1. Choosing Your Stateroom
The type of stateroom you select is one of the greatest factors in determining how much you pay for your Alaska cruise vacation. A room with a balcony is more expensive than a room with only a window or an interior stateroom with no view. Interior rooms are usually the cheapest option available. Remember, cruise ships have outside public decks that you can visit to look outside. You may not be able to look outside from your room, but an interior stateroom would allow you to save money and you would have an option to go to a public outside deck to look out. However, if you are willing to pay more and plan on spending more time in your room you might to consider paying a little more for a room with a view.
2. Selecting Your Flights & Hotel Accommodations
Most Alaska cruisers will have to fly into their departure port. Search for cheaper flights and shop around by looking at different airlines. However, be careful to make sure you give yourself plenty of time before the cruise to arrive because you don't want your plane to become delayed and you then miss boarding your cruise ship. Also, don't book a flight too soon after a cruise because if your ship becomes delayed you may miss your flight to go home.
3. Don't Do Shore Excursions In The Ports
Shore excursions are a great way to experience a certain aspect of a port, but they cost extra and can be expensive. In most Alaska ports of call you can get off the ship and just walk around. You could consider browsing shops or just walk around the city. Guess what? This option is free!
4. While Onboard Your Cruise: Enjoy What Is Included & Don't Pay For Extras
When you pay the base price of your cruise you are probably paying for your stateroom, regular dining, and other amenities. Cruise lines like to charge for extras that you can get such as specialty dining.To save money stick with the dining that is included with the base price of your cruise. Avoid the casino and gambling because you will most likely lose. If you are allowed to bring your own soft drinks or alcoholic drinks with you onboard the ship you should consider doing so. The fee for bar beverages on cruise ships can be expensive.
Keep in mind the easiest way to save money is not to spend any at all. However, this is not possible if you want to experience Alaska. Keep track of how much you spend and enjoy your Alaska cruise vacation!
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