As a first time cruiser thinking about the amount of money you’re going to spend whilst on holiday can be a concern. Cruises are notoriously expensive but with good reason thanks to the luxurious experience you enjoy while onboard. Despite this, there are plenty of ways you can save money as a first-time cruiser, here’s how:
Book your Flights Independently
If your cruise sets sail from a location that you need to fly to sometimes cruise ship operators have deals which include flights to the destination. By booking your own flights you can find flights at the best possible price for you by using a site like Sky Scanner and organize your flights for a time that best suits your schedule.
This also means that you can add on additional stays to your trip to explore the city it goes from or stay on for a few nights after depending on your interests. On our last cruise, we spent 4 nights before getting on the ship exploring Budapest and a week exploring road tripping to the castles in Germany after our cruise.
Leave Booking Until the Last Minute
The same way as booking a standard holiday last minute can be cheaper, a cruise can too. If you hold out booking your cruise last minute could mean benefiting from huge savings.
Sometimes leaving it last minute can mean you lose out on the best cabins but it can also work in your favor if people have had to cancel at the last minute too, so it’s worth a shot if you’re not too fussy about the type of cabin you have.
Go Out of Season
Booking a cruise that’s out of season means you get great savings. These kind of cruises are ideal for people who aren’t chasing the sun and just want to explore new places. Out of season cruises have plenty of advantages as they’re much less crowded, the places you visit aren’t packed with tourists and there are hardly any queues on board, so you’ll have a much more enjoyable time. These are particularly good for Baltic cruises or British Isle cruises where you’re not always guaranteed the good weather in the summer months anyway.
These three tips are all tricks that first-time cruisers might not go before booking their first venture. With these in mind, you’ll be able to make considerable savings on your first cruising holiday and get the most out of your budget.