6 things to know about before going on a cruise

Cruising can be a lot of fun, but there’s a few things you can think about in advance to make the trip a whole lot easier to enjoy. Here’s our list of 6 tips to think about before you go on a cruise, so you have the time on your life on your next cruise.

1. Watch the cost of alcohol
Being on holiday is all about relaxing and having a good time, and for some people that includes a cold beverage during the day or with an evening meal. But those drink costs can quickly add up. If you’re adding drinks upon drinks onto your bill throughout the cruise, you might find yourself being given a hefty bill that you hadn’t budgeted for. Instead of buying your drinks as you go, try and get cheap drinks on your cruise, or buy a drinks package so you know exactly what you’re spending as you go.

2. Bring a reusable water bottle
Filtered water is usually available at water stations throughout the ship, but it pays to have an easily accessible bottle of water on you at all times, especially when you’re on deck, enjoying activities or in your cabin. Bring along a water bottle so you can refill it as you go.

3. Know ATM fees are high on board
Cruises are cashless premises, so you’d be forgiven for just bringing your ATM card and not really expecting to use it. But if you do need to withdrawal cash as you go, just remember you will be hit with a large transaction fee that can often go up to $10 per transaction. Always bring cash with you to avoid this added expense.

4. Spa treatments and the hard sell afterwards
A massage or a manicure is a great way to relax and unwind during a holiday, but be aware of the hard sell that will most likely occur afterwards. A nice bottle of body lotion might just set you back a whole lot more than it would on dry land, so be wary of the prices you’re paying before you get too excited.

5. Cruise cabin cards and cashless charging
Remembering that cruises are cashless areas, the cruise line will have your credit card number on file and will charge your cruise cabin card just like a credit card if you purchase products and services. Be aware of the prices you’re paying before you say yes to anything.

6. Data roaming charges can really hurt
Uh oh, if you forgot to turn off your mobile phone data while you’re on a cruise, then that is going to be one expensive mistake. And if you think uploading a simple photo or making a quick phone call won’t break the budget, think again. Connect to the Wifi instead and don’t get a shock when you get your next phone bill.