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How to Calculate the Total Price of a Cruise

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The total price of a cruise is rarely just the ticket price and some government fees. While accommodations, most meals and tons of activities are included in your fare, you will have to pay extra for an array of tempting amenities and activities, like spa treatments, shore excursions and cocktails. If you're on a budget, it can be tricky to figure out just what your total vacation cost will be and what kind of extra charges to anticipate. While a $7 pina colada likely won't break the bank, you might be surprised to discover how quickly an exercise class here and a round of bingo there can add up.

To help you figure out how much you might actually spend on a cruise vacation, we've culled and tallied the prices of common extra charges found on weeklong Caribbean cruises and listed them for seven popular -- and amenity-laden -- cruise ships. We've also added in the daily gratuities for each passenger in a standard cabin. (Tips for suite passengers might be higher.) Use these numbers as a guide to help you calculate the total price of a cruise.

Editor's Note: Prices may vary by ships within the same cruise line, as well as by itinerary, and they're subject to change at any time, without notice; these prices were accurate as of November 2015. We realize that travelers will not rack up every one of these charges every day, but we have presented both the prices and a sample a la carte cost for one day to make the point that onboard charges can accumulate rapidly.

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Tuscan Grille

Onboard Prices for a Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Reflection Cruise

Pina Colada: $9
Specialty Dining: $45 per person, Tuscan Grille
Latte: $5
Massage: $140, 50 minutes
Shore Excursion: $59.75, Caribbean FastCat 2-Island Snorkeling Safari and Beach Getaway (St. Thomas)
Fitness Class: $11
Souvenir Photo: $30, 8x10
Bingo: $39 for a 3ON shutter card
Basic Internet Package: $59, unlimited access for 24 hours or a 90-minute package
Gratuities: $12.95 per passenger, per day

Total price: $410.70

Photo Tour of Celebrity Reflection


Onboard Prices for a Disney Fantasy Cruise

Pina Colada: $5.95
Specialty Dining: $30 per person, Palo
Latte: $2.95
Massage: $118, 50 minutes
Shore Excursion: $59, Caribbean Sea Safari, Snorkeling and Beach Tour (St. Thomas)
Fitness Class: $12
Souvenir Photo: $20.95, 8x10
Bingo: $30 for six cards, four games
Basic Internet Package: $19, 100 MB
Gratuities: $12 per passenger, per day

Total price: $309.85


Onboard Prices for Holland America Line Eurodam Cruise

Pina Colada: $6.95
Specialty Dining: $29 per person, Pinnacle Grill
Latte: $2.50
Massage: $119, 50 minutes
Shore Excursion: $69.95, Shipwreck & Turtle Cove Two-Site Snorkel (St. Thomas)
Fitness Class: $12
Souvenir Photo: $ 24.95, 8x10
Bingo: $15 for one card
Basic Internet Package: $55, 100 minutes
Gratuities: $12.50 per passenger, per day

Total price: $346.85

Photo Tour of Eurodam


Onboard Prices for Princess Cruises Regal Princess Cruise

Pina Colada: $8.95
Specialty Dining: $25 per person, Crown Grill
Latte: $2.50
Massage: $155, 50 minutes
Shore Excursion:
$59.95, Two Island Snorkel & Beach Getaway by FastCat (St. Thomas)
Fitness Class: $12
Souvenir Photo: $21.95, 8x10
Bingo: $20 for five games
Basic Internet Package: $69, 100 minutes
Gratuities: $12.95 per passenger, per day

Total price: $387.30

Photo Tour of Regal Princess


pina colada

Onboard Prices for a Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Escape Cruise

Pina colada: $6.95
Specialty Dining: $30 per person, Cagney's (a la carte pricing includes salad, steak, one side, dessert)
Latte: $2.95
Massage: $119, 50 minutes
Shore Excursion: $72, PowerCat Snorkel & Beach (St. Thomas)
Fitness Class: $12
Souvenir Photo: $ 24.95, 8x10
Bingo: $39 per pack
Basic Internet Package: $85, 100 minutes
Gratuities: $13.50 per passenger, per day

Total price: $405.35


Onboard Prices for a Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise

Pina colada: $12
Specialty Dining: $39 per person, Chops Grill
Latte: $3.45
Massage: $119, 50 minutes
Shore Excursion: $59.75, Caribbean FastCat 2-Island Snorkeling Safari and Beach Getaway (St. Thomas)
Fitness Class: $12
Souvenir Photo: $22.99, 8x10
Bingo: $6 for one card
Basic Internet Package: $15 per person, per day, per device
Gratuities: $12.95 per passenger, per day

Total price: $302.14

Photo Tour of Oasis of the Seas


Onboard Prices for a Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Glory Cruise

Pina Colada: $7.25
Specialty Dining: $35 per person, Emerald Room Steakhouse
Latte: $2.95
Massage: $119, 50 minutes
Shore Excursion: $69.99, Two Island Snorkel & Beach Safari by FastCat (St. Thomas)
Fitness Class: $12
Souvenir Photo: $21.99, 8x10
Bingo: $25 for one bingo card, one cash craze lottery ticket and one raffle ticket
Basic Internet Package: $59, 120 minutes
Gratuities: $12 per passenger, per day

Total price: $364.18

--By Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor

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