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What's included in an all-inclusive cruise fare?

If you’ve looked into booking a cruise and tried to figure out which cruise would actually cost more by the time you added in all the expenses – shore excursions, airport transfers, cocktails – you know how hard comparing costs can be.  Now, AllThingsCruise, a website for cruise enthusiasts, has done a good bit of the research and made it available on its website.  The site has posted a chart with answers from 33 cruise lines – the big mainstream lines to the small luxury lines and river cruise lines – to 13 questions about what’s included in the fare. The chart still doesn’t cover every money matter you’ll want to know about, like how many of a ship’s restaurants charge extra fees and does it have a drinks package,  but it will give you a head start on making those comparisons.