Cruise holidays: Money saving tips for passengers

Posted November 24th, 2014

Cruise holidays can save you a lot of money compared to other holidays when you add up all the extras like accommodation and food. But there are even more ways you can save on board. Read our blog and find out how you can get the best out of your next cruise holiday.

Book early or last minute

Cruising is becoming an increasingly popular holiday choice as people discover that it's one of the most convenient ways to travel. Luckily, this also means that cruises are available to a wide range of destinations giving you more options to choose from. When picking a cruise, try and book either very early when a cruise first becomes available or check out the last minute cruises if you're flexible with your travel dates. There are always plenty of great specials on offer so have a look around and be sure to let your cruise specialist know the type of cruise you are after and ask what extras are included so you can find the best cruise for you.


Drinks on-board

One of the biggest add-ons to your holiday cost is often your drinks bill. Always check which drinks are included on your cruise and if you do like to have a drink or two, then look into the drinks packages that are available on board. Remember that you will be on holiday and the cocktails at the bar may start to look very appealing! In the end, a drinks package could save you a lot of money or for those who are really on a budget, find out about taking your own alcohol on board. Some cruises do allow you to take some alcohol with you but please note that this should stay in your cabin unless you want to pay a corkage fee. Check with your cruising specialist for details on what you're allowed to take on board  because it differs between each ship and location.


Cruise close to home

There are many cruises available which depart from New Zealand shores and they are increasing each year due to popularity. Booking a cruise close to home saves you the extra money of an airfare and the hassle of going through an airport before you go on holiday.


Extra bonuses

Keep an eye out for cruise specials which also include BONUS onboard credits or free room upgrades. You can't go wrong with FREE! The onboard credits can sometimes even be up to a few hundred dollars! This will definitely help cut down your cruise bill while onboard and help make your cruise holiday even better.

Before you board

If you know that you want to eat at a specific restaurant on board or partake in a shore excursion and you know when you want to go, then book before you board! Excursions and other extras can often be cheaper when booking in advance and you also save the risk of missing out. Some activities on offer can be very limited so once they are full they are gone.


For more information on cruises, contact a Cruise Specialist or call us on 0800 22 11 14.

Carina Frazer

After spending a few months travelling throughout Asia, Carina moved to the UK to settle down for two years to satisfy her passion for travel.She quickly found a job as a tour leader and lead tour groups to some of the biggest festivals and events around Europe including Running of the Bulls, Kings Day, Royal Ascot and the Christmas markets in Bruge.Some of her favourite experiences include sitting in the bull arena in Pamplona, seeing the queen at Royal Ascot and spending two weeks sailing around Croatia.Currently back in New Zealand, Carina is very passionate about travelling and is alway

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