Think that once you’ve paid for your cruise you can lock your wallet away in the cabin safe until the end of the voyage? Think again. After you board your ship there are myriad temptations to get you to pull out your credit card – in fact, on board ship your room key IS your credit card (how easy is that). From spa treatments to shore excursions, alternative dining options, art auctions and more you can easily rack up a bill that’s more than you paid for the cruise itself. While it’s almost impossible to avoid all the additional charges, there are some strategies for minimizing them.
Once on board, you can find your cabin and begin to learn your way around ship. Check your cabin, your dining assignments, etc. to make sure everything matches. If not, visit the customer services desk, usually located on the main deck, where they can correct any problems. Before sailing, there will be a mandatory safety meeting, usually at your muster station (the place to go when the general alarm sounds). It is important to listen carefully, even if you are a frequent cruiser, as things change.
If both you and your partner each give up one specialty coffee and one fast food lunch per week and set that money aside you have just added at least $25 to your cruise fund. This was not too much of a change to your daily routine and you are on your way toward a Caribbean cruise. You must be disciplined though and leave that cruise fund money alone and continue to make your contributions.
Now, I suspect you already knew most of this stuff. If you found this article, then you’re probably looking for information on which charter boat cruise line best fits your family and hopefully some tricks for finding discounts. With 20+ cruises under my belt, I’ve learned a trick or two when it comes to finding the best deals. So, lets get on with it and give you the goods you’re looking for, right?
The best travel agents will also know when the prices go down on a cruise you have already booked and either contact the cruise line to credit the difference in price to you or completely rebook the cruise at the new rate.
Only make sure that you book in advance to get hold of a good bargain. Plan your next holiday to Fort Lauderdale and enjoy the soothing and tranquil atmosphere of this amazing place.
Caribbean cruises, particularly the better ones, will fill up quickly, so this is one holiday that you really have to book well in advance. A year in advance is not too early. I like to book my Caribbean cruise a year in advance, but put my name down for any last minute cancellations, in case I can pick up a bargain.