For one set fare, a cruise vacation
enables travelers to see multiple destinations while enjoying most of the
onboard amenities. Although, what's included in each cruise line's standard
price can fluctuate. As frequent cruisers with Royal Caribbean, we know exactly
what's part of the cruise fare plus what isn't covered. If you have a cruise
coming up on an RCI ship, you're in luck. I'm DB from, and we put together an extensive list of everything that's
included on a Royal Caribbean cruise and what's going to cost you extra. Your cruise
fare covers the cost of your stateroom for the duration of the trip.

with your accommodations, you have a friendly room attendant that will make up
your room twice a day. All Royal Caribbean cruise ships offer a variety
of room categories from interior cabins to suites and everything in between.
Choosing your cabin type will be the main driver of the total cost of your
cruise. Royal Caribbean offers some very unique cabin categories, so be sure to
review all the options available on your particular ship. Certain cabin categories
will also entitle cruisers to additional perks which may include
special access to a private restaurant and lounge or even a Royal Genie.
Regardless of the ship, guests can enjoy three meals a day with some snacks in
between at the casual Windjammer buffet. This buffet is part of the cruise fare.
It offers a variety of menu items morning, noon, and night.
Other casual, complimentary fare varies from ship to ship. These options can
include Cafe Promenade, Sorrento's Pizza, the Park Cafe, El Loco Fresh, the Dog
House, Cafe Two70, the Solarium Bistro, and more.

In addition to this casual fare,
cruisers can also dine in the main dining room. Royal Caribbean offers a
traditional as well as my time dining. My Time dining gives guests more
flexibility to dine whenever they want. The main dining room is always open for
dinner serving a different menu each night. The MDR is also open on select
days and hours for sit-down breakfast and lunch. When it comes to beverages on the ship,
guests will have the option of select drinks like iced tea, lemonade, filtered water,
some juices, hot chocolate, and drip coffee and tea. While these items are
complimentary, soda, bottled water, specialty coffees, and alcoholic
beverages will cost extra money. Remember, Royal Caribbean does allow
guests to bring up to two bottles of wine per stateroom with them on board in
a carry-on. However, corkage fees will apply if
opened in a public venue. All Royal Caribbean ships have a large pool deck
for cruisers to enjoy at no additional cost.

Offering at least one main pool, hot
tubs, and loungers, the pool deck is the ideal place to spend your days at sea.
The Princess and I especially enjoy the Caribbean pool on the newly amplified
ships. Additionally, many ships in the fleet also offer other pool deck
amenities like water slides and a kid's aqua park. Royal Caribbean ships offer a
variety of thrilling slides including the first boomerang slide at sea, the
first ever headfirst mat slide at sea, an aqua coaster, the perfect storm water
slides, and the 10 story dry slide the ultimate abyss. Further, most elements of
the sports deck are included in your Royal Caribbean cruise fare. Activities
like a basketball court, mini-golf, a rock climbing wall, zip lines,
the FlowRider surf simulator, and more are all complimentary and fun for
cruisers of all ages. Of course, there's also a jogging track and a fitness
center on your ship for those looking to stay active while on a cruise. Finally,
the Solarium is an adults only area on Royal Caribbean cruise ships. Here, guests
can relax in a tranquil area sans kids. Some Royal Caribbean ships have pools in
the solarium while some just whirlpools.

Modern cruise ships are a hub of
activities and events. There is always something to do on a Royal Caribbean
cruise ship that will not cost you a dime.
There are various poolside activities, deck parties, and outdoor movie nights.
There are plenty of happenings and events indoors on the Royal Promenade as
well. Not to mention, Royal Caribbean also hosts other events like trivia, game
shows, and dance classes that are all included in the cruise fare.

These events
will be listed in the cruise compass left in your room each evening, so be
sure to check for the exact events occurring on your particular cruise. Some
Royal Caribbean ships offer unique attractions that are not found on other
cruise lines. Studio B is an ice skating rink that is home to a variety of
production shows. In addition to featuring world-class skaters, you too
can lace up during open skating sessions on select dates. Further, Studio B
sometimes doubles as a glow-in-the-dark laser tag arena that is also free and
open to all guests. Quantum class ships offer NorthStar, an aerial gondola that
rises up to 300 feet above sea level for a bird's-eye view of the ocean or the
local port.

