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hi everyone its dawn from Dawn's family vacation and today I want to bring you 25 tips to help save money on your next cruise and it's gonna cover an awful lot of topics so get ready get ready to jot them down because we're gonna talk about them right after this number one the daily newsletter that's delivered to your cabin every day has tons and loads of specials in them so if you're looking for anything to do whatsoever check out the news flyer because sometimes you'll see 40% sales on things or two-for-one specials and the spa and things like that so don't forget to check out the newsletter for daily deals number two is the best day to book a specialty dining reservation is enough is on embarkation Day the day you get on the ship quite often they're the least crowded and the cruise ships know this and they offer a lot of different deals for instance on Carnival sometimes you can get a bottle of wine added to your meal for free on other cruise lines sometimes they'll offer two-for-one specialty dining to fill up those specialty restaurants so if you're good at book 1 that's the night to do it on number 3 if you're gonna have a spa book it on a port day because it's the time that they're looking the most for people because everyone's off the ship exploring the ports so that's the best time to get the best prices and the best deals as well it may be a force to have it for a lot of us when we're at the bar and the bartender hands us our drink for us to tip them $1 $2 $3 whatever we're tipping them but remember for every drink you order in the bar there's already a 15 to 18 percent gratuity added to your cost and it's right there on the bill so the first thing you should do on each ship because it does tend to bury check the receipt the first drink you buy and if it says you know 18% gratuity on there why are you leaving more money for the bartender because he just made almost you know over $3 $2 on pouring a drink and handing it to you you know it what took him what 60 seconds so that's a pretty good hourly salary in tips just from those Cotuit e's if you're at a port that is close to the ship richmond instance Ketchikan Alaska they offer a lawful lot of walking tours where you can go around for the shore excursions and you know they'll bring you around all the different buildings and it can range anywhere from 59 to $100 per person but the town is only small it's a very easy walk it's a various you know so why not make your own shore excursion and save that you know $50 hundred dollars a person and use it somewhere else on your cruise number six don't use the ship-to-shore phones or your cell phones when you're on the ocean they can range anywhere from 75 cents to $3.00 a minute while you're on the phone and if you do it two or three times during your cruise the next thing you know you got a hundred to two hundred dollar bill that you weren't expecting and god forbid that you should forget to turn your phone off of airplane mode if you made a call and you're gonna be very surprised because you gonna end up with a five and six hundred dollar cellphone bill number seven you decided not to get the soda package you decided to you know just buy them as you go we'll take keep that even sodas on the ship could have the gratuity of fifteen to eighteen percent charge added to it so check the receipt of a so do you buy it may be cheaper for you from then on to just go and buy the sort of package for the rest of the cruise because they already have the gratuities included in the soda package and it won't cost you extra so if you're adding you know 18 percent on every drink you buy it's not long before it adds up to what that soda package cut costs and quite often by two o'clock in the afternoon you're over what that soda package would have cost number eight every cruise line is different so find out individually what they allow you to bring as far as drinks onboard are you allowed to bring your own soda onboard within reason are you allowed to bring a couple bottles of wine on board find out what their restrictions are and if you do say you're a soda drinker bring your favorite pop with you if they allow you bring a case with you it has to be in your on you know your carry-on luggage it can't be packed away so keep that in mind as well but you know you can get you know two dollars and fifty cents for a 12-pack of Pop at a store and on the ship those twelve drinks could cost you you know close to 100 bucks so you're up to dinner and you decided to open order a bottle of wine and you and your companions whoever is there you ended up only drinking two glasses of that bottle of wine well don't just leave it on the table tell your waiter to cork the wine and save it for you later they will put it aside into their storage freezers and refrigerators and the next time you go dining you can request that bottle back so why pay for another bottle of wine when you still have half a bottle sitting somewhere that you could reuse if you're ready to cruise and you can cruise anytime you have the kind of position that you can just leave at the spur of the moment you're retired or anything like that yes you can get some fantastic deals leaving in the last three to four weeks of a cruising because they're trying to get rid of those last couple of cabins chances are though those cabins are gonna be very limited you're not gonna have a choice cabins on the ship you're gonna have some of the ones by the elevators and some of the lower deck cabins so keep that in mind as well but you'll definitely probably find some very cheap cabins that way remember eleven if you can't do that then book your cruise as early as possible quite often you only need to put down $100 deposit on the cruise and you don't have to make your next payment for if you book 18 months then you don't have to make your next payment for another year so it's good to reserve that because chances are you're going to get the best price the farther out your reserve but monitor it looking on the cruise line every once awhile and if you see the deal call them up and they'll make the changes for you and you can keep the same cab and only get it at a better price number 12 know what's free and know what costs extra so find out if that little coffee shop is actually an extra charge coffee shop find out if that sandwich shop cost you more find out if the FlowRider costs you more to use so you know what's free and what's not so you're not heading to events that's gonna cost you extra money that you didn't know about number 13 I kind of brought it up before but it bears repeating put your your cell phone on airplane mode so you don't end up with a ridiculously high cell phone bill from roaming charges and trust me they can be huge my cruising coming up in December is 14 days if I did not switch it to airplane mode my bill could be over $1700 so keep that in mind when you're thinking about your cell phone airplane mode automatically we can get ahead on your trip number fourteen I don't know what it is but there's something about a casino on a cruise ship that everyone wants to try to save money set yourself a limit and if you lose that money say you go in with $200 if you lose that $200 know your limit and say if that's enough and keep in mind that cruise ship casinos don't have any governing body over them they don't have a Nevada Gaming Commission like Las Vegas does they can set those winnings at whatever they want so it's a normal thing for winning on a slot machine as one in 20 they can set it at one in 40 so yeah you're also winning on a casino onboard a ship are way less than say in Las Vegas number 15 pack