Have you dreamed of a family cruise vacation but feared the price tag? Josh Elledge, savingsangel.com has some tips for how to cruise on a budget.
“Cruising is all inclusive, so meals activities entertainment and more are already covered in the price,” Elledge said. “ What you spend above and beyond that is up to you and it can be tightly controlled.”
Elledge’s top four tips for making cruising a budget friendly vacation option:
- Limit on-board spending by avoiding high cost extras like alcohol, casino gambling, special activities
- Skip high cost shore excursions coordinated by cruise line and venture out on your own or work with a tour consolidator. Using public transit can save you even more.
- Choose the location and time of year wisely. A location with lots of competition gives you competitive prices and off season cruises can save as much as $500 per person per week.
- Don’t book directly through the cruise line, unless it’s a last minute special. Work with a special booking agent or websites like cruisecompete.com that has travel agents competing for your dollar.