A luxury cruise can be the ideal getaway, no matter who’s taking to the seas. Whether you want to take part in onboard activities, kick back and relax or catch up on simple pleasures you’ve missed back home, going on a luxury cruise doesn’t have to break the bank.
Take sensible precautions and you’ll find yourself relaxing in style with an ocean view without ever having to buy Wi-Fi access to check your bank balance. Discover how with these five tips.
Set a budget
Planning isn’t exactly the fun part of the holiday, but knowing how much you want to spend each day can mean that you don’t overspend and find your wallet empty halfway through the trip.
Part of this depends on how inclusive your cruise is, and what you think you’ll be spending extra money on. Some people love to go out on trips and excursions on port days, while some are simply happy to sit down with a cup of coffee and take in the culture. Think carefully about your holiday style before making any big decisions.
Plus, while meals may be included, there could also be the option to upgrade your service or eat in a different restaurant. And of course, it’s better to be prepared should the opportunity for adventure arise.
It is also worth adding a tipping budget to your holiday too. While most cruise lines are up-front about the levels of tip they charge, you might find you want to go over and above for the member of staff that really stood out.
Book last minute
While it may seem obvious, booking at the last minute can really help you to save money. You’ll have to be flexible to take advantage of the offers, but you may find that you go somewhere you had never thought of and having an amazing adventure.
If you’re not comfortable with a late booking, it always pays to check out the deals available. Many travel agents will have offers throughout the year, often beating the price of going to the cruise lines direct.
And while it might be that you don’t save money on your cruise, you might have a drinks package or All Inclusive option thrown in for free. Sign up for email newsletters to make sure you don’t miss out.
Go against the flow
Of course, the ship will be a lot quieter on port days than it is at sea. If you’re already familiar with a destination, or don’t think you’ll need the allotted time to search off the beaten path, consider using that time to book something extra. You may be able to book an activity for less than you normally would and you’ll have more space to do it.
Get the whole package
While you might have bagged a bargain booking your luxury cruise, you might find that you spend more than you saved with drinks and refreshments. Thankfully most ships have great value drinks packages to help you save money. While the initial outlay might seem expensive, weigh up what you would usually drink during each day and work out how much it might cost. You’ll be surprised at what you could save.
Speak to someone
Of course, having someone in the know can help you to get the very best deal on a cruise. Here at CruiseDeals.co.uk, we can quickly help you find a luxury cruise at a fraction of the cost. We’ll discuss where you want to go, your budget and preferred ships before helping you to find the best luxury cruise, so you can just sit back and relax.
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