I think I"m getting hooked to these boards...lol. Just wondering what everyone spent on the average cruise? We just got off the elation (where our rooms were 1/2 price due to a carnival payment refund for another cruise) and we still spent on the average about about 3500.00 with excursions/gifts, etc. Then again, I am hooked to the balcony now. The one before that was close to 4000.00 (both for 3 people). I think I need to get a second job so I can cruise more!
After looking at some of the deals Kuki puts together, I had to get a second job, take a second out on the house, get rid of the dogs, keep the thermostat in the summer at 90, ration our water to 2 glasses a day, and use my bike to go to work. If he comes up with one more cruise I'm gonna rent out my wife.
That's the $64,000 question. I'm sure the cruise line exeutives know to the penny, but they'll never say.
Cruise prices fluctuate just like airline seats. It's based on supply and demand and cruise lines, airlines use a program called "Yield Management" to set prices, which may vary by the minute. Carnival has 43 people in their yield management division.
A friend called, thrilled she found a fantastic price for an Alaska cruise. I said "run, book it now"!! Three minutes later it was $200 higher at the same web site. She knew enough to grab that!
But in the end, cruising is still the best vacation value you can find. You pay for 80% of your costs upfront. Who wants to worry how much it costs to dine out each evening?
BTW, I just interviewed Carnival president Bob Dickinson, who has been at the cruise line since 1973. In terms of today's dollars, the price of a cruise is about 25% less than it was in 1980. That's because there's much greater efficiency in building and operating these vessels.
I'm lucky to have New Orleans close to home. (3-hours away) I don't have any air-fare, motel, (pre or post cruise) , and that cuts the price down alot. Even with all the savings, we still end up spending from $1200.00 - $2500.00 depending on the cruise, Cat. of room, and excursions, and purchases.
I'm hoping that one of the cruiselines would place a Eastern Carribean cruise out of New Orleans. But, as of now, there not !
Our next cruise will be from Florida, headed to the Eastern Carribean on the Glory or Truimph ! Therefore, our cost will be alot more because of airfare, precruise hotel, and ect.
This is the only vacation we take, and we think its worth every penny.
In terms of cruise prices (assuming you're talking strictly about cruise base price, port and taxes) my last cruise (Island Princess, northbound Alaska) was$429. And I didn't hold a gun to their head or anything. It was just one of those deals you stumble into.
An agency I'd used before sent me an email about 4 cabins available at that rate and I booked it beforeI'd even finished reading the email.
I've booked the Golden Princess for the British Isles next July and it's a tad more but still the best vacation deal around.
Since you're now addicted, check out websites advertised here, subscribe to a good magazine (my preference is Cruise Travel) and check out sites advertised there. Be sure to sign up with all those guys to receive their specials (your mailbox will figuratively fall off the wall).
Then go a step further and check out cruise point credit card programs. I'm doing the NCL Sun in Oct. and my out of pocket expense will be $176 because the balance is from points. Same was true of 3 other cruises we did last year.
David W, I'm 3 hours from NO, too - makes it almost too easy doesn't it? And I'm only 4 hours from Galveston. You can get the Grand Princess from there.
Cruiseguy, I don't have a dog to sell but my neighbor has a pretty nice looking Australian Shepherd that might hock to pay my bar bill!
We try to cruise each year but must keep the expense down since we are retired & depends on how much I make on Ebay (extra funds).... We booked the Conquest for Oct. 30th for $829 that includes Port & Gov. taxes..... Add your tips ($150) & we have $979 bare bone cost.... We don't do the tours, just walk around & shop so we budget $200 for that.... We don't gamble or need the mixed drinks so Zero on that..... Don't need all the pictures either... Zero.... So we budget $1179 for a 7 day cruise for 2 people..... That equals $169 a day for the two of us, can't beat that at a fancy hotel & your meals....
__________________ Bob & Kathy
Littleton, Colorado (near Denver)
Conquest .... Nov /03 (New Orleans)
Conquest .... Dec /05 (Galveston)
Celebration.. Sept /06 (Jacksonville)
Fantasy....... Dec/07 (New Orleans)
Splendor...... Nov. 29th, 2009
I'm with Bob and Kathy. I have kept track of all expenses on the last 6 of my cruises. The most expensive was the Voyager of the Seas in May, 2003. I paid $1316.00 for the entire cruise (air, cruise, Insurance, upgrade at the pier, stingray city tour and onboard charges. The cheapest was Conquest in November 2004, entire cost (air, cruise, insurance, hotel, t-shirt) $1055.54. My onboard charges were under $100.
