Cruise secrets: Passengers reveal their cruise hacks – could you save money onboard?

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Making the most of your experience without breaking the bank can be a little tricky and Reddit users have revealed their personal favourite travel hacks that allows them to enjoy what the experience has to offer while remaining frugal.

Detailing their “unethical cruise hacks”, users shared everything from how to save rates on excursions to brewing their very own ice tea using tea bags.

In the Reddit thread, avid cruise-goers revealed their tips and tricks, with many sharing their drinking hacks.

“Not sure if this is much of a hack really, but my beverage of choice is unsweetened iced tea,” said one user.

Rather than drinking the iced tea served from the juice dispenser, this cruise-goer explained: “I brew a cup of hot tea using three tea bags that I’ve brought from home, and pour it over ice in a large refillable cup. I bring this on board, and fill the rest with water until it’s the proper strength.”

Some cruise ships allow passengers to bring a selection of beverages on board, including Royal Caribbean.

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Cruise hacks: Users revealed how they make their own cocktails in a thread highlighting cruise hacks (Image: Getty Images)

Their website states: “While we have many drink offerings onboard, you are welcomed to bring select beverages onboard.

“On boarding day, each stateroom may bring up to two 750 ml bottles of wine or champagne, as long as one guest is of legal drinking age.”

They add: “Guests may also bring non-alcoholic beverages as carry-on items on boarding day. Non-alcoholic beverages may not exceed 12 standard (17 oz.) cans, bottles or cartons per stateroom. Milk and distilled water brought on for infant, medical, or dietary use are permitted.”

Another user shared their cruise drinking tips, specifically for frozen cocktails.

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“Get an empty cocktail cup from the bar in the buffet and get a scoop of coconut sorbet or ice cream from the buffet,” the user advised.

“Mix with milk or pineapple juice if available. Add a slice of pineapple from the salad/fruit bar. Add your smuggled on board rum and enjoy your free Pina Colada.”

Another explained that they had opted for the lowest drink package while on one cruise, which did not allow for frozen drinks – including Pina Coladas or an Aperol Spritz.

They continued: “Since you can order two drinks at once I would order a virgin cocktail (allowed) plus booze on the side and mix them myself.”

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Cruise hacks: One user suggested to find your favourite bartender and tip them the first day (Image: Getty Images)

Beyond alcoholic beverages, users also shared advice on cutting costs during their cruise adventures.

One commentator suggested that cruise goers request for the room mini-refrigerator to be emptied as soon as possible. “Day one, hour one, don’t wait. Have the room steward take every darn thing in the room that cost extra out. Funny, even if you don’t use the items, you sometimes can get charged.”

Another recommended one way to take in the sites without spending money with on-board excursions.

“I say skip the excursions offered on board and venture out on your own. However if you do one, look online at the excursions outside of the cruise line. Cruise lines charge a premium and you can book it cheaper. Same excursion, cheaper.”

In addition, one user offered a Wi-Fi hack and how to make a saving on your next cruise.

“NCL has a plan where if you buy one $ 250.00 (£189.86) deposit for a future cruise, they give you $ 250.00 (£189.86) of on-board credit for the cruise you are on.”

“And If you have a Samsung (or another Android) phone you can share your wifi connection to other people,” the user added.

“When I cruise with my family we buy one device wifi package and share it amongst the whole family. The only downside is that they have to be near you if they want Wi-Fi.”

Others advised to find your favourite bar tender and tipping them on the first day, suggesting they may “do special things for the quality of your drinks, like heavy pours. Less drinks, better buzz.”

Cruise holidays continue to be a popular holiday option for Britons.

According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the number of ocean cruises taken by UK and Irish passengers in 2018 reached over two million for the first time, hitting a record 2,009,000 – up two percent from 2017.

The UK and Ireland is only the second European market to have reached more than two million cruisers, and is the fourth globally.


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