Little-Known Cruise Ship Tips to Save Money, Get Stuff, and Have More Fun

Going on a cruise is a wonderful way to celebrate life, either solo or with a companion. The downside is that it can be pricy — from drinks to internet, there are a lot of extras that aren’t reflected in your initial receipt. After pursuing the discussion forums, we’ve gathered some helpful tips that will save you money and help you enjoy your trip to the max. It turns out all you need to do is ask.

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    Cheap Drinks

    On most cruise ships, you can bring your open drinks to any part of the ship you like — to your room, pool side — you are not restricted to the bar or lounge. This also includes bottles of wine or buckets of beer, which can be an economical choice if you are entertaining or traveling as a group. An all you can drink card is often offered, and is well worth it. It not only covers alcoholic beverages but also soft drinks, carbonated waters and specialty coffees.

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    The First Meal

    On Embarkation day, it seems as though the only option for your first meal is to head to the buffet with the masses. The secret is to inquire about a quieter dining venue, which is almost always available but not so obvious. You can usually get pizza or a sandwich from somewhere else to avoid the stampede and wait for your room in peace.

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    Room Service

    Room service is almost always free. The exception is usually late at night, but you can still inquire about it. Most often people assume that room service comes with a hefty fee as it does in a hotel room, but in reality the only fee is what you pay the delivery person.

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