People ask me all the time how to cruise on a budget. After giving it a lot of thought, I have decided on 3 important tips for cruising on a budget.
1. Book your cruise early, not last minute: While it is possible to find last minute cruise ship deals, usually the best thing is to book early. I have found from experience that prices of cruises go up, not down, as they get closer to cruise time.
Of course there are exceptions, but cruising has become very popular in the last 10 years and most cruise now tend to be mostly sold.
Last minute deals are often available for less popular destinations such as Alaska and Eastern Canada but for most Caribbean and Mexican Riviera cruises, you should try to book as early as possible.
2. Drive to the cruise port rather than fly: Another technique that I use to save money on my cruise is to drive instead of fly to my cruise port. I do not believe that flying saves as much time now as it once did, with all the security measures. If I factor in my trip to the airport, the time it takes to clear security, wait for departure, finding my luggage at my destination, a two hour flight can easily take 12 hours.
That is why on my next cruise, I intend to drive. I will save about $ 1000 in airfare and I will arrive with a lot less stress.
3. Read your ships daily Newsletter: Whether it is the Princess Patter or the Carnival Capers all the cruise lines will slip under your door a daily newsletter. This will outline the days itinerary and allow you to plan your day with events that will not cost any additional money. Otherwise you could easily end up in the casino or the bingo simply because you feel that you have nothing else to do.