Cruise Costs Explained

Base Cruise Fare
The prices found on the Pricing page are the base cruise fares per person. Cruise prices are based upon double occupancy (two people in a cabin), so if you plan to go solo, expect to pay nearly twice as much. The cost includes your onboard accommodations, ocean transportation, most meals, some beverages, an insane amount of live rock and roll music, and lots of other cool stuff that makes Rock Legends Cruise a great time (Photo Ops, Rock and Roll Memorabilia Auctions, Raffles, Artist Q & A’s, and more)!

Port Taxes, Fees and Daily Onboard Gratuities
Taxes and fees are charged by the governments and port authorities ($242 per person). We also include your daily onboard gratuities in the total cost ($58 or $70 per person, depending on cabin type). This is great because you get to roll your gratuities into an interest-free payment plan, so that when you get on the ship, you don’t have to worry about paying that extra fee each day.

For Standard Cabins (Junior Suites and below) an additional $300 per person will be added to your cruise fare at the time of booking to cover taxes, port fees ($242) AND your daily onboard gratuities ($14.50 per person per day/$58 total for cruise).

For Suites (Grand Suites and above) an additional $312 per person will be added to your cruise fare at the time of booking to cover taxes, port fees ($242) AND your daily onboard gratuities ($17.50 per person per day/$70 total for cruise).

Daily onboard gratuities apply to guests of ALL ages and stateroom categories. They are shared between your onboard service team which includes dining services, your stateroom attendant and other hotel services. If a crew member provides exceptional services, please feel free to reward them with an additional gratuity/tip onboard.

After you pick out your cabin category, take that per person fare and add $300 or $312 for your taxes, port fees and daily gratuities to get the total per person cost. From there you can calculate your total stateroom cost. That is the total amount you will be responsible for paying.

Who Gets the Daily Gratuities?
Curious about where those daily onboard gratuities go? They are shared between your Royal Caribbean onboard service team members:
Dining Services, Housekeeping Services/Stateroom Attendant, Other Hotel Services

Also keep in mind an 18% gratuity is automatically added to all bar service beverages, mini bar items and salon and spa services. These gratuities are itemized on your receipt.

Food and Drink
Wait a minute – I thought food and drinks were included on a Royal Caribbean cruise! You are correct, some food and drink are included in your fare. The reality is, most people opt to get more than just what’s included. From sodas and beers to meals in the specialty restaurants, there’s plenty to be had. You can add one of Royal Caribbean’s drink packages and make restaurant reservations during the Royal Caribbean Online Check-In process or after you board the ship. They even have a handy dandy way for you to do it through the TV in your stateroom if you don’t feel like picking up the phone.

Shore excursions include a variety of tours, shows and other activities you can take advantage of while the ship is in port (Miami, Florida and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic). Excursions vary in price and duration. You may book shore excursions online after you complete the Royal Caribbean Online Check-In process or once onboard the ship. We will post information about the excursions that will be offered, closer to the cruise dates.

Trip Insurance
Yes, Trip Insurance is another optional cost of your cruise, but from what we’ve seen, it is well worth strong consideration! Trip Insurance Information

Wrap Up
So, to wrap things up, you need to be aware the following are not included in the cruise price:

  • Dining in Specialty Restaurants
  • Spa and Salon Services
  • Gambling in the Casino
  • Art Auction Purchases
  • Rock and Roll Memorabilia Auction Purchases
  • Any purchases made in the gift shops onboard
  • Shore Excursions
  • Photographs (taken by the ship photographer)
  • Video Arcade Games
  • Medical Services
  • Internet Access
  • Transfers to and from the port/airport
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
  • Ship to Shore Telephone calls
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages (excluding water, coffee, lemonade and iced tea)

What Passengers Think

I can honestly say the cruise was incredible – from the music, food, drinks, and service from all involved. Everyone was cheerful and helpful. The Gary Hoey Jam was. The ultimate. I was tired and did not think I would be able to stay awake or stay on my feet all night long. All of the food establishments were very tasty and clean. Considering this is the peak of flu season, I think the ship was very clean and the staff went above and beyond to keep it that way. Great time had by all. Thank you everyone involved.

Patty, Cruise was incredible! Patty, Cruise was incredible!

This was our first RLC and it was AMAZING!! The entertainment was top notch! And what made it even better was all the awesome people! We are booked for next year!

Jeremy, RAWK! Jeremy, RAWK!