What are Optional Extras ?
This topic does tend to confuse people and offer some unexpected surprises on your onboard bill. It pays to do some due diligence:
1. Dining :
Cruises offer an array of dining and entertainment options.
The standard options are included such as your complimentary dining restaurants (The Pantry, Angelos, The Waterfront ect). If you have not received your dining booklet please let me know and one will be emailed to you. This booklet clearly explains which restaurants are free to eat in and which carry a cover charge.
In a nutshell the options are endless and very affordable. There are 12 complimentary dining options included in your cruise fare where you can choose from 3 a la carte restaurants and 9 eateries within The Pantry which offers more of a “food court” style menu such as Curries, Chinese, and Sandwiches and much more. Staff dish out your food to limit the transfer of nasties carried by unclean hands. This by no means limits your ability to ask for more or go back for something else.
My top tip for families would be reserving your dinner times (1st seating) if you would like to dine in the restaurant. This allows you to have the same waiter daily and at the same time which coincides with the kids clubs and the early shows. You can reserve your spots when boarding the ship. The other options which hold a cover charge would be your optional dining restaurants such as Shell & Bone (fresh seafood), Grill ( Gourmet burgers ), The Chefs Table ( Degustation with wine pairing and many more. Charges start from the $30 per head mark for a 3 course meal.
Although the dining rooms and Pantry come with a coffee machine, water and basic juices unless you have booked your cruise fare during the time we have run a promotion which includes a drinks package you do have the option of paying for your drinks onboard or buying a Drinks Package online after reserving your cabin or you may ask the booking agent to include a drinks package at the time of booking.
Top Tip – All drinks packages purchased online are 10% cheaper then purchasing the package on the ship.
The basic alcoholic drinks packages are set at $13 a glass which means if you choose a premium drink over $13, you will end up being billed for it. Maritime law also limits all passengers 13 alcoholic drinks per day.
The Pacific Explorer also has a dedicated Barista and chocolate coffee shop which passengers enjoy. The coffees here are not included in the fare unless you have purchased a drinks package which includes speciality coffees.
Onboard shows and productions are included in your fare. On sea days there are activities sun by the entertainment crew every hour of the day for all members of the family.
There are selected activities which will come at a small cost to cover expenses such as wine tastings and classes. The Adventure Park called “The Edge “ also holds a fee depending on what you choose to do ie Flying Fox, Walk the Plank ect. These are billed to your room account.
Other than the obvious charges there are other entertainment options to choose from such as shore excursions which you will book yourselves with the cruiseline.
Top tip – All tours booked online are 10% cheaper then booking on the ship.
Kids Clubs are open after 10pm however the late night service does carry a charge which allows for adults to catch the adult only shows each evening. The service is affordable at $5 per hour for the 1st child and 2nd child onwards at $3 per hour. Evening kids clubs are great and often see the older kids enjoying their own disco.
The Spa is open daily and offers many treatments from acupuncture to massages for a fee. They do run daily consultation workshops which are free to attend where you can test products and consultants can check your probable results of any treatments you may require. The Fitness Centre is free to use along with the daily scheduled group classes. Much like the Spa , the Fitness Centre staff will offer health workshops and one on one classes that can carry a cost. The sport therapist and instructors are onboard offering their services.
CRUIS-ED has allowed for an exclusive AU $100 credit to be deposited into every delegate’s room account which can be spent as you like in all facilities except the Casino. For families requiring 2 rooms we will deposit AU $100 per room booked for our families to enjoy on and around the ship.
As part of our conference we will also be hosting daily giveaways to our delegates where we will give away passes and entries into many of the ships optional extras . We also plan to incorporate some of these extras into our daily team building so watch our schedule page.