Most travelers are drawn to cruising by the all-inclusive price. However, the price is not totally all-inclusive. Yes, it includes the price of the ship, meals, and entertainment, but there are quite a few things it doesn’t include. First, make sure you add the taxes and port fees to the basic advertised price before making your final decision to purchase your cruise. Here are a few extras that can add up:
- Pre and Post Hotels
- Transportation to the port: Uber is a great option for transfers as they charge by the vehicle not the person.They don’t operate in all port cities.
- If driving, parking costs: Stay at a hotel that has free parking while cruising.
- Flying to your port: Plan ahead and use frequent flyer miles.
- Gratuities- They usually range from $12 to $15/day. Some cruises offer onboard credit. Use it for gratuities.
- Shore Excursions: Combine free shopping with a visit to a public beach.Check out excursions on-line before you book them on the cruise ship.
- Drinks: Drink packages can run anywhere from $5 a day for unlimited soda to upward of $75 a day for an all-inclusive package that covers alcoholic beverages.Only water, coffee, tea, and lemonade are free on most ships.However, some ships allow you to bring a 12 pack of soda per person onboard.
- Specialty Dining: Stick to the restaurants included in the upfront price.They offer wide choices of food.
- Onboard Activities: Stay clear of the casino, don’t trust lady luck.