12, 3-day Dream Jan 2013, 4-day Dream Feb 2013, 5-day CCL NOLA, 7 days hiking in the Himilayans, Katmandu, Nepal 5/14 7-day RCCL 7/14
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Old 07-11-2009, 11:33 AM   #39
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I'm budgeting $10,000 for the 6 of us to go on the Eastern Transatlantic. That does NOT include any expeditions or souveniers which I am guessing will run another $1500 or so. The cruise itself is $6600, we bought airfare from NC to MCO for $500 for the 6 of us. I am budgeting $3000 to get us home from may end up being a hair more.

For us this is a trip of a lifetime. We definitely don't spend this kind of money to vacation---like, ever

ETA that does not include tips or transfers.
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