10 tips how to save money while on a cruise ship:

How to save money on a cruise:

Sailing the open seas is a great way to spend a vacation. Finding a good cruise fare is really very simple these days because the cruise industry has drastically cut the cost of cruise fares in an effort to fill ships to capacity.
Although it is possible to get a great deal on a cruise, you have to be careful of some of the money sucking traps and extra expenses once you are on the boat. Here are my top 10 ways to save money while on a cruise ship.

Cruise ship
Cruise ship
1. Do not use the Ship To Shore phones on a cruise.

Some calls can cost up to $ 15 / min. The best bet is to either use your cell phone or buy a phone card and use it while in port.

2. Avoid using Cruise Shore Excursions offered.

It is very easy to save money by doing a little research and buying a package tour independently directly from within the company excursions. You will avoid the additional fixed costs on the cruise line and still be able to enjoy the same trips with everyone else.

3. Free Cruises.

Many cruise lines are looking for people to carry out lectures, teach a class, or being a gentleman host and dance with the ladies on the cruise. If you have any of these skills, you may be able to do some work and get a free cruise out of the deal.

4. Take advantage of discounts.

Many cruises offer discounts for military personnel emergency medical technicians, senior discounts and public safety rates for firemen.

5. Book a cruise on a cruise.

You be able to save a lot of money and perhaps get some nice upgrades and bonuses when booking a cruise while on your cruise. Do not be afraid to negotiate to get the best deal.

6. Capitalize on-none peak hours.

Go to the spa during none peak hours, such as when the ship is at port. You may potentially save up to 50% on your next spa treatment.

7. Comparison shop while in port.

The cruise line will “recommend” Some stores to buy while in port. Unfortunately these so called “recommended” cannot offer the best savings and may benefit the cruise line stores. Look around for different stores to find the best deals.

8. Do not be afraid to negotiate.

In many cultures it is customary to negotiate the best price. Start with a price 30% below what you would like to pay and keep in mind not to look like you absolutely must have a certain item. You have to have a good poker face for this. Have a good time with it.

9. Reserve an inside cabin.

If you do not plan to be in your cabin a lot consider saving by booking an inside cabin verses an ocean view or balcony cabin. However if you like to have an ocean view or take your morning coffee overlooking the sea on your private balcony you may want to consider splurging on a balcony.

10. Do not buy your ticket through the cruise line.

It is very easy to find a good rate over the Internet. You have a good chance to spend more money by booking through the cruise line itself.

Cruise is a great way to relax and have a little adventure. It will be even more fun when you can save an extra buck or two.

Your turn: please share how do you save while on a cruise?

12 thoughts on “10 tips how to save money while on a cruise ship:

  1. These are great tips! I am a big traveler but have never gone on a cruise yet – so this is something I will save and refer to soon when it is time to book one!

    1. You should definitely try to go on a cruise. It’s one of the most frugal ways to go on vacation.
      Thank you for stopping by.

  2. These are awesome tips, well done! I love traveling and I really want to go on a cruise but didn’t have the chance yet. I’ll hopefully remember these tips when I go on a cruise.

    1. Hi Basem,
      Thank you, I hope you do get a chance to go on a cruise, they go out of their way to make you sure your vacation is a memorable one.

  3. wow! So many great tips. Really didn’t know that it was possible to earn money while on a cruise on trip and that it is cheaper to buy a trip while on a cruise itself. If I ever go on a cruise I will definitely use these tips. Thanks!

    1. Hi Stella,
      Thank you, Yes it’s possible cruise lines always looking to be able to offer something no other cruise line offers. Last cruise we were on the tickets for the water park on the island were $40 cheaper if you booked it on the ship verses buying it at the water park!

  4. Yeah this is what I’m talking about.

    Great post and to honest I thought everything was laid on! You pretty much think everything is catered for by the cruise ship!

    Excellent tips!

  5. Great ideas. What do you think about the package deals which include all you can eat or drink? Are these good value? I met mey husband on a cruise – he was the Chief Engineer, and I was the ship’s medic. Now, 20 years and 3 kids later, we are thinking of taking a nostalgia cruise to see if we can remember what it was like!

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Most cruise lines do have a buffet that are you can eat. Personally I take a 12 pack of coke along with bottle water. Oh wow that sound wonderful. you guys will have a blast.

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