$ Extras on Royal Carrib. Cruise?

May 3rd, 1998, 08:28 PM
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Sue
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$ Extras on Royal Carrib. Cruise?

I'll be cruising on the enchantment of the Seas this August with my Mom and 3 children ages 5, 7 and 9.. What things should I expect to pay for in addition to the "required" tips and the shore excursions they offer? How much are alcoholic drinks and soda? Is ALL food free? Please share any and all info you have (including any other thoughts or opinions on RC).

Also should I go with their shore exursions or try to put my own together in a place like Grand Caymen or Jamaica?
 
May 4th, 1998, 03:27 PM
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i went on a RC cruise 2 years ago,it was the best time. the food is increadable and is all FREE. you should plan your own excersions there is los to do on the islands.We took a small tour of antigua that was good and inexpensive.the tips that you pay out on the last night can be costly but worth it for the great service.buy booze before you board the ship you can drink it during your trip.have a great time.



 
May 5th, 1998, 04:31 PM
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RC is a great cruise line, but all cruise ships are basically the same in what they charge for
"extra items". All your meals are included in your purchase price. What is not included are soft drinks, i.e. Coke, 7-up, etc... Fruit punch, lemonade, ice tea are included. Beer nor any alcoholic beverages are included and are quite costly. Average drink is $3-$4. "Drinks for the Day" is a take home glass average around $6-8. You can no longer take alcohol aboard and expect to drink it. They now search packages and take away alcohol and return it to you the night before you debark the ship. Of course, this is for the ship to make more money selling drinks, but I think it also has to do with avoiding rowdy parties with some people who remain in their cabins and drink their "fool heads" off. I recommend you hiring a driver to take you to beaches since you are traveling with children. The excursions are quite expensive: average cost $25 p/p. You can hire a driver for about $40-$50 and he can take you around the island and to a beach. Check with your Cruise Director. He or she will have more current information available for you and will recommend beaches to visit, etc... Have a great cruise!
 
May 9th, 1998, 07:54 AM
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My husband and I are preparing to go on our 5th cruise. We have been twice on Royal Caribbean and twice on Carnival, and chose Carnival for this one because of the more relaxed atmosphere. We were last on the Rhapsody of the Seas in Dec. of 1997, and were able to bring on our own liquor and mixers with no problem. They don't search your luggage when you are boarding the ship, but may search your packages when you purchase items at the islands. We boarded in Puerto Rico, then went to the duty-free shops in the cruise terminal and bought Vodka, bloody mary mix, etc., and carried it right back on the ship and saved a lot of money by mixing drinks in our room. On RC, you can pay $15 per child (or adult) and have unlimited soft drinks for the duration of the cruise. Well worth the price if your kids drink a lot of sodas. ALL FOOD is free, even in the pizza place, and the Lido deck restaurant. Also, you can get OJ, coffee and tea 24-hours from room service and at the Lido deck restaurant. One word of caution: we were severely snubbed by our French waiter on the Captain's Gala night because we were not dressed up sufficiently (meaning my husband had on a jacket but no tie, and I wore a dress and sandals--we were neatly pressed, but not formal). I wish we had ordered room service that night--it is extensive and also free.

As for shore excursions, they are well-worth the price. If you are travelling with three kids you will be much happier and safer on the organized tours. For around $30 a person you can sail out to a desert island and swim and snorkel for a couple of hours, and then sail back to the ship. These trips are great fun for kids and adults, and the crew on the boats is invariably kind and helpful. I recommend you try at least one of those tours.

Drinks are expensive, $4 to $8. Wine is around $4.50 a glass, so order a reasonably-priced bottle if you want to drink wine. Have a great trip!
 
Jun 20th, 1998, 03:45 PM
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I absolutely agree that your best (and safest) bet is to go with the various shore excursions that the ship offers. They take you to the places you most want to see in the alloted time ashore and you need never worry about "missing the boat"! They can be costly-average RCCL excursion is about $50 but well worth it. By the way as was mentioned, you can buy a soda sticker for your kids but if you are unable to drink anything other than soft drinks yourself (diabetics, etc.) get a letter from your doctor and RCCL will let you purchase one for yourself too. It saves big bucks! As far as other Costs--all the larger ships have something akin to mini-malls and the purchases are expensive but can be a bargain.(Perfumes and colognes are duty free so you can save a bundle--we did on Aramis!) Dont worry about food at all. You will never go hungry that's for sure. It is available round the clock. By the way all purchases are made by puting them on the "Supercharge Card" you are issued at the check in desk at the outset of the cruise and which you keep with you all the time (especially off the ship- its your shipboard ID)and your account is settled on the night before you dock back in home port. You dont have to worry about your valuables-money, credit cards, or travellers checks because the ship has safe deposit boxes available free of charge to safeguard them for you until you need them. One thing more-besides the casino gambling theres also BINGO and "Horse Racing". These are Cash extras too.
Frankly at $10. for one bingo board its hardly worth it. We are also going on the Enchantment on Nov. 29th which will be our third RCCL cruise and by no means our last. We are convinced that it is most economic family vacation there is!!!
 
Jun 21st, 1998, 01:11 PM
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Definetely take tours only in Jamaica-Grand Cayman there is a turtle farm the kids might like or 7 Mile Beach--plus others--

If your lucky there is camp on ship for kids and they love it.
 
Jul 7th, 1998, 05:03 PM
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In Jamaica take the Dunns River Falls tour, and in the Cayman Islands take the StingRay City tour both of them are great fun and you can take your camera if it is waterproof (buy it before you go) the guide on the Dunns River Falls tour will hold your camera for you and even take pictures for you. The stingrays are everywhere and they do not bite but do not step on the barbs (on the tail) RCCL has more food then you can imagine and we have taken five cruises and never been disappointed with anything from the attentive service by both the wait staff and the cabin stewards. We are taking our 6th cruise in November and we now have our children cruising as adults (they cruised with us as preteens) Go and enjoy yourself and leave all the work to RCCL they do a great job!
 
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