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Your accommodation in whatever grade of cabin you have chosen, your meals and all the entertainment on board. You do, of course, have to pay for alcoholic drinks, shopping, shore excursions, the spa, gratuities, the casino and bingo etc.

Many ships have special restaurants serving haute cuisine food and there is normally a service charge of around $20 pp for these but it's well worth the extra! Some luxury cruise lines include alcohol, gratuities, excursions and other special amenities.

Here are some convenient definitions to help you understand the 'lingo' of cruise rates and categories:

Interline Rates
Interline rates were initially introduced to help the cruise lines fill ships that were selling too softly in the retail market. The idea is to offer drastically reduced rates to airline employees in order to recover as much revenue as possible with onboard spending. The necessity for interline rate programmes will always be there as long as the cruise lines have ships sailing at less than full capacity. Most major cruise lines have embraced the interline concept and offer special interline rates even on cruises that are selling well on the retail end.

Rates

Unless otherwise stated, rates offered are in US dollars, per person, based on double occupancy, and include port charges. Taxes cannot legally be included in a rate quote, so they are additional. The first and second passengers in any given cabin pay the posted rate, regardless of age.

3rd/4th Rates
These are the rates that apply to additional guests sharing the same cabin with the first two people who paid the regular (1st/2nd) rate.






In most cases, these guests will sleep on a sofa bed, a rollaway or a Pullman (a bunk bed that folds out of the wall).

Cabin / Stateroom
These words are used interchangeably and simply refer to your accommodation onboard.

Inside Cabin
A cabin located in the interior of the ship which does not have any view.

Outside Cabin
A cabin facing the exterior of the ship with a window or porthole. Sometimes the word “oceanview” is used to describe an outside cabin with a full window and no obstructed view.

Obstructed Cabin
An outside cabin that looks out on some kind of obstruction - usually a lifeboat just outside the window.

Balcony Cabin (Standard)
Similar to outside cabins but with a private balcony.

Concierge Class Balcony Cabin
Celebrity's term for a special balcony cabin with numerous additional features like complimentary champagne, personalized stationary, improved bedding & in-room amenities and concierge service.

Balcony Suite
A general term referring to a larger version of a standard balcony cabin

Junior / Mini- Suite with Balcony
A cabin that is typically about 50% larger than a standard balcony cabin

Deluxe / Superior / Grand Suite with Balcony
A cabin about double the size of a standard balcony cabin

Royal / Owner's / Penthouse Suite
The largest accommodations on a cruise ship, which usually include multiple rooms and numerous additional features.


Cabin / Stateroom
These words are used interchangeably and simply refer to your accommodation onboard.

Inside Cabin
A cabin located in the interior of the ship which does not have any view.

Outside Cabin
A cabin facing the exterior of the ship with a window or porthole. Sometimes the word “oceanview” is used to describe an outside cabin with a full window and no obstructed view.

Obstructed Cabin
An outside cabin that looks out on some kind of obstruction - usually a lifeboat just outside the window.

Balcony Cabin (Standard)
Similar to outside cabins but with a private balcony.







Concierge Class Balcony Cabin
Celebrity's term for a special balcony cabin with numerous additional features like complimentary champagne, personalized stationary, improved bedding & in-room amenities and concierge service.

Balcony Suite
A general term referring to a larger version of a standard balcony cabin

Junior / Mini- Suite with Balcony
A cabin that is typically about 50% larger than a standard balcony cabin

Deluxe / Superior / Grand Suite with Balcony
A cabin about double the size of a standard balcony cabin

Royal / Owner's / Penthouse Suite
The largest accoaccommodations on a cruise ship, which usually include multiple rooms and numerous additional features.



Concierge Class Balcony Cabin
Celebrity's term for a special balcony cabin with features like complimentary champagne, personalised stationery, improved bedding and in-room amenities and concierge service.

Balcony Suite
A general term referring to a larger version of a standard balcony cabin

Junior / Mini- Suite with Balcony
A cabin that is typically about 50% larger than a standard balcony cabin

Deluxe / Superior / Grand Suite with Balcony
A cabin about double the size of a standard balcony cabin

Royal / Owner's / Penthouse Suite
The largest accommodations on a cruise ship, which usually include multiple rooms and numerous additional features.



Cruising terms explained

There are three different ways tipping is handled on cruise lines:

Gratuities to be paid directly to ship staff: In these cases the cruise lines will place tipping guidelines and envelopes in your room to be given to ship staff on the final night. Lines that fdo this include Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Disney.

Gratuities added to your onboard account automatically: These can be settled at the end of your cruise and can be increased or decreased at your discretion.





 increased or decreased at your discretion. Lines that follow this procedure include Carnival, Cunard, Holland America, Norwegian, and Princess.

No tipping required / tipping included in cruise fare:

This is how some luxury (six-star) cruise lines operate. Cruise lines that follow this procedure include Silversea, Seabourn, Regent and Windstar.

In general, most guidelines for tipping suggest a total of about $10-$12 per passenger per day, split between key ship staff. This breaks down to about $4.00 each for your dining room waiter and your stateroom attendant, $2.00 for your assistant waiter, and discretionary amounts for the head waiter and any other helpful staff you wish to reward.

Of course, tipping is never required on any cruise, but I'm sure you'll be convinced that cruise staff are more than deserving, as they almost always provide a level of service that far surpasses all expectations!


Lines that follow this procedure include Carnival, Cunard, Holland America, Norwegian, and Princess.

No tipping required / tipping included in cruise fare: This is how some luxury cruise lines operate. They include Silversea, Seabourn, Regent and Windstar.

Most guidelines for tipping suggest a total of about $10-$12 per passenger per day, split between $4 each for your dining room waiter and your stateroom steward and $2 for your assistant waiter.



, and discretionary amounts for the head waiter and any other helpful staff you wish to reward.

Of course, tipping is never required on any cruise, but I'm sure you'll be convinced that cruise staff are more than deserving, as they almost always provide a level of service that far surpasses all expectations!


Tips for onboard tipping