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Old 01-14-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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How all inclusive is a cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruiseline?

What extra fees are there besides shore excursions and spa?

I know sodas you have to get the package/card. How does this work and how much does it cost?

I was looking at prices today and they seem way cheaper than Disney which got me wondering how much extra do they add after you sail. Like about 1,300 cheaper.

It is just me and husband when we travel and we love Disney but we wanted to consider cheaper options.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:30 PM   #2
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How all inclusive is a cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruiseline?

What extra fees are there besides shore excursions and spa?

I know sodas you have to get the package/card. How does this work and how much does it cost?

I was looking at prices today and they seem way cheaper than Disney which got me wondering how much extra do they add after you sail. Like about 1,300 cheaper.

It is just me and husband when we travel and we love Disney but we wanted to consider cheaper options.
You might try asking these questions over on Cruise Critic, Royal Caribbean board. You'll probably get better answers there.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum...sprune=-1&f=83

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Old 01-14-2013, 02:24 PM   #3
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Other than sodas, the additional fees on RCI are no different than Disney. Probably the biggest difference would be the limit of carry-on drinks you can take with on RCI (limited to a two bottles of wine and 12 sodas and/or water per stateroom). If you want to eat in any of the specialty restaurants, depending on which ship you sail with RCI, you may not be able to resist these. With RCI you have the temptation of not just one adult-oriented restaurant, but Johnny Rockets (all but Monarch of the Seas are outfitted with JR), the cupcakery, Italian offerings, etc. All for an added fee. And if you want a sweet treat where they specialty coffees are sold? Be prepared to pony up for a coffee in order to get a treat (unlike Cove Cafe on DCL).

Having said all that, we have thoroughly enjoyed sailing RCI with making just a small dent in our pockets. We love eating at the MDRs, so the specialty restaurants aren't a big pull for us. And as much as I love a good cupcake, I'll pass if it's not included in the fare!
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The biggest kicker on RCL is the specialty restaurants. Your little darlings want Johnny Rockets? Of course they can't go alone, so you end up paying the upcharge + the milkshake charge.

Reality though, their regular prices are a lot lower than regular prices on DCL. I don't know that I can say anything about how they compare to the current DCL specials that are available on many dates and don't know if there are any specials available on RC.

You can buy a ton of soda and specialty dining for the cost difference between RCL and DCL. I would caution you to do a start a booking on line and compare the final cost. When we did Celebrity, we found that they listed a much higher "taxes and fees" amount than DCL did...so that while the base room rate difference looked HUGE (Celeb $599 vs. DCL $1400), the final totals were not that big a difference. However, even after purchasing the soda package for those who wanted it, we found that our Celebrity cruise was just a bit over 1/2 of the cost of DCL for the same ports.

This difference is not consistent though...we looked at one for this summer and found that Celeb is about $1000 less on a $5000 cruise. Cheaper, yes. A lot--well, it isn't 1/2.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:47 PM   #5
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. . . they seem way cheaper than Disney

. . . 1,300 cheaper.

. . . It is just me and husband
With savings like that, you can easily afford the Johnny Rockets $4.95 cover charge.

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Old 01-14-2013, 06:16 PM   #6
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I find it annoying that you need to sign out pool towels and if they're not returned to the desk, your account is charged $20 per towel.
Believe me, I don't want their towel that's probably been in someone's crack, even if they were giving it away.


Also on our last RCCL cruise, it was a soda mug for sale that's refillable. Then you must deal with carrying the thing all over, making sure it's clean, confusing yours with someone else's, etc. From an infection control perspective, I'd rather just pay the $3.00 for a soda at the bar. It's still free with dinner in the MDR.
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I find it annoying that you need to sign out pool towels and if they're not returned to the desk, your account is charged $20 per towel.
Believe me, I don't want their towel that's probably been in someone's crack, even if they were giving it away.


Also on our last RCCL cruise, it was a soda mug for sale that's refillable. Then you must deal with carrying the thing all over, making sure it's clean, confusing yours with someone else's, etc. From an infection control perspective, I'd rather just pay the $3.00 for a soda at the bar.
Very well said!
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This is the main reason why we're choosing RCI over DCL this summer. A difference of about $2k. Would love to experience DCL, but can't justify the extra cost. Just trying to find an affordable way to experience Disney for a family of our size.
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This is the main reason why we're choosing RCI over DCL this summer. A difference of about $2k. Would love to experience DCL, but can't justify the extra cost. Just trying to find an affordable way to experience Disney for a family of our size.
Choosing a date that offers kids sail free would help. You still have to pay for the first 2 people in each cabin though, and it looks like you are a 2 cabin family.
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Choosing a date that offers kids sail free would help. You still have to pay for the first 2 people in each cabin though, and it looks like you are a 2 cabin family.
Yep, 2-cabin family here (1 adult per room, although my teen girls would more than likely get their own room once we get on board). I wish that promo could work for us though!

Disney promos seem to work best for families with 1 or 2 children.
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Dollars to dollars-- RCCI is definitely less expensive unless you find deals like KSF. That being said, we've done three DCL cruises and switched to RCCI to save money---and there's no comparison in quality! For us, DCL is a much more enjoyable experience! We just got back from a DCL cruise and commented over and over how much of a better experience we were having than on RCCI!

Granted, to each their own--that's just our family's opinion. However, I would gladly pay more for DCL over RCCI just to have a better quality experience! It's so much more family-friendly, service is much more attentive, entertainment much more plentiful and much classier! Just night and day for the things we value most in cruising!
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Yep, 2-cabin family here (1 adult per room, although my teen girls would more than likely get their own room once we get on board). I wish that promo could work for us though!

Disney promos seem to work best for families with 1 or 2 children.
There are the *GT promos that work for anyone.

As a single mom of 1 kiddo....yeah, the 2 adults rule hurts when your number 2 is a 4 year old. On the other hand, the 200% single supplement is a bigger "Ouch." We could never use KSF...nice to have some other options now in the bargains.
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There are the *GT promos that work for anyone.

As a single mom of 1 kiddo....yeah, the 2 adults rule hurts when your number 2 is a 4 year old. On the other hand, the 200% single supplement is a bigger "Ouch." We could never use KSF...nice to have some other options now in the bargains.
What does GT and VGT mean? Sorry, new to the DCL side of things and trying to learn these acronyms.
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What does GT and VGT mean? Sorry, new to the DCL side of things and trying to learn these acronyms.
The *GTs are iIGT (inside guarantee), OGT (oceanview guarantee) and VGT (verandah guarantee). These are restricted bookings offered when the cruise is not filling the way DCL might like. You must pay in full at the time of booking, no changes are allowed. You do not get to choose a stateroom or category, only type of room. The rates are seriously discounted; the amount of the discount varies from one cruise to another.
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The *GTs are iIGT (inside guarantee), OGT (oceanview guarantee) and VGT (verandah guarantee). These are restricted bookings offered when the cruise is not filling the way DCL might like. You must pay in full at the time of booking, no changes are allowed. You do not get to choose a stateroom or category, only type of room. The rates are seriously discounted; the amount of the discount varies from one cruise to another.
Thanks for the explanation. Sadly, it sounds like this wouldn't work for my family either.
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