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bob95742 07-13-2011 01:38 PM

What is included? Newbie here.
 
Hi,
I've never been on a cruise and was wondering what all is included in the price and what is not. I'm planning a 7 night Mexico cruise on Carnival Splendor and from what I read on their website, it looks like almost everything is free once you're on board. That sounds almost too good to be true.

From what I've read, I understand that Food is free (liquor is not), but can I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and then walk upto the 24 hr place and eat some more a couple of more times a day? I mean is it really unlimited food anytime of the day including room service?

What about entertainment? I see there are shows etc but nowhere are any prices mentioned. Are the shows free too?

I'm also reading that the spa rooms have more access to the pool on their level. Does that mean all pools are not 24 hrs?

What about the gym?

I find it hard to believe that for less than a $1000 combined, a couple can stay, eat and be entertained for 7 days, while visiting another country.

I know there might be extra taxes or port charges in Mexico but again there is no mention of how much will it be?

There really isn't much info on their website, or I just can't seem to find it.
All help will be appreciated.

macmom111 07-13-2011 03:23 PM

welcome aboard, the food, all you want is free at the buffet, dining room and room service.the only place you would pay for the food would be the specialty dining. We have done it once it was nice but I enjoy the dining room, so we havent done it again. the entertainment is free except the casino and bingo. I think the pool closes at 10 pm and I cant answer anything about the spa cabins. Port charges and Taxes are included in the price of the cruise. Excursions are extra.
YOu are in for the best time of your life, and it is addictive. The best advice I can give any new cruiser is to enjoy everything on the boat, the games, the contest, the dining, the pool. it is so much fun!

MCPayne 07-13-2011 03:30 PM

Hi, bob95742, and welcome.

Your cruise price includes your stateroom, meals in the dining room or buffet, and nightly entertainment. I'm not sure about Carnival, but if they have any specialty restaurants, those will be extra. Certain drinks such as water, coffee, and I think iced tea are free. Soda and alcohol are extra.

Again, having not been on Carnival, I don't know if they charge for room service or not. There may be a fee for a late night delivery (between midnight and 5 am maybe, or something like that). There should be at least one pool open 24 hours for passengers to enjoy.

Also, the price posted on the Carnival website is before taxes and port fees. There's also gratuities, which you can either pre-pay when you book, or maybe just pay cash on the last night of the cruise. Check Carnival's website for the gratuity guidelines for Carnival. Again, I haven't been on Carnival, so I don't know what their guidelines are.

Be forewarned, cruising can be addicting, so if you step off the Splendor and want to book another cruise, don't say you weren't warned!

Dave 07-13-2011 06:41 PM

Welcome to Cruise Reviews!

As noted by others, your cruise price includes all entertainment, all the food you want in the main dining room, buffets, and room service, plus at select areas on some ships (such as sushi on some Carnival ships, or their deli's, etc.). You do pay for specialty dining or premium desserts, coffees, and of course all bar orders which includes soda.

The ships try to leave one pool open overnight so they can clean and adjust the chemistry in the other pools. Sometimes conditions dictate that they close all pools at night so they can clean them up for the next day.

Cruising is the best vacation value, but you do need to understand that onboard charges make up a big part of the cruise line income. More and more, the cruise price is getting more basic and ala carte charges are increasing. Here is an example: we just returned from a 7-night cruise and although in a suite with lots of perks we still managed to spend almost $1200 on extra charges while on the ship. This was all bar service, photos, gift shop purchases, specialty dining, internet time, gratuities for the staff, and some shore excursions.

susanmaz 07-14-2011 12:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Dave (Post 289219)
Welcome to Cruise Reviews!

Here is an example: we just returned from a 7-night cruise and although in a suite with lots of perks we still managed to spend almost $1200 on extra charges while on the ship. This was all bar service, photos, gift shop purchases, specialty dining, internet time, gratuities for the staff, and some shore excursions.

To put things in a different perspective - hubby and I did a 7-night cruise and spent only $91 dollars on extra charges while aboard which included bar service (beer and soda) and gift shop purchases. We never buy the ship's photos (because we take such bad pictures) and never dine in an alternative specialty dining room. So, rest assured that cruising doesn't have to be expensive.

Also, too, please remember that there are gratuities of $11 per person per day which does add to the cost of the cruise; but that is probably what you would pay on a land based vacation between hotel and dining out at least 3 times per day.

Susan

penny3333 07-14-2011 12:28 PM

Hi Bob95742, welcome to CruiseReviews! I am so happy to hear you're going to join the world of the cruise addicts:) There are a couple other things that are included, like the afternoon tea, and most all of the games including basketball, ping-pong, but not video games. Some ships have putt-putt golf, some have driving range simulators, all have pools and hot tubs. Most of Carnival's ships have water slides, and the Movies Under the Stars (which is also free).

You can see between Susan and Dave there is a huge variation on what can be spent on board. I usually purchase liquor on board and a carton of cigarettes to bring back. They have perfumes that are duty free, as well as jewelry, clothing, and accessories, so you will save some money as opposed to purchasing them in the states.

Tips can be prepaid or added to your shipboard account. You can either use cash, debit card, or credit card for your onboard account. They will issue you a room key that is also your credit card while on board. If you use a debit card, they will place a hold on your account for a certain amount of money. If you pay cash, they require a certain amount before you leave. If you spend your cash deposit, you can go to the purser's desk and put more cash on the account. The easiest is just to use a credit card.

Cruising is the most affordable vacation one can find, and absolutely the best!

Dave 07-14-2011 12:49 PM

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Originally Posted by susanmaz (Post 289232)
To put things in a different perspective - hubby and I did a 7-night cruise and spent only $91 dollars on extra charges while aboard

I spend that much in the first hour aboard!:eek:

Dwayne 07-14-2011 10:30 PM

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Originally Posted by bob95742 (Post 289213)
I'm also reading that the spa rooms have more access to the pool on their level. Does that mean all pools are not 24 hrs?

It means that with the Spa Cabins the Thalassotherapy Pool usage is included. It is an extra charge for everyone else. It also includes using the Thermal Suite.

The pools usually close around 10 PM.

Welcome Aboard!

Jim C. 07-15-2011 12:34 PM

Also note that not all CCL ships have spa cabins. The conquest class ships have the Thermo pool but may not charge for its use. The Dream class and the Splendor DO have spa cabins and their spas have more features that allow them to charge a "day spa" fee if you are not staying in the spa cabins.

However on all the ships the fitness center equipment and the steam/sauna rooms in the locker room area are free to use.

This is one of those areas that Carnival is starting to "nickel and dime" you to death (of course its more like $20 and $50 you to death... Spa treatments and now some of the spa facilities are extra charges now.


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