Why is everyone so cheap?

Jun 25th, 2002, 12:12 PM
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Why is everyone so cheap?

I'm amazed at how cheap almost everyone on this forum is. Concerned about sharing wine, paying for soft drinks or water, corkage fees, tips, the price of excursions, photographs, special drinks, and it goes on and on.

Why don't you all stay home, just think of the money you'll save. Must have something to do with the stock market tanking. Guess the free wheeling days of the 90's are over.
Jun 25th, 2002, 12:17 PM
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BigSpender, Please send me a money order for $100.

Send it to
P.O. Box 3010
Fort Pierce Florida 34948

If you do not send me the money then I will know that you are just as thrifty with your money.
Jun 25th, 2002, 12:28 PM
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This is a silly post, seemingly aimed at angering others. However, that said, perhaps the answer lies in the general trend these days to find deals and not be taken for a ride. We have to remember that while one may pay more for a service while cruising, the proper reaction is to accept it with good grace. After all, no one is forcing you to cruise and one should consider the wine and cokes and tips as PART OF CRUISING. We have forced the hand of the cruise lines into lowering fares so they are forced to get their profit from other areas. From a certain point of view, it seems only fair that if one drinks expensive wine, lots of cokes or something, they might be expected to pay more for consuming those resources. People simply have to quite trying to save every buck possible and realize that the cost of the cruise, isn't just the room, but everything that goes with it. A cruise that costs about 1400 per person, will cost two people about 5 or 6 thousand when airfare, insurance, dog sitter, drinks, water, tips and everything is added in. If your family can only afford a cruise for the price of the room, then you really can't afford it because like an iceberg, the tip you see is only part of the entire thing.
Jun 25th, 2002, 12:38 PM
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Billie, $5000 or $6000? Now who is trying to get under people's skin?

That is crazy to pay so much for a cruise that costs $1400. Just cuz you get royally screwed by every con artist, don't think that other's can't cruise just because they don't spend a few moneth's salary on a cruise.
Jun 25th, 2002, 12:44 PM
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5000 or 6000 a few months salary? A few months???? Now I know why you think that sounds so astronomical.
Jun 25th, 2002, 05:09 PM
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I don't know about the salary part but Billie is probably close to the truth regarding the total a lot of people spend on a cruise.
First, they think they have to have new clothes.If there are kids involved, this could mean some money.
Next, gotta have a new camera, one of the digitals.
Then, they just have to have all those hokey photos the ship takes.
Then its shore tours, tips, etc.
How about booze? How many cruisers do you see coming back through airports laden with cases of booze?
How about what they donate to the casino?
Add it all up and it runs considerably more than the upfront price of the cruise.
Jun 25th, 2002, 05:15 PM
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But that doesn't mean you have to spend it to have a great cruise. The upfront money is enough to enjoy your cruise.
Jun 25th, 2002, 05:22 PM
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Cheap, I agree people don't have to spend that much.I don't. Just saying that a lot of them do.
Jun 25th, 2002, 06:50 PM
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I recently returned from Europe. I did more of a budget trip and had a wonderful time.

One day I had gotten 100 Euros out of the ATM. At the end of the day, most of it was gone. I wrote down everything I had spent and realized that a little here and a little there really add up to a lot of money.

I guess you can put me into the catagory with the cheap people. Even though individually the cokes, wine, shore excursions, photographs don't seem like much, when you get your bill at the end of the cruise, you have spent a small fortune! I have friends who have ended up with bar tabs that are in the hundreds of dollars and final bills that were twice the cost of the cruise.

Sorry, BigSpender. I am not going to stay home. Because I save money on my cruises (bring own cokes, do own shore excursions, take own photos with disposable camera) I can afford to take a trip to Europe and a cruise.
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