1. Shore tours have always been an added cost and a decision to make now vs. then.
2. Alternative dining onboard..... something we may or may not do, but those costs were just moved around a little for us i.e. eating at a nice restaurant in port at additional cost vs. substituting with alternative dining onboard.
3. Book an Alcove ??? Well, it is not a must have or must do for certain for us.
4. In reality, I do not see crusing that much different than in previous years, but the options are more available if you choose to participate and add that to your overall cost of cruising.
For me.... I guess I am old school and completely satisfied with just following the old school crusing lifestyle.
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Shore Excursions is an area where we will usually spend $
Princess had a special deck area - we chose to stick with the hoi poloi.
I can't imagine paying extra for "special entertainment".
We usually buy a least one photo, but not if they can't make us better looking than we are
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on a private island beach day, just plunk down on a lounge chair, hail one of the servers for a nice fruity one, lay in the sun, go for a swim, explore the resort.
Pay extra for a "spot" by the pool, nope don't think so.
Alternative restaurants, maybe one night
Pay extra for "special" entertainment, not unless its to see a famous headlining singer or band