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What's Included On Your Cruise Holiday

The list below shows some examples of the types of things that are included on many of today's cruise ships. The list will vary by specific ship and cruise line. Certainly, experience over the past few years has taught us that early booking invariably means greater savings and certainly a better choice of accommodation, location and dinner seating.

  • Flights and transfers (where applicable, including overnight hotels)
  • Taxes and fees
  • All meals including a la carte dining and informal dining options
  • 24-hour room service
  • Gymnasium and fitness centre
  • Sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room
  • Onboard activities
  • Onboard entertainment (e.g. musical shows, casino, cinema )
  • Fully supervised children's clubs, activities and dining

There's no need to worry about carrying cash around with you whilst onboard your chosen cruise. Today's cruise ships operate a cash-free environment.

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Dining Experiences

On arrival at the ship whilst your boarding documents are being checked (during embarkation) you will be asked to register a credit card (or make a cash deposit), and given a shipboard card (each cruise line has a different name for it) that usually acts as your cabin door key as well.

During your cruise, any purchases, alcoholic drinks, beauty treatments, organized shore excursions you make onboard are signed for and a foil copy is provided, all charges are then simply charged to your shipboard account. One of the exceptions, however, is usually in the casinos, where you will need to use cash, traveller's cheques, personal cheques, or a credit/debit card.

You'll normally receive an interim statement and a final statement at the end of your cruise. On certain cruise lines you can even access your onboard account and view a statement on the in-cabin TV should you wish to!

All charges incurred will be automatically debited at the end of the cruise and converted to sterling. Should you have any queries on any purchases made we would recommend that you visit the ships Purser's Desk before the final morning of the cruise, as this time is usually extremely busy onboard.


Kids Clubs

Cruiseline Kid's Clubs

Family-friendly cruise lines offer on-board children's programs staffed by certified Youth Counsellors. Participation in these fun and educational opportunities is optional, but most parents find that it's sometimes hard to get the kids to leave them!


Cruise Spa

Cruise Ships Gymnasium and Fitness Centres

Today's modern cruise ships offer all the health facilities comparable with some of the most well known land-based spa resort hotels.


Cruise Spa

Cruise Ship Onboard Saunas, Jacuzzis and Steam Rooms

As well as the more traditional services offered in the health centre, the Sauna, Jaccuzzi and Steam Room are included in the price of your cruise.

some shipboard spas are now at the cutting edge of health maintenance and offer the very latest ambience and treatments


Flights and Transfers

Cruise Holiday Flights & Transfers

If you are considering a cruise that involves flying there are critically two options for you to consider; either you can book the cruise lines standard fly/cruise holiday or book your own flights/transfers independently.


Onboard Enterainment

Cruise Ship Onboard Entertainment

Just like your days, your nights aboard a cruise ship can be as lively or relaxing as you choose. Once you've dined on the superlative cuisine and enjoyed the company of your fellow passengers, you may want nothing more than a moonlit stroll and an early night.


Taxes and Fees

Cruise Ship Taxes & Fees

The vast majority of the 700 plus worldwide cruise ports charge the various cruise lines a local authority tax for docking their ships in port for the day and/or night. These fees are passed through to the guests and included in the price of your cruise.



Meals & Dining Onboard Cruise Ships

Meals on a cruise ship are included in the price of your cruise. However, there are so many different dining choices and enticing atmospheres to experience, some of which may be charged at a small cover charge depending on the experience and cruise line.

It's your holiday and only right that you decide whether to go formal or casual, eat early or late.


Onboard Activities

Cruise Ship Onboard Activities

There's such a wide choice of things to do onboard a modern cruise ship, they each have to publish a daily newspaper just to list them all.
Of course, you don't have to do anything at all if you don't want to, but if you do tire of just lazing in the sun and reading, on offer is a vast range of things to keep you busy.


Room Service

24hr Room Service Onboard a Cruise Ship

Typically, complimentary room service is available 24 hours a day. So if you want to sleep in and have breakfast in bed, order afternoon tea on your balcony or just spend a night relaxing in your cabin.