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  • 04
  • Aug
  • 2015

The secret to stretching your dollar when booking a cruise

Contrary to what some travelers may think, cruising is generally a much more affordable way to travel in comparison to most land vacations. In addition to having plenty of destinations to choose from, your luxury cruise ship is your floating resort with all the extras that you could ever hope for!


Entertainment is included in the cost of your cruise.

Because there is so much to do onboard a cruise ship, oftentimes travelers think that taking advantage of all the various amenities like world-class dining options, comedy shows, musical concerts and activities will cost them extra. This couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, cruising includes almost everything.

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Your cruise fare includes:

  • Your stateroom (with your own bathroom)
  • Many delicious dining options (including room service)
  • Various entertainment options
  • Different group activities for people of all ages
  • Childcare during the day (so you can relax while they play!)
  • Fitness center use
  • Entertainment, including Broadway-quality shows, live music and comedy shows


    Room service is free onboard your cruise ship.

However, there are a few things that are not included in your cruise fare that you might want to set a budget aside for. These include:

  • Alcohol & specialty drinks
  • Specialty restaurants
  • Shore excursions
  • Gratuities

Kids activities are included in the cost of your cruise.

Here’s the secret to stretching your dollar when booking a cruise:  If you book your cruise during a cruise line’s promotion, you may end up getting one or a few of these amenities included in your fare. For example, right now Holland America Line’s Explore4 promotion features four amenities included when you book select sailings. So if you book during the Explore4 sale, you’ll get a free beverage package, a free specialty dinner for 2, 50% reduced deposit and free or 50% off 3rd/4th guests in the room. That’s a huge savings! Be sure and check out the website for all cruise lines’ promotions, or give us a call and our travel advisors will help you  discover how affordable cruising can be.

To learn more about how to save while cruising, contact our knowledgeable and friendly travel advisors at All of our agents are Cruise Line International Association-accredited and will help answer any questions you may have. Call us today at 1-888-804-CRUISE (2784) or visit our website, Sign up for our email newsletter InnerCircle for exclusive offers and last minute cruise deals. Be the first to know about upcoming cruise specials. Join today!

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