9 Ways Cruises Cheat You Out of Money

Cruises are a great way to escape, but they’re also a great way to get travelers way out into the ocean so cruise ships can take all their money! OK, maybe not all your money, but definitely a good chunk if you’re not careful. Cruise packages often have tricks and hidden fees to get you to pay a lot more than you bargained for once you’re on board. Luckily for you, we’ve laid nine of them out here to help you steer clear of these modern day pirates:

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1. Food

You’ve just arrived on what you think is an insanely cheap cruise deal. You’re starving and run to the dining room to enjoy your first solid meal on the high seas. You order a massive steak and numerous sides. Amazing! Then, the waiter asks how you’d like to pay. Pay?

Be careful. Some cruises don’t include food in their ticket prices, and three meals a day adds up fast.

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2. Leaving the Boat

You’re excited that your boat stops in 15 locations. Want to see them all? Be ready to cough up not only docking fees, but also ferry ticket prices and tips for local drivers. A quick lunch in a seaside town may leave your pockets lighter than expected.

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3. Entertainment

While you may not be overly enthused to check out the Cinderella play taking place in the ship’s ballroom, your children probably will be. Although many cruise ships offer nightly entertainment, some of these performances have tickets that cost extra. So you better be ready to either cough up some more dough or put on your own pretty princess smile.

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