With cruise holidays gaining in popularity, passengers should be looking beyond the glossy brochures and sale discounts to see the true cost of cruising, say www.cruises.co.uk, the UK’s largest online cruise community.
Excursions, casino gambling, gratuities and specialist restaurants as well as the cost of drinks on board can all increase the cost of your cruise. On dry land, when considering a holiday budget, it’s often the basics like a meal, taxi fares or even a hamburger which can show the true cost once you step out of your hotel, or in this case when you get onto your cruise ship.
www.cruises.co.uk, has looked into the true cost of cruising, taking into account a typical item purchased on most cruise holidays. As a customer, is it better to go luxury all inclusive, consider a UK operated ship paying in Sterling, or a foreign ship which might offer currency exchange advantages?
We decided to test the cost of a beer sold in a bottle such as Becks, based on 2009 prices. If you buy a bottle in your local supermarket, such as Tesco, you would expect to pay about 66 pence per bottle. Our findings show that a bottled beer on British ships like Fred. Olsen and P&O Cruises are amongst the best value. They are almost half the price of the same one on an American ship and most US ships charge more than even a low cost carrier like Ryanair, who charge £2.85. There also seems be other differences such as lower prices on some 5 star ships in comparison to 4 star ships such as Ocean Village and P&O.