Six Ways to Save Money on a Cruise

My husband and I recently returned from a “7 Day Exotic Western Caribbean” cruise, which visited Cozumel, Mexico, Belize City, Belize, Roatan, Honduras, and Grand Cayman. We had an absolute blast visiting all of the different islands and cruising around the Caribbean. It was truly a vacation of a lifetime, but, as you can imagine, it wasn’t the cheapest vacation we’ve ever taken together. We allowed ourselves to splurge on our cruise, but we pinched our pennies when we could. Here are six ways that we saved money on our cruise!



Pack a Reusable Water Bottle

Purchasing bottled water is neither a budget- nor environmentally-friendly practice, so instead of wasting money and natural resources, I packed a reusable water bottle that I filled up as many times as I wanted from the water fountains on board the ship.






Buy Sunblock Ahead of Time 

On vacations in the past, I found myself shelling out big bucks for sunblock at touristy gift shops, so instead of paying a premium price for it, I packed my own– and a lot of it, so I didn’t run out. As a way to get past the airline’s 3-ounce limit on liquids, I bought single 1-ounce sunblock, which cost just $1 each. They were easy to pack and traveled well on our excursions off the ship.






Grab Snacks from the Buffet

Our vacation was all-inclusive, which meant we paid for our food ahead of time in the cost of the cruise, so I made sure to grab some snacks for later on in the day from the breakfast and lunch buffets. Bananas ended up being the perfect healthy and satisfying snack during a number of our excursions, which meant we didn’t spend additional money on food.







Wash Your Own

I planned to exercise on my vacation, so instead of letting my smelly, sweaty workout gear sit in my suitcase for days, I washed it in our cruise cabin with a small package of laundry detergent that I packed with me and then just let it air dry. I saved myself some money (and time) by not using the cruise’s laundry.








Bring Your Own Booze 

Our cruise allowed each passenger one bottle of wine or champagne, so my husband and I each brought a bottle to take with us. This ended up being a great way to save money because the cruise line seriously marked-up the price of wine!








Snap Photos for Memories 

Instead of spending money on expensive souvenirs at each of the places we visited on our cruise, my husband and I made sure to snap a ton of photos to remember our wonderful vacation and it didn’t cost us a cent!





Contributed by:
Tina Haupert
Carrots ‘N’ Cake