How Not to Overspend On Your Cruise
With accommodation, recreational facilities and most meals included in the total price, it’s easy to forget about the hidden costs or unplanned expenses associated with cruise ship travel. Your total bill could end up costing you double, so be aware of the risks and take into account these tips for spending less!
These days, many cruise ships are equipped with countless alternative dining options - from five-star French Bistro and cutting-edge Teppanyaki restaurants to 24-hour pizzerias and snack bars. While the level of choice is impressive and certainly adds to the appeal of cruise ship travel, dining at these eateries on a regular basis can prove a costly exercise because unfortunately, they may not be part of the free dining experiences offered.
Main dining rooms offer a superb variety of meals, including multiple courses and extravagant desserts. More importantly, these are usually included in the cost of your cruise ship holiday. Buffet style dining is also commonplace, meaning you’ll rarely go hungry between meals. Apart from the occasional snack or indulgence (such as a Chef’s Table experience to mark a special occasion), try to keep alternative dining experiences to a minimum. Your bank balance will appreciate the effort.
Be Familiar with Your Ship’s Alcohol Policy
Each cruise line is different. Some carriers offer complimentary drinks during select meals, while others provide open bars for the entirety of the cruise. Bringing your own wine on board could incur a corkage fee or be strictly forbidden. Even the age of consumption differs from ship to ship. Generally speaking, while you can eat most of your meals on board without paying any extra, alcoholic beverages will always cost you.
Relax with Caution
Pedicures, manicures, massage, facials, hair and skin treatment - with so many options at your disposal, it’s easy to spend hundreds of dollars during a visit to your cruise ship’s ‘relaxation centre’. Holidays are all about escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life - and occasionally, pampering yourself. But when the odd visit becomes an obsession, things can turn sour. Onboard treatments rarely come cheap, so make sure you factor all ‘indulgences’ into your holiday budget.
Take Your Own Photos
While it’s satisfying to return from holiday with a packed photo album, purchasing happy snaps from the onboard gallery can be expensive. Wherever possible, take your own photographs. Remember to also pack plenty of spare batteries and memory cards, as it is likely to cost much more for camera equipment on board than it would back home or at port. Mementos are nice, but you don’t want to blow the budget on something you could receive for a significantly lower price.
It’s easy to lose track of how much money you’re spending on board a cruise ship, but with the right planning and strategies in place, you can enjoy a fantastic holiday without breaking the bank. If you have any questions or want to learn more about life on board a cruise ship, visit our Discover Cruising website or speak with our savvy cruise consultants today by calling 1300 954 661.
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