Anyone else care to share thier cruise budget

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  1. ShellyLynn3630

    ShellyLynn3630 DIS Veteran

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    Anyone else care to share thier budget for thier cruise vacation. Heres mine so far.... subject to change.:rolleyes: 2 adults/ 2 kids, 15, 6

    parking 30.00/ really 60 but splitting
    tips 40.00/ got an 125 OBC to cover the rest
    insurance 140.00
    gas 200.00/ really 400 but splitting
    2 nights CBR 275.00
    souvernirs 300.00
    food 320.00
    port activities 425.00
    3-night
    category 8d 1764.00

    Total 3494.00 I don't think will cover it all.:scared1:

    We may decide to come in one day later at CBR, not sure just yet.
     
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  3. *love*2*shop

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    hmmm...not totally set, just throwing it out....we are 2 adults and 2 kids 9 & 11.....

    we ARE DRIVING FROM nh....NO stopping except to pee and get gas lol....we drive straight through....we pack food.... gas we usually stop 2-4 times at 50.00 every time..

    Hotel when we get to the Port is 70.00 for the night, plus 20.00 TOTAL to park /leave our car there for week ( CI& S) . ( the port is charging 20.00 PER NIGHT starting jan 1)

    Cruise was $4600.00 for a dungeon room ( 10b GTY) for a western 7 night.

    we have a 250.00 ON B Credit which i am going to palo for brunch- 20.00 per person and i booked Bikes on CC ( 6.00 per hour i think)

    so we will still have @ 190.00 OBC to use on misc stuff...

    we dont drink and dont play Bingo....

    Misc junk for the kids will eat that up.....lol.........

    excursions- i think its 100.00 cash for 1 on grand cayman ( snorkel)

    and the other excusion is 50.00 for Cozumel.
     
  4. ShellyLynn3630

    ShellyLynn3630 DIS Veteran

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    The dungeon room cracks me up.:rotfl:
     
  5. NancyIL

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    The suggested tip amount is $12 per person per day. On a 3-night cruise for 4 people, that's $48 per day or $144.

    **Now that I'm rereading this, I guess you are allowing $40 out-of-pocket for tips in addition to the $125 OBC.
     
  6. smb6

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    I don't have a budget yet since I'm just planning my first cruise; but seeing others helps to get an idea...
     
  7. ShellyLynn3630

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    No, that was my tips for the four positions. And yes you are right and just so happens I was looking a cruise tip calculator and found out that I was wrong like five minutes ago.
     
  8. ShellyLynn3630

    ShellyLynn3630 DIS Veteran

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    Oh thats great. I have'nt gotten to do to much planning so far, but I have a week and a half off work, so I have some major budgeting to do.
     
  9. dursin

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    What are you driving down in, a tank? We have a Suburban which gets crappy mileage and I could drive round trip between Orlando and Chicago for $400. You're only in Georgia.

    $425 for Port Activities seems high. A 3 day cruise only stops in Nassau and Castaway Cay. Don't need to spend much at all at Castaway Cay to have a great time and probably not worth getting off the boat in Nassau, let alone dumping a few hundred dollars there.

    $320 for Souvenirs is pretty generous as well. We usually get by on far less, but $75 per person is a nice amount.

    Can probably do better than $140 for insurance. Try TravelEx.
     
  10. Orlando Disney Guy

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    Tolls from WDW to Terminal $20.00 ($10.00 each way In reality I think it's about $6.00)
    Parking at Port Canaveral: $15.00 per day (you now pay at the end of your cruise, tuck the cash in your glove compartment or somewhere else to make sure you have it)
    $1.00 per bag that the curbside porter takes for you (wanna make sure it get's on the ship)
    $100.00 per person per port (covers, excursions or taxi or souviners)
    $200.00 DCL Souviners (Covers my souviner and anything that I need to bring back home for gifts)
    $200 Onboard misc. beverages, wine tasting, bingo, ect
    Gratuties (I always pre-pay mine so I don't count that as part of my actual budget, and give a little extra as needed)

    This may seem a bit $ $ $ but keep in mind I live in Central Florida so I don't have the expense of hotel/airfare and I usually get a Florida Resident Discount on the cruise.
     
