I’m so glad you’re here!
I just finished yet another cruise last week, so while I was on board, I was thinking of you guys and picking up little tips I’d like to share with you. Cruises can be SO much fun, but they can be a LOT less expensive, if you follow these few simple tips.
CUT TRAVEL COSTS – One of your biggest expenses for a cruise is just getting there. This is a great time to use frequent flier miles or other travel incentives or discounts to save on airfare and baggage fees.
CHOSING YOUR CABIN – This is another big ticket item, but it can really affect the quality of your cruise, so take your time and really think it through. I’ve done the variety pack here – I’ve gone super cheap and I’ve gone super high end.
If you’re a busy and active cruiser that won’t be in the cabin much, consider going a bit cheap. You probably won’t be in the cabin other than to shower and sleep. However, DON’T do what we did on our first cruise. We crammed all four of us plus six large pieces of luggage into a TINY inside cabin! That was not fun.
If you’re a bit older or have little kids who will want naps and such, consider spending a bit more for at least an ocean view cabin with a bit more room. You’ll appreciate not feeling like sardines.
I do have to say that I LOOOOOOVED my balcony cabin. We splurged on our 25th Anniversary Cruise and got a balcony cabin. It was heaven! It was not only much more spacious, I absolutely loved to prop the door open and go to sleep to the sound of the sea, the smell of the salt air, and the gentle motion of the ship. Best sleep ever!
Bonus tip – Cabin location is important. The center of the ship has less motion than the ends, also ships are a ton of walking. We’ve found the BEST cabin location is either right above or right below the dining rooms. Saves a lot of steps and we never heard a peep of noise from them.
I have a great E-book (it’s FREE) with an additional dozen tips to help you have a fabulous cruise. Click here to get it.
next up – we’re going to talk cell phones