Cruise secrets: Hidden costs that passengers may not be realise they are being charged
Cruises are becoming a popular holiday choice for travellers wanting to see the world without the effort of flights and accommodation booking.
With some cruises costing under £1,000, it is also a fairly affordable way to see a number of countries in a short time period.
Many trips are all-inclusive which makes passengers believe they won’t be charged for anything else on the trip.
However, there are a number of hidden charges that passengers may not realise as explained by FairFX. Have you ever been caught out by them?
One of them is when attempting to pay with a card when abroad, as the currency used can mean a hefty free.
Travellers are advised to always pay using local currency, to avoid the Dynamic Currency Conversion which can be around an extra 6 per cent.
FairFX estimates £380 million a year is lost by travellers choosing sterling over local currency.
It is also worth keeping an eye on the exchange rate; as it can fluctuate it could mean losing out on additional spending money, especially when using multiple currencies.
When booking an excursion on land, many may not realise that transport sometimes needs to be factored in.
Transport put on by the cruise to the city can cost much more than booking local taxis and buses, so can save a penny by doing this.
The downside to this is having to make sure to leave enough time to get back to the ship, as it will not wait for people who miss it due to their own mistake
If a cruise ship journey is changed due to bad weather, missing a port could mean a refund for a trip, although this is often given as cruise credit as opposed to cash.
Alternatively, a new port could mean an additional cost to the trip.
Cruise secrets: Tipping costs are a huge additional charge on a ship
Cruise-goers who are lucky enough to be all-inclusive can avoid drink charges
Cruise-goers who are lucky enough to be all-inclusive can avoid drink charges yet those who aren’t will need to buy their own beverages at the bar.
These also come with a service charge which can be as much as 18 per cent on some cruise ships, yet holidaymakers should always abide with the dining etiquette on a cruise ship.
Tipping is a factor to consider as it makes up a lot of the wages of the cruise crew, yet it can cost a lost when it is added to a person’s cabin per night.
This is added to the bill at the end, and ranges from £10-£15 depending on the cruise liner, meaning two weeks away can cost another £200 to the price.
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Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO at FairFX, commented on cruise travellers and how they can avoid some of the additional costs.
He explained to Express.co.uk: “Being hit with a stack of hidden and unexpected costs while on any holiday can dull the enjoyment of a much-anticipated trip.
“Whilst some of the hidden costs of cruising – like paying for bottles of water and professional photographs are common across package holidays too, being asked to pay a per person per night tip at the end of the trip could come as a surprise, especially to first time cruisers.
“The best protection against cruising costs is to be prepared, understand what you will and could be charged for at the point of booking and ensure you manage any spending in foreign currency to get the best possible value.”