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

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Holland America allows onboard non-alcoholic beverages, so ask staff to clear out your mini-fridge and fill it with your own cold drinks. Some people also choose to bring flasks that appear as suntan lotion bottles in order to bring their own booze aboard, but you’ll need to be clever with this one.

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Buffet-to-Go

Another option to room service is to fill up at the buffet and simply take your dinner back to your cabin or balcony (if you have one). This enables you the privacy and comfort of room service, with the choice and amount that you would enjoy dining at the restaurant. Unless there is a specified policy, almost all cruise ships allow you to do this.

So now I will officially welcome you to the exclusive club of cruisers who are in the know. These simple tricks will allow you to get the star treatment while saving a dime. Just make sure to ask the staff the right questions, and happy sailing!

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