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Getting The Most Out Of Your Cruise

By Erin Walker

The salty ocean breeze blows through your hair, the clear blue water sparkles below, and the warm sun shines down on your back. Cruise ships. What breathtaking experiences. What expensive experiences. If you want to go on vacation but you’re on a tight budget, a cruise ship could be your cheapest option, if you know the insider tricks.

How could a cruise possibly be a cheap way to travel? It depends on where you’re headed and what you plan on doing. When you pay for a cruise you pay for transportation, food, and lodging. When pay for a hotel, all you get is lodging. By the time you add in the additional cost of transportation and food, in many cases, a cruise actually comes out cheaper. If you plan on going to several different locations, such as several islands or parts of Europe, a cruise ship is the way to go.

On a cruise ship there are tricks to saving money. Most cruise lines don’t include tours, or else sell them in expensive packaged deals. Don’t buy them. You can save lots of money by going on your own tour. Research ahead of time what you want to see, or find out where the cruise ship tours will go, and then go there yourself. You might miss out on a matching red hat, stopping continually for restroom breaks, or having the freedom to explore, but hey, it will be cheaper.

Another thing you can do to save money is sounds obvious. Only do the free things on the cruise ship. This doesn’t mean you can’t have any a good time; just don’t do those extra things like paying to see a movie in your room, requesting special services, or eating at the upscale restaurant on board. When you are booking your cruise make sure the things you want are included, food, rock-climbing, swimming pools, live performances, whatever you need. Once on board, don’t do any other things. Many cruise ships will allow you to take food from the cafeteria, which allows you to save it, and then you can eat it as you are on your own tour. That way, you can save money by not purchasing expensive food at restaurants.

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Walker, Erin "Getting The Most Out Of Your Cruise." Getting The Most Out Of Your Cruise. 27 Jun. 2010. 13 Sep 2014 <>.

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