The True Cost Of A Cruise Might Leave You In Bumpy Waters

Port Fees Are A Thing Cruise Lines Don’t Tell You About

Photo Credit: Geography Photos/UIG via Getty Image
Photo Credit: Geography Photos/UIG via Getty Image

To keep your mind free from worry, Cruise lines take care of payments they never tell you about. They still charge you for them, however. Port fees cover all tolls you might have to pay at every location. They include immigration and naturalization costs, baggage handling, ship inspections, and other things.

Once the cruise is booked up and ready to sail, they’ll split the overall cost of these fees among the passengers. Sometimes they’ll include the fee when you buy the ticket. Other times you’ll get a second bill for your cruise weeks before you depart, making it impossible to back out of your vacation.