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What is included in your cruise fare?

Which lines include alcohol in their rates? Read on to find out. - Photo by Luca Francesco Giovanni Bertolli / ShutterStock

So you’re ready to set sail, but do you know exactly what is included in your cruise fare? While most cruises are not all-inclusive, you expect certain things to be included: your cabin, dining in the Lido Deck buffet and main dining rooms, basic daily entertainment — such as stage shows and comedy acts — and access to the onboard fitness center.

However, over the last decade or so, cruisers have begun to gripe about the nickel-and-diming that seems increasingly common onboard. Not sure what your cruise ship charges extra for? Before you set sail, check out our handy guide:

Cruise Line Included Not Included
Azamara Club Cruises Azamara is actually closer to all-inclusive than many lines in its price point. Fares include all nonalcoholic and some alcoholic beverages; one evening excursion per sailing; fitness classes; nutrition, computer, and destination lectures; wine tastings; cooking demonstrations; laundry; gratuities; transfers to and from the ship in all ports; and an onboard concierge to answer questions and make reservations.

Flights to and from the embarkation port, shore excursions, specialty restaurants, Wi-Fi, dry cleaning, and salon and spa services.

Carnival Cruise Lines 24-hour room service, daytime babysitting, and coffee, tea, and lemonade; at breakfast, juice is also included. As can be expected, lower fares come with fewer freebies. You’ll pay extra for transfers to and from the embarkation port, shore excursions, transfers to and from the ship, specialty restaurants, alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi, fitness classes, nighttime babysitting, all laundry services, gratuities, and salon and spa services. 
Celebrity Cruises 24-hour room service, some nonalcoholic beverages, and supervised kids’ activities.

Flights to and from the embarkation port, shore excursions, transfers to and from the ship, specialty restaurants, alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi, fitness classes, babysitting, laundry, gratuities, and salon and spa services.

Costa Cruises Some supervised kids’ programs, and babysitting services until 1:30 am. Flights to and from the embarkation port, shore excursions, transfers to and from the ship, specialty restaurants, nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages, 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi, fitness classes, babysitting after 1:30 am, laundry, gratuities, salon and spa services, the movie theater, and the golf and racing simulators.
Crystal Cruises One meal in each specialty restaurant; 24-hour room service; all nonalcoholic beverages and some alcoholic beverages; fitness, computer, dance, art, and filmmaking classes; transfers to and from the ship in all ports; some gratuities; and laundry. Flights to and from the embarkation port, shore excursions, additional meals in specialty restaurants, Wi-Fi, dry cleaning, salon and spa services.
Cunard Line 24-hour room service, most nonalcoholic beverages, and supervised kids’ programs.

Flights to and from the embarkation port, shore excursions, transfers to and from the ship, specialty restaurants, alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi, fitness classes, laundry, gratuities, and salon and spa services.

Disney Cruise Line Disney focuses on kids, and the line’s amenities reflect that: family-friendly deck parties with fireworks, movies on deck or in the theater, supervised kids’ programs, 24-hour room service, nonalcoholic beverages, as well as adult-only shows, lectures, and activities. Flights to and from the embarkation port, shore excursions, transfers to and from the ship, specialty restaurants, alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi, fitness classes, laundry, gratuities, and salon and spa services.
Holland America Line

Some onboard classes; room service; nonalcoholic beverages; cooking demos, wine tastings, and drink classes without consumption.

Flights to and from the embarkation port, shore excursions, transfers to and from the ship, specialty restaurants, alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi, fitness classes, laundry, gratuities, and salon and spa services.

MSC Cruises Kids under age 11 sail for free, room service, and supervised kids’ programs. Flights to and from the embarkation port, shore excursions, transfers to and from the ship, specialty restaurants, alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi, fitness classes, laundry, gratuities, salon and spa services, 4-D cinema, and golf simulator.
Norwegain Cruise Line Room service between 5 am and midnight, some nonalcoholic beverages, and supervised kids’ programs. Flights to and from the embarkation port, shore excursions, transfers to and from the ship, specialty restaurants, sodas and alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi, fitness classes, babysitting, laundry, gratuities, salon and spa services, some onboard lectures.
Oceania Cruises Oceania is one of the few lines that include airfare, offering flights to and from the embarkation port from 27 locations, as well as specialty restaurants, 24-hour room service, and nonalcoholic beverages. Shore excursions, transfers to and from the ship, alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi, laundry, gratuities, salon and spa services, and culinary classes.
Princess Cruises 24-hour room service, movies on deck, cooking and history classes, and supervised kids’ programs. Flights to and from the embarkation port, shore excursions, transfers to and from the ship, specialty restaurants, nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi, fitness classes, nighttime babysitting, laundry, gratuities, and salon and spa services.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Regent is the most all-inclusive line: flights to and from the embarkation port, shore excursions, precruise hotel room, transfers to and from the ship in all ports, specialty restaurants, 24-hour room service, all beverages, fitness classes, laundry, gratuities, and sauna and steam rooms in the spa. Wi-Fi, dry cleaning, and salon and spa services.
Royal Caribbean International Room service between 5 am and midnight, some nonalcoholic drinks, and supervised kids’ programs. Flights to and from the embarkation port, shore excursions, transfers to and from the ship, specialty restaurants, alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi, fitness classes, babysitting, laundry, gratuities, and salon and spa services.

Seabourn Cruise Line

All specialty restaurants, 24-hour room service, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, laundry, and fitness classes.

Flights to and from the embarkation port, shore excursions, transfers to and from the ship, Wi-Fi, dry cleaning, and salon and spa services.

Silversea Cruises Silversea is close to all-inclusive: specialty restaurants, 24-hour room service, nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages, some shore excursions, transfers to and from the ship in all ports, and gratuities.

Flights to and from the embarkation port, Wi-Fi, laundry, and salon and spa services.

Windstar Cruises Specialty restaurants, 24-hour room service, nonalcoholic beverages, some alcoholic beverages, port and destination lectures, and use of water sports equipment. Flights to and from the embarkation port, shore excursions, transfers to and from the ship, Wi-Fi, laundry, gratuities, and salon and spa services.

Join the discussion

Do you prefer to spring for a luxury line in order to get an all-inclusive cruise?

Posted by Johngold

As in all things, the consumer needs to educate themselves. Articles like this are a prime example of the services this site can provide. Experience has shown me that I prepay as much as I can prior to the date of departure. Pictures, Knick-Knacks and souvenirs are always extra, and we plan for it. Also, for the smart and informed shopper---Jewelry....... You can save big bucks if you know what you are looking for. But again, Do Your Homework..If a cruiser complains about the nickels and dimes, they could have booked a more expensive cruise with a luxury cruise line. Carnival has low cost fares, but extra billing.

Please plan accordingly.


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