Are you planning your next holiday on a budget? Well, have you considered booking a cruise? Although they aren’t known as the affordable option for a holiday-goer, it’s actually possible to do it for cheaper than you’d expect.
How, you may ask! Here are some of our top money saving tips when booking a cruise holiday.
- Sign Up to Newsletters
Most cruise liners and agencies, such as Bolsover Cruise Club, have newsletters that you can sign up for to get all the best deals sent straight to your inbox. Say goodbye to the days of trawling through websites trying to find the best deal!
These newsletters will often include great last-minute deals at lower prices, as well as promotions and offers. The tech savvy cruise-goer can even use social media, like Twitter and Facebook, to find the best deals.
Flexibility can really pay off when booking a cruise so if you’re not too concerned about ports and destinations, you can keep an eye on what’s on offer and enjoy a cheaper (and more spontaneous) cruise holiday.
- On Board the Cruise Ship
Be aware of any additional costs on cruise ships. Although cruises are often viewed as all-inclusive holidays, that’s not always the case. There may be restaurants that aren’t included in the ticket-price, expensive drinks and costly internet prices.
Here’s a few ways that you can save money when you’re on board:
- Avoid the speciality restaurants and stick to the dining areas and buffets as they will be less costly.
- Limit the amount of drinks and cocktails you have as the price can really add up.
- Some cruise companies allow you to bring your own supplies – so stock up on water, beer and wine to save money.
- Clean your own clothes in the bath rather than paying for the expensive laundry services on board.
- Plan Your Own Excursions
Cruises usually offer pre-planned shore excursions for their guests, however these are often crowded and overpriced. Instead, plan your own itinerary at each of the stops. That way, you can save money and plan activities that you want to do. Plus, you can support the local economy by finding the least touristy areas and shops to visit.
Just remember to keep an eye on the time – you’ll have a set amount of time at each of the port stops and you don’t want the ship to leave without you!
When planning your next holiday, don’t discount the idea of booking a cruise. Not only is it a cheaper holiday than you might initially expect, being flexible can take you to many new and unexpected locations and you’ll also have enough time for your own exploration plans at each destination.
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