THE COST OF CRUISING

The large solarium area on Voyager of the Seas is perfect for those who want to sit back and relax on tropical days at sea.
The large solarium area on Voyager of the Seas is perfect for those who want to sit back and relax on those balmy days at sea.

RIGHT now cruise lines are offering special deals on world-wide cruises with a bottom line that shows that every night at sea costs from under $100 per person for twin share accommodation that includes food and entertainment.

But such cruise prices are usually only offered for a limited time and are subject to availability. Often the cruises leave within weeks of being advertised so those interested need to be available at really short notice.

For instance, Royal Caribbean International is offering twin-share internal cabins including taxes and gratuities (tips) from $86 per day on Voyager of the Seas for a 14-night New Zealand and South Pacific cruise. She sails on November 9 from Sydney to Noumea (New Caledonia) and Lautoka (Fiji), and on to Auckland, Tauranga, and Wellington, all in New Zealand, before sailing back to Sydney. There are eight days at sea with activities to appeal to all ages from an ice skating rink to a rock climbing wall, as well as diverse restaurants and an English-themed pub, www.royalcaribbean.com.au

At the same time P&O World Cruises has an 18-day voyage on her mid-size ship Arcadia from Los Angeles (USA) to Auckland (NZ) from $1249 twin share. The ship is exclusively for adults and has a sophisticated air with over 3000 works of art in public spaces. This cruise is for those who really want to relax as there are 13 days at sea, with enticing ports of call in Papeete and Bora Bora (French Polynesia), Suva (Fiji), and the Bay of Islands in New Zealand, www.pocruises.com/worldcruises

It begs asking how cruise lines make money on such cruises? australiancruisingnews.com notes that one of the biggest earners on any cruise ship is the cost of alcoholic drinks on board, and that passengers tabs are likely to grow on days at sea.

Note: Most cruise lines do not permit passengers to bring alcohol on board and liquids picked up during security checks before boarding are confiscated and returned at the end of the cruise.

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