Whether you are going for the first time or are a frequent cruiser there are various ways to save money when you go on a cruise. From booking the cruise, excursions, and even while onboard. These simple tips can help you not break your bank when traveling and save money on a cruise. Unless you want to go all out which is really fun too. So read along as I help you learn “How to save money on a cruise”
Everyone always wants to know how to save money on booking a cruise. The various boards are full of post on how to get the best deal on a cruise. How to get the best pricing, when, where, and on and on. Well here is the number one lesson from a Travel Advisor. Use a Travel Advisor.
I know, I can here you saying I can book it myself right? Why yes you most certainly can but a Travel Advisor has the ability to check many different cruises at the same time. They have access to sales from there own agency that you don’t. They have groups that they could add you into that will give you a little extra something like and onboard credit. They also can use whatever you received from the cruise line as a bonus when they book your trip.
Tip number 2 sometimes the earlier the better especially if you want a certain cabin. You can always update pricing if a sale comes out that is better along the way. So you are in the cabin you want and when a sale comes up your Travel Advisor would just rebook you into the new sale if it is beneficial.
Tip number 3 There are certain times of the year that prices drop for cruises. A good Travel Advisor knows this and will help you with the timing. That is if you don’t need the cruise to be during a certain time frame.
Tip number 4 Saving money while on ship can be done. I remember our first cruise, we bought the ship out I think. Pictures, spa, drinks, specialty dining, shopping, excursions, Casino ect ect. It was new and we were excited. It was FUN! We received our bill at the end and were WOW! All in and all no regrets. We enjoy our memories and I laugh and can tell you about it now. So on ship there are extras and these all can add up. My suggestion only do the things you really want to do. Only purchase the pictures you really like not all the whole pack that you can never put up on your wall.
Tip number 5 Excursions are great but can add up at every port. My suggestion take a look a head of time at what you would like to do. Sometimes if it’s not a crazy long trip in the jungle two hours you can pick up an excursion in port. Like we did renting a golf cart in Bonaire. You will learn about this later this week when our next update post.
Tip number 6 Onboard credits, drink packages, free internet, the list goes on an on. Everyone has things that are important for them. Some don’t care for internet so this does not matter to them. Others it’s a drink package they won’t use. So for the perks on board companies like Norwegian often run a sale with pick 5 free and you choose between what they are offering. Companies like Princess often run an onboard credit sale. You can then take your on-board credit and use it for what you want. There is usually a sale that can fit any traveler. All these will help you save money on a cruise.
Tip number 7 there are many other tips a travel advisor has for saving money on cruising one of my favorites is go River Cruising where the price you pay is the price for basically everything . There are not a lot of extras as your excursions are included. Overall cruising is an excellent value for your money. You see many places, unpack once, food is included, and you have entertainment on board. What are you waiting for GO CRUISING! I hope you enjoyed the Top 7 things to save money on a cruise.
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