3 super-easy ways to save money on a cruise
Book your own excursions
Part of the joy of a cruise is being able to visit multiple destinations – and then getting out and doing incredible things in those destinations. In most cases, however, the cost of shore excursions is not included in your cruise fare – and they can be expensive (particularly if you want to do a few).
The way to avoid these costs? Book excursions yourself. A bit of research before you go, and you should be able to determine what sort of things are on offer, which of them you’d like to experience, and even find recommendations for the best local tours or private guides. You won’t pay a mark-up to the cruise line for booking their tours – but of course you’ll have to spend a bit of time online prior to setting sail.
Think about drinks
Check to see if your cruise offers an inclusive drinks package. If so, be sure to book it in advance of your trip, so you can save money (and hopefully skip some queues too!). Also, check what (if anything) your cruise line allows you to bring on board, when it comes to beverages. Even if alcohol is a no-no, if you’re allowed to bring any soft drinks or other tipples that you’d otherwise have to pay for at a bar or restaurant, you could save yourself a nice little chunk of cash.
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