Taking a cruise to the Bahamas recently, for us making it affordable was the way to go. Keeping a close eye on our budget I thought I would share what helped us along our journey. Here are a few ways (and tips!) to keep it cheap on the high seas!
1. Try the weekend cruise.
Finding a special on Groupon that lead us to find a gem of cruises!! We chose to do the weekend trip which was my husband’s birthday weekend. A three day, two night cruise to Grand Bahama island…we were ready for paradise!
Tip: Instead of going through Groupon, call the place directly. You will find the prices are cheaper and you will have more options. For five people it was a little over $1,000 dollars. Hell of a deal. They will honor any specials like drink tickets and you can choose to have a room with a window!
2. Eat for free!
What they don’t make clear is what is free and what you have to pay for. First off, there are plenty of places to eat on the ship. But the free buffet is really all you need! Serving food all day, you have breakfast, lunch and dinner which is all you can eat!
Tip: If you would like to try a restaurant but think it will be to expensive, there is a portion of the menu that is free!! This is what they don’t tell you. The menu had two sections for each entree. One you pay for and the other is free. With plenty of options and variety of top select items which you can pay for like lobster, select fish ect. Just make sure to ask questions if your not sure about the menu. The only thing we ended up paying for was a glass of wine!
3. Ask for specials once on the vessel.
It seemed no matter the cost of something like a show or event that was advertised on the ship. If you inquire for a special you are more than likely to at least get a 10- 30 percent discount once on the ship. In this case it is always good to ask, you never know!
4. Hidden fees. Oh ship!
So it comes as no surprise there were some hidden fees. For us, we kept our eyes open and really made note on what was not mentioned and charged.
First, there was a fuel charge of $12 per person, per day, we discovered during our check in.
Then, there was a room service fee of $25 per day, which totaled to 2 whole days charged.
Here’s a Tip, literally!: Make sure to look at your bill closely! Once aboard any drinks or food you must keep in mind the gratuity is included.
All the good things
The thing that I really loved about this trip, it was VERY family friendly! They had a kids play area, swimming pool, and kids menu in the restaurant. No cooking or cleaning was a major plus and much needed break for mommy. The rooms were very cozy, AND they even provided a crib for the little one!
Would I recommend this cruise to a friend? Totally! If you have kids… absolutely!
With shows, spas, casino, bars and clubs aboard there is lots to do on the ship. To top it all off we reached paradise. Grand Bahama island was so dreamy….
All in all our trip was a great one. A memorable experience into paradise. Sailing in our own boat into and beyond the Bahamas a few times before, this time we had a chance to cross the Gulf Stream with our eyes closed…. Sleeping comfortably in a nice dry bed… without taking shifts or being bumped around by the current and waves of the Gulf Stream…was so different than were used to! Which might sound crazy to some but I do love the challenging sailing aspect into paradise. Having the chance to experience a cruise, it was really nice to see a different perspective of boating. In truth, after its all said and done I do honestly prefer our own boat. Taking the sailing route, feeling totally free, a journey were we are totally powered by the wind… in the end, sailing will always have my heart.💖