Saving Money Onboard
The best way to save money onboard the cruise ship is to not buy anything at all. However, most of us don't want to spend more than necessary so these tips will help guide your spending while onboard the cruise ship.
Avoid Pay Extra Dining Spots
In the price of your cruise you have already paid for an endless buffet, dining room, and other food that is offered free onboard your cruise ship. Why would you want to pay extra? I understand sometimes people want to pay for steakhouses & other onboard eating places for a fee because they are celebrating a special ocassion or they just want to treat themselves. However, keep in mind you are basically paying "double" for the food. The cruise line has already factored in all of the free food in the fare of your cruise and offers these specialty places to try to make more revenue. It's your choice, but if you want to save money don't eat at the pay extra dining spots.
Enjoy The Free Entertainment Offered Onboard
In the price of your cruise you have already paid for the free entertainment. Many cruise lines offer some entertainment options that cost extra. For example many cruise lines charge a fee to play bingo. I agree that Bingo is a lot of fun but when you are playing against many other guests your chances of winning have decreased. However, if you do win the jackpot, you will have covered some costs you have encountered while on your cruise. If you are like me, just stick to the free entertainment that is offered and only pay extra for entertainment if you really want to do something. Remember you are on vacation and sometimes you need a small treat.
Saving While Shopping Onboard
Cruise ships typically have gift shops, liquor shops, art gallery shops, shore excursions for sale, and many other different opportunities to shop while onboard the cruise ship. Look for money saving deals! On the first day you will typically see SPA deals, Internet deals, and maybe a photo gallery deal. Throughout the cruise keep your eyes open for raffles, free beverage and food tastings, free internet time deals, and sales in the gift shop. If your ship is on its last voyage before repositioning look to see if a sale is being run on items that reflect the old itinerary. The simplest way to save money when it comes to shopping is to not buy anything, but most people want to bring something home to remember their cruise vacation.
Saving Money On Future Cruises While Onboard Your Current Cruise
Some cruise lines offer incentives for guests onboard their current cruise to book or make a deposit on a future cruise. Typically guests can book or make a deposit and get a credit for doing one of these things. Some cruise ships have a desk that is devoted to future cruises. If you are interested in booking another cruise this might be a starting place to find out if your cruise line offers any incentives for booking while onboard or making a deposit.