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Old 10-03-2012, 11:12 PM   #31
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Most of our 7 night cruises end with a 200-300 dollar bill which usually includes: a few souveniers, just a few drinks, maybe a "drink seminar", Palo surcharge, etc. We don't usually spend much and try NOT to use the overpriced excursions when we can avoid it.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:24 PM   #32
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This post was starting to scare me but not anymore! We aren't big drinkers and right now are planning no excursions on our trip so I guess I may not be foolish to think that our bill should be no more then $300 (we love souvenirs!). That of course doesn't include tips or a deposit on another cruise if we love this one!
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:17 AM   #33
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It adds up rather quickly,doesn't it?
We blew through a generous OBC and my Disney rewards, (that I thought I was going to use in WDW) on our four night Dream cruise, to the tune of $500 or so. Did not include tips!
Palo, DH got a massage, drinks at CC, drinks after dinner, drinks by the pool, gift shop, duty free shop, coffee at Cove Cafe, champagne tasting...it's incredible how fast it goes!
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:42 AM   #34
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This post was starting to scare me but not anymore! We aren't big drinkers and right now are planning no excursions on our trip so I guess I may not be foolish to think that our bill should be no more then $300 (we love souvenirs!). That of course doesn't include tips or a deposit on another cruise if we love this one!
The deposit on a future cruise does not get added to your stateroom account. It's charged directly to your credit card.

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Old 10-04-2012, 06:51 AM   #35
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Very interesting thread; thanks for starting it spiiffy!

Seems we never get out of WDW with less than $200-300 per day charged onto our KTTW. Looks like we can expect about the same on our first cruise too. I am budgeting for tips and shore excursions. Other than those what else will be billed to the stateroom? On board shopping, drinks, sodas, prepackaged foods, bingo and the spa - what else?

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Old 10-04-2012, 07:17 AM   #36
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The deposit on a future cruise does not get added to your stateroom account. It's charged directly to your credit card.

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Mine was added to my account. At least it showed up on my invoice/list of charges.
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Very interesting thread; thanks for starting it spiiffy!

Seems we never get out of WDW with less than $200-300 per day charged onto our KTTW. Looks like we can expect about the same on our first cruise too. I am budgeting for tips and shore excursions. Other than those what else will be billed to the stateroom? On board shopping, drinks, sodas, prepackaged foods, bingo and the spa - what else?

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Sodas are only if you get them from room service or a bar.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:56 AM   #38
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We had $100 OBC and $360 in disney rewards.

I didn't think we would use it all with just the 2 of us and only a 5 nighter, WRONG!!

It goes quick between tips, Palo visits, 2 drinks of the day(every day), excursions, a few pictures.

I think we went over by just about $100.

But We had a wonderful time and can't wait to do it again.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:20 AM   #39
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Mine was a ridiculously high amount for 7 days. The SPA and the up sells cost me $1K! Never again. I'm headed on a 14 night and refuse to spend that much again. I have no Disney excursions booked, will have 2 Palo meals, visit the spa once or twice (only one thing booked so far) and not buy anything there, and don't plan to spend much else. Will shop a little, have a few drinks and buy a handful of pictures and that's it! Oh aside from tips. Will pay those, of course v
When you check in at the spa, specifically tell them that you do not want the upsell afterwards. They should honor that.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:28 AM   #40
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I don't drink, go to the spa, buy photos, or gamble (yes, BINGO on DCL is gambling!) - so my onboard bill consists of a trip to Palo, tips, and a few souvenirs. I consider excursions, whether booked through the ship or booked independently, to be a trip expense and not an "onboard bill" expense.
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When you check in at the spa, specifically tell them that you do not want the upsell afterwards. They should honor that.
Will do this on this trip for sure!
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:21 AM   #42
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Things charged to onboard accoount vs. onboard expenses

For new cruisers who are reading this with jaws dropped - you need to distinguish between things that can be charged to your onboard account (like excursions and apparently onboard booking deposits) vs. things that are truly onboard expenses. Although excursions on DCL get charged to your onboard account, the same excursion on other cruise lines would be charged to your credit card when booked. Those who book independent excursions still have the same expense, but it's not part of the onboard bill.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:00 AM   #43
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Ours is about 500-800 with tips for myself and DW. Usually includes an excursion or two, some swag and a trip to the spa for her. We usually have a drink or two in the bars at night and that's about it. Not really too bad, but a surprise on our first cruise ever.. Forgot about tips and how quickly things add up.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:08 AM   #44
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For new cruisers who are reading this with jaws dropped - you need to distinguish between things that can be charged to your onboard account (like excursions and apparently onboard booking deposits) vs. things that are truly onboard expenses. Although excursions on DCL get charged to your onboard account, the same excursion on other cruise lines would be charged to your credit card when booked. Those who book independent excursions still have the same expense, but it's not part of the onboard bill.
True, but if you look at it that way, there are NO on board expenses. You can get on the ship, have an incredible vacation and not spend an extra dime after tipping.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:00 PM   #45
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True, but if you look at it that way, there are NO on board expenses. You can get on the ship, have an incredible vacation and not spend an extra dime after tipping.
My point was that there's a difference between what might be on the final bill and things bought and/or consumed while on the ship. Other than tipping, which I consider to be a required cruise expense, no one HAS to spend extra on any cruise ship.
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