9 Ways Cruises Cheat You Out of Money

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7. Auctions

Getting bored in your economy room with no sea view? Take a stroll to the local cruise auction room. Nature prints, realistic duck sketches and dog sculptures can all be yours – for a price. Don’t get carried away with your purchases or you may be working overtime upon your return.

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8. Gambling

It’s standard for cruise ships to be outfitted with onboard casinos. Black Jack, dice and roulette tables abound in these money-sucking mazes where the casual gambler can easily get carried away after a few shrimp cocktails. Set a strict limit for yourself – you’re not on the roll you think you are.

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9. Schedules

If you’re lucky enough to be on a cruise that has food and activities included, be sure to abide by the times that are set for you to attend the dinners and events – and definitely don’t be late. If you miss a meal or show, you may have to pay if you want to sit in on the next opening. We all know that tardiness never pays, and in this case it could even cost double.

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