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Variables Involved in Understanding Cruise Trip Costs, Part 2

August 11, 2020

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the primary variables involved in the cost of a cruise trip. There are several factors that play a role here, from basic factors like your destination and desired cruise length to more distinct themes it’s important to consider.

At Cruise Lady: Latter-day Adventures, we’re proud to offer numerous cruises and land tours with other members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from British Isles cruises to trips to the Mediterranean, the Panama Canal and many others. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over some of the other important pricing variables that will play a role in your costs as you plan your next cruise, including a few you may not have considered.


One area you must keep in mind for a cruise, both for the actual ship itself and your destination(s), is tipping and gratuity. You’ll be served by many employees and vendors throughout a given cruise, and many of these people rely at least partially, or even fully in some cases, on tips to earn their living.

Unless otherwise specified by your cruise line ahead of time, plan to bring money to tip on-board staff for things like luggage delivery or other basic needs. We recommend budgeting between $10 and $15 per day per person for this area. In addition, you’ll want to look into tipping custom for any destination you’re attending, ensuring you do not offend anyone.

Specialty Restaurants

In most cases, all-inclusive cruises will include your standard meals, whether at a ship buffet or a similar dining area. For some cruises, however, there will also be specialty restaurants that are not part of your standard fee.

If this is the case, take some time during your planning to figure out how often you might want to take advantage of special options like these. This can be a major swing factor in your costs – those who plan to spend lots of time in specialty restaurants should plan for a higher budget, while those looking to limit their spending can avoid this theme.

Destinations and Activities

Finally, many cruises today are focused more on the destinations and activities off the ship than they are on on-board features. In cases where these areas are not included – and things like on-shore dining and various shopping pursuits almost never are – you will have to budget significantly for these areas, including some flexibility in case you go a bit overboard in your spending.

For more on the variables that will define the cost of a cruise trip, or to learn about any of our cruises or land tours, speak to the staff at Cruise Lady: Latter-day Adventures today.

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