Children’s Fares on Caribbean Cruises
Why can’t children travel at a discount onboard cruises?
This is a question I often ponder. I know that I’m not alone. I scour through many cruise line forums reading the same complaint among other parents. So I decided to do a little research and dig up some of the standard cruise line’s policies regarding traveling minors and cruise fare rates.
From what I gathered, due to the fact that many cruise lines attempt to offer specialized services and amenities to children, they do not offer discounted rates. However, cruise lines typically offer a third and fourth person special rate for guests staying in the same stateroom of two full-fare paying guests.
Have a one year old? You will have to pay for him or her to cruise, too. The only difference is, children two and under aren’t typically charged for gratuity. Gratuity is a daily fee that is charged per person, per day and automatically added to your shipboard account. This fee can range anywhere from $9 – $13 a day.
Free Cruises for Kids
Many cruise lines run specials from time-to-time offering specials that allow children to cruise for free when two full-paying passengers book a cruise vacation by the cruise line’s specified date. Disney, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian are just examples of the cruise lines that often advertise this type. Please note, even with any “kids sail free” specials, you still have to pay for port charges, taxes and fees, which are charged per person. Port charges and fees are out of the cruise line’s control because they are required by various port authorities and the government where the ships call. These charges cover the cost of docking at the port and the use of the port facilities.