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All-Inclusive Cruises - What Is Included In a Cruise Ticket?

by Shannon Kietzman, writer for Your Wedding

When it comes to purchasing your cruise ticket, you may be a bit confused about what exactly is included with the ticket and what costs extra while on your trip. Of course, to properly prepare for your honeymoon cruise, you need to be fully aware of how much transportation, attractions, meals, souvenirs, and accommodations will cost. Fortunately, many of these costs are included with your cruise ticket and, though the items included can vary from one cruise line to the next, most generally include the same basic items.

Cruise Ship Cabin, Services, Entertainment, and Facilities

Your cruise ticket includes your cabin accommodations. In addition, cabins include bathroom facilities, televisions, and sitting areas. If you splurge on a higher priced cruise ticket, you might be able to get a cabin with a private balcony or a romantic ocean view. In addition, staterooms include mini-refrigerators, multiple rooms, and concierge service. No matter the cost of your cruise ticket, you can expect your cabin to be cleaned every day by house keeping.

Other items included in your cruise ticket are use of shipboard facilities, such as whirlpools, pools, fitness centers, and sporting equipment. You can also expect to enjoy free entertainment each night, such as jugglers, comedians, and musicians, as well as onboard games like trivia and Bingo. Dining at onboard buffets and restaurants is also included in your cruise ticket. Finally, all travel between ports is also included in the price.

Although cruise tickets may seem expensive at first, if you consider all of the services and amenities that are include not to mention the gorgeous destinations they lead you to it is well worth the cost. In fact, the price of a cruise ticket is comparable to what you would spend on a typical vacation after paying for transportation, lodging, food, and entertainment.

Items Not Included in Your All-Inclusive Cruise Ticket

Of course, there are several extras you and your honey may choose to take advantage of while on your honeymoon cruise that are not included in the price of the cruise ticket. Shore excursions, for example, can cost extra if you participate in island activities or take a guided tour. In addition, you will have the opportunity to gamble while on board and the money you spend in the casinos is your own.

If you and your sweetheart want to dine at one of the onboard reservations-only restaurants offered on many cruise lines, you will also have to pay extra for that. Sometimes, there is a flat cover charge for these restaurants, while other times you will pay based on the food you order. In addition, most cruise lines include water and juice in the price of the cruise ticket, but soda and alcohol are extra. Some lines, however, will allow you to purchase a prepaid beverage card allowing you to drink as many sodas as you like while on board.

Special fitness classes can also cost extra while on board, as do spa treatments. In addition, photographers roam the ship in order to snap pictures as you create memories. If you wish to have a photo to keep, or if you want a souvenir from the ship, that will cost you extra as well.

Most cruise lines do not accept cash onboard. Instead, they provide you with an identification card on which you can charge all of your onboard expenditures. At the end of your honeymoon cruise, you can pay off your debt with cash or credit card.

Although there are a number of things to spend extra money on, you can still have a memorable and romantic getaway without spending any more than what is already included in your cruise ticket.

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