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Old 05-28-2014, 02:30 PM   #1
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Can you still have fun without spending extra

I am doing a 3 day Bahamas Disney Dream cruise. Can i still have a good time without spending for extra fun stuff like swimming with dolphins ETC. I am bringing about $500 just to spend on extra inexpensive stuff, for myself and my 2 kids who are 12 and 15. I have already paid my gratuities.
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:33 PM   #2
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Absolutely! If you have never been to Nassau you can get off the ship and explore but honestly in 3 days, I wouldn't even bother. No need to go for pricey excursions.
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Old 05-28-2014, 03:15 PM   #3
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Yes. You can make Nassau an incredibly cheap port. We rarely spent more than $50 total there, including transport to and from Atlantis.
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Old 05-28-2014, 03:21 PM   #4
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Just stay on the Ship in Nassau. Everything is included, you will have lower crowds on the slides and pools and the Dream has far more fun to offer than you can take in 3 days. Castaway Cay is all inclusive, so don't spend any money there on excursions. Just enjoy the beach, the food and relax. Maybe a nice souvenir would be good, but really no need to spend tons of money.

And remember: Relax! that's the main purpose of a cruise.

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Old 05-28-2014, 03:45 PM   #5
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We spent very little on the same cruise with almost the same aged kids. Our little bit of splurging were drinks at dinner. We set sail the day after Christmas and had family give the kids Disney gift cards for spending in the shops. I took my DD 16 into Nassau for a Goombay Punch (soft drink) and then my wife and I went into the straw market for a few souvenirs. The most cash I remember laying out was for tipping the porters - and that was perhaps $20 both times.
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I am doing a 3 day Bahamas Disney Dream cruise. Can i still have a good time without spending for extra fun stuff like swimming with dolphins ETC. I am bringing about $500 just to spend on extra inexpensive stuff, for myself and my 2 kids who are 12 and 15. I have already paid my gratuities.
You sure can! We've done 3 cruises totaling 22 nights and have yet to spend money on excursions or other pricey extras that quickly boost the cost of a cruise. We have had great cruises and I don't feel like we've missed out by not booking excursions.
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You sure can! We've done 3 cruises totaling 22 nights and have yet to spend money on excursions or other pricey extras that quickly boost the cost of a cruise. We have had great cruises and I don't feel like we've missed out by not booking excursions.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:06 PM   #8
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I am doing a 3 day Bahamas Disney Dream cruise. Can i still have a good time without spending for extra fun stuff like swimming with dolphins ETC. I am bringing about $500 just to spend on extra inexpensive stuff, for myself and my 2 kids who are 12 and 15. I have already paid my gratuities.
I have a 13 yr old and a 16 yr old, who were the same ages as your kids last year when we did the 4 day Dream to Bahamas. I spent a total of $550, and that INCLUDED the dolphin encounter at Blue Lagoon, plus a few drinks for me, a few smoothies for the kids, and a couple small souvenirs (T-Shirt, keychain, etc). I opted to go with the pics I took with my own camera vs buying any from Shutters, and I passed on the spa (not willing to pay the inflated prices when I know I can get a massage near home for a fraction of the cost).

I think a budget of $500 is PLENTY for three days, and especially adequate if you're are bypassing the dolphin encounter.
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:35 PM   #9
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As others have said you will absolutely have a good time. We cruise for the experience on the ships and most of what is available onboard is included in your fare already. We didn't do a single shore excursion on either of our Fantasy sailings. 3 days goes by so quickly and the ship has so much to offer that I would recommend focusing on those rather than a bunch of overpriced extras.

We had medical center charges on both of our last cruises, but once those and the gratuities were subtracted we spent under $300 extra over the course of 14 days (2 different cruises).
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:50 PM   #10
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With a budget of $500 - my personal preference would be to spend it on a tour or "experience" that will be remembered by you and your kids, rather than on "extra inexpensive stuff" (i.e., clutter) that probably won't last long.
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Old 05-29-2014, 03:42 PM   #11
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If I were you, I'd stay on the ship, save your $500 and use it towards your deposit for your next cruise!
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Old 05-29-2014, 03:46 PM   #12
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Absolutely. Just did the 4 night Dream and our bill was $380, which included $70 for Palo Brunch, $200 in tips, $30 for some kids souveniers and the rest for drinks. We skipped the excursions in Nassau, so that probably saved us about $700. We had an amazing time.
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If I were you, I'd stay on the ship, save your $500 and use it towards your deposit for your next cruise!
This is, by far, the best advice I have seen on this thread!!! Do this
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:23 PM   #14
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So you guys have just made my decision that we will not be doing excursions! I had thought about doing the dolphin swim, but think my kids aged 5 and 6 are still too young to appreciate it. What would anyone suggest then in Nassau to do with the kids? Also, what sort of costs can we expect for tips etc?

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Old 05-29-2014, 04:38 PM   #15
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I would suggest having something planned for ports if you plan to get off the boat. A trip to the beach, etc. If you hang around the port and plan to shop you will have 2 very bored kids on your hands. A port excursion isn't a must, but I would research the port and if you find something your kids would like spring for a taxi to take you there. Much cheaper then a port excursion!
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