Cruise Tip of the Week: Arrange Your Own Transfers

Tip: Your cruise is booked. Now you need to need to figure out how you’re getting to the terminal from your hotel or the airport. It’s easy to give into to the cruise lines’ transfer services when they’re only a click away, but with a little research, you can save a lot of money traveling […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: How to Get “Free Money” for Your Cruise

Tip: Want to give your wallet a break? Learn how to earn “free money” on your next cruise, and enjoy specialty dining, spa treatments and more with onboard credit.

Cruise Tip of the Week: How to Have a Stress-Free Sailaway

Tip: Your bags are packed. Travel documents are in order. What else could you be missing? While the mental checklist might come naturally to some, it’s easy for others to neglect “the obvious” when gearing up for embarkation day. One way to avoid stressing before your cruise is by arriving at your port city a […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Save While You Sip

Tip: Every cruiser has his or own tricks for saving money — whether it’s vowing not to spend extra on specialty restaurants or purchasing a beverage package. But there are quite a few “secrets” to stretching your budget that the cruise lines don’t advertise. If beverage packages aren’t your thing, consider this: Beer-drinkers: Ordering a […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Up Your Main Dining Room Experience

Tip: Why pay for a specialty restaurant when the main dining room is included in your fare? That’s how many cruisers feel when deciding how to use their spending money onboard. If you’d rather splurge on shore excursions or the spa, that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself at dinner. Don’t be afraid to make […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Set the Mood

Tip: Dinner for two in a cozy specialty restaurant, chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to your cabin, walking along the top deck on a starry night… Cruises make the perfect romantic getaways. One way to set the mood is a little less obvious. If you’re venturing off with your significant other, pack some battery-operated tea lights. These […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Pack More, Spend Less

Tip: There are tons of ways to stretch your spending money on a cruise, and one of them is BYOB: bringing your own beverages. Many lines ban passengers from bringing their own wine, beer and hard alcohol — or end up charging a corkage fee — but soft drinks, juices, bottled water and iced tea […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: How to Get a Cabin Upgrade

Tip: Getting a free or low-cost cabin upgrade isn’t impossible — you just need a strategy. One way to up your chances is by booking a guarantee cabin. With a guarantee, the cruise line is essentially choosing your cabin. You’re assured space in the category you requested, but won’t know the exact cabin until a […]

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