Thinking about how much money do you need on a cruise? This is one of the biggest concerns for most of the people who haven’t been on a cruise vacation. There are lots of very good deals that cruise lines are promoting because they only need to fill up their cabins with cash paying customers.
When all the cabins are filled up and the ship is heading out to sea, this is where most first time cruisers fall flat when it comes to how they are going to spend money while on a cruise. This is entirely not your fault because this is exactly what the cruise lines want.
You absolutely don’t have any idea how the cruise industry works and that’s what cruise lines want. Of course you can’t just stand around and let the cruise lines milk your pockets. I’ll let you know how you can outsmart them later but for now we’re going to take a look at some of the things that you need to pay for when on a cruise.
Gratuities – The amount you’re going to pay for a tip is between $10 and $12 for every person in your cabin per day. When you check in, the cruise line will set you up with an on board account.
Drinks and Beverages – Expect to pay around $5 for a bottle of water. A regular 12-ounce can of soft drinks will cost you around $2. A 16-ounce bottle of beer costs around $5. A bottle of champagne will cost you between $20 and $35.
Photographs – Cruise employees will shoot a lot of pictures and this will cost you $15 – $26. Most of the cruise lines will also do video which can also be very expensive. My advice is to just take your own pictures and ask fellow passengers to take photos of you.
Shore Excursions – Booking shore excursions is really optional but cruise lines will do their best to tempt you with amazing shore excursions which can cost you $100 for each person.
Spa Services – The cost for a typical cruise spa starts at about $70 – $80 and this will go automatically in your on board account.
Internet – An hour of Internet access inside a cruise ship is about $50 but you’re better off using the Internet at shore because it’s much cheaper and faster.