Cruise holiday: How to avoid overspending and avoid hidden fees
Cruise holidays are continuing to rise in popularity with UK travellers who want to see the world without booking lots of flights.
The ease of travel can often come at a steep cost, thanks to the luxury of three-course meals and amazing amenities onboard the ship.
While many trips are all-inclusive, this sometimes doesn’t include everything onboard, leaving holidaymakers with a shocking fee at the end of the trip.
Travel Money Club founder Don Clark has given his best advice on how to keep track of spending when on a cruise holiday.
There is one easy way that tourists get caught out when on the ship.
Additional charges can rack up depending on the package that is bought and what it includes
Additional charges can rack up depending on the package that is bought and what it includes.
Some of these fees can include drinks, laundry or Wi-Fi services, which are added to the room. This bill is then picked up at the end, with many overspending without realising.
A family from Germany recently found this out the hard way after the young boy racked up €12,000 (£10,500) in Wi-Fi charges during the trip.
Mr Clark advises: “If you can’t pay in advance, plan and anticipate the amount of cash you intend to spend.”
Otherwise, if paying onboard, it is best to use local currency rather than sterling to get the “most favourable exchange rate”.
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He also advises how planning ahead can save the pennies.
Excursions are some of the biggest parts of the trip with 80 per cent of travellers wanting to visit multiple destinations and see as much as possible, according to Travel Money Club.
This can mean costs quickly rack up when onshore; to avoid this it can be easier to book trips with local vendors as opposed to the ship trips.
Mr Clark says that using local sellers can be better value as tourists can “negotiate a cheaper cost”.
Travellers should be cautioned if choosing this method that if the trip overruns, the ship is unlikely to wait for tourists who are not part of the onboard excursions.
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His other tips include exchanging cash before travelling, making note of all the currencies that will be needed, as well as avoiding spending onboard.
Souvenirs are often cheaper on land with much more choice and price variation.
Other additional charges on holiday can also include tipping staff.
Some cruises add it onto the room charge at the end of the trip, which can add £200 to a holiday when cruise crew members are tipped £10-£15 a day.
It is worth checking the cruise liner whether tips are included in the price.