When choosing a cruise, it’s important to consider what’s included in your cruise fare. Whilst a luxury cruise can seem like an expensive option for a holiday, once you factor in things like drinks, dining and gratuities, which are often included with luxury cruises, but not with cheaper cruises, you may be pleasantly surprised at the great value for money that luxury cruising can offer.

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What’s included in your cruise will depend on the cruise line that you travel with. Here’s an overview…

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Drinks – Free unlimited drinks (including fine wines and premium spirits)

Dining – Free dining is included in all restaurants. You’ll find up to four restaurants plus casual dining on-board

Room Service – Free 24-hour room service plus in-suite mini-bar

Gratuities – Free pre-paid gratuities

Shore Excursions – Free unlimited shore excursions

WiFi – Free unlimited wifi

Extras – Free pre-cruise hotel stay for guests staying in Concierge Suites and above. Free Business Class flights for guests staying in Penthouse Suites and above.

Seabourn

Drinks – Beer, wine, Champagne and spirits are complimentary on Seabourn. Rare or ultra-premium bottles of wine are available for an extra fee.

Dining – All dining venues are complimentary and there are up to five on each ship

Room Service – Free 24-hour room service plus in-suite mini-bar

Gratuities – Tipping is neither required nor expected

Shore Excursions – Available for an extra charge

WiFi – This is available for an extra charge. However, you may enjoy a selection of over 2,500 newspapers and magazines on your smartphone or tablet without the need to access the internet, via the PressReader app.

Extras – On selected sailings, guests many enjoy a Marina Day with free watersports or a free beach party and barbecue.

Silversea

Drinks -Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship are included.

Dining – There are at least four complimentary dining options on each ship. There may be a reservation fee for one or two speciality restaurants.

Room Service – Free 24-hour room service plus a mini bar stocked with your preferences

Gratuities – Gratuities are included in your fare, except for spa and beauty salon treatments

Shore Excursions – Expedition activities and on-board lectures.

WiFi – Unlimited free Wi-Fi for all guests.

Extras – A guest to staff ratio of nearly 1:1.

Crystal Cruises

Drinks – Complimentary fine wines, premium spirits and beer throughout the ship.

Dining – In addition to the main restaurant and casual restaurants, guests are able to dine in each speciality restaurant once per cruise for free (for cruises under 14 days duration). They may enjoy additional visits for a charge of $30 per person.

Room Service – Free 24-hour room service

Gratuities – Basic gratuities are included, except for spa or salon services.

Shore Excursions – Available for an extra charge

WiFi – Available for an extra charge

Extras – Penthouse Suite guests receive 24-hour butler service

Azamara Club Cruises

Drinks – Selected spirits, international beers and wines

Dining – Dining in the main dining room and casual dining venues are included. There are also two speciality restaurants which incur a surcharge of $25 per person.

Room Service – Free 24-hour room service plus mini bar

Gratuities – Included in your fare

Shore Excursions – A shuttle service from the port is included. Guided excursions are available at an extra cost.

WiFi – Available for an extra charge

Extras – AzAmazing Evenings event on most voyages of seven nights or longer

Oceania Cruises

Drinks – Free unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices. Drinks packages are available for alcoholic drinks for an extra charge.

Dining – Free dining at all speciality restaurants.

Room Service – Free 24-hour room service

Gratuities -Not included. $15.00 per person per day plus an additional $7.00 per person per day for Penthouse Suites and above.

Shore Excursions – Free shuttle service to the city centre at most ports of call

WiFi – Free internet is included only for Concierge Level staterooms and suites. It is available for other guests at an extra charge

Extras – None

 

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Drinks – Drinks are not included. Drinks packages are available

Dining – Speciality dining is included in the cruise fare

Room Service – 24-hour room service plus a mini-bar filled with soft drinks and beer

Gratuities – All gratuities on board are included in the price of the cruise

Shore Excursions – Available for an extra charge

WiFi – Available for an extra charge

Extras – Fitness classes, yoga and pilates are included, either inside or in the open air

Scenic Ocean

Drinks – All drinks included on-board, except a small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits

Dining – All-inclusive dining is included

Room Service – Butler service for every guest

Gratuities – All gratuities on board are included in the price of the cruise

Shore Excursions – Comprehensive choice of all-inclusive shore excursions and exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences

WiFi – Complimentary Wi-Fi

Extras – Spa Sanctuary, gym, yoga and Pilates studio, indoor and outdoor swimming and plunge pools

How to choose your cruise

If you can’t decide which cruise line is right for you, our Cruise Concierge team will be happy to help. Our travel experts have been on-board many ships and will be happy to answer any questions that you have about luxury cruising. Just give us a call on 0207 980 2848.

Emma Smith

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