Post # 1
This is a seriously silly question but, Cruises are all inclusive… right?
Fiance and I are looking to book a Norwegian Sky cruise out of Miami in May, and for some reason I just cannot find anywhere the cost per item for things. I am just wrapping my head around the total cost once on board. I know you have to pay for alcohol, tipping and excursions separarely. Experienced cruisers… help!
Post # 3
It varies by cruise line, but I’ve never been on a cruise that hasn’t included all your meals. Some provide 24-hr restaurants and such, and some don’t.
Post # 4
I think when my family went on a cruise, we tipped the lady who cleaned our room at the end of the cruise, but otherwise I think everything was included. But food is definitely included!
Post # 5
Cruises on Norwegian include food in “regular” dining rooms and your room.
-Dinner in specialty restaurants (there are usually a few, I haven’t been on sky but was on the jewel a year ago). I think there was a steakhouse, sushi, hibatchi and others. We did Hibatchi, it was a 25/person cover charge.
-Beverages – though I don’t think the prices on Norwegian are too bad depending on what you like to drink – Celebrity offers drink packages, but they are expensive so you’d have to drink quite a bit to get the value out of it. NOTE – Sodas/Bottled water are also not included. Typically in dining rooms you can get iced tea, tap water, and some juices (change daily)
Hope that helps!
Post # 6
@MissBananaBread: that is what I thought but I wanted to make sure. I went on 1 cruise when I was in high school, so I wasn’t really concerned with costs since my parents paid for it and my Fiance has never been on one, so we don’t really know what to expect cost wise! We found a great deal, with a good room and well within our budget.
I know we will have more expenses once on board but I don’t want to be blind sided with charges that I thought would be included ( such as dining, entertainment shows, etc)
Post # 7
@countrygirl62312: that is very helpful… thank you! I am reading all of these responses out loud to my Fiance right now before we finally book
Post # 8
You can get lots of good information about the various cruise lines and cruises on http://www.cruisecritic,com
Post # 9
I cruised with Royal Carribbean last year, and almost all food was included. We did the specialty restaurant which was not, and they had a specialty coffee bar that the coffees cost additional money, but the baked goods did not. You’re expcted to tip your server, the the dining captain and the person who cleans your room, and usually that amount is mentioned on the website. I believe between the two of us it was around 7 dollars per day. All alcoholic beverages were additional fees.
As well, usual things like spa treatments, or if you send away laundry to be cleaned had additional fees.
We bought one soda package as I don’t typically drink alcohol and it worked out that you pretty much needed to drink 3-4 pops a day to “pay it off”, which for us I think worked out, since we’d totally share it if it was being consumed anywhere other than the dining rooms.
Post # 10
The Sky is a great ship. I have sailed her 5 times since 2008, and can’t wait to go back again later this year. Of the 3 short cruises from Miami this is my favorite.
Extra’s will be the Specialty Dining such as Cagney’s Steakhouse, Le Bistro which is a French venue and the Italian place for dinner. You can have lunch there for free.
I love Cagney’s and if we are on for a special occasion we spend the $25pp for it. So much worth it.
I always having them add the tips to my actual booking so it is paid ahead of time. I don’t drink much so that isn’t a problem, and I limit myself to $10 a day on the slots in the casino. Never have had more than a $100 online account.
Have a great time, awesome ship.
Post # 11
@clover32512: I am glad to hear from someone who has been on the ship… we just booked and are planning our excursions.
Post # 12
I have no comments that the PP haven’t already made, but it looks like an awesome ship, congrats on booking!
Post # 13
What a coincidence! I just came back from a cruise with my Fiance yesterday 🙂 Just thought i’d let you know what it was amazing!!! I am in Australia so i am not sure if our cruise lines differ much from yours.. but we went on a 12 day cruise to the South Pacific Islands. Our cruise company was called P&O Cruises and we booked through them. We did the New Years Eve cruise and we paid around the $3000 mark (expensive due to peak period). Our ticket included flights to Brisbane, bus transportation from the airport to the wharf, free food in the buffet and restaruant (there are other restaurants on board where you pay a flat rate and then you can order whatever you like.. starter, entree, main, sides and dessert). Room maintenance was included.. our roomkeeper came 4 times a day (first to make our beds, vacuum, clean bathroom, replace towels, second to straighten bed and replace towels again, third to fold back bed linens, leave a chocolate on our pillow, make us an animal out of towels and then clean our bathroom/replace towels again, and then finally late at night to drop off our newsletter with all the info regarding what is planned for the next day. We went to heaps of beaches which explains our huge number of towels and showers haha. at the buffet/dinning room there is milk, tea, coffee, juice, tap water which is inclusive. However if you would like espresso coffee, bottles water, soft drinks, alcohol etc you need to pay. On our ship food was served 8am-10.30am, 11.30am-3.30pm, 5pm-10pm.. If you needed food outside of these hours you need to pay for it (but we didn’t really feel the need except for some lollies and chocolates for the room :P). On our ship we had heaps of entertainment like shows, musicals, magicians, circus, comedians,…. they were all free to watch and they were great. On cocktail nights they had professional photographs taken and that was all free… of course you would have the option to see your photos and buy them the next day if you wished. You needed to pay for bingo, gambling, spending money and whatever you needed on the islands/cities you visit. There is usually a gym onboard to that is usually free to use.. there is a spa where you will need to pay if you want a massage/facial etc.. there are also pools and hot tubs on top deck which are free to use also. So you can go on a cruise with a budget and just limit your alcohol and eat at the free places… or go nuts and gamble, drink and eat at the better restaurants. The great thing about a cruise is the flexibility 🙂
Post # 14
@kfiorita: thanks for the info!! 12 days for 3k with airfare isn’t bad at all! We started to book a Sandals vacation first, but we decided to hold off on a resort and save that for another anniversary. Plus, the cruise is going to be a little more budget friendly for us.
We are going to start bookiong excursions soon, all I want to do is lay on the beach, lay by the pool, eat, drink, eat some more and dance haha. Pretty simple 🙂
Sounds like y’all had a blast! Congrats on being a newlywed!
Post # 15
Just a tip I would personally never book an excursion through the cruise line, they charge so much more than ones through the islands, of course go through a reputable company (read lots of reviews, traveladvisor is a godsend here, but you’ll save A LOT of money that way, that’s what my fiance and I did when we went to honduras, belize and mexico last year and we did e everything that the cruiseline offered at signifcantly less prices and had an amazing time 🙂
Post # 16
@Ms.Sugarsnap: awesome… I did not know you even had the option of booking an excursion outside of the cruise line… thanks for sharing! I will definitely look into that.