Cruise Tips?


TashaCat
on Jul 14, 2013 @ 11:28 am

Have you been on a cruise? What are the additional expenses (I've heard that there are tons of additional charges). What are your tips for booking, choosing, and making the most of a cruise holiday without breaking the bank?
 

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eleasa
Cruise tips on Jul 18, 2013 @ 11:42 am


Cruising can be a lot of fun. The additional costs add up with tips, alcohol and shore excursions. And of course shopping! I'd speak to a travel agency that specializes in cruises because they can tell you the difference in the cruise lines, which ports are best, and they can offer you deals. A lot of cruise lines are offering great deals now if you can travel at any time of the year. I'm off to Alaska in August!
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misssunshineliz
Cruise tips on Sep 06, 2013 @ 01:23 pm


When it comes to choosing a cruise, check for destinations (how many ports will you hit, how many days will you be at sea, what activities are offered in the ports that you'll be stopping at). Once you've figured out where and when you want to go (for example Europe cruises are mostly in the summer and early Fall), then choose your cruise line. Royal Carribbean, Carnival, Princess and Norvegian are pretty similar in prices, Holland America, Celebrity are a little more, but that can be worth the price too.
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mysticaleyez
Cruise on Nov 08, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

There's a lot of good deals on Expedia on cruise and you can find good air ticket deals too. Additional costs could be shore excursion activities for each islands, drinks, tips, shopping spending, food (on island) and spa.
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shejoc
Love cruising!! on Jan 11, 2014 @ 11:19 am

We have been on several cruises - all on Carnival and LOVE THEM!! Where else can you see 3 or 4 places in 1 week? Crusing doesn't have to cost you alot. Look for the best deals online for your cruise and flights. We find flying out of Detroit is way cheaper than Toronto - sometimes by almost 1/2 the price or even more. Alochol is an extra cost on board as is pop and wine. Most ships will let you buy a bottle of wine at dinner and then you can have them recork it for you and bring it out the next night at dinner. If pop is your thing they do offer a pop card for a relatively low price rather than paying for each pop individually. Keep in mind that you can always get coffe, tea, and other drinks at the buffet at all times for no extra cost. You will need to tip out - usually added to your room charge automatically.

Try a cruise & you will love it!!

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KatelynRose1984
Great question! on Jan 11, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

Great question!

I've actually been wondering the same thing lately, as I've been noticing a lot more cruise advertisements around my area! I was always curious about the hidden costs, if any.

Definitely be keeping a cruise in mind.
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TashaCat
Great Insights on Jan 11, 2014 @ 04:25 pm

@shejoc - This is exactly what I've been hoping for. You've got some great tips here!

I've
been hearing that even if you are a mild drinker of pop or juice, just
buy the smallest drink plan (though they are apparently $400pp or
something). Also find out how much booze you can bring on board per person.

I've
also heard that the tipping for every single service, housekeeping, and
even hidden services are what adds up. Any insights for these, grrls?
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Kirstenk
Cruises on Apr 18, 2014 @ 10:50 am

Well they are not the cheapest but I so highly recommend a Disney cruise. Best thing is that can bring your own booze on board as long as you pack it in your carry-on, then just use their free beverage bar every mix imaginable, ice, cups, everything, so no high bar tab sticker shock at the end of your cruise!
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Kirstenk
Cruise tipping on Apr 18, 2014 @ 10:59 am

Well tipping is an option on the Disney cruises but by the end of your cruise, because of the service you just received for a week or so, you will probably want to give at least the minimum. It is discreet, you just put it in an envelope, leave it in your room or give it to your servers in the dining room, as you will have the same servers for your entire stay.
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msteane
Do a cruise test run on Apr 23, 2014 @ 09:52 pm

Start off with a shorter cruise to figure out if cruising is right for you. Some people have trouble with the slight ocean motion or might just not like the cruise environment. Much better to figure that out over a few days rather than a longer stay.

For myself the biggest extra expenses are alcoholic drinks and tips.
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fredamans
Secondhand Info on Apr 25, 2014 @ 04:42 pm

My friend and her husband went. They had purchased an all inclusive cruise.
When they got home they received a hefty bill for more than $1000 dollars. It seems every time you use a service, you automatically get billed for tipping.
With that said, make sure when you book that you know what is and isn't covered. Protect yourself and get them to explain the fine print, not just read it.
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