Enjoy your Cruise Without Breaking the Budget!

by / Wednesday, 16 August 2017 / Published in Vacations Magazine Edition 2, 2017

A cruise has much to make it the perfect holiday experience with all of your onboard accommodation, dining, entertainment and more included.
Sometimes though, those little extras and incidentals can mount up – a deluxe coffee at breakfast, a massage or two in the luxury spa, dining at a speciality restaurant, extra drinks, bingo, the casino… SO, here are some tips to help you enjoy your cruising experience to the max without breaking the budget.

  • Consider paying a little extra right upfront for your cruising holiday and include any airfares or incidentals, so it’s all paid beforehand.
  • Some cruise lines will include gratuities prior to sailing, others include them once on board. If gratuities are not included, ask what the policy is BEFORE you sail so you can budget for this. (Gratuities are there to help appreciate those who have made your holiday memorable).
  • Decide BEFORE you sail if a massage, facial treatment or other Spa services are an essential while on holiday. If so, include the little luxuries into your cruise budget.
  • Add a beverage package to your cruise to keep the costs down on incidentals. Take note – some river cruises have ALL meals, beverages and on‑shore excursions already included!
  • Plan your own excursions. The downside of this of course is that you MUST make sure you get back to the dock in time so you could be left behind! Sometimes its best to go with a cruise lines excursions as the best of the destination is highlighted, and if the tour is delayed, the ship will wait.
  • Arrive early to your embarkation city and do some extra sightseeing before your cruise.
  • Although its a nice to have a professional photograph taken while on board, it is an expense. Use your own camera to snap memories of a lifetime and save.
  • Internet onboard can sometimes be unreliable, slower and the costs may mount up. If you absolutely have to be online during your cruise holiday, use shore days to stay connected – there’s usually an onshore café or McD’s with connectivity somewhere.
  • If you feel the need to brave the passengers onboard laundry to wash clothes go right ahead. My personal opinion is that I am on holiday and it’s my time for a break from washing up, tidying up, laundry and cooking. The extra is well worth it – believe me.

The biggest tip I can offer is to keep track of your purchases, don’t go overboard, and make sure to factor in a few little luxuries along the way – after all you are on holiday!
Happy sailing – Jackie H

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