How to make cruises more affordable

Savings Angel

Have you dreamed of a family cruise vacation but feared the price tag? Josh Elledge, 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:

  1. Limit on-board spending by avoiding high cost extras like alcohol, casino gambling, special activities
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Don’t book directly through the cruise line, unless it’s a last minute special. Work with a special booking agent or websites like that has travel agents competing for your dollar.

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