Originally Posted by scarlet
It looks like your cruising costs have really decreased over the last 3 years. What do you attribute that to?
That's a good question - one I've spent this rainy afternoon analyzing.
2018 was an aberration because it was a short year (we started cruising at the beginning of September). We had to pay for 3 months of COBRA health insurance
plus a haul out
for a hard grounding so those items really skewed the numbers.
2019 vs. 2020 was something that I found more interesting. Without getting too obsessive about it, it would appear that COVID made a difference. We didn't fly out to the west coast
to visit family
and we spent about $1,700 less for the year in restaurants and entertainment expenses. Non-Covid related, we also had more medical
expenses in 2019 and we spent more on boat upgrades that year.
Frankly, our 2019 monthly average isn't sustainable long-term so we're glad to see that it went down for 2020.