There are many who believe that taking a cruise is a very expensive vacation option. However, for the most part, a cruise can be a very affordable getaway option. Even if you are on a tight budget, you can still enjoy many of the activities involved with taking a cruise. Here are some tips to help you plan your next cruise when you have a tight budget:
If budget is a concern, take advantage of all the free dining available on board. Many cruise lines include the buffets, room service and dining room dinners with the cost of the cruise. Some cruise lines also offer specialty dining for an additional cost. Though the additional dining options are fun to enjoy, they are not required. So if money is a concern this cruise, make plans to skip any additional costs associated with dining and stick to what is included.
It is possible to enjoy the cruise without spending a lot of money on alcoholic beverages. If you need to stay on a budget, make a decision to only have one drink at the time of setting sail. Then spend the rest of the cruise enjoying the drinks, such as tea and juices, that are included with the cruise.
Though spa treatments are an additional cost during your cruise, it is possible to still get pampered while at sea. If you really want to get a massage or enjoy other spa treatments, make plans to book your spa day when you are at port. Most cruise lines offer special discounts and packages on port days. This could help make it possible to get pampered when on a budget.
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Instead of spending money on an expensive shore excursion, consider exploring the port on your own. Before going do some research and download a map of the port. Then make plans to go exploring the area by yourself. Doing so will give you the opportunity to see the sites and you will save money by not paying for expensive tours.
Make plans to disconnect completely while at sea. This means that you will turn off your cell phones and will turn off your Internet access. This will save you money from accidentally incurring roaming fees and will save you money from having to pay for Internet usage from the cruise line. You might just find yourself enjoying the peace and quiet you receive from disconnecting while at sea.
There is really no need to spend a lot of money on things from the gift shop. Try to put on the blinders when walking by. Also, if you wait until the final day at sea you will see prices drop significantly toward the end of the day. This will save you a considerable amount of money when compared to what prices are the first day of the cruise.
Unless you have extra money to spend (and lose) you will want to avoid the casinos. Chances are if you are vacationing on a budget, you do not have extra money to spare and risk losing. So if at all possible, make plans to avoid gambling or if you have to sit by a slot machine, limit yourself to $5-$10 a day. Which should be enough to give you a gambling fix and there is plenty of other things to do, limiting yourself will ensure you do not spend all day in the casino.
There really is no need to spend extra money once you board your cruise. You will have a variety of shows, lounges, buffets and iced tea available to you and are included with the cost of your cruise. Take advantage of everything that is included with your cruise. Doing so will give you plenty to do and you will still have a lot of fun.