Money Savings Tips for Cruise Holidays

Written by Karen Bryan

Cruises have skyrocketed in popularity in recent times. This is, in part, due to the industry targeting a younger generation by offering a range of different destinations and proving all kinds of amazing facilities on board. Nowadays, cruises are multi-generational trips and a fantastic way to travel and see the world.

Due to the nature of the trip, a cruise can be an expensive holiday. With this in mind, here are a few money saving tips for booking a cruise holiday:

Come Prepared

You will be able to buy a lot of the items that you need onboard, but this will be expensive. Instead, make a checklist of what you need and buy it in your local store.

Late Deals

You can make huge savings on a ticket by booking onto a late cruise deal. If people drop out or if there is a lot of space onboard, companies like Bolsover Holidays will slash their prices in an attempt to fill the cruise liner. You will need to keep your eyes peeled and be ready to go at a moment’s notice, but you could make big savings with these deals.

Plan your Own Excursions

During port days, the cruise will arrange excursions in and around the port city. Whilst these are a great way to explore, they can also be very expensive. Instead, research ahead of where you will be stopping and plan your own excursions. Alternatively, stay on the ship and take advantage of the peace and quiet. If you plan your own excursion, be sure to come back with plenty of time to spare (although they are careful with the headcount).

Free Dining Venues

You may be tempted to eat at the lavish eateries onsite, but the free dining venues are a great way to save money. Some places will offer restaurant packages where you can bundle dinner reservations for discount prices at the fancy restaurants.

Drinks Packages

If you plan on indulging in drinks each day (you are on holiday after all), you should look into a beverage package. These provide flat fees for an unlimited number of drinks (available both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Drinks prices can be hefty and service charge is often added on too, so it is a quick way to drain your funds.


Wi-Fi can be very expensive out at sea. Save your money by disconnecting and saving it for port days – it can actually be very satisfying to switch off for a few days.

These tips will help any holidaymaker make huge savings on their cruise whilst also still having a wonderful vacation.