  11. luvdamouse91

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    Not if you're going to buy a DCL purse! ;)
     
  12. *love*2*shop

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    Parking at the port is going up to 20.00 starting jan 1 :(

     
  13. *love*2*shop

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    yup, thats where we will be ...dungeon with the mice and luggage :)

     
  14. Orlando Disney Guy

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    Thanks for the update!
     
  15. ShellyLynn3630

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    I do believe you are right about the gas. I think I am overbudgeting on that one. Maybe 300 bucks at most.:thumbsup2 We are in north Georgia, our county borders Tennessee. Hey how many miles a gallon does a Suburban get, I think thats what we may drive?

    We are going to Atlantis, once in a lifetime thing.

    Insurance, I am looking at Disney, but will be looking elsewhere to.:thumbsup2

    I think I might be down $120 now. :)
     
  16. aseyrick

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    If you're looking to cut costs, you can ...

    1. Check out www.************.com. I think they'll have a lot more competitive price than $140.
    2. I'm assuming the $300 food includes alcohol? If so, you can bring your own wine/liquor onboard and take a glass to the restaurants with you for no charge. I saw a lot folks doing that on our cruise.
    3. Souvenirs - the kids will usually make a lot of arts/crafts onboard. My DS got a Goofy Slumber Party pillowcase that he was able to decorate. Also, you can bring your own pillowcase/picture frame/t-shirt and leave it w/ customer service on 1st day to be signed by your/your kids' favorite characters. Also, if you join your cruise FE, I can assure you you'll not need any more souvenirs.
    4. Port activities - these aren't absolutely necessary, either. You can always just get out and about on your own without having to go through a tour.

    Hopfully this will get you closer to your budget.

    Good luck!
     
  17. ShellyLynn3630

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    Oh, tolls and curbside porters, forgot that. Thanks.
     
  18. disneydreamin-gang

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    OK here is what I have
    7 night E. Caribbean
    2 adults, 2 teens

    300.00 gas (Suburban 800 miles 1 way)
    200.00 hotel before and maybe after(plan on Radisson, free parking)
    336.00 tips
    300.00 kids spending(150.00 per-child) slushies, souvenirs, etc.
    300.00 drinks (I know this looks like a lot. We have never cruised before and I want to try all the drinks of the day.)
    500.00 cash for tips, our souvenirs, excursions, etc.
    160.00 insurance
     
  19. ShellyLynn3630

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    Ya, I am going to check around on the insurance thing, its just that we have to have coverage for pre-exsiting conditions. I already have a thread on this but I have'nt checked it. I know that Disney will not cover pre-exsisting conditions, but they will give you a "raincheck" on another cruise if something were to happen for your amount. Right? I think that is what I read. Wow, I did'nt think I would get this many suggestions!! I hope this thread helps others as well.
     
  20. AmandaRG

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    Yes. My TA checked during processing the final payment and if the insurance company denies the charge, DCL will give credit on a future cruise.
     
  21. peachygreen

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    Here is our budget for our 7 - night Eastern in February 2 Adults and 2 children

    Cruise $3736.71
    Insurance $144
    Airfare $455.80
    Car Service Round Trip $175
    Car Service Tips $30
    Hotel @ Port $138.86 (includes taxes etc)
    Shuttle Tips $5.00
    Porter Tips $10.00
    Grocery Stop $100 (includes diapers for week)
    Tips $336
    Excursions $500
    Spa $220 (may cancel this)
    Wine Tasting $20
    Palo $100 (brunch and dinner for 2 plus tip)
    Flounders $69
    Misc Onboard Expenses $700 (any drinks, souvineers, pictures etc))
    Total - $6700 (some values above rounded so this total may not add up exactly but it is within a few dollars what my budget spreadsheet shows)
     

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