Cruise price hike warning as Britons could pay hundreds more than a year ago

Cruise ship people drinking

Cruise guests could be left out of pocket

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 11/10/2023

- 12:01

Updated: 11/10/2023

- 12:03

Britons travelling with some cruise lines could be forced to pay more now compared to last year

Cruise prices have shot up in the last year according to new research.

Data showed holidaymakers could fork out up to 37 per cent more now than a year ago.

Cruises are not cheap, often costing thousands of pounds per person.

Prices are up nearly 40 per cent since last year, and 43 per cent higher than the same time pre Covid on some ships, according to data by Cruise Critic.

Cruise ship on water

Prices can vary greatly on cruise ships


Onboard spending has also increased as more amenities are charged for since the pandemic.

Many cruise lines have increased prices to cover rising labour costs, marketing and port expenses.

Port charges have gone up in some parts of the UK and are set to rise in the Bahamas from January 2024.

This charge might be covered by the cruise line or could be passed on to tourists.

Cruises are a great way to travel to lots of destinations in style.

Board and food are often included, but holidaymakers should check if that is the case before making a booking.

Alcoholic and speciality drinks often come with an additional charge and drinks packages can be purchased to help those who know they will drink a lot save money.

Some on board restaurants and shore excursions may also be charged separately.

Cruise ship buffet

Food is often included on ships


This comes as an expert shared an important warning for anyone thinking of booking a cruise.

They urged Britons to "think carefully" before they travel, and things like what room they choose should be considered.

Suites and rooms can vary greatly in price and in amenities.

Those planning to spend more time in their room may want to splash out for a better room.

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