Cruise:

Why You Should Take A Cruise…

Cruising has it all for almost everyone from every walk of life and then some.

You can expect an all-inclusive experience on a cruise vacation(with a few exceptions).

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain
This means that almost everything is included at a fixed price that you are aware of in advance.

Below is a list of amenities that are typically included in the cost of your cruise plus items you can pre-pay:

1. Transfers from airport to ship and ship to airport – cruise lines charge for transfers

2. Full meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner plus snacks). Special children’s menus are also available.

3. Full buffet meals per day (breakfast, lunch and midnight)

4. 24-hour room service on many ships.

5. Access to all shipboard facilities, including casino, pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, gym, on-board lectures, card rooms, and an extensive array of interactive games, contests and more…

6. Supervised children’s activities offered on a daily basis.

7. Spectacular entertainment including Broadway and Las Vegas-style shows, lounges, nightclubs, movies, dancing and so much more…

8. Up close and personal visits to some of the world’s most amazing destinations – Tours can be pre-paid to stay within your budget

On most cruise lines, gratuities/tips can be pre-paid, so again, you already have this in your budget (a suggested amount is $10-$12.50 per day per person, or $70-$88 per passenger per week for a 7-day cruise,. If not pre-paid these are typically paid at the end of the cruise) are not included automatically.

When you are quoted a cruise price be specific and make sure you are being quoted a rate that includes all taxes and fees such as port charges, government fees and processing fees. Many times rates that are advertised do not state clearly that they are a per person rate and do not include all the taxes and fees. That miniscule asterisk * is often missed and people are surprised by the final total because of this misunderstanding