Cruise Ship Holidays: Value for Money

Val Mills By Val Mills, 14th Jun 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A cruise is a relaxing and inexpensive way of recharging your batteries. The most stressful part is choosing which cruise to go on. After that there is little to worry about.

Cost – What do you Get for Your Money?

One of the major advantages of a cruise is that the big costs are paid for in advance. Your travel, accommodation, food and entertainment are all included in the price. You’re then free to spend as little or as much as you want on sipping poolside cocktails, participating in organised shore day trips and, of course, shopping.
Even on board tips are included in the price for many cruises. It’s up to you whether you wish to make additional payments to your favourite crew members at the end of the trip.


There’s often a tendency to try and cover too much ground each day when travelling to distant destinations. This can be tiring, preventing you from enjoying yourself as much as you’d like.
On board a cruise ship everything is taken care of. The ship’s captain and crew make all the decisions for you and ensure you get to the pre-arranged destinations as planned.
The destinations for shore days have been carefully chosen and you are offered a range of organised options to choose from if you wish. These do cost additional payment, but are worth it. Having only a day on shore, you want to see as much as possible. However, if you prefer to wander and explore alone, this is also acceptable and helps keep your costs to a minimum.


At the time of booking you choose the type of cabin you can afford. Each ship has a range of cabin costs. For maximum enjoyment it’s best to pay a little more for an outside ocean view cabin if you can. The pleasure of waking up to see the deep blue sea, or falling asleep at night watching the stars, is beyond description.
Once you’ve checked into your cabin you can unpack and make it your home for the rest of your holiday. Your bed is always there for you, made and waiting. There’s no need to pack up all your belongings


Food is always a major holiday expense. When you’re away from home it’s hard being economical. This is another advantage of cruising. Cruise ships provide food in abundance, always well cooked and presented. Graze all day if you wish. The choice is amazing and with all main meals and snacks included in your cost. This makes for an economical holiday. It certainly doesn’t pay to go on a diet before going cruising, save that until you get home.

Entertainment and Crew

Choose your favourite way to pass time and you’ll probably find it on board. Whether it’s enjoying an after dinner show, dancing until early morning, enjoying a quiet book in the library, trying your chances in the casino, duty free shopping, having a go at new activities and games, sipping poolside cocktails or simply dozing in the sun on a deck chair, you’ll find something to meet your needs.
If your idea of a holiday is being pampered, then a cruise is definitely for you. The cost of your cruise includes having your bed made for you by friendly cabin crew, your dinner served in style, and first class entertainers offering a range of entertainment. Ship crews are amazing people. They look after you, put up with your ridiculous questions, smile endlessly and even remember your name. Most cruises build a tip surcharge into their cost, but believe me, by the end of the cruise you’ll have your favourite crew members that you’ll want to thank even further.

Value for Money

If you’ve never cruised before, take the challenge. After one cruise you’ll wish you hadn’t waited so long. I’m already planning my next cruise holiday.


Cruise Holidays, Cruise Ships, Inexpensive Holidays, Ship Board Entertainment, Travel

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author avatar Erik Van Tongerloo
15th Jun 2010 (#)

Good advice

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