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Travel Talk: Get the best cruise deal!

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Travel Talk: Get the best cruise deal!

The secret to booking an affordable all-inclusive cruise Cruising is an ever-growing choice for Canadian vacationers. No longer the domain of the well-heeled traveller, cruises are now much more accessible (especially in terms of cost) than ever before. Deals abound on cruise packages that promise you idyllic sailing adventures through the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Alaska, even Antarctica.

cruise ship

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A common complaint, however, especially from first-time cruisers, is the confusing definition of 'all inclusive.'  As one of my neighbours whinged to me after a Christmas-time cruise to Hawaii, "How can it be called 'all-inclusive' when I had to pay for my soft drink?" Surprise charges, unexpected fees on your bill. These can sour a holiday. But you can prepare yourself. Extra charges differ according to the ship you're on, and the holiday package you've booked. Sure, coffee may be included when served at your table at breakfast, but what if you fancy a late-night tea delivered to your room? And then there are basic shore excursions. Perhaps you assume such outings are part of the all-inclusive package but you're shocked to see a $180 tab on your end-of-sail invoice? That's where you need to be careful. Know what's included, what's not, and then make a decision before you rack up too many extra charges.

cruise ship inclusive fees

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So, kudos to All Things Cruise for charting a new course on how travellers can truly understand what they're paying for on their cruise. The editorial team has produced an almost definitive list of cruises with specifics on what's included and what you have to pay for out of your very own pocket. Some items you could be charged for include:
  • Shore excursions
  • Transfers
  • Mini bar
  • Cabin service
  • Lattes
  • Wine
  • Cocktails
  • Pre- or post-hotel.
[caption id="attachment_14627" align="aligncenter" width="360"] Cruise Ship All Things Cruise: click on the photo to view complete guide! (Courtesy: All Things Cruise)[/caption]

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All Things Cruise compares, item by item, what's included – and what's not – on 33 of the most popular cruises favoured by North American travellers, such as Cunard, Holland America, Royal Caribbean Line, Viking River, Lindblad Expeditions, Disney Cruiseline and Princess Cruises. View the complete "All-inclusive chart" by clicking here. What would be your first choice for a cruise? • The Caribbean or • Mediterranean
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