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Houston Chronicle frugal living blogger Amanda L. Grossman recently took a life-changing cruise from Vancouver to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, and then Seward.She was in awe of her surroundings, and even more with how much money she could have spent—a shocking $840 mandatory deposit ($60/day).*
“Since this was my first cruise I had no idea that we were essentially living in a peddler’s dream. Every step of the journey there were people more than happy to help us spend our money,” she wrote. “This could be on trinkets and the next hottest gemstones, all the way to the bathrobes that hung in our rooms (which could be monogrammed for another $2.00 per letter).”
Here are some of the more outrageous costs she encountered on board:
1. Playing Bingo. Prices were $15 for one card, $25 for three cards, and $35 for six cards.
2. Cooking classes and wine tasting. Onboard classes were offered for $29.95. Wine tastings cost $12 per person.
3. Using the Internet. This cost between $0.40 to $0.75 per minute unless you purchased a pay-as-you go plan at a discount—with a one-time activation fee of $3.95, Grossman wrote.
4. Booze and soda. Anything other than water, coffee, juice and tea was sky-high. A can of soda cost $2.50, while alcoholic drinks were anywhere from $6 to $12.
5. Gambling. Another fun way to “eat up your money.” Thankfully, her mother won $250 on the trip.
*Grossman didn’t say whether or not she got back the deposit.
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