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Cruising continues to be one of the most popular ways to see the world at leisure. In so many ways it’s a hassle free way of travel, and these days there are soon many cruises to choose from. To start cruising like a boss you need to look out for ways to save money on your next cruise. I hope you’ll manage to save some of your hard earned cash if you follow the advice that seasoned cruiser friends have added to my know how tips below.
Here are some of the things I’ve learned about cruising … hope they help you too 🙂
Cruise like a Boss and Save Money
- When you’re looking for a cruise try and be flexible with dates.
- Look out for sales, definitely don’t pay the price quoted in a glossy cruise brochure. Look around on the internet for cruise deals.
- Don’t always book expensive ship tours when you’re ashore. Hire bikes, or walk and explore cities or ports on your own. You might also like to read Tips on Planning Cruise Shore Excursions.
- Do you really need to sign up for paid exercise classes? Use the gym (generally free) and the exercise room for your own keep fit routines. Or get up early when no one’s around and do laps of the pool.
- Carefully consider whether a ship’s beverage package is worthwhile for you. Sometimes they can save you money, but sometimes you might not be able to drink all that you’re paying for! (A cocktail at sunset is alluring though – for some ship’s cocktail ideas, take a look at the post: What’s your favourite cocktail?)
- Unless you have laundry included in your deal, don’t use the valet laundry service! Hand wash your clothes and hang them to dry overnight in the shower – or for larger loads buy tokens and use the laundromats and tumble dryers onboard.
- Photographers onboard are clever at photoshopping your image to make you look your very best – hint *no wrinkles*!! But there’s no need to pose for expensive ship photos when a snap taken by another passenger will do. So my advice is dress up for a few staged professional shots perhaps on formal nights, but avoid having port photographs taken (once you see them you will want to buy them!) If you’d like some advice on how to take holiday videos, check out: How to take better holiday videos.
- Internet onboard is expensive. Learn how to use it wisely. To save your data, write emails in Word and cut and paste them when you’re logged on. Same with reading articles – download the information while you’re online but save it for offline reading.
- Take advantage of smaller deposits and various discounts or credits by booking your next cruise while still onboard your current cruise. Generally, you are entitled to change your mind and chop and change itineraries at a later date, whilst retaining the price benefits of booking before you depart.
- For 9 sure fire ways to save you time and money when it comes to dining, check out this post on Cruise Choice: 9 Cruise Dining Hacks to Save you Time and Money (Spoiler alert, I contributed Tip #9)
Have you got any tips for saving money when booking a cruise?
Have you any tips for saving money when you’re cruising?
Please share your tips in the comments.