Want the Best Bang-For-Your-Buck?
Why a Royal Caribbean Cruise is your best value for your money!!
If your new to cruising, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. I dare you to take your first cruise and not be hooked – visiting multiple destinations and only unpacking once, and best of all you get the deal of a lifetime! Yes, on a traditional vacation, your room may appear to be cheaper, but you end up racking up a significant bill on all of the ‘extras’. When you look at all of the ‘extras’ that are included in your cruise fare, you will see that a Royal Caribbean cruise is the best bang-for-your-buck.
All this talk about ‘extras’… lets look at what exactly that means. Royal Caribbean includes a lot of entertainment, shows, activities in your fare. With everything that is included first time guests can sometimes feel overwhelmed by all of the options that are covered with your fare. Keep in mind that a lot is included but not everything… so let’s dig into what is included in your Royal Caribbean fare.
Your cruise fare includes your private stateroom with a private bathroom. The size and amenities included in your stateroom depends on the room category you choose.
MEALS & SNACKS
When on-board or at one of Royal Caribbean’s private islands most of your meals and snacks are included in your fare. Yes, there are some foods and drinks not included, however you will have more than enough food included to go to bed stuffed each night. The dining options will vary from ship to ship. Typically, you will find that most ships have:
- Main dining room: This is where you will have your assigned serving team and eat dinner at your assigned time (unless you choose My Time Dining (more about that in another blog).
- Windjammer: This is a buffet style dining venue that is open most hours. You can enjoy a causal breakfast, lunch, dinner or just stop in for a quick snack on your way to the pool.
- Quick Service: Venues may include - Sorrento’s, Café Promenade and mini bites.
- Johnny Rockets: On Oasis class ship during breakfast hours Johnny rockets is included in your fare. Please note for lunch and dinner there is an extra fee.
- What’s better than an ice cream cone by the pool? Most Royal Caribbean ships have self-serve ice cream machines on the pool deck (to be honest it’s frozen yogurt, but I’ve never heard anyone complain).
If you’re thinking that this list seems short, don’t fret. Trust me, you can eat amazing food until your hearts content and not spend a dime on the ship!
Royal Caribbean offers complementary beverages all around the ship, so regardless of where you are you won’t e far from a refreshing drink. Drinks included with your fare are: tap water, flavored waters, iced tea, lemonade, milk, coffee, tea, hot chocolate (packets) and for breakfast they do offer a selection of juices (not fresh squeezed).
When booking a Royal Caribbean cruise, you are required to tip your wait staff and stateroom attendant. This amount is set at $14.50 per guest per day or for those staying in a Grand Suite or above $17.50 per person per day. You are given two options on how to pay this tip. Your first option is to pre-pay your gratuities. This way you entire tip amount is added to your fare when you book and there are not the added expense during your vacation. The second option is to have the gratuities automatically applied to your stateroom account (SeaPass account) each day of your cruise.
There are select cruise destinations (i.e.. Australia) that automatically apply your gratuity to your fare when you book. Also worth noting, is you do have the option to give your wait staff and/or stateroom attendant an additional to at the completion of your cruise if you feel they gave you exceptional service.
Room service as a continental breakfast is included in your cruise fare. Additionally, room service is offered 24 hours but a $7.95 per order fee is charged to your SeaPass account.
POOLS & SUN DECKS
Royal Caribbean ships offer some of the best pools and water activities in the industry. And the best part is it’s all included in your cruise fare!! This includes the pools, aqua parks, water slides, hot tubs, lounge chairs, pools side towel and more!! There is also a Solarium area but this is reserved for those 18 and over. Each ship also has a special area for those guests staying in a Grand Suite level cabin or above. This can be as simple as reserved lounge chairs or a extravagant as an entire deck area (this will very depending on the ship).
ACTIVITIES & SHOWS
If you’re a first time cruiser, the amount of activities and shows included in your cruise fare may astound you!! There are select activities that are offered for an additional fee, such a spa services, almost anything in the casino and fitness classes, but we won’t get into that here (we’ll dive into that in another blog). Ever wanted to see a Broadway show, but had sticker shock the moment you looked into it?? With Royal Caribbean you can mark this on off your bucket list because ALL Broadway shows on the ships are complementary!! Other shows included in your fare are: magic shows, comedy shows, comedians, live music and more (of course what is offered varies from ship to ship). Some of the complementary activities available are: movies, trivia, pool games and dance classes. The great thing about a Royal Caribbean cruise is you can do as little or as much as you like.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN SIGNATURE ACTIVITIES & GAMES
Royal Caribbean has numerous activities exclusive to their ships. With these signature activities you can cross items off your bucket list at sea! Complementary activates differ from ship to ship, but some of the most popular are: rock wall, zip line, ripcord by iFly, water slides, FlowRider, Ultimate Abyss, North Star, aqua park (splash zone), sports complex, mini golf and ice skating
Royal Caribbean offers a state-of-the-art fitness center with some of the best views!! The fitness center is included in your fare and include things such as – treadmills, stair steppers, ellipticals, free weights and weightlifting machines. Some fitness classes are also complementary! Each ship also boasts an outdoor jogging track.
As you can see there are a plethora of ‘extras’ included in your Royal Caribbean fare. You will have an amazing unforgettable cruise. However, if you are looking for something more Royal Caribbean does offer services that are not included with your fare.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR FARE
There are some ‘extras’ that you can take advantage of for an extra fee (charged to your SeaPass account). This is by no means a complete list and I will go into further details in a future blog. Some of the services not included with your fare are: Any purchases made on the ship, specialty restaurants and drinks, virtually anything in the casino, Internet (WiFi) access, Medical services, photographs (taken by Royal Caribbean staff), shore excursions, laundry services and ship to shore telephone calls.
As you can see, a Royal Caribbean cruise is an amazing deal when you consider all of the ‘extras’ that are included with your cruise fare. If you where to add up how much you would spend on a traditional land vacation for your accommodations and even a fraction of these amenities you will see what an extraordinary deal a Royal Caribbean cruise truly is!! The best thing about a cruise is you can spend your day doing numerous activities, crossing items off your bucket list in the middle of the ocean or laying by the pool relaxing! The sky, or sea, is your limit to all of the services included in your Royal Caribbean cruise fare!