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Cruising on the Cheap

by: Melissa Duckett

Have you and your betrothed given any thought to getting married on a cruise? It can, and does, happen. In fact, one of the Princess Lines ships, the Grand Princess (and the folks that brought you the Love Boat) even has a wedding chapel. Most cruises, however, while they may offer a wedding cruise, are actually going to perform the ceremony on land. You may marry at the port from which you are leaving or a port of call along the way.

Your cruise line wedding can cost anywhere from a low $300 to $75 for each guest attending. The $300 budget wedding provides the ceremony itself, the services of a notary, witnesses to the event, as well as cake and champagne. The upper end of the spectrum includes a bountiful buffet as well as open bar for your guests and yourself and spouse.

You can also try a last minute vacation package if you have that kind of flexibility and you just might find a great deal here. If cruise lines are getting ready to head out soon and they're not full it's costly to them. If someone cancels their trip they're left with empty berths. They'll gladly offer you a top-notch rate to fill the spot that was going empty - and unpaid - otherwise.

The size of the ship can be important as well. Larger ships have a vast variety of entertainment options, such as dancing and stage shows, although smaller ships may provide a lower guest to staff ratio, and thus more personal attention to your needs. Know how much you and the others can spend. If money is a critical factor look for discounts for booking early, or starting out on a different day or different week from your original request. Staying flexible can save you considerable money. Ask about port fees as well. These are not usually included in the quoted cruise cost and may cost you dearly. You'll also be expected to tip room stewards and wait staff.

If you're really an adventurous spirit and you don't mind being a little unconventional you can actually book yourself aboard a freighter. China is one common freighter destination - and their freighters typically accept passengers. You'll usually have about three weeks to three months of ocean travel on these boats at under $130 per day. Keep in mind, however, that you won't find any scheduled activities on these. They don't plan entertainment for their passengers - just berths and meals. It's not the place for a family vacation if family means children.

One very important inquiry to make of your travel agent as well is the formality of the cruise that you're considering. If you show up with a suitcase full of swimsuits, shorts and sunscreen only to find out formal dress is required at dinner you're going to be embarrassed or hungry the entire excursion.

Melissa Duckett is the owner and operator of Relax Cruises which is an excellent place to find cruises links, resources and articles. For more information go to:



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