Cruise: There are various tips and tricks to help you save money on cruises
Cruise ship holidays are undeniably growing in popularity among British travellers. There are cruises to match nearly every desire and budget these days. However, many holidaymakers fret that venturing on a cruise could prove expensive.
Luckily, there are various tips and tricks to help you save money on cruises.
A former cruise ship cruise member revealed exclusively to Express.co.uk one unlikely hack.
Paul – who requested his surname remained anonymous – explained how it’s all about who you make friends with.
The cruise worker revealed the importance of buddying up with crew during your holiday.
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Cruise: The crew are often very sociable among themselves during stop-offs
By befriending cruise staff you might well be able to make the most of the discounts they enjoy during ports of call.
The crew are often very sociable among themselves during stop-offs, claimed Paul.
He said: “When my co-worker friends and I had a good chunk of time off in port we usually tried to hang out together.
“In a few ports, there are crew bars that we frequented.”
The ship crew member shared who are the best staff to go about making friends with.
“If guests want to hang out with the Crew they just have to ask the right people onboard at sea first – the Entertainment staff, Youth Activities, Shoppies, etc.”
One example of a way to save money during a port of call is to head to certain bars with the crew.
Paul recalled one hotel in Cozumel, Mexico complete with “a hot tub there, a pool and tons of sports.”
Cruise: Heading to certain bars with the crew can help save money
He explained: “Crew goes there and pays a flat rate of all you can eat and drink.”
Paul added: “If you go to any of these places with crew you will save some money.”
The ex crew member advised speaking to staff for their top tips for land visits – especially if you’re looking to avoid overpriced excursions.
Furthermore, there are practical perks to being friends with crew.
“Hanging out with a lot of Crew is a great way to keep your valuables safe if you want to go for a dip or use the bathroom,” said Paul.
However, passengers should take care when embarking on friendships with crew – and they certainly shouldn’t attempt a romantic relationship.
It will depend on the rules of your company. Many cruise line won’t allow crew and passengers to mix outside of duties.
Cruise ship expert Adam Coulter, UK managing editor, at Cruise Critic told express.co.uk: “Most cruise policies state that crew members are not only prohibited from engaging in physical relationships with guests but are also not permitted to socialise with guests beyond their professional duties, either.”