Going on cruises is expensive and saving money on them doesn’t have to stop after you book them—you can also cut costs while you’re actually on your cruise. From drinks and entertainment to shore excursions and gratuities, cruises can add up quickly and before you know it, you’ve already gone way over your budget. Here are five ways to save money on your next cruise.
Explore Ports on Your Own
Shore excursions can add up quickly, so book independent shore excursions or sightsee on your own to save some money.
Sign Up for Beverage Packages
Some cruise lines offer flat fees for unlimited beverages for water and alcoholic drinks. Make sure you read the fine print as some policies have restrictions like per-meal or per-day caps and they may include a 15 percent service charge.
Book Spa Treatments on Port Days
Cruise ship spa treatments are super pricey, oftentimes being what you’d pay at resorts and the best way to save is to book them on port days, when rates can drop by up to 30 percent.
Avoid Photo Galleries
Many ships have their own onboard photographers and you can spend up paying as much as $20 to $30 per 8×10-inch images of your family eating, dancing, doing activities, and getting dressed up for formal nights. Instead, just take your own photos.
Avoid Onboard Internet
Wi-Fi is one of the most expensive amenities at sea with ships charging anywhere from 55 to 75 per minute. To avoid racking up the bill, wait to use the internet for port days where you may have access to free internet.