5 ways to save on your next cruise
Explore the world on open waters. Escape the land and live luxuriously aboard a cruise ship.
It’s no wonder cruise vacations are one of the most popular travel options.
But according to Cruisemarketwatch.com, the average cruise is far from cheap. The website says the average estimated cost per day on a cruise is about $222. About $50 of that is on-board spending.
You can cut those costs down by being smart and accessing easy savings, like Cash Back. Here are some quick and simple ways to save money on your next cruise vacation.
1. Book your cruise — last-minute — through Priceline.com:
Score up to 80 percent off last-minute (three to six weeks away) cruises through Priceline. Pair that with a whopping 7 percent Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com, plus 50 Shop Gold reward points.
The average cruise ticket price per day is about $168. Take 7 percent off that, and you’re automatically saving almost $12 a day. For an eight-day cruise, that’s close to $100 in savings for barely any effort.
2. Be flexible in your travel dates:
You can sometimes save big by shopping last-minute deals, but you can also save if you plan far in advance. The best bet is to set a budget and then stay flexible for your travel dates, until you find a cruise that matches your price parameters.
Summers and holiday weeks tend to have the highest demand and therefore highest prices, so consider traveling in the off-season. The so-called “wave season,” January through March, tends to be the cheapest time to cruise.
3. Downgrade your living quarters:
If you’re trying to save money, cabins without windows or balconies or rooms in less-than-ideal locations can be much cheaper. If you’re planning on taking full advantage of all of the fun and entertainment throughout the ship, you won’t be spending a ton of time in your room anyway.
4. Travel in a pack:
You can often find group discounts — or even earn a free ticket if you book enough other guests.
5. Save money on board:
Remember: Travelers typically spend $50 a day on board, and this is a huge potential area for cut-backs. Skip the optional, upgraded dining options that cost extra. Plan ahead and book beverage packages, and check to see what drinks you can pack yourself. While you may not be able to bring your own wine, you can probably pack your own bottles of water and save big there. Buy a case of water from Walmart.com before you depart. Ozarka Natural Spring Water, $10.66 (plus Cash Back), Walmart.com