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Essential Cruise Tips

Release Date: 05/24/2015

Cruising South America Wasn’t What I Expected (Podcast #364) show art Cruising South America Wasn’t What I Expected (Podcast #364)

Essential Cruise Tips

I cruised around the base of South America for 14 nights on Holland America Oosterdam, and in this video, I explore all the things I wish I had been told me before going that would have meant I was better prepared and got even more from the trip. Become a Tips For Travellers Patron: and get exclusive Patron-only content, downloads and livestreams Visit my Tips For Travellers YouTube: 

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In this video I look at the 8 cruise dining mistakes I keep seeing my fellow cruise passengers make these days. As things are changing constantly, it is easy to slip out, get caught out and not quite get dining right.  Become a Tips For Travellers Patron: and get exclusive Patron-only content, downloads and livestreams Visit my Tips For Travellers YouTube: 

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There are 6 “secret weapons” (hacks and tricks) I saw smart cruisers use before cruise that since I used have improved my cruises, and saved me money too. I thought it was time to share these so you can also try them out and see of they make a big difference too. Become a Tips For Travellers Patron: and get exclusive Patron-only content, downloads and livestreams Visit my Tips For Travellers YouTube: 

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On ultra-luxury cruise lines I have been on I came across and experienced things that I really did not think I would when paying so much money. Here is what they were and why.... Become a Tips For Travellers Patron: Tips For Travellers YouTube:   

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6 Cruise Ships I Had No Idea This Happened To Them! (podcast #359) show art 6 Cruise Ships I Had No Idea This Happened To Them! (podcast #359)

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Is A Disney Cruise REALLY Worth That Rather BIG Price Tag? (podcast #358) show art Is A Disney Cruise REALLY Worth That Rather BIG Price Tag? (podcast #358)

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A Disney cruise can cost two- or three-times more than resort family lines, like Royal Caribbean, Carnival, or Norwegian Cruise Lines, and often 40% more than other premium lines, like Celebrity, which Disney is more like. Is it worth it.....?? Become a Tips For Travellers Patron: Tips For Travellers YouTube:   

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I Test Out The World's I Test Out The World's "MOST LUXURIOUS" Cruise Line! (podcast #357)

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Crafty Tricks That Catch Caribbean Cruisers Out (Again & Again!) (Podcast #356) show art Crafty Tricks That Catch Caribbean Cruisers Out (Again & Again!) (Podcast #356)

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After watching Caribbean cruise passengers getting hoodwinked in a port side market as I had been a year previously, it got me thinking about 5 of the biggest mistakes Caribbean cruisers fall for all the time Become a Tips For Travellers Patron: Tips For Travellers YouTube:     

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I've Found 11 Absolute Best Cruises For Your Bucket List (Podcast #355) show art I've Found 11 Absolute Best Cruises For Your Bucket List (Podcast #355)

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I've been on 100 cruises and found that there are 11 that are so remarkable, memorable, and enjoyable that I suggest you beg, steal, borrow or more sensibly (like me) scrimp and save to do as many of these as you can! Spoiler: 2 of the most popular are not in the best list! Become a Tips For Travellers Patron:  Tips For Travellers YouTube:    

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Cruise Contract Watch-out: Cancellation

The cancellation policy for a cruise varies by line and you must understand what you are agreeing to when you make a booking. Always ask your agent what the terms are, or check the cruise line conditions online or in their brochure.

You will usually find deposits are non-refundable and only sometimes are even transferrable to an alternative cruise if you change your mind. A name change on a booking is often also counted as a cancellation and significant fees can apply.

You usually have to pay the full balance of a fare 90 days before a cruise, and in full if booking within this timeframe. Some lines stagger the cancellation charges the closer to the departure date while others will keep it at the full fare after paying this balance.

As deposits are usually lost if you cancel your cruise before the 90 days and full fare if after this time frame, you should consider taking out travel insurance at the time of booking to cover you incase you need to change your plans. The terms can be very strict and even illness will still see you loosing your deposit or fare if you have to cancel. So insurance is the best way to cover yourself against this eventuality.

When making a booking do not let the excitement of the idea of cruising cloud you making sound financial decisions to cover yourself against lost.