Saving money (or at least not losing it) on the high seas

I'm interested to know if anyone has any tips as to saving money while cruising. Any of those coupon book items useful? How about port tips... any places to avoid?

13 Answers

Don't buy the photos, you can end up spending $$$.

I have one of the coupon books for this upcoming cruise.. It's almost a ploy to spend where you weren't going to spend it on (e.x... 2 for one exercise class, or a spa visit).

I do have a port shopping booklet as well, but if you are going to shopping, it can be helpful.

When I cruise, I skip a lot of nonsense I usually spend at the airport or port before embarking. It's easy to blow $ on coffees and snacks etc and I don't' overindulge till I get on the ship. I go for the most economical clean hotel I can find if the cruise is the focus of my vacation. If the land portion is part of the vacation it can be different.

Agree 100% with this one

Dont drink?Sad

Try to control impulse buying.

We have a budget when we vacation. On the ship we always have a little OBC from a booking special that we use to buy anything extra we want such as a photo or a fridge magnet of the ship. We don't drink alcohol, we don't gamble, and don't eat in the steak house so we really don't spend anything once we are onboard, except for tipping for room service, 'and extra for our room steward if it's earned. Our excursions are paid in advance and so are our gratuities so getting our final statement with a zero balance is the norm. I ports we buy souvenirs for our grandchildren and use photos we take as our souvenirs.

Bring the allowable bottle of wine on board unless you are flying to the ship. Go for the 2 for 1 offers when you can if you must drink the alcoholic drinks. I rarely use any of the coupons in the coupon books. If you want to buy souvenirs, buy on shore. Ship prices are usually higher.

If you plan on drinking more than 6 alcoholic drinks (including the specialty coffees) or a combination of alcohol and non-alcohol, consider the drink card. It is a large cost up front, but zero cost at the end.

Right.....buying pic is a good way to waste $


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