You may have found an incredible deal on a cruise, and that’s awesome. There are few things more satisfying than finding an amazing rate for a fabulous vacation.
However, it’s important to be aware of potential hidden charges that can drive up the cost of that cruise. Often times the price you’re quoted isn’t the real, final price. You also have taxes and fees as well as gratuities and other expenses.
Here are some additional unexpected charges to look out for.
First of all, you’ll likely have to pay for your airfare to the port city. Then, you also have to get to the boat. Cruises may offer a transfer service, but it often isn’t cheap.
To get from the airport to the ship could cost anywhere from $20 to $100 if using their transportation services. Unless you’re traveling solo, it may be less expensive to take a cab or ride-sharing service to the port.
Using the ship’s Wi-Fi can be a costly add-on to your trip. Often basic packages can cost $10 a day or more. We’ve even seen some that were over $50 a day.
If you want to save money, use your cruising time to disconnect from it all. If you want to keep in contact with friends and family, try to do so when docked. Local internet cafes often offer far less expensive access.
If you’re paying out of pocket for beverages, it can quickly add up – just like being at a bar. And we’re not just talking about alcoholic ones either. Even a soda could cost as much as $2.
Look into available drink packages if you want to save money. Yes, there’s often a daily charge, but it may very well be worth it.
When booking a cruise, it’s important to know what’s included and what’s not. Most ships have multiple restaurants – dining at some may be included in your fare, others may not be. Some cruises offer specialty dining packages as well.
Be sure to review all of the amenities and weigh what’s important to you. In some cases, it’s better to pay in advance for access to certain options.
As for all that fun stuff that happens after you dock, some of it can cost a pretty penny. Snorkeling, spelunking, horseback rides, and other onshore excursions can cost hundreds of dollars.
Here’s the thing – you can certainly save money by choosing your own adventures versus participating in those offered by your cruise. However, excursions that are offered by your cruise line can offer more security.
If a tour booked by the cruise is late, the ship will wait for it. Those who’re late otherwise are out of luck. The ship will leave you behind.