Want some awesome cruise tips for first timers? Most cruise lines will put "all-inclusive" in their promos and this generally covers all the basics but there are some that you will have to pay for.
We are all aware of how cruise lines can be tricky when it comes to your bill. But I'll teach you how you can outsmart cruise lines at the end of this article but first we're going to take a look at some money saving tips on the hidden costs of cruising.
Shore Excursions – Prices go from $ 26 – $ 46 for a half day tour and up to $ 200 for a whole day tour. The thing is that you do not have to take the ship's tour because you can go independently and you can get it at a much lower cost. You can actually get it for free. How? By going on a self-guided walking tour.
Alcohol and Beverages – These are not covered in your fares on most cruise lines. You have to be really careful with alcohol and other beverages because they can really add up to your cruise bill. Many cruise lines have "daily drink promos" you may want to check out. During meals, you can get complimentary iced tea, milk and coffee. If you're going with kids, ask if your ship provides unlimited soda packages ($ 15- $ 20).
Casino – I would advise you to just avoid risking it in the casino. If you can not then make sure that you set a limit to how much you want to risk and when to get out if you lose.
Spa – A trip to the spa costs around $ 90 – $ 115 but if you encountered a sales pitch and have no interest, you can just politely declare. But if you really want to go to a spa, then you can check the ship's daily program on promos for spas.
Souvenirs – Be careful of buying souvenirs inside a cruise ship because you might end up buying a $ 5 item for over $ 400. Do not be tempted to look around boutiques and generally souvenir items are very overpriced. You might want to check out the shops during the last day of the cruise because they usually give some big discounts.