Are Cruise Prices Per Person Or Room: Base Fare Explained

You will pay per person and not per room on a cruise.

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The first two guests in a stateroom having a capacity of four people will pay more than the rest.

But taxes will be the same for all guests.

Solo travelers will have to pay a single supplement charge. This is an extra charge for booking double-occupancy staterooms.

What is included in a cruise fare?

The cruise fare includes accommodations, transportation, meals, some beverages, and entertainment.

But cruise fares do not include all taxes.

The listed cruise fare does not include the fees, charges, tolls, and taxes of the port.

The cruise line has to pay these taxes to the government at the ports.

They will pass these taxes to the passengers.

But an all-inclusive cruise includes all taxes.

Are there any hidden charges in a cruise fare?

Yes, there are many hidden charges in a cruise fare depending on the cruise line.

These may be:

  • Port Charges: These are the government fees charged at the different ports. You have to pay these charges extra.
  • Gratuity: These are tips for waiters and stewards. It is a mandatory charge included in your final bill. Gratuities are payable on per person per day basis.
  • Room Service: If you order food from the room service menu you have to pay room service charges.
  • Laundry: You will have to pay for laundry if there are no self-service launderettes on the ship.
  • Drinks Charges: You have to pay for soda and bottled water apart from alcoholic drinks. You can buy drinks package to save on costs.
  • Specialty Coffee: Basic coffee is free in the dining room. But specialty coffees like latte, cappuccino, etc. are chargeable.
  • Corkage Fees: If you buy alcohol from a port and drink it in the dining room, you have to pay a corkage fee. But if you drink it in your stateroom, you don’t have to pay any charges.
  • Specialty Restaurants: Dining at one of the specialty restaurants are chargeable.
  • Special Activities: Most activities on the cruise ship are free. But some like race tracks, salsa classes, etc. are chargeable.
  • Adult Areas: If you want to spend time in the adult areas like sun decks, you may have to pay extra.
  • Spa and Salon: Sauna and steam rooms may be free on some ships. But the thalassotherapy pool and thermal suites are chargeable.
  • Internet: You have to pay for internet access.
  • Souvenirs: If you indulge in art auctions or take photos in the photo gallery, costs will add up.
  • Transfers: You may have to pay for flights to board the cruise if you are coming from far-off places.

What is the average cost of a cruise for 2 people?

The average cost of a cruise for 2 people is $700 onwards for 3 nights.

The cost will depend on many factors such as:

  • Itinerary.
  • Cruise line.
  • Type of ship.
  • Type of stateroom.
  • Number of days.
  • Number of passengers.
  • Time of year.


Do I have to pay for two people on a cruise?

No, you do not have to pay for two people on a cruise. But you have to pay a single supplement charge for double occupancy staterooms.

Can you pay for one person on a cruise?

Yes, you can pay for one person on a cruise if you are traveling alone. But you have to pay a single supplement charge. You don’t have to pay this charge if you book a stateroom meant for solo travelers.

Are port fees per person or room?

Port fees are per person.

Can I get a discount if the cruise fare drops?

You can get a discount easily if the cruise fare drops before you have made the final payment. But if you have made the full payment, it is difficult to get a discount. If you get a discount, it will get credited to your onboard account or you will get an upgrade.

Recap of paying cruise fares per person or per room

So, are cruise prices per person, per night?

To answer, here is what you should know about paying cruise fares:

  • You will pay per person and not per stateroom.
  • The listed cruise fare is for the whole cruise, not per night.
  • Listed cruise fares are on double occupancy.
  • The listed cruise fare does not include all taxes.
  • If you are traveling alone, you can book a double occupancy stateroom. But you have to pay a single supplement charge.
  • Cruise fares include accommodation, meals, select beverages, ocean transportation, and some entertainment.
  • There are many hidden charges like gratuities, port fees, etc.
  • Some cruise lines offer discounts to seniors and kids.
  • If there is a discount after you have booked the cruise, you may get it if you have not made the final payment.
  • But getting such a discount after full payment is difficult.
  • The discount will get credited to the onboard account or as an upgrade.
  • You can upgrade to a higher stateroom on some cruise lines.

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