Many cruises like to sell their holiday as “all-inclusive”, but with so many added fees for optional items like massages, souvenir photos, it’s difficult to determine what’s included in your cruise fare.
If you are wondering if the ice cream or fruit juice will cost you extra, we have outlined the important cruise fare inclusions.
Free: Meals are free of charge in the buffets, main dining rooms and selected specialty outlets including Princess Cruise International Cafe and Royal Caribbean Cruise Park Cafe and Boardwalk Dog House.
Pizza is complimentary in buffets as well as pizza restaurants like Sorrento’s on Royal Caribbean and Alfredo’s on Princess Cruises. Soft serve ice cream are free at the buffet or pool deck, and ice cream in the main dining room.
Paid: Food that cost extra can be found in alternative restaurants onboard the ship, such as Jamie’s Italian on Royal Caribbean, Murano on Celebrity Cruises and Sabatini’s on Princess Cruises.
Some cruises also offer items in the main dining room menus at around US$20 for a choice of steak or surf & turf.
Free: Water, tea & coffee, ice tea and selected juices in the buffet or the main dining room are included in your cruise fare. Royal Caribbean’s Cafe Promenade also offers complimentary coffee and tea 24 hours a day.
Sparkling wine might be included at embarkation, at art auctions or during special events like a cocktail party with the captain. Most cruises allow you to bring a bottle of wine onboard but a corkage fee applies for drinks in the dining room.
Paid: Drinks that will cost extra onboard cruises include bottled & sparkling water, specialty coffees and teas, smoothies, blended fruit drinks and juices. Alcoholic and soft drinks also incur a fee. Look out for daily drink specials, happy hour deals or all you can drink packages for the best value.
Free: Limited room service menu is complimentary on most cruises.
Paid: Specialty items and late night order will incur a fee on most cruises. Celebrity charges non-suite guest US$3.95 per room service order between 11pm and 6am. Royal Caribbean charges US$7.95 per order (except breakfast). Other cruises like Celebrity charge ala-carte for room service items. If you really need to snack in the middle of the night, visit the free 24 hour dining outlet or late night buffet, if your ship has one.
What else is included in your cruise fare?
Free: Theatre performances including Royal Caribbean’s ice skating and aqua acrobatics show are included in your cruise fare.
Free: Trivia, pool games, big-screen moves, dance classes and sports deck activities such as basketball, rock climbing, mini-golf, table tennis are normally free on a cruises. Enrichment programs such as photography, cooking demos and port lecturers are usually free.
Paid: Casino, arcade games, wine and liquor tasting are extra cost.
Update: Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas charges for Ripcord by iFly and North Star. Here are the charges for Quantum of the Seas, ex-Singapore Sailings:
- Ripcord by iFly: USD29 per person
- North Star: USD12 per adult / USD8 per child (up to 11 years)
- Bumper Cars: Complimentary (with option to upgrade to Express Lane for USD5 per person. Express Lane option is to be paid onboard at the Seaplex/Bumper Car area.)
Guests will be able to purchase tickets for these activities on Cruise Planner. These new fees apply to Quantum of the Seas roundtrip sailings out of Singapore starting on November 16, 2019. Cruises that are nine nights or more in length and repositioning sailings are excluded from these new fees.
Free: Steam & sauna rooms in the locker rooms are usually available to all guest.
Paid: Spa treatments including medispa, acupuncture, teeth whitening are an additional cost.
Free: The use of fitness centre (cardio machines and weights), selected classes like stretching as well as jogging track and sports court are available to all passengers free of charge.
Paid: Fitness classes (Pilates, Spinning, TRX…etc) and personal training are usually not included in your cruise fare.
Free: The main pool including loungers and hot tubs, water slides are open to all passengers. Royal Caribbean’s FlowRider surfing simulator and many adult only pool and sun deck areas are free.
Paid: Some cruises charge for special adults only areas like Princess Cruise Santuary and Celebrity Cruise Lawn Club Alcoves.
Free: Group activities for 3 to 17 years during the day are provided onboard the cruise kids clubs.
Paid: In-cabin babysitting, group late night babysitting after 10pm and nursery time for babies on Royal Caribbean require a fee.
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