Cruise ships boast all kinds of amenities for holidaymakers to enjoy these days. Along with the traditional luxury spa, five-star restaurants, and on-deck swimming pool options, modern ships also boast an array of exciting amenities you won’t find anywhere else. Royal Caribbean, for example, is home to an onboard surfing experience called the “Flow Rider’, meanwhile Celebrity Cruises recently introduced its own 2-story “martini glass” hot tubs to its Celebrity Edge ship.
However, with the latest ABTA report showing that cruise holidays are booming in popularity, ships filled with passengers can mean many travelers find themselves missing out on popular activities.
Luckily, two cruise experts have revealed a helpful hack that not only will give cruisers first-dibs on many of the most-loved amenities, they could also see some sizeable discounts.
Ben and David are a pair of cruise enthusiasts who run their own Youtube channel “Cruise with Ben and David” where they share their experiences sailing the high seas.
Having traveled on cruise ships countless times, they have amassed a host of tips that can increase the onboard experience.
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“And the spa also offers some really big discounts that most people don’t know about; because there are not many people on the ship it’s a great time to enjoy some of the amazing ship’s facilities.”
However, this doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the onshore excursions.
“You don’t have to do a full day,” adds Ben.
“You could even just do a half-day, so maybe get off the ship later in the afternoon or first thing in the morning and spend half the day on the ship enjoying the facilities by yourself. “
David continues: “On sea days and when people are between ports it can be really busy, all of the activities can be really busy: waterparks, the slides the climbing walls, the flow rider, whatever, can be really busy.
“So it is a great opportunity to do these on a port day. “
Passengers who don’t want to miss out on a full day onshore, but still want to save money, are also in luck.
Ben Better, a cruise and travel expert, has revealed that cruisers can save up to 50 percent if they avoid taking part in excursions arranged by the cruise line.
In his book Secret Cruise Tips for the First Time Cruiser, he explains that cruise organised tours are “significantly pricier” than do it yourself tours.
He claims that they can be “anywhere between 20 percent and 50 percent more expensive compared to DIY tours. Hence the main reasons why many people swear by DIY tours.”
However, Ben is quick to point out the risks a DIY tour could pose, particularly for first-time cruisers.
He writes: “On DIY tours you run the real risk of being left behind if you are late coming back for whatever reason (e.g. vehicle breakdown.)
“It costs the cruise company thousands of dollars to extend their port time and make no mistake, the ship WILL leave without you.”
“If this is your first cruise or if you have young children, I would recommend taking the cruise organised tour to avoid any hassles and uncertainty.”
“Especially if the port is a remote island where it’s easy to get lost and public transport is non-existent!”