Cruise for $30 a Day
Check out the suggestions posted by Nomadic Matt (www.nomadicmatt.com) on how to enjoy a cruise for as little as $30 a day. You seldom see cruises mentioned without the addition of the word "luxury," but with care they can actually be a pretty good deal.
Generally you get the best rates by waiting to book until the last minute. This can be a good tip if you live near a major port such as New York City, Los Angeles, Miami or Fort Lauderdale, and don't have to fly to get there.
Websites with reduced cruise rates include www.vacationstogo.com and cruisesheet.com. Generally you will get better rates in low season such as fall, on smaller, older ships, and on repositioning cruises when a ship is sailing for example from Europe to the Caribbean.
Once aboard, you can save by minimizing your purchases of soft drinks in favour of juice or water, and of alcoholic drinks. Take your own photos rather than buying from the ship;s photographer. Book excursions through an organization such as the Shore Excursions Group rather than on the ship, or do your own research and look around the port on your own. Of course, you need to get back to the ship on time or you will be left behind.
There is no rule that says you must leave the ship while it is in port. If you've been to the port before, you can just relax on board. Skip the restaurants on board that charge extra, avoid the casino and the spa and wash out your own clothes. All these options permit you to enjoy a "luxury" cruise at minimal cost.