5 Ways to Stretch Your Cruise Ship Spends


Whether you’re planning on indulging in some retail therapy, visiting new cities, or partying the nights away on board, it’s easy for your budget to diminish quickly when you’re a little too carefree with your spending.

While we don’t want to take the fun out of your cruise, we do have five excellent tips to stretch your cruise ship spends and help you make the most of your money on board.

1. Booking your cabin

Before booking your cruise, make a list of your essentials and desirables. A cabin with a glorious view across the sea – and even a balcony – is certainly desirable, but is it worth the additional cost when you can see the sea perfectly from deck every day?

Opting for a standard or stateroom cabin is cost-effective and, in reality, will not compromise your holiday. With a comfortable bed, bathroom, television, and safe storage in every standard cabin, save your money to spend on board instead.

2. Dining and drinking

With the majority of cruises offering a variety of complementary dining options, curb your spending by dining for free. If you’re a food lover looking to sample the more exclusive restaurants and tempting Michelin-star menus on board, alternating between complementary snacks at lunch and treating yourself to a lavish dinner is a more economical way of dining.

Alcohol and speciality soft drinks such as milkshakes and coffees also come at an additional price. Keep a look out for restaurant deals – some may offer an early morning coffee discount, or happy-hour offers on cocktails and beers.

3. Port visit days and excursions

While it’s true that port visit days and excursions organised by tour operators are easy and hassle-free, an independent excursion may cost you a fraction of the price. Planning ahead and organising your own day trips will save you money and allow you to explore and experience new cultures in your own way. Check online for free events, festivals, and exhibitions beforehand, and make the most of travel websites like TripAdvisor to plan your day from morning until evening.

4. Shopping

Souvenirs and duty-free products are available on most cruise liners, but can cost a small fortune. Be wise when it comes to holiday souvenirs: buying smaller, cheaper souvenirs may seem cost-effective, but combining that cash and purchasing just the one, more memorable souvenir might be more worthwhile. Approach duty-free with the same caution: a couple of items such as perfume, spirits, and cigarettes may amount to the same price as a spa treatment or a plush meal on board.

5. Spas and treatments

If you fancy a bit of on-board relaxation, spa treatments and classes, such as yoga and Pilates are available at an extra cost to your holiday. Before you rush to book, it’s worth enquiring about special deals which occasionally occur on port visit days.

If spa prices are too costly, seek some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle at the quieter decks, loungers and adult-only areas.

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