Cruising is a treat well worth saving up for, but it’s a good idea to keep something extra aside for unexpected expenses. Of course, another great idea is simply arming yourself with plenty of advanced knowledge. With that in mind, take a look at some of the ways you can be sure your cruise cost is manageable, as well as tips on anticipating where charges might arise.

Cruising with an open mind

If you’re worried that your cruise operator is trying to get one over on you, don’t be. Cruises are very transparent in their costs, and for their part offer superb value in terms of the variety of destinations on offer and experiences to be enjoyed.

Nonetheless, certain expenses are wise to keep in mind. For instance, consider where your cruise is set to depart from. Think about the costs of travelling to that location, even if you’re departing from a UK port, and also think about if it’s wise to stay overnight at that location the evening before the day of your cruise’s departure.

Likewise, if you’re on a cruise that finishes its voyage far from where it started, consider if you’ll need flights back, accommodation and so forth.

Travel insurance

As with any trip abroad, travel insurance is a superb idea. While cruises are secure and safe all round thanks to the expertise onboard, coverage against accidents or personal items lost make good sense to consider. Think about the kinds of places your cruise will be visiting, and the kind of activities you’ll be taking part in. Insurance providers will be able to go over which policy works best for you and advise accordingly.

Life onboard

With the nitty gritty outside the cruise covered, you’re free to step onboard and make the most of your time at sea. Nonetheless, keep a few things in mind while you’re enjoying your cruise, so that you can ensure you’re prepared for any other costs that arise.

For one thing, shore excursions offer a great way to see the sights in any number of destinations where your cruise ship docks. Spaces on these special excursions tend to be limited, and similarly, they have costs separate to your cruise booking overall.

One of the best ways to overcome any surprises is to simply book your shore excursions during the time you book your cruise itself. That helps guarantee your place, as well as lump all the expenditures together.

In that regard, the same can be said for the likes of drinks packages and dining packages. These each can be bought either on the day you board your cruise, or ahead of time at the same time as your cruise ticket. Either way, keep in mind that premium or specialist dining venues onboard your ship might not be part of your All Inclusive package, and similarly, you might not get every drink behind the bar on an All Inclusive cruise cost. If in doubt, just ask.

Little treats

There are lots of ways in which you can treat yourself on a cruise. And as always, if left unchecked those little prices can add up. Its no bad thing, because you deserve to enjoy your cruise to its fullest, but if you’re going to be indulgent it makes sense to do so with open eyes.

There are small perks like wandering photographers who’ll take your picture on your cruise, as well as bigger indulgences like casinos and designer shopping experiences. Naturally, those costs can build up, but as always, you can keep on top of your average cruise cost if you spend smartly.

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