Apr 032024

Going on a cruise is a fantastic holiday. For singles, be prepared to be entertained almost 24 hours a day. For honeymooners it can be the most romantic time of your life and a time to remember. For Mums and Dads being spoiled is too good to believe, and when there are children with you, you’ll be glad to know that they are cared for and entertained for most of the day. This gives you lots of free time to pursue whatever entertainment the line offers.

Many people new to cruising don’t always realize that not everything is included in their cruise price. Many are disappointed when they board their ship and realize they will need additional monies to get them through their trip. However, if you have done your homework you should know this prior to making bookings.

Although each cruise line has its own set of inclusions, the following information does apply to the majority of the cruise lines. Always check the free classifieds sites and travel websites before you book your holidays, you’ll be surprised with what you might find.

Fun-For-All Entertainment
Pack some evening dress because you will find most cruise ships entertain their passengers with a variety of ‘miscellaneous’ treats. These include a Masked Ball, Ladies Night, talent competitions, and Fancy Dress Balls, for adults and children.

Interestingly, you’ll find that the list of what is not included on a cruise is much shorter than what is included.

If you opt for stateroom accommodation, a cabin steward will be assigned to you and will attend to your every need. Your steward will unpack your bags, attend to dry-cleaning and pressing of clothes. They will arrange for your stateroom to be cleaned and refreshed each day, and even make sure your beds are turned down at night. The majority of these cabins come equipped with televisions, DVD, stereos, computer connections, and telephones. Most new ships may also include blow driers and bar fridges, though this depends on the cruise line.

If you decide to travel economically, you will find that the only services provided shall be the cleaning of your cabin once a day

Bathroom amenities most often included are shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, razors, etc.

Because of fire hazards, irons are not furnished and are not allowed in the staterooms or cabins; however, your steward, or cabin attendant will attend to this and the service is offered at a reasonable fee.

The Library
Most cruise ships have a well-stocked library full of all kinds of books. These can be read in the quiet lounge area, or taken back to your cabin and read at your leisure. With current magazines, newspapers, new books, and board games you won’t have to have a boring day on board. If you are an enthusiastic chess, scrabble, backgammon, or bridge player, join the many tournaments held at the cruise. Of course, they give out prizes to winners.

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