Hello - I've been on two cruises - first one Alaska inside passage for our honeymoon, and Nov 06 on 5day Caribbean cruise. We live in Nebraska, so there really isn't a "quick" port to get to. Airline tickets are too bad, so we opt to fly rather than drive. I think the cruise far is okay, but once the shore excursions and other things onboard get tallied up at the end of the cruise, it's quite the expensive vacation! My dh goes to the little sundries shop daily to buy something he just has to have on the cruise - last time was a little watch keychain because he needed to know what time it was. And we both drink a little bit, get the pop card for me and coffee card for him. I'm looking for some creative and inventive ways to save up for our future cruise. We did purchase the ghost booking on our Nov 06 cruise, which was another $200, but I assume I'll be glad later. One might say I'm a bit frugal! I would like to cruise every year, but as of now, we plan on every other year. We are mid 30's and love Princess, and I want to keep moving up the Circle! Thanks! Wishing you all happy cruising!