Some people think cruising is an expensive vacation choice. It doesn't have to be. When you compare a cruise to a land vacation, consider that your accommodations, meals, activities and entertainment are all included in the cruise fare.
If you're careful about extras — such as for alcohol and soda — you can keep your cruise vacation well within your budget. Look for sale fares that include onboard credit — to cover gratuities and other extras — and promotions such as free cabin upgrades (your cheap inside cabin may become an outside). Your travel agent can help you spot the bargains.
Check out these budget cruise tips and options.