The cruising industry is one of the largest in the world, and we’re not just talking about the size of the ships that have been rolling off the assembly lines in recent years. We’re talking about an industry that does nearly $40 billion USD worth of business each and every year… And that’s a number that’s only going up, up, up!
Unsurprisingly, cruise lines have figured out how to extract the maximum amount of money from their passengers and through their fares… But, there’s some things they don’t want you to know. Namely, there are a few clever ways you can game the system, saving hundreds if not thousands of dollars on your cruising vacations!
In the 25 items that follow, you’re going to learn all of the sneaky things you can do to gain the upper hand on this $40-billion industry. And, just to make sure you’re paying attention, we’re going to share a few fun facts that you might not know about cruise lines and cruise ships. In the end, if you read each of these 25 things, you’ll know more than any other passenger aboard the next ship you’re cruising on…
1. Agents Are Your Friends
In this day and age, everyone wants to cut out the middleman. But, if you’re looking to score the best deals on the cruises that are right for you, an agent is still your best option.
2. Port Time = Spa Time
When people are gallivanting while the ship is in port, the bookings at the spa dry up significantly. You know what that means, right? Deals, deals, deals!
3. That’s Just Gross
Here are two fun facts you might not know: Once a ship is three miles away from land, it can dump human waste into the ocean. When it’s 10 miles away? The cruise ship can dump all of the untreated sewage it wants… GROSS!
4. Airfare Included? Maybe Not…
Packaged cruise deals that include airfare to and from the port of departure aren’t always deals. Look into airfare yourself, as you might stand to save significantly.
5. Beware of Pirates!
We’re not saying that your cruise ship is going to be boarded by pirates, but it has happened in the past. Thankfully, the crew of almost every cruise ship are prepared for such eventualities.