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Old July 22nd, 2004, 09:21 AM
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Ok, this isn't a gripe because I haven't been on the ship yet! But I wanted to get a good response to this question....for those of you who've been on cruises before, how much does your Seapass total genearlly come out to be for your onboard purchases?

less than $500
$501 - $1000
Over $1000

And what did you spend most of the money on?

Answers greatly appreciated!

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Old July 22nd, 2004, 10:57 AM
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For a family of 5 over $1000.

Tips @ $350.00
Soda Cards for children @ $70
Alcohol @ $200
Shore Excursions @ $700
Pictures @ $50
Shopping @ $100

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Old July 22nd, 2004, 11:17 AM
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Mine came to $650.00. That included drinks, excursions, bingo, etc.
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Old July 22nd, 2004, 12:50 PM
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I have crused 4 times, each time with just my wife. Here are my totals:

7 night = $1500
11 night = $1500
5 night = $750
7 night = $1200

Most is alcohal. Beer and wine at dinner. Tips are also in there.
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Old July 22nd, 2004, 02:57 PM
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I managed once to have zero for a seven day cruise...tips were in cash and the shore excursion I signed up for was cancelled. Usually less than $100 not counting tips.
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Old July 22nd, 2004, 04:24 PM
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WE figure $70 per day / person.
We don't drink much, but we do book an excursion per port
through the ship. .
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ahem,
we are looking at $1800 for a 5 dayer and $1200 for a ten dayer. In my defence (this is really lame) the 6 dayer is a transatlantic and we were staying up with our new friends all night, most until about 6am, and putting the world to rights and sorting our heads out. It was just after 9/11 and some people had been in NYC and needed to talk it out so we were drinking way TOO much. We were never really drunk though, it was that kind of drinking where you are talking too much to notice. Does anyone else know what i mean? We had all been through too big of a situation and it was like we were blowing off steam. I can't put it in to the proper words.
But normally i would hope to spend around the $1200 mark. i'll let you all now later in august.

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Old July 23rd, 2004, 09:30 AM
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We spend about $150 per day for the two of us including shore excursions but not tips. However, when we go on vacation we don't economize and do whatever we want to do. We economize throughout the year to go on vacation and let loose on the cruise.

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Old July 23rd, 2004, 10:29 AM
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Less than $500 for the 2 of us (4 day cruise). My figuring had us spending around $50 per day per person - including tips (we did the standard $10 per day per person) and one shore excursion.

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Old July 23rd, 2004, 02:19 PM
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Really depends. I heard a guy once spend 7,000 in the spa for his wife once.

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Old July 23rd, 2004, 04:16 PM
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$200 is our average. We bring aboard our own alcohol for an in-cabin nightcap. I usually do a spa treatment which takes up most of the money. A few logowear and that is about it.
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Old July 23rd, 2004, 05:22 PM
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I had a huge bill for my family of four, $2600 for 7 day classic southern caribbean. Most of the charges were shore excursions as we did one or two at every port including golf which is quite expensive. They were all totally worth it and I wouldn't have had it any other way.

Drinks are very reasonable as compared to resort hotels so I have no complaints there. My kids managed to keep their expenditures down to 2 ice creams, 2 chocolate bananas (non-alcoholic), and one or two other drinks. As we were on excursions during most of the day, drinks were usually free there.

The big hit came with a $112 laundry charge as we had pre and post cruise stays and some very dirty clothes from sweating on excursions. We did not have the time or desire to do it ourselves. I also did two loads after snorkeling myself to rinse out the sea water.

All in all, I knew what was coming with the excursions, but I was buying great memories so I am happy.
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Old July 23rd, 2004, 11:17 PM
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About $600 for the two of us - 7 days. Couldn't drink with the patch so that saved a bundle. Most of it was ships photos - are we vain or what! And the rest tips and shore excursions. It does add up fast though. TTFN Jennifer
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Old July 24th, 2004, 10:02 PM
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Our 6/26 seapass total was over $4,700 (2 adults), which included:

Portofino's and Chops + additional tips - well worth it
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Room Service tips - we ate most of our meals in the room
Laundry
On-board puchases, jewerly/cosmetics/booze/cigs/clothing items
lots of alcohol :-)
lots of bingo - $35 per person, sometime twice a day
Casino
Tips
In room movies

We agreed to not pay attention to our daily charges, we work hard and play just as hard while on vacation.

We had a wonderful cruise, our only compliant was the locals in Cozumel.

At least we earned double RCI points on our charge card :-)
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Old July 26th, 2004, 11:36 AM
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Default Re: Seapass Totals!

Thanks all for the responses! Very good information. Hazelson, you're right, it does seem to add up quick! And those of you who pointed out that you save during the year, and then have fun on the cruise, I totally agree! But we don't do alcohol or bingo/gamble, so the money won't be going to those items.

