Top Money-Saving Cruise Tips
For many people who are purchasing trip insurance, taking to the high seas - on a cruise ship, of course - is one of the most popular ways to spend a vacation. It can also be one of the most affordable ways to relax and getaway, as long as you know where the values are. Before, during and after you board, there are several ways that you can avoid taking a huge dip into your bank account. Although there are plenty of extra benefits to enjoy on a cruise, knowing which ones are worth investing in, and those that might be best to avoid is important.
Bring your own wine and be smart about drink packages. One of the most expensive items that can definitely add many extra numbers to your bill is a bar and beverage tab. Most cruise lines will allow you to bring your own bubbly or your favorite red to toast with while on board, which you can enjoy in your room free. However, if you do decide to bring it to dinner, you may have to pay a $10 to $20 corkage fee, which is often still less expensive than ordering from the menu.
Adult and Soft Drink Beverage Packages
Bar drinks are rarely included in packages, unless you are traveling on a luxury cruise. Investing in drink packages is typically not recommended for couples travel. However, if you are traveling with multiple children, the unlimited soda packages, which run anywhere from $20 to $35, can save you a lot of money.
On-Board Internet Fees
Skip on the internet fee. You can get internet access in your stateroom, but the cost of having it can really add up, especially if you are staying for several days or more. You are on vacation, so how often will you be checking those work emails, really? Most of the time, it is wise to skip on the in-room charge. Many cruise ships will offer internet cafes where you can check your email for a small fee if you absolutely must access the internet.
Pack light and do your own laundry. Since cruise ships have baggage fees, the more baggage you bring, the more you will pay in baggage fees. There are self-service laundry centers on board that will only charge you $3 to $5 per load, you could save money by packing a few outfits, and then washing and drying your travel clothes during the middle of your voyage. This way, your clothes can look neat and clean and you will save a bundle on baggage fees.
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Submitted on: 2013-11-27 20:47:15