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Posted 8/24/2015

5 Hacks to Improve Your Cruise

5 Hacks to Improve Your Cruise

We have just two weeks left until we announce the Cruise to the Coast Giveaway grand prize winner! Because Costa Vida was born on the beaches of Mexico, we’re sending one lucky Costavidan on a cruise for two to the Mexican Riviera. If you haven’t entered yet, enter here!

Cruises are a fun option for travelers looking to visit a few different places in a short amount of time, but sailing from port to port in comfort and style is not without its challenges. Cruise ships are crowded and extra fees from beverages and excursions can take a toll on your budget. To help you get the most out of your cruise on your budget, we’re sharing our tried and true cruise improving tips.

1. Arrive Early

If your schedule allows it, arrive in your port city the day before you board the ship. Adding a little flexibility to your trip will reduce last-minute stress and allow you to buy that toothbrush you forgot for $5 at a grocery store rather than for $15 on the ship. Get to bed early for a well-rested start to your cruise or enjoy a night out in a fun coastal city!

2.  Branch Out

We love sunning at the pool, but the pool deck is often the most crowded area on major cruise lines. Instead of hunting down a free beach chair, explore your ship. Take advantage of the discos, theaters, cafes, and other less crowded areas.

3. Treat Yourself

Choose one splurge on the trip – you deserve it! On many cruise lines, you can be greeted by roses, balloons, champagne, and more in your cabin for under $50. If you love activities, choose one expensive all-day adventure excursion you’re dying to try rather than several small excursions. If relaxation is your goal, buy a spa pass. Our insider tip – head to the spa on a port day.

4. Enjoy the Local Fare

This tip is our favorite! One of the best ways to experience the vibrant culture of Mexico (or any other cruise destination) is by enjoying local street food. Imagine tasting the tacos and fresh salsas you love in the country they were invented! If your cruise does not offer a street food tour excursion, ask for food vendor recommendations before you leave the ship. Be sure to ask each vendor if bottled or potable water is used during cooking and cleaning.

5. Pack Wisely

Checked baggage fees add up quickly, so make sure to pack light. Bring clothes you can mix and match to create multiple outfits and look into using your ship’s laundry services. This will help you save onboard and at the airport. Make sure to save room in your suitcase for souvenirs!

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