These ships also feature Ripcord by iFLY, an indoor skydiving
simulator that is one of the most hair-raising experiences at sea. But wait,
there is even more! These ships also have the SeaPlex,
where you can rollerskate or take a spin on some bumper cars which are all included
in your cruise fare. Additionally, some Royal Caribbean cruise
ships feature the complimentary Sky Pad, an outdoor bungee trampoline experience.
The best part is that all of these top-notch amenities are included in the
price of the Royal Caribbean cruise fare. Some attractions are limited to one time
per person and require advance reservations. At night, your Royal
Caribbean cruise ship comes alive with plenty of entertainment options in the
ship's main theater. There will be headliner acts, revue shows featuring a cast of
singers and dancers, and even Broadway productions with hits like Hairspray,
Grease, and Cats. Royal Caribbean has some the best
entertainment at sea, and it's all complimentary. Do know that reservations
are required for some shows depending on the ship, and you can often make those
reservations pre-cruise on your cruise planner. If that's not enough, Royal
Caribbean ships also offer one-of-a-kind entertainment venues on select vessels.
On all four Oasis class ships, you'll find the Aqua Theater.

This outdoor venue
features a high tech pool for unique water-based entertainment with divers,
synchronized swimmers, and other acrobatics. On Quantum class ships, the
Music Hall is where you can let your hair down and groove to your favorite
rock and pop music by first-class tribute bands. While Two70 features
signature production shows that captivate audiences with a mix of the
latest technology, music, dancing, and acrobatic performances. There are also
regular ice-skating shows in Studio B, the Attic that hosts comedy shows on
select ships, a dedicated venue for karaoke, and live music throughout every
single ship in the fleet. Included in the cruise fare on Royal Caribbean are youth
drop off programs for children age 3 to 17 years old. Adventure Ocean allows your
kids to engage in educational and fun activities during the cruise that are
age-appropriate with groups consisting of ages three to five years old,
six to eight years old, and nine to eleven years old. Your little ones will be
supervised by trained staff as they participate in the various edutainment
offerings. There are also activities for teens 12 to 14 as well as those who are
15 to 17 years old.

With sports tournaments, scavenger hunts, and video
games, your kids may never want to leave. There are additional services offered
for babies and tots but these will cost an additional fee. While cruises do
provide a great vacation value, not everything will be covered in the cruise
fare on Royal Caribbean cruises. There are other amenities that can be
purchased if cruisers choose to do so. Your cruise ship will transport you to
several exciting ports of call.

Unfortunately, shore excursions are not
included in the cruise fare. These tours and additional experiences
can be booked through the cruise line or through third-party retailers at
additional costs. Shore excursions can range from inexpensive walking tours to
several hundreds of dollars for unique experiences. As mentioned previously,
alcoholic beverages as well as some non- alcoholic beverages are not part of the
cruise fare. On Royal Caribbean ships, beer, wine, cocktails, soda, specialty coffees and teas, and bottled water will all cost additional. Depending on your drinking
habits, purchasing one of the beverage packages available might be a better
option than paying the a la carte pricing. Royal Caribbean now offers one alcohol
package called the deluxe beverage package. The offerings in this package
include most beers, wine, and cocktails 13 dollars or less. There's also the classic
soda package and the Royal Refreshment package which covers most non-alcoholic
drinks. While there are many dining venues covered in the cruise fare, Royal
Caribbean also offers up-charge dining options. Specialty venues like the steak
house Chops Grille, the whimsical Wonderland, Hooked Seafood, or Playmakers
Sports Bar and Arcade, as well as the new Portside BBQ will have an additional fee.
Some of these restaurants have flat cover charges while others are priced
a la carte.

