Cruise rates can vary significantly depending on the itinerary, number of nights, cabin type and cruise line. Luxury lines, such as Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Holland America Line, may be more expensive upfront but often include more in their cruise fare. Most cruise lines don't include shore excursions in the cruise fare, so any activities you decide to do will have to come out of your pocket at the end of the trip. It's important to note that cruise lines almost always charge for a cruise cabin based on double occupancy.
When selecting a cruise line, it's important to consider the unique personality of each line and how it appeals to different types of passengers. If you're not sure where to start, a good travel agent can be an invaluable resource in the cruise planning process. For a casual Caribbean cruise or an excursion to the Mexican Riviera, Carnival cruises or Royal Caribbean itineraries are great options for families. First-time cruisers should be aware that there are many aspects of cruises that may require additional costs to complete your vacation.
However, even with the cheapest cruise option, you can still have fun as cruises will always have the basics covered. By planning your cruise carefully, it's possible that you won't spend anything in addition to the price of your ticket.