We received this 'Caribbean cruise cost comparison' sent to us from our friends at Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
This demonstrates the added value that the all-inclusive luxury cruise lines can offer. When you add up all the "hidden extras" that you end up paying for on most other non all-inclusive lines, it can end up costing you more.
Are you hesitant about an all-inclusive luxury cruise?
Well here is a breakdown of what you might expect to pay, over and above the basic cruise fare as advertised with most non-inclusive cruise lines:-
|Flights||£600||(Return economy from London)|
|Hotel||£100||(1 night pre cruise stay)|
|Specialty dining||£33||($25pp -2 times)|
|Wine with dinner||£83||($25 per bottle - 5 meals)|
|Teas and coffees||£37||($4 a coffee - 2 per day)|
|Bottled water||£3||($1 per bottle per excursion)|
|Soft drinks||£23||($2.50 per drink - 2 per day)|
|Cocktails or after dinner drinks||£33||($5 per drink - 2 drinks a night, 5 nights)|
|Shore excursions||£330||($99 per excursion - 5 excursions)|
|Gratuities||£60||($13 a day)|
|Service Charges||£60||(15% onboard expenditure)|
|Total cost of extras:||£1414pp|
So when you add it up you get a lot better value for money taking a luxury all-inclusive cruise. More information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises
*All calculations have been done at £1.00 = $1.5 on conservative estimates. Based on taking a 7 night cruise with 1 night pre-cruise. ^ 7 night Navigator cruise 8th April 2011 in Deluxe Balcony Suite (F)