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.
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?