Hidden Costs of Cruising No One Talks About

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your sailing and start your review hello all you wonderful cruisers out there we
are so happy you’re joining us for this one so we’ve been diligently trying to
get our next cruise planned and a big part of that is budgeting it’s
definitely not my favorite part of the planning process but it has to be done
as we were planning it occurred to me that there are a lot of expenses that we
often overlook we thought it might be helpful to share a few of the things we
forget of course this won’t apply to everyone and every situation but if it
applies to you then hey we’re happy to be able to help we’ve done at least one
video where we talked about other hidden costs for example gratuities drinks
photos Wi-Fi and the casino but I think those are probably more obvious by now
and perhaps easier to factor in all the same if you want a more thorough look at
the hidden costs of cruising then be sure to check out our soon to be if not
already released podcast on the topic where we really dig into the details
we’ll link to the podcast in the description down below so today we have
5 expenses associated with cruising that we just don’t think anyone else is
talking about we’re going to start off with one that may just apply to us but I
have a sneaking suspicion that a whole lot of you out there are just like us
yeah oh that’s right it’s pre-cruise shopping come on raise
your hand if you’re like me and you just have to shop for some new cruise clothes
ok you can put your hands down it’s video and I can’t really see you but
seriously a new swimsuit maybe a formal dress or even one of those hats that say
something silly like cruise hair don’t care
or maybe you feel the need to tell everyone where you are yep you’re on a
boat baby well it’s a ship but who cares say it with a shirt oh and
as much as I say you should never buy new shoes for a cruise I still do and
what about all those other things like travel-sized toiletries luggage maybe
some new gadgets SD cards or even batteries it’s all part of the fun but
the bottom line is it adds up Wow okay I spent more time on that first one that I
wanted to but I really love shopping and for us this can be a big unbudgeted
expense all right I promise I’ll spend less time on the others the next thing
we often overlook is pre and post cruise hotel costs these are something that
many travelers don’t take into account when budgeting for a cruise at easily
over a hundred bucks a night these costs can decimate the old budget when flying
to the embarkation port for us a pre cruise hotel stay is typically
unavoidable there are other expenses associated with this day as well for
example meals and drinks and let’s not forget about the parking fees at many of
these hotels if you’re driving directly to your port then you probably don’t
have to worry about this one but you will have to worry about the next one
cruise terminal parking yep it’s an expensive thing and it’s almost always
worth looking for alternative solutions don’t get me wrong it’s super convenient
parking at the terminal and in some cases we do it but in many cases there
are ways that you can save money on this one we usually start by checking to see
if any hotels in the area offer stay in cruise packages with shuttle services to
the port barring that we look for cheaper solutions close to the terminal
all right I feel like we’ve been talking about this next expense quite a bit
these days and it’s certainly not the most fun thing that we discuss but I
don’t know I just think it’s super important I’m talking about travel
insurance travel insurance makes this list because many people don’t
budget for it however it is one of our most critical investments every time we
cruise it’s one of those things that if you don’t do it and you find yourself
needing it well it can be devastating please at least consider budgeting for
this one okay last expense and another one that may
just apply to us but I’m thinking more and more of you are finding yourself
tethered to the digital world like it or not it’s a thing and sometimes that
thing feels like an albatross around my neck but nevertheless data packages are
pretty much critical for our family these days data packages vary in cost
from cruise line to cruise line we are gladly seeing a trend for more
affordable options such as princesses medallion class cruises however this can
definitely be something that cruisers forget to factor into their pre cruise
planning costs and of course there are alternatives to the ships data but we’ll
save that for another episode that’s right we’re done with this one but we
have many more great episodes on the way leave your sneaky hidden cost tips in
the comments below and check out the podcast I mentioned earlier if you want
the nitty gritty on this topic and before you go click all those happy
buttons that help us out until next time friends we’ll see you on the high seas

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