If you do want to dine at one or more of these restaurants,
reservations are highly recommended and can be made prior to your sailing on the
Royal Caribbean website. Reservations can also be made on the ship, but space will
be limited. Other onboard venues like Starbucks coffee, Ben & Jerry's ice cream,
and Johnny Rockets are also not included in your cruise fare. Room service on
Royal Caribbean also has associated fees. While there are several included
activities and entertainment, several ships offer additional classes and
activities that cost an up-charge. These include Bingo, some fitness classes,
cocktail tastings, and onboard activities like escape rooms, video arcades,
cooking classes ,or an all-access tour. Spa treatments and access to the thermal
suite are also an additional fee. Of course, any shopping in the retail stores
on board the ship or any gaming in the casino are all at your own expense as

For those who want to stay in touch with family and friends, you'll need to
purchase an internet package. WiFi is not part of the cruise fare. If you'd like
clothing washed or pressed, laundry services will also cost you extra money.
Other add-ons not included in the cruise fare include things such as photo
packages, pre-cruise celebration packages, as well as transportation to and from
the cruise port. Finally, there will be a daily service charge added to your
onboard cruise account. These daily gratuities are currently $14.50 per person
for standard staterooms and $17.50 for suite guests. These charges go towards the
hard-working staff on the ship. Of course, you can always tip special crew members
above and beyond this required amount. Of note, an 18% gratuity is
automatically added to all beverages and spa purchases on the ship. And there you
have it, that's everything included on a Royal Caribbean cruise plus what will
cost you extra, but of course, we would love to hear from you. Let us know in the
comments section below your favorite amenity that's part of the Royal
Caribbean cruise fare.

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We love cruising as we find it is a great value, but what is covered in the fare varies from cruise line to cruise line. As frequent cruisers on Royal Caribbean ships, we have sailed on numerous vessels and know exactly what is complimentary and what is not included in the price. To help those first-time cruisers with the brand, we have put together our latest video of what is included on Royal Caribbean AND what will cost you extra.

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What's Included on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
0:00 Introduction
0:35 Accommodations
1:15 Food Part of a Royal Caribbean Cruise Fare
4:20 Onboard Activities
6:05 Royal Caribbean Entertainment
7:30 Youth Programs on Royal Caribbean Ships
8:20 What is Not Part of Royal Caribbean International Cruises

Your Royal Caribbean cruise fare includes your accommodations for the duration of the cruise. A stateroom attendant will make up your room twice daily. Your Royal Caribbean cruise also includes meals throughout the day at several restaurants. All ships will have the Windjammer which is open most of the day serving a buffet of hot and cold items. Most ships also have a casual sandwich shop or café that is open most of the day. There is also the main dining room that has nightly dinner with a rotational menu for no additional fee.

There are plenty of entertainment options and onboard activities that are part of the cruise fare on Royal Caribbean ships. Activities such as dance classes, trivia, pool side games and contests, and other talks and seminars are free during your cruise. Many ships feature additional activities like laser tag, waterslides, surf simulators, and other family-friendly amenities that are all part of the cruise fare.

Most evenings in the main theater, there will be entertainment which will not cost you a dime. Headliner acts, Broadway hits like Hairspray, Grease, or Mamma Mia, and other signature productions are all included in the cost of your cruise. For some of these shows, you do need to make reservations.

While there is certainly plenty of included amenities and activities, not everything on the ship is included during your voyage. On Royal Caribbean cruise ships, alcoholic beverages, bottled water, and specialty coffee are not included. There are drink packages to purchase if you opt to include these beverages as be part of your vacation. Many ships also have up-charge amenities, such as escape rooms, as well as specialty classes and demonstrations that are extra. We don't recommend these on a Royal Caribbean International cruise.

Royal Caribbean cruise also has several specialty restaurants that have an additional charge. Popular venues like Chops Grille, Izumi Sushi, or Hooked Seafood serve dinner nightly. If you choose to dine here, you can pay the cover charge (or a la carte pricing depending on the venue). These are some of our favorite Royal Caribbean International Venues!

Other additions on Royal Caribbean cruise ships include daily gratuities, as well as any onboard shopping or gaming in the casino. These are some of the Royal Caribbean International venues we avoid on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

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