less I know this might seem like a trivial thing to some people but for every bag you're handing to the porter you're tipping them a little extra for that but not only that if you're flying in and you're family of or if you go with four suitcases each person gets one suitcase is fine the minute you each have two suitcases those extra suitcases cost extra money when you're applying and that's returned and here and it can range up to $50 a bag so you're just adding two to four hundred dollars worth of suitcases that you probably put a left most of that stuff behind number 16 don't fall for all those sales pitches on board because cruise lines most of them don't make a profit from your ticket sales they need to sell things on the ship like the upgraded dining the beverage packages and all this kind of stuffs your excursions that's where they make their profit fun so one from the minute you get on board you're gonna be bombarded with people trying to sell you stuff trying to sell you stuff in the shops trying to sell you stuff in the spas if you go to the spa oh this is a great treatment and blah blah blah why not try these products we can sell you it for ten percent less don't fall for it battle you know keep your money Oh unless you really really want those things you could easily spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on things that you weren't counting on spending on just from the sales pitches avoid the photographers on board there's always gonna be photographers out there who offer to take your picture and oh just go to the photo shop and take a look yeah where those photos can range anywhere from ten to twenty dollars per photo so if you had three alike it could cost you $60 and you're walking around with camera anyway ask somebody to take a picture of you it's free it's not a ton of money but every cent counts on a cruise number eighteen if you're looking to buy souvenirs don't buy them on the ship and don't buy them close to the port like on the dock area if they have a whole bunch of tents and everything set up try and go as far away from the port's area as you can you can quite often find your the same souvenirs for half the cost just by staying away from the little tourist area that's right around the ship number nineteen sometimes you'll get an onboard credits they have one hundred dollars for your stateroom well if you don't use that hundred dollar credit you lose it at the end of the ship they don't give you the money back so an easy way to use that is to say you're going to go to specialty dining and use your onboard credit port or just take if you haven't paid your gratuity yet just go to the customer service desk and say that hundred Auto dollar onboard credit put it towards my gratuities that way you know for sure it's all used up and you're not wasting any of that onboard credit number twenty you haven't taken and booked your beverage package yet and you're on board and you're thinking about getting the ultimate beverage package so you can drink as much as you want in the ship well you know what don't buy it on the first day because when you buy it on whatever day you buy it on you have to pay for the whole trip so if you buy it on day one you're paying eighty nine dollars which is the cover charge on one of the cruise ships that I just looked at per person so you got a hundred eighty dollars and you're on the ship at six o'clock so now you have to drink a hundred and eighty dollars worth of liquor between 6:00 p.m. and the time you go to bed so is it really worth it or chances are you're only going to have two or three drinks well that's much cheaper to pay for it by yourself and then buy the beverage package for the next day so you can easily save you know a hundred dollars just by doing that tip number twenty-one if you're at a port where the ship is right there you can go off and on very easily well if you're walking around the port why not head back to the ship for your lunch and eat in one of the dining rooms and then go back to the port again afterwards why pay for your meal of a family of four on the port for you know a hundred twenty hundred and fifty dollars when you could just go back to the ship in ten minutes and have the meal that's included with the cost so a great way especially if you have two or three of these port destinations you can easily end up saving four to five hundred dollars for a family of four tip number twenty-two some of the seminars that they hold off give away things for free you like that the art auctions sometimes they'll give away a piece of art for free quite often they'll have wine and hors d'oeuvres there so you don't have to buy those they're complimentary the same thing goes with spas sometimes they'll you know have a spa demonstration and they'll give away some of the products while though they're or they'll give away a free spa day to somebody so keep that in mind if you've got really nothing to do and you're just looking for something try taking in some of those seminars and getting a hold of some of those free goodies 23 I always like to tell people this if they can book your travel insurance through a third party not through the cruise line because the cruise lines prices are quite expensive and often you can get your travel insurance at half the cost you know quite easily but if you're a nervous person and you don't like doing things on your own you want to have a safety and security of everything all at once then yeah go ahead and book your insurance through the trout adopted travel agent through the Cruise Line because at the very least I want you to have travel insurance so you've been on a few cruises now and you get the complimentary minibar set up for the first night if it refills you have to pay for it but your first one whatever's in there is complimentary did you know that you could decide what you want in there so say you only like vodka well you can tell them to take the rum and everything else out of there and fill it only with vodka and it doesn't cost you anything extra the same goes for the soda the same goes for water whatever is in that mini-fridge you can ask them to switch out for your favourite beverage at no cost to you so you're on the ship and you're running out of cash you always like to carry some cash with you when you go on into some of the ports well if you go and take a hundred dollars out of the ATM that's on the machine on the cruise ship that could cost you twenty dollars in service charges for that you know hundred dollars a cheaper way to do it is to go to the casino buy a hundred dollars worth of chips go back you know turn around and sell those chips back quite often you'll get only a three dollar charge on that hundred dollars so you're saving $17 every time you do this if you do that two dollars you know there's $36 that you just saved it might be a little bit of a hassle look quite often you're going to the casino at some point anyway so why not just do it there buy a little extra chips when you're there so you know that you can sell them when you're leaving and get that money you're looking for for your next shore excursion so there you go 25 tips on how to save money on your next cruise and all of this can be done quite easily without seeming like your nikoline diming yourself on the cruise you can still enjoy everything on the cruise so it's really not that hard to save more money than you think just by avoiding some of the traps that are out there so I hope you like this video if you did please give it a thumbs up and if you want to see more tip videos and more cruise videos please hit that subscribe button until next time have yourself a great and a safe vacation