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11. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1855 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

Cruises are the cheapest way to travel, but you have to add gratuities

I think that's more the case on cruises that are being sold to Americans. I've been on about 15 cruises and there have never been tips added, they've all been specifically non-tipping. But then consumers here are used to the advertised price being the price you pay.

12. Posted by Guru123 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3d Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

Cruises are not boring. They are good for relaxing. But if you have only 5 days, it would have to be a VERY short cruise - 3 days. Most of those kinds of cruises tend to be booze and gambling type cruises, and I don't know of too many that are shorter than 5 days.

You could fly from Dayton to Key West for less than $400 each (Round trip but not a direct flight) The La Concha Hotel right downtown in Key West would be about $2000 for 4 nights. That would leave you $1200 for meals, a taxi from/to the airport and admissions

Good advice bro.

13. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2396 posts) 3d Star this if you like it!

Any interest in Hollywood? Visit Los Angeles and take some tours of the entertainment industry. Walk around and you might meet some movie or TV stars you recognize.

Flights, hotels, tours, meals, local transportation should be within budget.

(Have you asked your mother what she would like to do?)

Up to you.

14. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1447 posts) 3d Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Quoting greatgrandmaR

Cruises are the cheapest way to travel, but you have to add gratuities

I think that's more the case on cruises that are being sold to Americans. I've been on about 15 cruises and there have never been tips added, they've all been specifically non-tipping. But then consumers here are used to the advertised price being the price you pay.

The more expensive cruises do have tips included. It is the mass market lines where they price the cruise below what it costs them to run the ship where they make up the difference on tips and on charging for things like drinks, excursions, internet and other "extras". Those mass market lines that primarily have North American passengers are the Carnival Corp family (which includes Carnival, Cunard, Holland American and Princess) and Royal Caribbean which I think also includes Celebrity now and Norwegian which charges for everything including dinner.

Carnival does have some lines are more exclusive and more expensive (Seabourn) , and some that are marketed more to Europeans (P&O and AIDA) and an Australian line - P&O Australia.

15. Posted by MsFK (Budding Member 4 posts) 3d Star this if you like it!

Hello again! A lot of great suggestions in here. As far as what my mom wants, she gave the incredibly helpful suggestion of 'wherever you want to go is fine" haha. I think I'll be taking a closer look at San Diego, LA, and cruises based on the replies.

Thanks again for the assistance! I feel a lot better now that I've narrowed down my options from anywhere in the U.S. to three choices.

16. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1447 posts) 3d Star this if you like it!

If you are interested in a cruise, you might consider booking it through a website called Vacations_To_Go. They have discounts on cruise fares.

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