Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by arone, Aug 9, 2013.
How much to take on a 4 day cruise ? We are sailing on the Dream in May and want to start to prepare
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Depends on what your planning on doing with it. If you want room service you'll want to being some ones for tips when they deliver your food. Maybe some cash for the ports incase the shops don't take credit or you don't have an international credit card.
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And don't forget about tipping the porters at the port.
Cash for postage stamps at Castaway Cay.
$ 200 - $600. Depends on your priorities.
Don't forget drinks and tips.....
The only cash I used on my last four day cruise was none. I got on the Disney bus and my luggage found it's way to the room. Once onboard everything went on my shipboard account including all the tips. I did not buy souvenirs on Nassau and everything on Castaway Cay can be charged to your shipboard account.
So, if you like tipping with cash, buying souvenirs in Nassau, or paying your onboard account with cash the need for the green stuff will be greater than mine. I usually carry $200 just in case, so I can buy that must have trinket otherwise it goes on the credit card.
Just about everything goes on the KTTW card or credit card (port shopping). But for a 4 day we probably bring about $100 usually for tipping the porters, room service. Also since we drive we usually leave $200 to $300 in our car to pay for parking & lunches on the way home.
We leave cash in the gratuities envelopes beyond the minimum.
We also tipped our server at Palo lunch & dinner.
Our excursion guide also got cash.
If you plan to spend time at the casino in Atlantis you might want to bring some additional cash. Also it is helpful to make sure you have small bills for tipping.
Definitely! We thought we would be able to get cash from the ATM at Atlantis but the ATM wouldn't accept out ATM card from our bank. You might have to get a cash advance on your credit card in that case with all the crazy fees.
so i'm curious how much do you end up spending after the kttw charges and all tipping? i know people will have different amounts just want a figure so i make sure i have enough.
That really can be quite variable, depending on your spending habits and wants. If you do excursions, your KTTW account can get quite large quickly; spa services, photos from Shutters, the arcade, bingo, souvenirs, alcoholic or specialty drinks or soda from bars, some (prepackaged) foods/drinks from room service - these are all variable charges. Some people are capable of boarding the ship and having no additional expenses beyond the tips (and none if those were pre-paid), while others can easily rack up $600 or double on a 4-night cruise. Think about what you plan to do, what you might spend money on; add tips; build in an extra cushion for "just in case."
Enjoy your cruise!
i am worried that we will run out even though I plan on taking a good bit. is there anywhere on the boat to get cash? I assume no atm, but will guest services cash a check or anything?
Guest services does cash checks. There is a dollar limit that I think depends on the length of your cruise but it was fairly high.
what are the average prices of stuff at the gift shops?
Im sure I have to prepare for the kids to get something there
And we are planning on having a drink of the day each day
So I have to add that to the budget
But really besides that having the gratuities paid, I dont see much we could spend cash on except pictures
Do you guys think $600 for the 3 days be enough?
Are you referring to your onboard account or things you specifically need to pay with cash?
We took maybe $100 on our 3 night cruise and probably the same amount for our 5 night. The only things we used cash for was souvenirs in Nassau. Everything else is charged to your shipboard account which varies depending on what you do/purchase. When just DH and I sailed without our children on a 3 night our bill was $260. That included adult dining in Palo, mixology, bikes on Castaway Cay, regular gratuities, room service tips, specialty coffees and alcoholic drinks. We had onboard credit from our TA and we applied a gift card to our account immediately after boarding so we actually had very little to pay at the end of the cruise.
When all 4 of us took a 5 night last year the total bill was less than $100 BUT we prepaid gratuities ($240). We bought a couple of photos, the boys each got a sword in the gift shop, we bought souvenir cups, tips for room service and I think that was it. We used cash in Nassau for souvenirs.
What you spend really depends on what you are planning to do.
yes thats what I was referring to
And thank you for your response it was very helpful!
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