We set sail on a cruise to the Caribbean in a couple of days. We were not planning on taking another trip this year, but a deal came along that we
couldn’t didn’t want to pass up. And, since we put money away just for these such occasions, we decided to go for it.
We will be sailing on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam, which is a new cruise line for us. This trip was appealing mainly because we will be visiting four new locations: Key West, Half Moon Cay (their private island), Amber Cove, DR and Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos.
Because this is a ‘money’ blog, I thought I’d share our cost:
- 8 day – 7 night Cruise (balcony cabin), taxes and fees w/drink package included for 2: $2,100.00
- Insurance: $200.00
- Jetblue (2 roundtrip air fares to Ft. Lauderdale): $400.00
- Gratuities: $203.00
- Excursions: $100.00
- Spending and tipping$: $300.00
What we won’t be spending money on:
- Excursions in every port $300.00
- Pre-cruise hotel $250.00
- Upgrade in flight seats (since we are taking JetBlue – no need) $800.00
- Pre-cruise meals $100.00
- Shopping, drinks $250.00
My husband booked this trip as an early birthday present to me. I’m looking forward to the time I get to spend with him and all the ‘new’ we will experience. I can’t quite explain why my husband and I love to cruise, but I think it has something to do with unpacking once, visiting various islands, having delicious food prepared for us morning, noon and night, and various delightful entertainment every.single.night.
Of course sometimes our most joyous times on a ship are just watching the waves go by….
What’s not to like?
Sea you soon! xoxoxo
If you would like to follow along on our adventure, I will posting on Instagram at SeaYouSoonTravel. Request to follow, and I’ll let you in! 🙂