Ways to Save Money on Cruises

Cruising can be a great way to travel–you get to see many different ports and/or countries. You might be surprised, but a cruise doesn’t have to be expensive! We’ve put together some tips for how to save money on cruises that we think you’ll love to try out!

Go One Way: One way cruises can cost much less than round-trip cruises. Just be sure that you aren’t incurring additional travel costs when you purchase your one-way flights.

Avoid Holidays: Cruise prices around holidays can be much more expensive than other times of the year. If you’re looking for a great deal, look for the weeks prior to a holiday. These usually have much lower occupancy rates and lower prices.

Get an Interior Room: Unless you plan on spending a lot of time in your room, you will probably be fine with an interior room. Foregoing the window or balcony can save you a ton of money. If you’re really looking to save money, allow the cruise to select your room for you at the last minute. By not being picky, you will get an even better rate on your room.

Do-It-Yourself Excursions: If you aren’t careful, excursions can easily add up to cost as much (or more) than your room. Consider doing the excursions yourself instead of going through the cruise line. There will probably be a line of taxis waiting at the port. Just do your homework so you know how much you should be paying.

Wait on Purchases: If you are making purchases on board, wait until you are in international waters. If you purchase something at port or just off-shore, it will be subject to local/state taxes. If you wait until you are in international waters, you will save by not having to pay tax.

Bring Your Own Alcohol: Many people spend a bundle on alcohol while on cruises. A lot of people have come up with ingenious ways to sneak their own alcohol on board. You can see many of these creative tools here.

Check for Repositioning Cruises: At the beginning or end of each season, many cruise companies need to get their boats to the other side of the world. They sell rooms at a fraction of the usual cost, because they would otherwise be moving an empty boat. Unfortunately there’s not an easy way to find these cruises. You’ll have to do searches to see if you can find them. Try looking for April/May when boats that were in the Caribbean need to get back to Europe, or in October/November when boats in Europe make their way to warmer waters.

What tips do you have for saving money on cruises? We’d love to hear about them! Be sure to visit The Travel Accessory Store to order all of your cruise must-haves!


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