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With cruising, it’s always a relaxing thought to know that all your meals are sorted. With main restaurants, pool side snacks and top quality grills – you know food isn’t a problem when it comes to your spending. Here, we’re talking all about Budgeting for Food.

Exploring the ports is all part and parcel of cruising, so budgeting for food depends on these destinations too. If you’re going to Bruges, then you know you’ll be snapping up a waffle… or three.  Stopping off in Barcelona? Then get a paella to share, and make some memories by the beach. Taking in the culture of your travels is what cruising is all about, so make sure you’re prepared for the culinary cuisine waiting for you.

Whilst on your cruise, it’s good to know that some cruise lines have introduced an extra charge in certain restaurants to dine. For example, Carnival Cruise Lines have the most amazing restaurants included – I.e.  Guy’s Burger Joint for the best burgers at sea, Bluelguana Cantina for some Mexican heat, Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ and much MUCH more – all included. However if you’re looking to dine in the Seafood Shack or The Chef’s Table, an additional fee will be required. (*Restaurants not applicable on all ships)

Premium charges for restaurants are worth looking at, perhaps if you’re on a longer cruise and want to switch things up a few nights. Or, if you have a special occasion that you want to splash out on. Looking at the costs onboard your chosen ship before you depart on your adventure is important when looking at spending.

When it comes to drinks onboard, we have a detailed post about your guide to drinks packages… but if you’re looking to pay as you go, this is something you need to factor in. The basics are included – but if you’re thinking of having a bottle of wine to wash down that yummy grub, then these charges will appear on your card at the end of your cruise.

Cruise lines differ when it comes to costing for drinks. P&O Cruises don’t necessarily offer a drinks package, only a wine choice – which is why their drinks cost reflect that of a typical UK pub. It’s worth looking around for a deal including an all-inclusive drinks package, or paying this supplement up front, as it more than likely to benefit your bank balance. Unless you’re not really a drinker, and the classics are all good for you – then you go enjoy your cruise inclusions!

The cruise industry as a whole is recognised as a place to gorge out and enjoy food and drink from around the world at the highest quality. Staff onboard work their magic to keep everything fresh and delightfully delicious. It’s all part of cruising…

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