It’s vacation time! You’ve paid for your cruise and booked your flight. But, while you’re ready to go right now, your bank account still has some work to do. You need to figure out how much cruise spending money to budget for the rest of your cruise.
Before we get to the key points – make SURE you book travel insurance. There’s no sense wasting your time budgeting if you’re not protecting your cruise investment. Get a quote on the upper right corner of the site.
Here are the areas you’ll need to plan for: 

1. Pier

If you’re driving your own car to the port, you’ll need to allow for gas, tolls and then port parking. Depending on which port you’re sailing from, expect to pay from $10 to $20 a day for port parking. If you’re flying, you’ll need to allow for transportation from the airport to the port. You can book this directly with the cruise line, but that can cost you up to $50 each way. You can often find a local shuttle service for significantly less. Don’t forget – once you arrive at the port, make sure you have cash to tip the porters. The customary amount is $1 to $2 per bag.

2. Embarkation

When you start the embarkation process, you have the option of using a credit card or cash to link to your onboard spending account. Using a credit card is much easier and painless. The cruise line swipes your credit card to preauthorize it and then your room card doubles as your onboard credit card for all ship purchases. If you take the cash option, you have to go to the guest relations desk on the ship and make a cash deposit to activate your card. Amounts generally start at $250.
When you arrive, you’ll notice the gratuities may have already been added to your onboard account (if not, they’ll be there by the end of the cruise). These go to your room steward, dining room staff and bar staff. They’re generally around $10 to $12 a day per person. Just a note – you can also prepay these before you arrive.

3. Onboard

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