Extra costs on cruises

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Dec 29th, 2001, 03:15 PM
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Jim
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Hi Marg:
I have been on 8 cruises so far and including Alaska. Your friends may have taken some pricey land tours which might have included a plane ride above the Arctic Circle--$150.00 per person etc etc. They might also have had 2-3 cocktails each with each meal.
You will receive an itemized bill under your cabin door every 1-2 nights or so which will show your charges the previous days. Please do not overlook the fact that will include any excursions--soft drinks--alcoholic drinks--gift shop purchaes--photos daily tip charges(usually $10.00 per person per day).
You may request an adjustment in the daily tip charges at the purser's office.
We have our cocktails at the Captain's night which are free.
We always arrange our own shore excursions which are sometimes 1/2 what the ship charges. Just step onto the dock and talk to local tour vendors.
If you want high-priced land excursions, the ship will have them for you.
In other words, you name your price and you take your choice.
I have found dinners for under $10.00 per person in Honolulu--London--Rome--Edinburgh, Scotland--Anchorage--Paris--and New York City. I will ask the persons behind hotel desks where they eat and follow their recommendations.
Your travel agent should advise you cost of port charges. Or just check the internet.
You can travel on a budget in Alaska or you can spend a lot of money. The choice is yours.
Frankly if you are travelling that far, I recommend you spend about 6 days on land tour and the usual 7 days on the cruise ship. Most of the cruise lines offer land tours in conjunction with their cruises.
Have fun. It's a great place to visit.
 
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Dec 30th, 2001, 06:34 AM
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Am I missing something here? Why is the USA getting the bad rap? I thought most of these Cruise Lines were owned and run by other countries! Aren't we all at the mercy of the Cruise Line moguls? It's not about our country vs yours!

As an American, I don't mind tipping if the service I receive meets my expectations. I wouldn't like the right to choose taken away from me. What incentive is there for the staff to do a good job if they know they are getting paid the same no matter how good or bad their service is. I wouldn't choose a Cruise Line that automatically adds the tip to my bill. We all have the choice to take our business elsewhere, even those of you that aren't from the USA. So don't point fingers!
 
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Dec 30th, 2001, 07:11 AM
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Most cruise lines are US companies - RCCL, Celebrity and Canival are. Princess has offices here but is owned by an English company.

Just because the ships are registered in countries where the ships will never go, doesn't make them owned by companies in these countries.
 
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Dec 30th, 2001, 07:23 AM
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Good point! But, you said it, companies, not countries!
 
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