Charge, charge, charge and you can see the cost of your cruise vacation rising faster than a helicopter over Alaska's glaciers. Although your fare includes a lot, it doesn't cover everything. Holding down the add-on expenses isn't easy—after all, it's your vacation, you deserve it, and you want it to be special. A bit of pre-planning not only will make all the difference in the enjoyment of your cruise, but it can also take a lot of the worry out of straining your resources. As you'll see, there are ways to keep those costs minimal.
The list below includes most of the extra-charge categories for which cruise travelers find themselves paying additional. See Cruise Diva's Cruising Cost Control for specific tips on how to keep spending on these items in check.
- Air fare
- Casinos and games of chance
- Internet access
- Cell phone access
- Laundry, pressing, dry cleaning
- Medical treatment
- Shore excursions
- Spas, salons, personal trainers, and specialized exercise classes
- Luggage handling
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