Wednesday, April 6, 2016

E is for Extras

It's April so we are joining thousands of other bloggers and are participating in the A-Z challenge. For the A-Z challenge this year our theme is "the A-Z of cruising" where we will provide some hints and knowledge about cruising on the open ocean. If you missed any of our previous posts check out the links at the end of the post.

Cruises are marketed as an inclusive vacation but there are things that will cost extra. Here are some of the more common items.

Specialty Restaurants: The main dining room and buffet are included in your cruise fare but there are specialty restaurants on many ships that offer a more fine dining experience and offer a different range of foods not found in the regular dining room. Costs are per person and costs between $25-40 per person. If you are looking for a special dining experience on board this is a great way to do it.

Drinks: As you would expect alcoholic drinks are not free or cheap on board but any beverage that is not tap water normally attracts a charge. Most ships offer a soda package that allows unlimited soda refills for about $8-10 per day.

Spa treatments: Most ships offer a spa and is a great way to unwind. The treatments on offer vary in price but are about what you would pay on land. They sometimes run specials while the ship is in port.

Shore Excursions: Some river cruises in Europe include this in their fares but for most other ships shore excursions are offered but are at your own cost. Prices can range from $40 to over $400 depending on the experience you book. 

Snacks on board: Many ships have specialty coffee cafe, burger bars etc that attract a nominal cost. If they ask for your room card when ordering then it is going to cost.

Casino: The casino offers entertainment and the chance to win big money but can quite easily take it as well. Most ships have a casino and usually offer a range of slot machines and table games. Disney Cruise Lines do not have casinos.

Classes: During days at sea some ships offer different classes ranging from pottery to scrapbooking. Some classes are free like the photography class we took but others cost. The daily guide will let you know if there is a cost.

Even though there are extra costs on board you are not required to purchase any of them. Which ones, if any are your choice and its up to you to decide the value of each optional extra.

Come back tomorrow to learn about some of the things you can do while at sea.

Missed one or more of our A-Z of cruising posts? Catch up by clicking on the links below:


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    @LunaNoctis from There She Goes


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