Cruises: How to get a bargain when buying souvenirs during a holiday
Cruise holidays can be a pricey choice when it comes to excursions, tips and travel.
Another expensive part can be souvenirs, with many passengers opting to buy a few mementoes to remember their trip.
However, the choice of whether to get them on the ship or at the port can be a difficult one to decide.
Choosing the correct day can also result in huge savings.
See what you can find in port, and then use the ship as a last resort
Cruise director Patti Honacki explained: “Don’t buy any gifts on the ship until the last day.
“See what you can find in port, and then use the ship as a last resort.
“That’s when everything goes on sale anyway.”
While many cruise sellers try and pitch a “bargain” to travellers, they can often cost more than buying the same item on land.
Despite selling them as “duty-free” other taxes can still apply, making them a pricey option.
Cruises: Ports are often the better option when buying souvenirs
This can include additional taxes depending on where the item is made, such as perfumes and alcohol.
Therefore waiting for a bargain on the last day can be a good way to save money
Other cruise-goers took to a Cruise Critic forum to warn about waiting to buy goods.
If there is something a passenger really wants, then it should be bought on the first night as it could sell out.
A passenger remarked: “There is limited space onboard for resupplying while the cruise is in progress.”
Cruises: Waiting until the last day to buy presents could also mean huge savings
There are some clever ways to save money during a cruise holiday.
One of those can be booking a shuttle service to get from the airport to the cruise ship.
Many cruise liners offer this service for an additional cost, whereas some port hotels offer free shuttle transfers in the price of the room.
It is also advised to use the casinos on land as opposed to the ones onboard.
This is because cruise casinos are not subject to particular laws and can have different – and worse – odds for passengers taking their chances.