We're really big RELAXERS, so we won't be doing the excursions that have you hiking or rowing somewhere. I honestly think we'll be finding a quiet part of the beach (Cozumel, Belize, and Freeport) to just relax for the port days.

We're definitely looking to handsomely tip the folks onboard, and we'll probably get some souvenirs, though.

Well thanks again for the info, it definitely helps in the planning!

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Old July 26th, 2004, 01:09 PM
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I prefer to economize by avoiding line-arranged shore excursions unless there's no other practical way to see what I want to see. I don't gamble, buy photos, go shopping (except window shopping and the odd postcard), get overpriced spa treatments, or drink beyond a little wine with dinner, so my total for the week, auto-tipping included, is usually $150-200.

But there's always some big spenders who throw the "average" way off. Last December, on returning from a Carnival Victory cruise to the western Carib., I found myself seated next to a young military man from Chicago on the airport transfer bus. By booking only a week before the cruise, he'd scored a great deal-- $400 total, or only $230 in actual cruise fare once you subtract the port charges! This despite the fact that he was traveling solo! He even managed somehow to get cheap airfare at the last minute. AND he was up $1800 at the casino by week's end!

BUT: he wound up spending more than $4500 at the onboard auctions for art and sports memorabilia! So, even working on auction commissions, I think Carnival managed to get back a big chunk of those casino winnings!
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Old July 26th, 2004, 02:13 PM
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My four day Disney, and my 7 day RCCL crusie came to be about the sam at around $600. That would include evening drinks for 1 adult, bingo, photos(be careful with these, they add up fast), minimal shopping on board, child care(RCCL), and 1 excursion. If you don't drink, don't play bingo, and are not interested in many of the excursions, your bill should be less than $200.
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Old July 27th, 2004, 06:24 AM
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Thanks again for the info! It sounds like the $200 - $300 range is where we'll end up, especially since our vacations are generally used for relaxing and relaxing and a little bit more relaxing.

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Default Re: Seapass Totals!

Mine have ranged from $300 for a 3 day cruise to $2600 for my 14 night cruise. My normal for a 7 day is around $800-$1000 (but that includes casino and 2+ bottles of wine at dinner 3 or 4 nights)

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On the 10nite Ultimate Carb. on Celebrity last year, our total was $250.00 and that included tips. My husband is the only drinker (Corona's) I think the drinks are way to strong and most of the money was for bingo and tips. It doesn't have to be expensive. You can also keep tabs on your bill to see how much you are spending. We also prebook our shore excursions before we go and have them paid for. Have a great time.
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Old August 10th, 2004, 08:39 AM
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On a 10-day cruise and my bill is typically under $125 (for one person).
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On a 5 day cruise
140.00 for excursion

150.00 in tips

600.00 on shopping

Cruise experience..priceless.

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wow family, write a book or something on how to do it......

$0.02 -- stop calling yourself that, it's over $20.00 Canadian

our bill is usually about $1000 usd per person for 7 nts, with more exotic destinations like the Med for two weeks it was $3600 with a lot of expensive excursions
that includes excursions, bingo, pictures, and a decent amount of on board shopping damage no drinks (I don't drink and wife is pressured into a glass of wine),

best thing is to forget about the bill while you're there and enjoy and do everything you feel like doing, if you really stress, go to the pursurs desk and they can probably tell you what your balance is

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Old August 10th, 2004, 05:14 PM
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I don't know if this is appropriate to mention (the cruise line gods will probably strike me down!) but as for drinks, I usually politely slip the pool bar or schooner bar guy a few and kinda get my seapass card back without the charge slip all week(if you know what I mean),

but, as with everything else, use your discretion......
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I hope that's not the way Scotia Bank attends to its business.

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absolutely.......just kidding

wherever there is an opportunity for free enterprise, and it's not really crossing the line, I go for it

5 bucks for a drink that costs a few cents and I have to get up and go get the drink myself, and the gratuity is automatically added regardless

I don't mind paying for what I get, but I don't like being ripped off, so I like the enterprising individual who at least lets me feel like I'm getting my money's worth,

banking on the other hand, is the best business to be in.....if you are THE BANK

I just work there!

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Old August 11th, 2004, 12:31 PM
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The first paragraph in Jephs post is us exactly.
We have never spent more than 350 for the two of us on any 7 day criuse.
We don't spa( did get my hair done once on a cruise, too exspensive , ugly as heck)
We don't gamble.
We buy ONE or possibily two photos.
No bingo.

We do get a bottle of wine with dinner, sometimes they last two nights.
We do get a drink by the pool.Usaully just one, sometimes two.
We do bring our own booze for a pre-dinner cocktail on our balcony.
We NEVER do not do ship excursions anymore. We did a few in past, too much money and you don't get to spend the time the way you want, we hate those tours that include " shopping time" Why pay money to have the privilige of spending money? Huh?

We do tip, but we do not tip extra as a rule. If we ever asked for or required a service which is outside the normal then of course we would.

We DO have a great time, and we don't feel that we are cheaping out.
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