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Here’s Exactly What’s Included in a Cruise

With a cruise, not only will you be heading to dream destinations, but life at sea includes so many magical moments too. With everything from swanky restaurants to world-class entertainment and serene spas – your time cruising will leave you content, inspired and rejuvenated – it’s a holiday like no other.

For all you bargain hunters out there, a cruise holiday is a great way to save money, it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget with plenty of modern luxuries to take advantage of. Cruising has all the perks of a 5* holiday with plenty of additional extras to indulge in.

Full Board

Full Board comes as standard onboard a cruise, this means all those trips to the theatre or the cinema are completely free! And no matter what company you sail with, there’s no need to spend a penny on entertainment and most of your food is free of charge too.

All you need to pay for is your drinks and maybe the odd spa treatment if you want to treat yourself. Apart from that, all your extras are included in the price. Of course, if you want endless amounts of soft drinks and alcoholic treats, we recommend upgrading to All Inclusive or checking out your cruise line’s drink packages.


You can expect the best of the best when it comes to entertainment at sea. Although every cruise line is different, you can guarantee they’ll pull out all the stops when it comes to keeping you amused onboard. With everything from guest speakers to comedy acts and ice bars – the possibilities are never ending.

One of the best aspects of cruising is that there’s entertainment for the full family to enjoy. The top-notch evening entertainment won’t disappoint, all performers are trained by West-End or Broadway specialists ensuring a high quality performance of all your favourite shows – ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘We Will Rock You’ lovers, rejoice! With everything from casinos to tribute bands and soaring acrobats, your biggest worry will be where to begin. With everything  free of charge, you’ll be spoilt for choice.


When you’re not dancing the night away to your favourite tribute band, you’ll be taking full advantage of all the fantastic facilities.

Start your morning working up a sweat in the gym, then freshen up with a dip in the pool. The bubbling hot tub will be calling your name and the onboard boutiques are the perfect place to purchase your holiday buys.

Your little ones are covered too, the kids clubs are the perfect place for children to hang out. With so many activities for them to indulge in, from pyjama parties to movie time, they’ll have a blast. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll find lots of family-friendly activities onboard too, with everything from ice-skating to battling it out on the mini-golf course. Get your camera ready because there won’t be a dull moment onboard.


Cruising is renowned for its culinary treats with everything from juicy steaks to cheesy pizza, you’ll be running back for more.

The choice of dining onboard any cruise ship is amazing, from laidback buffet-style restaurants to barbecues by the pool. Formal dining is also an option, perfect if you’re looking for an excuse to dig your tux and cocktail dress out.

If you’re lucky, you may even taste dishes from your favourite celebrity chefs, with culinary geniuses like Marco Pierre White onboard some sailings, you’ll only experience the finest of flavours. And if your favourite celebrity chef isn’t onboard, they’ve most likely hand-crafted a menu to drive your taste buds wild.

You may as well take advantage of the 24-hour room service and order breakfast in bed too, after all, it’s all free! The only time you need to worry about pulling out your wallet is if you choose to dine in any of the speciality restaurants. This could be anything from Asian cuisine to Michelin-starred restaurants, but trust us, they’re worth those few extra pennies!

All Inclusive option

The beauty of All Inclusive is whether you’re enjoying your evening meal or sitting poolside, you don’t need to worry about your drinks. You can watch the sunset from one of the many bars and lounges with your favourite tipple in hand.

But, for the kids or those of you who aren’t big drinkers, it might work out cheaper to purchase a soft drinks package, which you can buy onboard or when you book. Watch out for sailings that include soft drinks or All Inclusive drinks at no extra cost though, you never know when you might find a bargain.


In the cruising world it is expected to leave tips, especially as the level of service you’ll receive is outstanding. You’ll find the staff onboard are always smiling, they won’t just get to know your drink but they’ll get to know your name. It’s the personal touches like this that’ll make you want to tip your favourite server and once you’ve witness first-hand their exceptional service, you’ll soon see why its a must in the cruising world.

However, it’s not compulsory and some cruise lines may even include tips within the price of the sailing. This means you don’t have to worry about keeping loose change whilst onboard.


From the white sands of the Caribbean to a gondola ride in Venice, who knows what adventure you’ll head on in the world of cruising. And with so many exciting shore excursions to take part in, you’ll see your favourite cities in a whole new light. If you’re looking for more information on all the wonderful places cruising can take you, click here to feel inspired!

Are you ready to island-hop around some seriously special destinations? Check out our cruise deals and start your magical journey today.