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Introduction 4
A Word About Travel Agents 5
Doing It On Your Own
Finding the deal 7
Let’s Go Cruising
Making the reservation 18
A Simple Plan
What to know before you board 22
Paperwork 22
Medical Records 25
Packing 26
Budgeting 28
Welcome Aboard!
What to do once on board 29
To Insure Proper Service
Proper tipping procedures 34
Charge It!
Shopping 35
Location, Location, Location
Ports of Call 38
More Than Bus Trips
Shore excursions 39
Food, Food, Food 44
Getting Your Drink On
Beverages 48
Mama Needs A New Pair ‘O Shoes
Gambling in the casinos 51
Sports and Such 52
Calgon, Take Me Away
Spas and massages 53
Oh My Aching Tummy
Sea sickness 55
Smile for the Camera
Pictures on your cruise 56
Phoning Home
Keeping in touch with home 58
Wash Day
The ship’s laundry 59
No Money, No Money, No Money
Getting freebies 60
In General 61
Wrapping It Up 63
“Baby let me take you on a sea cruise”
The lyrics to Frankie Ford’s song “Sea Cruise” seem to
echo the sentiments of many people when planning a
vacation. Some think it’s out of the realm of possibilities
when considering a vacation on a budget, but not anymore!
Many people, including myself, think that cruising the
open seas on a luxury ship is a vacation we can’t even
dream of. However, with some careful planning and saving,
a cruise is definitely within the realm of possibilities!
The cost of cruising has dropped dramatically over the
last few years, and it's become affordable for almost
everyone as a vacation alternative. But many of us could
afford to cruise even more often if we could just cut down on
all the extra onboard and on-shore costs, above and beyond
the actual cruise fare.
There are hundreds of tips out there on how to save
money on your cruise. Whether you get advice from family
and friends, the Internet, or your local travel agent, they all
are valuable. The only problem is how do you remember
them all? This book has taken the best tips from several
sources and put them in one convenient place – HERE!
Almost anyone can take a cruise vacation that’s
everything depicted in the movies and on television. You
can enjoy The Bahamas, Hawaii, Mexico, and even Alaska
aboard luxury cruise ships with all the amenities of a resort
on land.
The key to making the most of your cruise vacation is
to know where you can save money without sacrificing fun
or rest and relaxation. Many cruises are all-inclusive, but
that doesn’t necessarily mean “ALL inclusive”. There are
extra charges for items on board as well as activities and
shore trips.
You deserve to enjoy your vacation and all that comes
with it, and you can do it on a budget! What could be better
than that?
So sit back and read up on the best ways to save
money on your cruise. Gopher, Julie, and Doc from “The
Love Boat” won’t be there, but YOU will be!
If you decide to use a travel agent, know whom you
are dealing with! Some cruise agents are very competent;
others may have been selling stereos or aluminum siding
over the telephone six months ago. The problem is, for the
most part, you will have no real way of discerning which is
Local travel agents or otherwise self-appointed cruise
experts frequently read the cruise ship line PR veneer right
out of the catalog. Often this turns out to be nothing more
than selling you the standard discount for booking that is
available to virtually anyone off the so-called brochure rate.
The result is that you think you're getting one of
Kathie Lee's fantasy cruises. What you find yourself on is a
garish neon nightmare of a ship filled with people whose
idea of a good time is drinking, partying, and then waking
you up at 3AM as they boisterously announce their arrival
back to their room--all right outside of your cabin.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014014908
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  • Publication date: 6/8/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 65
  • Sales rank: 1,375,986
  • File size: 176 KB

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