If you’re new to cruising, you’ll want to make sure that you’re all ready to go and know what to expect when you set sail. As you begin to plan and book your cruise, you may be wondering what costs are included in your booking fee. Some experiences and extras will have an additional fee. Check out our guide below to better understand what’s included on a standard cruise.

Regular Meals Are Included

When you book a standard cruise, expect to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner onboard at no extra cost. You should know that the main dining buffet area is included, but some additional restaurants and eateries found on board are not part of the included options. Specialty restaurants may have a cover charge or a la carte pricing.

Enjoy Some Drinks at No Extra Cost

You can expect to have some drinks included when cruising. Tap water, coffee, tea, iced tea, and some juices are usually included at the buffet. Other beverages like bottled waters, fresh squeezed orange juice, smoothies, and alcoholic beverages will cost extra.

Most Entertainment is Included

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You’ll notice there are various performances and events that you can enjoy while on your cruise. Most entertainment is included in your booking price. Special game show events or dinner theater shows, for example, may cost you extra money.

Some Spa and Gym Facilities Are Included

When you head to the spa or fitness center, you can usually take part in some facilities at no extra cost. For example, the locker room and steam room at the spa, and the general fitness equipment at the gym will likely be included. Personal training sessions and exercise classes are not included. The same goes for spa treatments like facials, manicures, and massages.

These Extras Cost More

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Some other added amenities and services may cost you more money when taking a cruise. If you’re looking to spend a lot of time lounging at the pool, a cabana rental will come with a fee. For parents who plan to take a cruise with the kiddos, in-room babysitting costs extra. Some activities like bingo, escape rooms, gambling, cooking classes, wine tastings will also come with an additional fee. Make sure to check out our Cruise Pricing 101 for more information on extra costs.