Over the past several years, avid cruisers have seen more and more added-fee amenities aboard sailings with mainstream cruise lines. From specialty snacks and meals to fitness classes and even ship tours, today’s dailies are teeming with for-fee options. Of course, when you’ve been cruising for years and you’re used to just hopping onboard and not having to worry about extra expenses, these costs can be quite the annoyance. And although we were pretty certain we could peg your responses, we thought we’d ask which amenity you would most like to see included in your cruise fare.
What we asked: If I could pick one thing to be included in my cruise fare, it would be ___.
What they said: Just as we thought, just over 49 percent of the 4,228 people who responded to our Daily Poll would choose to have alcohol and/or soda included in their cruise fare. Another nearly 26 percent of respondents would choose shore excursions and in a close third, just over 20 percent would prefer alternative dining be included. A mere 5.37 percent would have spa treatments included.
What it all means: You can get your fill of water at home! Most folks want to indulge at least a little while on vacation and having a few Diet Cokes with dinner or a couple fruity cocktails by the pool seems like an affordable way to do so – until you see your final tab. So of course, it would be awesome to drink to your heart’s content without having to worry about having a coronary when you go to settle up. As for shore excursions and alternative dining, well those bills can add up quickly as well, especially if you’re traveling as a family.
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