The best things on a cruise are free

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva

Depending on whether you go luxury (like on Regent Seven Seas Splendor pictured above), premium or mainstream, a cruise could set you back a pretty penny.

Of course all-inclusive fares will cover things such as tips, drinks, WiFi and on Regent Seven Seas, shore excursions. But on other lines you’ll pay for that and more.

(FYI: on all ships meals are included except in some alternative dining venues where there’s a surcharge).

Still the best things on a cruise are actually free. Here’s what I’m talking about.

  1. Being able to sit on a back deck or balcony and watch your worries wash away in the wake. No charge.
  2. Wiling away time in the sun in a cushy lounge chair by the pool. Free.
  3. Taking a steam or sauna at the spa. Complimentary usually.
  4. Use of the fitness center and jogging track. Always free.
  5. Paddle tennis courts, golf cages when available. No charge.
  6. Lectures, entertainment, and even late run movies are lines such as Crystal, Princess, Seabourn, Silversea and others. Free for all.
  7. Books are always free to read on board from the library (but you’re charged if you try to take them home).
  8. In room videos are free on all-inclusive luxury lines but may incur charges on other ships.
  9. Quality time to spend with your lover or family, priceless.
  10. Freedom to escape reality especially if you unplug your mobile devices and stay don’t watch the news.


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