Are you planning to take a cruise any time soon? If so, it's never to early or too late to think about sticking to your vacation budget and exploring different ways to save money once you're aboard the ship. After all, there are plenty of items you can actually pack in your bags to curb the expenses while on the cruise. A lot of the "add-ons" like cocktails and spa treatments will certainly put a huge dent in your budget, so instead of spending your money on these items and services, plan ahead and step off the ship with a little more cash in your pocket!
Though most cruise lines allow one bottle of wine per person to be carried on board, there are some that charge a pretty hefty corkage free ranging anywhere from $10.00 to $25.00. Other alcoholic beverages or cocktails will cost a pretty penny unless you are on a cruise with exceptional beverage benefits, so instead use a disposable flask like those sold from Cuisin' and Boozin' to take your own. These plastic flasks undetecable by and x-ray scanner, reusable, durable and easy to fill and are perfect for bringing your own liquor on board to make your favorite mixed drink.
Don't over tip as most cruise lines automatically add gratuity or a service fee to your bill. This gratuity usually covers the cabin steward and dining staff in addition to other service personnel. Other bill such as the bar bill will add between 15% and 18% gratuity without you adding it to your slip when you sign. If you add more on the blank space, that amount would be in addition to what is automatically being taken. Of course, if the service was outstanding, then by all means over tip, but most travelers are not clear on this and add another 15-20% without knowing.
This one is something that most cruise ship guests will need and forget to pack. Therefore, end up paying twice as much from the supply on board, also with a limited selection. Don't be caught without your own sunscreen or sunblock.
You won't be sorry when packing a foldable bag to carry all of your souvenirs. With your suitcases packed full of other necessities, most likely there won't be room for additional purchases when leaving the ship. Instead of buying an overpriced tote bag from the ship's gift shop, bring your own and save a few bucks.
Although there will be batteries for sale on the ship, there's a very good chance that the price will be much more than you would pay anywhere at home. Instead of being forced to purchase over-priced batteries, simply stock up and pack them in your bag or suitcase.
Bottled Water and Snacks
If you can swing it, pack bottled water and snacks in an extra suitcase. The price of these items on the ship will be much more costly and the selection of snacks may not be what you or your children prefer. If the bottled water is packed in a suitcase, it will go through with the checked luggage with no problem! In addition, this suitcase can be designated to carry all of the souvenirs that are collected while on vacation, therefore serving a dual purpose!
If you have other tips for saving and cruising, let us know in the comments below!