Cruising can be a lot of fun. From the food to the entertainment, there are a lot of benefits a cruise vacation can offer over a land-based escape. But it while cruising does have its perks, our cruise attorneys here at LMAW know that costs can quickly add up on the high seas. Below are three tips that can help curb the extra expenses that can be incurred while sailing aboard a ship.
Bring a Care Package
Our cruise lawyers have often blogged about how expensive it can be to obtain medical care while on board a ship. Even something as minor as aspirin can cost you well over what you would expect to pay at a land-based pharmacy or drug store. But it doesn’t stop there. Regular every day essentials like bottled water and toothpaste can cost you an arm and a leg if you’re purchasing them on board. If you’re going on a cruise, make sure to pack a first aid kit with supplies like bandages, alcohol pads, and headache medicine so you can avoid incurring extra fees. Also, remember to pack basic toiletries, including hygienic products, cologne, and other commodities to avoid extra charges. Additionally, many cruise ships allow guests to bring a number of beverages on board, like bottled water, soda, and even wine or champagne. Take advantage of these perks and bring as many freebies as you can so you won’t have to deal with a huge bill at the end of your vacation.
Explore on Your Own
Cruise lines offer a number of shore excursions for guests to enjoy while in port. However, these tours can come at a pretty pricey cost. Though our cruise ship lawyers well know that there are some destinations that can pose a risk for travelers, and that sometimes it’s in a traveler’s best interest to opt for a tour that’s led by an experienced guide, there are many ports of call where cruise passengers can explore independently and save some cash. That being said, you can still enjoy a shore excursion without spending the big bucks. Look at your onboard cruise planner and see which tours are the least costly. Or, opt to splurge on one excursion you have your heart set on, then save at other ports of call by taking a taxi to the beach or renting your own car, taking a stroll around town on your own, or by shopping at local venues near port or relaxing at a local café.
Skip the Fancy Restaurants
One of the perks of cruising is enjoying a plethora of free amenities, including dining. However, many cruise ships offer several specialty dining options that can be quite tempting, and if you’re not careful, they may leave a pretty big dent on your wallet. Specialty restaurants can run you well over $50 per person, which can quickly raise your bill. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, sure, why not splurge? But on any other night, if you want to save some money, skip the fancy restaurants and enjoy the buffet or traditional dining room fare. Several cruise lines also offer free room service, which can offer a nice alternative to the more crowded dining room options, especially if you are looking to enjoy a nice romantic dinner for two.
These are just a few of the ways you can cut your costs when on a cruise vacation. But while saving money is important while cruising, it’s also important to stay safe. Explore your options and ensure you are enjoying activities that are going to keep you and your loved ones out of harm’s way.