What Are You Entitled To In Your Cruise Fare
Written by: Kuki
Over this past weekend, as I watched television, “the word” of the weekend seemed to be “entitlements”.
The phrase got stuck in my head. As a result, this week’s blog topic is entitlements; or … what paying your cruise fare entitles you to.
First off, and most basic, once you’ve payed for your cruise in full you’re entitled to board the ship on the specific date, and enjoy the ship for the length of cruise you’ve chosen.
There are variances in what you’re entitled to by some different brands – such as luxury lines being all inclusive (where alcoholic drinks, in cabin liquor set up, and wine with meals are included). Some luxury lines also include some excursions, as do most river cruises.
Aboard the “major cruise lines” your cruise fare entitles you to enjoy all your meals on board, if you choose to avoid any of the alternative restaurants available on the ship, which require you pay an extra surcharge in order to partake.
These cruise ships normally offer a selection of where to dine for each and every meal. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are usually available, at no extra charge, in your choice of the ship’s dining room, buffet restaurant, or via room service. Some cruise lines will allow you to order room service to your cabin from the full restaurant menu; others have a more limited menu, such as only a continental breakfast available in the morning, or simplified menus featuring sandwiches, burgers, and pizza during lunch, dinner, and after dinner hours.
When considering what cruise you should book, information in regard to specifics of their available dining choices for each cruise line is available on each cruise line’s own web site, in their Know Before You Go and or Dining sections.
Drinks containing alcohol, wine, bottled water, and soft drinks are available at a cost (plus a 15- 18% gratuity above the printed cost). However there is always a selection of different types of drinks you are entitled to enjoy at no cost any time you want; this list includes coffee, tea, milk, iced tea, a variety of juices – which generally change with the time of day-.
Your cruise fare also entitles you to partake of a large selection of entertainment on board. Pretty much every ship will have a number of bars or lounges featuring live entertainment, and perhaps a DJ in the disco or dance club. Each evening there will be changing featured entertainers or larger production shows in the ship’s showrooms, that you’re entitled to attend if you choose to.
Many ships now offer a variety of daytime activities you can choose to participate in. Depending on the cruise line, they can vary from guest lectures, cooking demonstrations and classes, computer and photography lessons, dance instruction, trivia contests, water parks, access to gymnasium equipment, napkin folding lessons, instruction for making towel animals, sports decks where activities can include basketball, volleyball, ping pong, paddle tennis, rope climbing courses, rock climbing, etc. The list can go on and on, and continues to grow as the cruise lines continue to innovate.
An interesting thing about the cruise industry is that in the vast majority of cases, irregardless of what type of cabin you’ve booked, you are entitled to access all of the amenities I’ve mentioned above.
Some cruise lines do have some areas or some restaurants which are restricted by what type of accommodation you’ve chosen. While, in general, these restrictions are quite minimal, it is a good reason people should consult with professional and knowledgeable travel agents who specialize in cruising, to completely understand your options before making your final decision, and putting down your money.
With all due consideration, I think it’s much more pleasant and fun to discuss the entitlements of cruise ship passengers, than the entitlement issues of society.
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Posted: August 21st, 2012 under Kuki.