I am curious especially if the trip from the cruise ship to the shore is included or does that cost money? I am quite fine with planning my own on-shore excursions, but I want to know if I can simply get to shore without paying extra at each stop?
Also, I understand that meals are included in the price, but is that only for certain restaurants or do they give you a meal ticket that is a certain price point, or what? Also, I am a vegetarian, if that makes a difference?
How much extra money do you think I should have for "everything else" that is not included in the price of the ticket, provided I were to do things as cheaply as possible?
Not sure which cruise line you've booked, but all ships that I have been on have a 'formal' dining room and a buffet. These are included in the price. Also, there will be times when they set up food poolside. This can be BarBQ or a Mexican Fiesta or Chocolate Extraveganza.... also included. On some Royal Caribbean there are also small areas where food is available, at no extra charge. On Royal Caribbean, sushi costs extra, on Carnival it is no charge. Room service is no charge, except for a small tip for the person who delivers it. Most of the newer ships have specialty restaurants that have a surcharge. The food at these restaurants is very good and the surcharge will vary from $5 - $30 or so, depending on whether it is Johnny Rockets (hamburgers) on RCCL o a steakhouse.
You need to expect to pay gratuities. Most cruise lines will automatically add this to your account, in the amount of approx $10 per day/per person. At your discretion, you can increase or decrease this amount, if the service is below or above your expectations.
I don't know if this is more information than you needed, but I just thought I'd throw it out there for you!
As Donna said, $100 per day (for a couple) is more than enough, unless you order lots of drinks. BTW, mixed drinks will be approx $6 each.
Cruising is the best bargain for a vacation, and knowing the costs up front can help you be informed, before you leave!
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on carnival for instance you have a sail and sign card, they use that card to put all your drinks on your bill that you pay at the end, but you can always check the pursers desk daily to see what your balance is.
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