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  • On May 17, 2015
    Christina from KY Asked

    Hi, I am a budget nut and would REALLY like to have ALL expenses (cruise, tips, etc.) paid for before we leave home! I know that excursions are extra as well as alcoholic drinks. Any idea how much $ I should plan for onboard? Trying to cruise low cost!

    Welcome Aboard, Christina!

    You are speaking my language! I am hoping that for our summer cruise I will have everything prepaid, or ready to pay. I will explain that.

    So, prior to cruising and booking Port Adventures, your cruise needs to be paid in full, which is awesome for us budgeteers! You can also choose to prepay your gratuities, I believe you will just need to call Disney Cruise Line, unless you booked through a Travel Agent, then you would call them to pay the gratuities. Now for the Port Adventures...

    When you book your Port Adventures, you can see the cost. So, I buy Disney gift cards in that amount and then bring them to Guest Services to have them add the gift cards to my onboard account. You can do this for alcoholic beverages and souvenirs as well. You will want to keep ALL of the gift cards until after your cruise, as they will credit back any unused money to the gift cards. Last year, I had a stack of nearly 40 gift cards to go through. I entered each number into the website and found over $50! It was well worth my time.

    I have found that alcoholic beverages onboard are extremely reasonable, especially if you stick to the "drink of the day", which is usually something delicious with a special price. You could easily buy a $100 gift card to designate for drinks. Each day, you can visit guest services to see where your onboard account is and how much "credit" you have left.

    I will recommend bringing about $20 in singles in order to tip room service. You should definitely plan to order warm cookies with milk before bed one night! And, we love the "All Hands On Deck" cheese plate. You should plan to tip $1 per item ordered.

    I hope this helps you budget for your cruise! Having everything prepaid helps me to completely relax once onboard!

    Happy Cruising, Tracy V.
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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

“If you can dream it, you can do it” just about sums up my life. I am a mother of two amazing girls and wife to a fantastic man, all of whom support my passion for all things Disney. I am a thrill seeker, and have been fortunate enough to go parasailing high above the Disney Fantasy, zip-lining in St. Lucia, and swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman – all while sailing the seas with Disney Cruise Line. I would love to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Learn More About Tracy

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