Ok, got your attention, this is written for poking a little fun at some of the recent "trends" in cruise pricing for "add-ons".
In a total shake-up of its overall marketing policies, RCL today announces the $100 cruise. That's right, you can now cruise RCL with 7 day cruise prices beginning at only $100!!! Book now, and see below for additional fees. * All fees will be added to your sign-and-sail card to be billed to your credit card.
* Additional fees:
Porter fees at embarkation - $2 per bag
Porter fees for service with a smile - $1 more
Escalator fee - $3
Elevator fee - $3
Stairs are always available for no additional fee
Clean sheets - $10 per sheet per day, no additional fees if laundry service is not desired
Cabin vacuum - $10
Bathroom cleaning - $20
Chocolate candy on pillow - $1
Towel animals - $5
Fresh towels - $5
Cabin party cleanup - $50 (yuk)
Meal seating charge - $10 per meal
Waiter chair setting - $2
Typical restaurant fees charged depending on meal ordered
Hamburgers - an extra $5
Fries - $5
Soft drinks, tea, lemonade or milk - $2
Glass of wine - varies from $5 to $50 per glass
Ice cream - $5
Las Vegas type revues - $20 ($50 for front rows)
Disco fee - $20
Swimming pool fee - $5
Hot tub fee - $10
Water slide fee - $5
Sunbathing - always FREE!! (we're generous)
ok, enough of this, hehe. Just getting tired of seeing all of the "add-ons" on this and a number of the other cruise lines. Figure out the average cost of cruising and just include items in the pricing, and if some people choose to not use all services, they simply get less bang for the buck. Ice cream should never be an added cost! Charging extra just so they can sell Ben & Jerry's is a travesty. Carnival has FREE yogurt and ice cream around the clock, and 24 hour pizza, too. Closing down the pizza (which did not taste very good) late at night is also a disservice. Having at least some tea, lemonade and punch should be a fountain item available around the clock. Cutting these items out is appearing "cheap" to the public, we, the consumers!
I noticed all the controversy over some Hamburger chain starting to charge extra for its meals, hey, it is only hamburger, and such charges should already be priced into the cruise ticket price! I don't care how much "better" they say their burgers are. If they choose to sub-contract it out to such a chain, built that cost into your ticket cost.
There is nothing worse than spending $1000 for a nice cruise, then to come home afterwards and find another $800 in "other" fees.
You missed a few real fees now in place on some lines--extra for Seattles "Best?" coffee, extra for dinner on your lanai, extra for scented steam room while keeping the free sauna a secret. I agree with your point 100%--too many extras on that shipboard acct unless you are careful! There is also a larger amount of space being to the payng items--like the extra restaurants, the florist shop etc. But there are still some nice freebies if in frequent sailing groups--free party, free wine tasting, coupons for spa & casino etc. Just have to seek them out & try to buck the trend.