My husband and I booked this cruise as a last minute so price was quite alluring - $199 per person. Quite surprising this cruise cost as twice as much! Then they mention "tips are not included" - take this seriously - it ended up $70 for two for 3 days!!! Water and sodas - $3-$5 per bottle, don't even want to mention the alcohol! Any of offshore excursions are not included (what else left to do on the Bahamas?!) so any of those trips $30-50 per person. So add up another $100. Our final statement with all possible fees, taxes and expenses showed $667!!! For 2 full days of the cruise!!!
Food was quite mediocre…
Boarding and getting off the ship have been a nightmare for us… Long lines.. If you’re non US citizen, they will make you get up 6 in the morning and go through immigration. And please remember that they won’t let anyone go off the ship before 9 a.m…
Would I recommend it to others? Rather not…
Natalie it is sad to hear that you were not informed of other expenses involved in your recent short cruise vacation. If only you had found these great cruise forums earlier or you had a good Travel Agent who would have addressed these issues with you. Tips on our last Carnival cruise were $9.75 per day per person thus = apx. $60 for two for 3 days. Tours on a Bahamian Island should not have cost more than a $4 taxi ride each way per person. Water and Liguid refreshments, well that's a personal choice. I always bring my own sports water bottle, fill it with ice and tap water. $0 or juice from the buffet. Alcholic drinks can and do run up the bill. Did you also buy lots of photographs? That will do it too. On our last two cruises since 911, we too have had to be up at 6 a.m. to clear US Customs. Its just what we now have to do for security reasons. I actually found it easier to do on board ship than in the terminal. With 1,000 or more people converging on a port terminal, lines are inevitable. Sure hope you tried to enjoy yourself.
If you had visited this website and/or had a decent TA you would have been aware of all of this. Your room and food are included in the cost but not alcohol or tours and that should be obvious from the low price. Tips are never included in pricing for any vacation. Had you done a land all-inclusive you would have probably spent more than the $667. Cruising is a wonderful way to vacation but knowledge is power and you must go in with your eyes open. Hope that if there is a next time you check out this website and ask for advice from all the wonderful people here.
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Natalie, was this a Carnival ship? I'm sorry you didn't know all the 'hidden' charges, but they really aren't hidden. Carnival sends a brochure spelling EVERYTHING out when they send your cruise documents, or your TA certainly should have given you one. It's entitled "Welcome Aboard!"
I'm curious about the Cokes/water...in my cabin they were there if I chose to drink them - 20-oz. Cokes,Sprites $2.50 each, and a liter of Evian water for $3.25. I did drink a couple of them, but mostly had the complimentary lemonade, juices, and hot chocolate from the Wharf Grill on Lido Deck. (I had wine w/dinner, but it was reasonable.)
On the Bahama islands, there are many, many things to see and do that don't cost a cent. (I've been there many times - on two cruises and by just flying into the islands.) There are buses, as well as taxis, which are very nominal. I love just strolling thru the streets and markets on Freeport and Nassau, or going to a casino.
Thank you Cotton, I was thinking of the very same thing as I was reading the posts. Whenever I get my cruise docs I read everything and complete my forms and gather all info needed so no suprises. Your TA should have informed you of the hidden costs however if you have cruised before then you should have known and if you have not you certainly should have read the "fine print". Trust us you did not get a bad deal, if that is all it cost you did pretty good and I am sure you enjoyed it.
Wow, I can't believe you got such a cheap last minute deal. I booked less than a month before I left cost for 2 was $1700.00. The last night of the cruise I got my Sail & Sign bill and it was $1400.00 more. The best part is my husband doesn't even drink. But I knew ahead of time that sodas, alcoholic beverage, tip, shore excursions, gift shops on boat and photos was all extra. Still it was worth $3100.00. Had I could have gotten all that for the price you paid I wouldn't be complaining. You got a good deal as I am sure many will tell you.
When your on vacation, dont penny pinch!!! Go all out! How many times do you go on vacation, especially one as relaxing as a cruise??? Not that often. Go on the cruise, spend the money when needed, and dont worry! your on vacation. Just have fun withought counting your money
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