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Question about taxes, port fees, NCCF....

boowaaccaa

Deckhand
I am confused...we are considering booking a RCI cruise but the RCI website lists their tax as $64 BUT when I went onto other on-line companies they list gov't fees $32 and NCCF $130...
Which is more accurate? If I book with one or the other will I be charged more fees when I get to the ship? What about port or dockage fees....is this more??

Boo
 

Ally

Deckhand
I stand to be corrected here, but I think the differences can be due to size of ship and number of passengers aboard. The larger the vessel, the more expensive the port fees are etc.

Perhaps someone else can confirm this?

:)
 

boowaaccaa

Deckhand
The RCI website and the online TA quotes were for the same trip/ship etc.

What I am mostly wondering about is, will there be more fees once on board---I know there is mandatory tipping BUT other than that is anything else mandatory???

Boo
 

Ally

Deckhand
Tipping isn't mandatory, you should be able to sign out of the automatic tips...I know you can on NCL cos thats what I did.

The port fees are included in your cruise bill...any missed ports due to weather etc and that fee for the missed port is placed back into your shipboard account.

Apart from that, there are only alcoholic drinks, some soft drinks and if there is a specialised restaurant then you need to budget for that too (usually $15 a head) but then if you enjoy the food in the buffet and main dining room, there is no reason to use the pay per head specialised restaurant. :)
 
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