Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The #Travel Column with D. G. Kaye – #Cruises – Part Two – Ship Tips | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Friday blogshare

 

 

Today I’m sharing my latest post – Part 2 of the Cruise series, where I write a travel column over at Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Invitation. In today’s article you will find everything you need to know about booking cabins, excursions, shopping aboard and some personal tips I’m sharing. Hop on aboard and visit me over at Sally’s blog.

 

Travel Talk with D.G. Kaye

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The #Travel Column with D. G. Kaye – #Cruises – Part Two – Ship Tips

 

Delighted that D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies is now a regular contributor to the blog with her new Travel Column. Debby is a non-fiction author who has received wonderful reviews for her inspirational memoirs. She also is a seasoned traveler and her book Have Bags Will Travel is packed with useful information and entertaining stories of her own adventures.

Last time Debby shared some important information on cruise lines, the various standards of cabins available, and the best place on the ship to be if the weather is a bit choppy.

You can read that post in the directoryhttps://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye/

 

 

Cruises – Part Two – Ship Tips

In my first post in this series I covered what to look for when considering booking a cruise. Today I’m going to cover some of the activities available while on a cruise, and some tips on how to save money when booking those activities.

Packaged Deals

Many cruise lines offer package deals you can purchase pre-cruise or while onboard such as beverage packages. Yes, it’s true that soda pop, tea, coffee, and some juices are free to drink while onboard, but beer and alcohol, bottled water, specialty drinks and coffees, smoothies, etc. are not part of free.

If you’ve re-booked a cruise on a previous sailing or if you luck into a promo offer at the time of your booking, often cruise liners will offer you bonus incentives at bonus pricing. With Celebrity, their promos change often and depending when you book you will be offered to choose 2 or 3 packages to add on to your cruise FREE. The choices can be anywhere from a drink package (including alcohol), your tips paid for the entire cruise, a $200 – $300 onboard credit (my fav!), or free wifi (rare but I managed to catch one). So do make sure to check on the special offers to get the best bang for your bucks while booking. You can always book a drink package of your choice once onboard, but typically, you’ll get a better deal when pre-booking your packages.

Note: I highly recommend if you aren’t offered a free drink package, to buy one at a reasonable price comparatively to paying for each drink you consume on the whole cruise. Without a prepaid all you can drink package the price of alcoholic beverages and any specialty drinks can add up to well over $1000 if you’re taking a 2 week cruise. For example, premium bottled water will run you close to $4 a bottle. On a hot pool day I have no trouble drinking at least 6-8 bottles a day. And that’s not counting a specialty coffee in the afternoon and a cocktail or two before dinner then wine with dinner. I would have no problem spending at least $80 a day just in beverages!

Tipping

When purchasing drinks, sundries or any other service related product while onboard, you just use your ship card to make those purchases. The card is your method of payment for anything purchased onboard without having to carry money around. When purchasing service related products, you can expect to see a service charge added to your bill if your purchase isn’t included in a package.

You will also be expected to leave tips at the end of your cruise to your cabin steward and restaurant staff who have served you nightly in the dining room. These tips are pre- calculated on a daily basis and will vary from ship to ship but will typically run at approximately $12 a day per person. This is where choosing the ‘tipping package’ will save you a few hundred dollars, already paid for. Some passengers get angry over this tipping charge and if you find it a problem, you can always go to the front concierge desk and ask them to remove the charges from your room bill. But I will state that the staffers work hard and many long hours daily, so my take is that it’s relatively cheap to tip those amounts compared to if you were to tip every single time you were served food or ordered a drink. . . Continue reading

 

 

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22 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The #Travel Column with D. G. Kaye – #Cruises – Part Two – Ship Tips | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

  1. Hi Debby – knowing the ropes would certainly help … though I’m not sure I’d enjoy a cruise – Vancouver had cruise liners for Africa in port!! Tipping – fair’s fair … Cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary. Well, cruising may not be for everyone, but at least for the ones who enjoy, I hope I’ve left some valuable information. 🙂

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  2. I know a tiny bit about the package items from my single cruise/land combo trip. One item included (I think) was the tipping. Well, it was two years ago. LOL. Definitely have to do a cost comparison–I was the budget guy at work before I retired. 🙂 Thanks here, see you at Sally’s.

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  3. Debby, how awesome that you are sharing your tips as a seasoned traveler. I have never taken a cruise, but I would love to take one of those rock’n roll ones. Life is such that I could use a few drinks myself about now too, lol. One of these days, I’m gonna grab a swimsuit and head out! 😀

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  4. Great advice here, Debby and it makes cruising a lot easier to prepay the drinks and add the tipping in automatically. It also means you don’t have to carry money around with you! I’m beginning to think you should write handbook for all prospective cruiser passengers … valuable and incredibly useful tips from your experience! Haooy travels, my friend! Xx

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    1. Oh fantastic my friend! So happy to help. Make sure then you catch part 3 over at Sally’s now with all my travel preparation and safety tips! ❤

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  5. Wow, so much good advice, things I would never have thought of, like tips! Coming from a culture that is less regimented in terms of the expectation of a tip for services, I wouldn’t even have figured that one in my planning.

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