A cruise can be a great way to explore the world, and for a good price, too. But it’s usually once you get on the ship that most of the expenses seem to add up. But there are some easy ways to cut back on these costs:
Before you book
It may be tempting to book the suite with your own private balcony, but this is often triple the cost (or more) of a basic stateroom. If you’re looking to save, this can be one of the easiest ways to drastically cut your cruise expenses from the very beginning. It may be worth it for some, but you have to ask yourself just how much time you plan on spending in your room. If you’re going on a cruise with several ports of call with little to no days at sea, and you plan on leaving the ship each time it docks, that private balcony will likely go to waste.
Skip the soft drinks and alcohol
Sugary beverages are not the best for your health, and you’ll pay a premium to have soda while on a cruise. If you don’t want to limit yourself to the ship’s free beverage options (usually lemonade and water), find out about their carry-on policy. Some cruise lines will allow passengers to bring their own cases of soda onboard, up to a certain amount. The same can be said for alcoholic beverages, which can quickly drive up the cost of your cruise, but some cruise lines allow for a BYOB policy.
Take your own photos
It’ll seem that just about everywhere you turn, there’s a cruise photographer waiting to snap your photo. Politely decline and take your own photos instead. The cruise line’s photos are not only extremely overpriced, but they often feature cheesy backdrops of photographed landscapes—of the same places you’ll actually be cruising to. Why not take photos in front of the real thing and with your own (possibly same quality or better quality) camera?