We took cruises towards the end of the time we lived in Michigan to help break up the winter.
So when I saw this post on how to save on cruise costs I just had to check it out.
The ones we used include:
1. Book Far in Advance
5. Take Advantage of Wave Season (Jan-Mar)
8. Avoid Cruising on Holiday Weekends
13. Avoid Cruising on New Ships
14. Cruise on Refurbished Ships
18. Minimize Spending Onboard the Ship
Some comments on these:
- We booked far in advance because we wanted a certain cruise and a certain cabin on the ships. But it also helped save money. :)
- All of our cruises were in January since it broke up the winter right in the middle. We had been through two months of winter by mid-January and had two months (or so) left.
- I did check out Christmas/New Year's cruises once and they were significantly more expensive.
- We never went on a new ship, but the ships we were on were refurbished -- so they were "like new".
- We hardly spent any money on board. We didn't gamble, don't drink, and didn't get the soda package. We did buy some treats, but only when they were on sale.
A couple more things about our cruising experiences:
- We found that Costco had the best cruise prices. See Shopping for a Cruise and Cruise Update.
- Here's the day-by-day review of our first cruise.
How about you? Any cruise lovers out there with tips?