Tips to Save on Your Port Canaveral Cruise: Parking, BYOB, and More!
Save on Your Port Canaveral Cruise:
Parking and So Much More!
There are SO many ways to save money when sailing on a cruise ship. This is great news, since (even with sales, deals, and discounts) cruises can get pretty pricey. Knowing how to save a buck or two here or there can add up in the long run! This month, we’re covering just a couple of the ways that you can save money on your Port Canaveral cruise: parking, beverage tricks, and other secrets you may not know about.
1. Bring Your Own Beverage
Unlike movie theaters, there are many cruise lines that will let your bring your own drinks (mostly non-alcoholic) onto the ship right in your luggage. No sneaking required! Yes, you may be more concerned about your alcoholic beverages, but you may not realize how much sodas and water cost on a cruise line, too. Save by supplementing your drinks on-board with fizzy pop and bottled water brought from home. Some cruise lines will even let you bring on a bottle of wine or champagne with your luggage – just not hard liquor.
Not sure what the policy is for the next ship you’re sailing on? Check out the guidelines that have been posted online for your convenience. Here is Carnival’s beverage policy, Norwegian’s BYOB questions, prohibited items with Disney, and Royal Caribbean’s guest beverage policy.
2. Port Canaveral Cruise Parking Secrets
Ok, it’s not really that big of a secret. If you’ve sailed on a cruise ship, you’re probably investigated how to save money on the insane on-site cruise parking prices. At Port Canaveral, cruise parking is no different. But how can you save money and still make sure you have secure parking while you cruise? The best Port Canaveral cruise parking is off-site, not on-site. By using a reputable Port Canaveral cruise parking company near the port, you can save up to ten dollars a day to park your car during some seasons. When your cruise is eight days long, that can certainly add up!
Imagine spending that money on a better drink package, a great souvenir for the kids, or a cool excursion instead. Isn’t that much more fun than $80 spent on an expensive parking space? And if you’re not sure what to look for in an off-site Port Canaveral cruise parking company, like Park n Cruise, don’t worry. We’ve got a guide for that, too! It includes what to look for in a parking area, like a free shuttle service and more.
3. Embrace the Resident Discount
Do you live in Florida? Not only are you lucky enough to live in a beautiful state, but you can also take advantage of some sweet deals! Some cruise lines (like Disney and Royal Caribbean) have special rates and discounts for folks living in the Sunshine State. Isn’t that great? Take advantage of those amazing deals. Sometimes, only one person has to provide residency proof, so you may even be able to get those deals for family and friends visiting from out of state! Check with your cruise line before purchasing and see what they can do for you.
Not a resident? That’s okay. Every cruise line at Port Canaveral offers deals and sales during the year (especially during holidays!). Keep an eye out and check back regularly to catch a flash-sale or a holiday sale for serious savings.
4. Avoid the Internet – Especially On-Board!
Amenities are freakin’ expensive when you’re on a ship in the middle of the ocean. While we all get why it’s so expensive, that doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. One easy way to save with these little on-board extras is sure difficult for some of us: don’t use the internet! Yes, you’ll save every day by unplugging until you’re in port and able to check out some internet cafes. Most stops (if not all) will have free Wi-Fi for cruisers to use in coffee shops and stores. Don’t pay for a package on the ship unless you absolutely have to. You may even find that you’re more relaxed when you don’t feel obligated to check your phone or laptop every five minutes. And you’ll definitely notice a nice difference when you spend that extra time with family and friends.
5. Sail Away in the Off-Season
It may be tempting to sail when everyone else does – after all, there must be a reason why everyone wants to cruise for spring break, right? However, if you’re looking for a great way to save when you sail, take advantage of the extra perks and packages that cruise lines offer to entice people to sail in the off-season. With dropped prices and discounted packages, you’ll notice the difference in the end. Not to mention, the other areas around Port Canaveral will tend to have lower prices, too, during the off-season. That includes hotels, tourist attractions, local shops, beach parking, and Port Canaveral cruise parking!
Don’t spend your whole cruise prep period worrying about your budget. These, and many more tips, will help you save in some simple ways. It’s always easy to cut costs while cruising, so make sure to take advantage of some of these amazing tricks on your next cruise. Let us know how it goes in the comments – we always love to hear if we can help you!