Cruising on a budget
Cruising offers more value for money than many other holiday options. However, holidays can become too expensive if you don’t set yourself a budget.
We created a few tips and things to look out for in order to make your dollar stretch a little further on your next cruise holiday.
Tips for Cruising on a Budget:
- Enjoy reading? Don’t break the bank buying books. Find out if your Cruise ship has an onboard library & make use of their books.
- Internet access onboard can be very expensive. Look out for package deals on offer, or use internet cafés while in port as this may be cheaper.
- Exchange currency before you leave home. Even though you can do it onboard, the exchange rate won’t be as good.
- You are on holiday & it’s time to de-stress, what better way to do so than with a massage? And while the spa may be very tempting, it can also be pocket breaking. Try to find yourself package deals – like a facial & a massage, combined at a cheaper rate.
- Looking for gifts to take home? Don’t dive in to the first shop & blow your budget. A lot of the shops will have a sale day during the cruise, where you could get up to 50% off – so stay on the lookout for sales!
- Some cruise lines offer all-inclusive drink packages for soft drinks and ice cream packages – if you have kids, these can save you a bundle. If they don’t offer these sort of packages, keep an eye out for promotions whilst on board.
- Planned shore excursions with the cruise lines are very good, especially if you are a first time cruiser. If you are confident enough, try venture out on your own to save some money, but make sure you leave enough time to get back to the ship or you may get left behind.
- Speciality restaurants are an extra cost. While they offer an mouthwatering, dreamy menus ask if it will be worth the extra money when you already have food included in your cruise fare. Some of these restaurants have a lunch menu too, which sometimes can be cheaper than the dinner menu.