Cruise lines pitch trips as 'all inclusive' with accommodations, transportation, food, activities and more. But once onboard, you will be bombarded with sales pitches to purchase shore excursions, massages, drinks, Italian dinners and even tours of the ship.
If you are prepared to run away, take a deep breath. There's no need to spend any additional cash onboard, with free shows, swimming pool access and meals in the common dining room or buffet. However, if you partake in a number of the extras without blowing your budget, you can discover discounts on items. Here are some simple methods to stretch your vacation budget as far as you can.
Choose Independent Tours
Research the ports before departing and plan some self touring or cheaper independent provider tours instead of pricey shore excursions provided by the cruise lines. Get meals from ship instead of purchasing on land.
Compare the fares when you prepare your flights, pre and post trip accommodation and also transfer to and from the ship with the cost you were quoted with from the cruise lines. Most of the time, you can beat their prices. This may take a little extra effort however, often helps to use a travel agent or consultant. Cruiseable's Travel Lovers is a rewards program where you can save hundreds of dollars on your hotel stay.
Use Public Transportation On Your Trip
Try using a shuttle bus or public transport instead of taxis. Local tourism office will also help you if needed.
Skip Drinks & Internet Packages
Weeks before your trip, check the packages provided by the cruise lines and see if you can save by purchasing these. In inclusion to shore excursions, the cruise lines frequently offer all you can drink packages and internet/wi fi packages. You can go without these and save some money. Also, use the internet cafe for free wi-fi, just ask the crew member where to go, so you can find the closest free ones.
Bring Your Own Alcoholic Beverages If possible
Check to see if you can carry any alcohol or wine on your cruise line. Most don't allow but some may allow limited quantities and will charge corkage fees at restaurants. This would be cheaper than purchasing wine on board.
Avoid Using Your Cell Phone
Disable data roaming in your phone to avoid receiving a significant bill from your cell phone provider.
Book Early To Lock In Price
It's best to book a cruise as early as possible to secure a low rate. Arranging a cruise over a year or two in advance of the boating offers a very appealing price. But when arranging early, it's genuinely worthwhile to continue to check the fares.
Use A Travel Agent or Third Party
With most things travel related, we frequently advocate arranging straight with the company for the most effective price. Middlemen can take a chop and inflate your trip prices. But this is totally not the scenario when arranging a cruise. We always recommend arranging with a third party instead of just the cruise line directly. They can frequently discover perks, bonuses, and intermittently reduced prices.
Use The Shipboard App
Most cruise shops now have their own app that you can use onboard. Just connect your cell phone to the ship's wifi network and you'll be capable of using this app without any wifi charges. These cruise apps are free to use for checking activities, daily tasks and access your onboard account.
Use Complimentary Beverages
Use complimentary juices, coffees, teas and water at meals and also in the buffet lines rather than ordering them when at the bar, pool or lounge. You are charged for every bottle of water, soda or coffee you order, unless you're on luxury cruise.
Use Water Bottles on Shore
Filling a water bottle onboard a cruise ship will save you cash from purchasing costly bottled water onshore and will help the environment. It's critical to keep hydrated while on shore. Yet a number of touristic ports, bottled water can be an outrageously price. Within a scorching hot situation, you may be thirsty enough to pay for it. Instead, be ready and carry a water bottle, fill it up with the ship's drinking water and carry on shore with you. You'll be saving some bucks with this environmentally friendly alternative.
Bring Your Own Beach Gear
Almost every cruise port will have lots of providers selling pricey beach gear. Many ports (particularly cruise lines' and private islands have lovely reefs that you can swim to from shore. However, this island gear rentals are way overpriced. Also, sunscreen can be a bit pricey as well. So purchase your beach gear and sunscreen on eBay or Amazon to save money.
Do Shopping On The Last Day Of Your Cruise
If you're preparing to do any onboard shopping, try to wait until the last day of the cruise. Very often, the ship will have a large sale on a last day of a cruise. There will be better offers if you happen to be on a repositioning cruise or if your ship is about to modify itineraries.
Waterproof Your Phone
If you don't have a waterproof phone, you'll need to make certain that your cell phone doesn't become victim to water splashes or sea sprays. You not be comfortable leaving your cell phone unattended. You can also purchase a phone dry pouch to protect your phone from water.