I quit doing most shore excursions unless it's something that I absolutely have to do. But I've done most shore tours, and don't need any more souvineers. I usually get a taxi and go do something on my own.
Voyager of the Seas 5/03
Celebrity Solstice 2/09
Oasis of the Seas 10/16/10
Me and my wife do just like Bob and Cathy plus we go at the lowest priced time of the year. We are both 40 years old and we hope to cruise every year for at least the next several decades!!!! We took our first two cruises last year so now we are hooked!
I need to stop doing excursions too -- but when you go to somewhere differnet, its hard NOT to do! I'm 2 hours from New Orleans and decided this last time to go out of Galveston (5 hours). The first 3 were from N.O. with the 3rd (Conquest) being the one that was delayed due to a wreck between two barges at the mouth of the Mississippi - people slept in the terminal and were bussed to Mississippi to load the ship which couldn't make it into the mouth. I also hope they get an eastern cruise out of N.O!!
I guess it all depends what gets you excited, some are OK with a good book in a lounge chair.... Some must gamble ( I do at times where I live) to have a good time but I don't need it...... Some must have cable (at home) but we run rabbit ears for over 15 years & OK for us..... Everyone has there own fun level, it would be boring if we were all the same....
that would be great ! I would love to have a Eastern cruise from New Orleans or Galveston. Only problem with the Grand @ Galveston is, We cruise in late August or September. By then she's already gone. Hopefully oneday I can sail on her. The Grand was parked nexted to us on our 2003 cruise on the Conquest @ Cozumel. The Conquest is huge, but you could tell just how big she is. It was awesome !
Cruise cost last time was $82 per person/per day. Add to that $53 per person/per day to cover everything else: gas for the drive down, parking for 7 days, kennel for 7 days and ALL onboard charges (bar, casino, arcade, tips, internet cafe, souvenirs, laundry, golf lessons, etc), we averaged around $145 per person for 7 days. Not bad, I'd say!
We usually book one shore excursion per cruise, but might up the number this time.
We are lucky that we can drive (easily) to 3 ports in Florida, Mobile or New Orleans. So far we have stuck with the Florida ports. We drive to my sister's house in Lakeland the day before and therefore don't have any hotel charges.
Would Mobile or Jacksonville be driving distance for you, Cheryl?
Carnival Elation March 11
Carnival Imagination Sept 07
Carniival Sensation Dec 06
RCI Sovereign of the Seas Sept 06
Carnival Miracle Sept 05
Carnival Glory Sept 04
Carnival Fantasy Jan 04
I vote for Eastern or even better a 10-11 night southern - deep southern - would love to do now of those from NO or Galveston!
With cruise points on credit card - stock holder on board credit - and searching the deals year round on the internet we have lately cruised with very little out of pocket - mainly due to $500 worth of points on credit card. The summer months the cruises are outrageous and the weather is just HOT! So we avoid that time and travel in off times and with last minute prices... It has been a lot of work to constantly stay on top of the prices but each time I find a really good one - hubby will break down and say "book it" so it keeps me looking every day!!! haha I like to stay around $500 per person total for an outside cabin or $1000 -1100 total for two on an outside cabin. Then take cruise points off etc... BUT I have to settle for guarantee cabins and no balconies so everything has it's price.. As long as I have a good time that is all that matters.
I do book shore excursions - either on my own or through the ship - For the first cruises we only booked a few each trip (very little money) - not at all the islands and tried to do without them but have found after 18 cruises that the excursions offered are getting better and better - and more expensive - and they are soooo informative or fun. Like Shark Ray Alley in Belize that takes you out to the Cays you would not see on your own, or horse back riding or cave tubing that takes you into the interior or speed boat (power boat tour) in Cozumel or scuba diving in Cozumel, Cayman and snorkeling in Jamaica or seeing the sting ray city in Cayman or playing with dolphin in Cozumel, or jeep tour in Aruba or diving in Curacao or black sand beaches of Martinique, or plantation tour in Jamaica or river rafting in Jamaica or or or. I actually feel like i miss out when we don't do something in the islands - there is so much to do and I have such wondreful memories. With that said we also relax on the boat... Debbie