When pricing luxury cruises it is important that you compare apples-to-apples (actually this is true for all cruises). Some cruise lines have several additional costs that will increase your total cruise cost above the base fare. In addition to ‘mandatory’ extra fees (like gratuities), most people pay extra for such things as Wi-Fi, shore excursions, soda (no soda isn't free on most ships), alcoholic drinks, specialty coffees, specialty restaurants, and more. Plus, you have to add the cost of flights to and from the cruise ports, and the cost of at least one day for a hotel before the cruise to minimize airline delays which could cause you to miss your cruise.
These extra charges, which make the cruise much more enjoyable, can add hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to the base cruise fare. So when budgeting for the total cost of a cruise vacation, sophisticated cruisers should add these expenses in and consider cruise lines that offer packages to cover these frequently overlooked charges.
Regent's All-Inclusive Pricing Add Tons of Value
Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers an all-inclusive price that may appear high until you do the math. Their all-inclusive price includes free Wi-Fi, specialty restaurants, gratuities, alcoholic drinks, soda, bottled water (yes, many cruise lines charge for bottled water), shore excursions, plus in most categories it includes an one night stay at a hotel near the port prior to the cruise, and on international cruises, free business class airfare.
As the charts below show, once you add in all of these extras, Regent Seven Seas Cruises are highly competitive, and even cheaper than other luxury lines and even some premium cruise lines.
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FREE ROUND-TRIP AIR
The Air-Inclusive Program features FREE Business Class Air* on all intercontinental flights and FREE Roundtrip Air* on all domestic flights which represents a tremendous value.
FREE UNLIMITED SHORE EXCURSIONS
Regent Seven Seas Cruises sets itself apart from other cruise lines with over 2,000 FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions in more than 450 ports of call around the world, so you can explore at your own pace.
FREE UNLIMITED BEVERAGES
From fine wines and premium spirits to specialty coffees and teas, soft drinks and bottled water served throughout the ship– it’s all included. Each suite also offers a complimentary mini-bar replenished daily.
FREE OPEN BARS AND LOUNGES
You may mingle over cocktails in a clubby piano bar or plush lounge with never having to worry about a bar tab.
FREE PRE-PAID GRATUITIES
From Suite Stewards to Waiters, all gratuities are included in the cruise fare.
FREE SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS
You may enjoy dining in up to five gourmet restaurants boasting the world’s most celebrated cuisines, from authentic Italian to modern French to Pan-Asian to a fine steakhouse – all complimentary of course. Best of all you have the option to dine in the largest specialty restaurant at sea, Compass Rose, with ever-changing menus and the ability to customize their entrees each night.
When you choose Regent's Air-Inclusive Program, you may take advantage of Regent's complimentary transfers between airport and ship.
FREE PRE-CRUISE HOTEL PACKAGE
As an added amenity if you booked in Concierge Suites and higher, you'll receive a FREE 1-Night Hotel Package, inclusive of ground transfers, breakfast and porterage.
FREE PRE- OR POST-CRUISE LAND PROGRAM
Select voyages feature a FREE 3-Night Pre- or Post-Cruise Land Program. You will especially enjoy the peace of mind knowing that tours, transportation, accommodations, and select meals are bundled into one convenient package.
So be sure to consider all the extras you may want or need onboard. You might find it is better to go upscale, enjoy the elevated experience, AND SAVE MONEY!
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