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Frequently Asked Questions


How are cruises priced?

Cruise holidays are priced on a per person (pp) basis, and are calculated on the assumption that two passengers will be sharing one cabin.  As such, solo travellers may incur a supplement, or additional passengers or children sharing a cabin may do so at a reduced rate.  Cruise holiday pricing may include a number of elements including the cruise fare, flight and transfer costs, local port and government taxes and fuel supplements.  For a full breakdown of your cruise fare, contact your cruise advisor.

What's included within the price?

What's included in the price will vary by cruise line, but in general the price of a cruise will cover your accommodation (cabin) plus meals, entertainment and a range of daytime activities onboard including the use of the ship's leisure facilities, fitness centre, swimming pools and much more.

What's not included within the price?

You should budget for personal purchases onboard such as soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, spa and beauty treatments, dining in optional speciality restaurants where a cover charge applies and shore excursions.  Again, what's not included may vary by cruise line, so ask our cruise advisors if you are unsure.

Is tipping included?

Many cruises now include the gratuities within the cruise fare, which covers tips for your room steward and waiters/head waiter in the main restaurant, and gratuities for bar staff are usually included when making a purchase.  Where not automatically included, tipping may be charged to your onboard account at a rate of around £5 per passenger per day, however make sure you check with your cruise advisor at the time of booking.

What are the benefits of booking early?

Most cruises will be on sale for over 12 months prior to their departure, and passengers often prefer to book early to make sure they obtain their preferred cabin grade or location, to confirm early or late dining in the main restaurant or to secure accommodation which may quickly sell out such as suites or family cabins.  In addition, there are often many incentives for booking in advance such as early booking savings, transport options to and from the departure port or onboard spending money.

What are the benefits of booking late?

If you are flexible on the accommodation you are looking for or the destination you wish to travel to, It is often possible to find great late deals on cruises, as prices may be significantly reduced towards the date of travel if there are cabins still available or if there are late cancellations.  If you have specific accommodation or dining requirements or are travelling as a family or part of a group however, it may not always be possible to find a last-minute offer.