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No trip is all-inclusive

No trip is all-inclusive
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That ‘all-inclusive’ rate typically doesn’t include alcohol, tips, shore excursions, internet, dining outside the dining room, and what you spend on casino or bingo play. And please, do come play: Your odds are often even worse than on land.

And when it comes to buying travel insurance for your overseas adventure, make sure you check the small print.

Choose your room carefully

Choose your room carefully
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Always look at the ship’s deck plan before you choose your cabin. Don’t pick one directly under the gym, the pool deck, the disco, or any late-night venue. Know that if you book a cabin at the front of the ship, you’re going to feel some up-and-down motion.

Here are some smart tricks to make the most of your cruising holiday.

Come prepared to charge

Come prepared to charge
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If your ship permits it, pack a charging station or a power board. Many cruise ships still have only one or two outlets per cabin – and that’s not going to cut it in 2019.

Cruise ships are often filled with unusual quirks, ready for every kind of modern adventurer.

Don’t buy excursion packages from us

Don’t buy excursion packages from us
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Shhh… here’s a secret: You can book many of the same land excursions we offer for a fraction of the cost by arranging them privately with tour companies beforehand.

Every dollar counts. Get on board with these five other great ways to save yourself some money while on holiday.

Above all, wash your hands

Above all, wash your hands
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There were 11 disease outbreaks on cruise ships in the first six months of 2016, almost as many as in all of 2015. Most were norovirus, a highly contagious bug that causes stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Cruise or no cruise, make sure you’re not doing these five things when you have a cold.

Wait until you reach land to go online

Wait until you reach land to go online
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Our wi-fi prices can be crazy high for sub-part performance. So save your surfing for port days, and ask the crew for the nearest free hot spot. (Since they can’t afford ship wi-fi either, crew members flock to internet cafés when they disembark.)

Check out the best animal spotting cruises.

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We make our own water

We make our own water
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Ever wonder where we get all that fresh water? We make it. That’s right – giant onboard desalination systems remove salt and impurities from ocean water so it’s safe to drink.

The earlier you book, the cheaper

The earlier you book, the cheaper
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Sorry, procrastinators: Most cruise lines now favour early booking promotions over last-minute deals, and the least expensive rooms sell out first. For the lowest price, book right when we announce an itinerary, often about 18 months out.

Mistakes can easily happen when booking online. Be on the look out for these common travel booking mistakes.

Got robbed? Not our problem

Got robbed? Not our problem
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We’re not required to report thefts of less than $10,000, so no one knows how much petty crime really happens on board. But it’s a lot: Leave your valuables at home.

Theft on airplanes is also not as rare as you might think. Learn the top seven tips to keep your personal items and valuables safe.

We can protect you from pirates

We can protect you from pirates
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We really do train for pirate attacks (even though they’re extremely rare). We can’t share many details, but let’s just say that our ship’s fire hoses are good for more than fighting fires.

Find out which are the safest countries in the world to visit.

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