"Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds. In your sail, explore, dream, discover."
According to Statista, "The global cruise industry generated revenues of 37.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2014, a figure which was expected to increase to approximately 39.6 billion by the end of 2016. The number of passengers carried by the cruise industry has grown year-on-year and is expected to exceed 25 million in 2019."
The statistics testified that a lot of people are smitten by the sea. The clear-blue ocean is just so inviting and what's the best way to absorb its beauty is by cruising. Enthusiasm about cruise lines is getting intensified over the years.
But the price to pay is not that budget-friendly. You have to save, save and save. On the other hand, think of that popular saying "If there's a will there's a way." Here are some tips on how to stretch your money for that dream cruise vacation.
1. Early bird catches the worm, plus the fish
It has been known that if you book ahead of time, you will have a smooth sailing transaction. It will also give you time to feed your piggy bank.
Good to know that cruise lines also offers last-minute deals. Take advantage of the sites that caters discounts. Book online through Last Minute Cruises , Avalon Waterways and Cruise Direct Online. There are other sites that offer up to 60-70 percent off of packages. Now, dreaming is not just the way to purchase that luxurious vacation. Travel in style without "drowning in red ink."
2. Book through travel agency
Large travel agencies are able to block out number of cabins which allows them to bargain discounted prices compared to the standard rate.
Booking through agencies will give you total control over your transactions. Your agent will oversee all your needs from proper documentation, shore excursions, specialty dining and if you need some changes, they can help you.
3. Maximize your freebies
You need to live within the package that you have chosen, so stick with your plan. Maximize the buffet breakfast, complimentary drinks and guided tours. But if you want to dive in a little bit, look for dining and beverage packages that will save you money.
4. Go offline
Internet access and Wi-Fi have ratcheted up consumer's bill. Save your surfing for port days and look for free connection. Hey, it's your vacation, so enjoy your stay, going online will only distract your attention.
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