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Old 12-22-2012, 12:20 PM   #1711
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analyzed our bill...

So, many of you know that I'm a recovering bean counter. I obviously have a long way to go on that road to recovery as for some reason I felt compelled to pull together a spreadsheet analyzing how much we spent on board.

25% Specialty Dining (excluding alcohol)
44% Beverages (almost all of them alcoholic)
10% Gift shops
11% Shore Excursions
10% ship's gratuities & laundry
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:57 PM   #1712
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So, many of you know that I'm a recovering bean counter. I obviously have a long way to go on that road to recovery as for some reason I felt compelled to pull together a spreadsheet analyzing how much we spent on board.

25% Specialty Dining (excluding alcohol)
44% Beverages (almost all of them alcoholic)
10% Gift shops
11% Shore Excursions
10% ship's gratuities & laundry
I keep a detailed notebook of what I spend on each of my trips, but I haven't broken down the expenditures into percentages. I paid only for myself, so my cruise expenses were pretty low: 1 dinner at Palo without alcohol; excursions in Costa Maya ($75), Cozumel ($59), and tips for the guides; two $4 drinks in Grand Cayman and Cozumel so I could get wifi; a $5.99 Fantasy pin in the gift shop; and gratuities. Cruise lines definitely don't make much money on me once I am onboard!
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:18 AM   #1713
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Speaking as a fellow (retired) bean counter, there is no hope of recovery and yes, I have all my cruise expenditure analysed in Quicken!
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:37 AM   #1714
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Speaking as a fellow (retired) bean counter, there is no hope of recovery and yes, I have all my cruise expenditure analysed in Quicken!
It was nice to see you again on the cruise!
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:11 AM   #1715
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Cruise lines definitely don't make much money on me once I am onboard!
Normally the case for us, too.

This time we did Palo, and I did Remy. Dining with friends, old and new, was great. I liked the conversations.

But next time - no. I found the food to be only a little better than MDR.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:38 AM   #1716
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It's so easy and convenient to spend a lot of extra $ on the ship.

We did Palo brunch - which I adore - and will always do that, but Palo dinner will probably be passed up in the future. I thought it was a nice dinner. we had a large tableful of friends dining together and that's what made it special, the meal ...meh
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:30 PM   #1717
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I finally finished editing and uploading my ridiculous number of pictures from the cruise. Feel free to skim, browse or completely ignore due to the sheer number of photos!

http://nitrostitch.smugmug.com/Disne...7350995_qxN2gT
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:42 PM   #1718
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Some pretty spectacular pictures there Lisa!
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:34 PM   #1719
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Thank you for sharing your pictures. I wasn't able to leave the ship and I loved seeing the ports of call through your lens. You also captured so many sites on the ship that I missed. What a great way to revisit a wonderful trip.

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Thanks for the photo compliments, Jeff and Carol! Most of the port photos were from the ship - we only left the ship in Cozumel, and we quickly wished we hadn't. Funny how much prettier those port areas looked from afar, at least where Cozumel was concerned.
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Lisa - I just noticed in your signature that your marathon is this weekend. Good Luck on your run. I think it is great that you are raising some money for GKTW.

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Lisa - I just noticed in your signature that your marathon is this weekend. Good Luck on your run. I think it is great that you are raising some money for GKTW.

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Thanks Carol - and thank you for the donation to GKTW too! It's going to be a toasty run this weekend, but I'm sure it will be fun and challenging too.
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