Five Cost-Saving Cruise Tips for Families

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Leading family travel site Trekaroo offers money-saving tips families can apply this cruise season.


Money-Saving Cruise Tips for Families

Save money by booking your own port-of-call excursions. Any family can do this!

Cruise vacations can be expensive, and helps families cruise for less with five practical tips any cruising family can apply. Before booking a cruise or embarking on your planned cruise vacation, keep the following expert cruise tips in mind:

Book your own excursions:
The most expensive aspects of any cruise are the port-of-call excursions. Save money by booking your own excursions instead of booking through your cruise line. Any family can do this! Your itinerary will be more flexible, and you may even get off the beaten path. Not sure you're up for the task? Book through a reputable third-party like Viator or ShoreTrips.

Take advantage of free entertainment and activities:
So many cruise ship amenities are included! Encourage kids to explore kids club games and recreation instead of expensive on-board arcades, and try the pools and outdoor offerings before virtual golf courses or climbing walls. If you're tempted by a spa treatment, consider purchasing a spa day pass. Most spas offer these passes--which allow guests to enjoy spa pools, hot tubs, steam rooms, and lounges--for approximately $30-40 per day.

Book two standard staterooms instead of a stateroom for five:
For instance, when sailing on most Disney cruise ships, Disney will recommend booking a Deluxe Family Stateroom. In almost all cases, two connecting interior staterooms will be the better deal... and provide the convenience of two bathrooms. Cruising with a multigenerational group? Let some kids bunk with grandparents to avoid booking larger staterooms.

Use a specialized travel agent:
Wonder how other cruisers get onboard credits? In most cases, they book early, or book with a travel agent specializing in cruise vacations. Remember, a reputable travel agent costs families nothing.

Stay off-line:
It's vacation, after all! In almost all cases, wifi--when available--will set travelers back significantly onboard cruise ships. Instead of paying upwards of 75 cents per minute for wifi connection, try to keep the laptop closed and phone off if possible. To communicate with others onboard, use WAVE phones or walkie talkies. You'll feel like you're at summer camp again!

Trekaroo's Cruise Week offers more family-friendly cruise tips, travel advice, and inspiration cruise experiences for families considering booking a cruise vacation.

Trekaroo is the fun way to get the inside scoop on everyday travel with kids. With thousands of kid-friendly activities, hotels, and restaurants, Trekaroo unearths delightful discoveries near and far. Learn more about Trekaroo and connect with additional travel-savvy families on

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