The true worth of on-board spend

Cruise Deals

Sometimes when you come across an offer for a cruise, you’ll see that it comes with an on-board spend amount that you can enjoy during your holiday. This is one of the most popular ‘added extras’ you can benefit from when you book a special cruise deal, not just for passengers but also for cruise lines.

But sometimes people might question why it’s been included as on-board spend, and why it isn’t simply discounted from the price of your cruise fare. It’s a valid question, but in my opinion having that credit added to your account is more beneficial than simply saving the money in advance.

The thing is, whatever the price of your cruise, once you’ve booked it you’ll then pay for it. If there’s a difference in price of, let’s say, $200, that only works out to around £60 per person. So it’s not a massive saving if you take it off the price.

But having $200 ready for you to spend on-board is a great help. There’s all kinds of things you can be doing with that money, and you aren’t instantly thinking about the extra costs you might have to pay. You might be thinking of booking a meal in a speciality restaurant – your cover charge could already be ‘covered’.

Maybe you’ve got your eyes on the on-board spa, and you want to jump straight in for a treatment. No need to think about the cost of the massage, it just comes off your account. And then there’s drinks – just grab that cocktail from the bar, it’ll come out of your budget.

Of course you can’t go mad – the last thing you want on the final day of your holiday is to read your bill thinking you’ll have nothing to pay for because of that on-board spend limit, and find that you’ve actually encouraged yourself to spend even more. But thinking with a modicum of sense will result in that credit being a great use to you.

And that’s why on-board spend amounts as part of a cruise deal are a great thing. They remove some of the thinking that you need to do. Only some, but it’s a start, and it means you’ve got that ready for you to enjoy the second you step on-board. Let loose, order that drink, book that meal at the steakhouse, schedule that massage and begin enjoying that ultimate holiday.

By Ian Lewis

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Jenni Fielding
Jenni has been working in the travel industry for over 10 years. She fell in love with cruising on her first-ever cruise, a Caribbean cruise on Allure of the Seas, during her honeymoon in 2013. Nowadays, Jenni enjoys cruising with her husband and two young children. Her favourite ships are family-friendly megaships which are packed with exciting facilities. She loves sea days and had been known to skip port visits to spend more time on the ship!

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