For travelers thinking about taking a cheap cruise, now is the time. CheapTickets is offering hundreds of cheap cruises on your favorite cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Lines. If you’ve never set sail, you might have some questions. Let CheapTickets answer some of the most commonly asked questions:
What does my cruise fare include?
In most cases, your cruise fare will include your room, meals in the buffet restaurants and main dining room, most entertainment, and 24-hour room service. It does not include discretionary items such as specialty restaurants, organized shore excursions, alcoholic beverages, gratuities, spa treatments, medical services, casino expenditures, or other miscellaneous items.
What type of clothes should I pack for my cruise?
Consider your cruise itinerary when deciding what to pack. For tropical cruises, you’ll want to take shorts, skirts or sundresses, pants, t-shirts, knit tops, one formal outfit and a bathing suit. For cooler days or Alaska cruises pack warmer clothes such as sweaters, raincoats, and fleece. It is also a good idea to bring a pair of sneakers or rubber-soled shoes for deck sports. For international cruises, keep in mind that some shore excursions to shrines or religious sites require a more conservative dress code.
I’m on a special diet. Can I get special meals on board on a cruise?
Low-fat and vegetarian entrees are often offered at lunch and dinner. Low-sodium meals, kosher meals, and certain other diet-restricted meals can be made available. Dietary requests should be made at the time of booking.
Will I have cell phone service while on my cheap cruise?
Norwegian, Orient, Carnival, and Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas are the only cruise lines to offer onboard cellular service at present; however more ships are likely to offer the service in the future. In the meantime, in-room telephones and onboard Internet facilities help you stay in touch. Keep in mind however, that even on cheap cruises, such services require additional fees.