Cruising – Hidden Costs and Things That Cost Extra

25 Jul

New cruisers are often surprised by things that cost extra. I’d like to call attention to a few things that are NOT included:

  • Taxes, Port Charges, and Fuel Supplement – These are in addition to your room charge and depend on the the destination and length of your cruise.
  • Service Charge – NCL currently charges $12/day per person. It will be automatically added to your bill at the end of the cruise. If you are in a suite, your butler and concierge will also cost extra.
  • Certain Drinks – Soda, bottled water, specialty coffees, and alcohol.
  • Specialty Restaurants – There are plenty of free restaurants, but there are also some that charge a premium like Teppanyaki, Cagney’s Steakhouse, and Moderno Brazilian Steakhouse. These are optional. You will not starve if you choose not to go to them. Here is the list of the Norwegian Dawn’s Specialty Restaurants. Here is the list of free restaurants on the Dawn.
  • Shore Excursions – Anything you do while off the ship in Bermuda will cost you extra. For examples of what to do while you’re in Bermuda check out my post “Cruising to Bermuda on the NCL Dawn from Boston.” It includes an sample itinerary for your 3 days on the island.
  • Photographs – It is free to get your picture taken (in fact there will be a photographer ready to snap your photo just about every day), but if you want to buy the picture you will have to pay for it.
  • Parking – There is no free parking in Boston. There is a parking garage across from the port that is reasonably priced. Here is Massport’s parking info at Cruiseport Boston.
  • Transportation to and from the airport or hotel
  • Internet – NCL’s current internet rates are listed on their website. Bermuda also has island-wide wifi hotspots. You can get more info on TBI’s website. You can buy a TBI internet package once you get to the Dockyard at Island Outfitters which is next to my favorite restaurant The Bone Fish Bar and Grill (which is NOT related to the chain restaurant found in the USA).
  • Laundry
  • Late Night Room Service
  • Casino
  • Spa Services
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