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Taking a cheap cruise doesn't mean you're experience will be a cheap one. In other words, a cheap cruise means you have been able to score a great deal on a more expensive holiday.

The cruise landscape has changed considerably during the past few years with more deals being available to people. Once upon a time, it was considered a privilege to be able to take a holiday on a cruise ship but not anymore.

The good news is more and more people are experiencing the thrill of a cruise ship holiday because of more ships on the water and the seemingly intense competition between cruise lines to build bigger and better vessels.

When A Cheap Cruise Isn't Cheap

Getting onboard a cruiseliner at a discounted price is the first step in enjoying a cost effective holiday.

The problem is, many first time travelers are excited about scoring a great deal but don't realize in many cases that while they don't "fork out on the swings they'll usually have to pay on the roundabouts."

In other words, the initial fare price may be cheap but being onboard can be an expensive exercise. This shouldn't affect your enjoyment of your vacation but you should at least be aware of what to expect in most cases.

Here's a shortlist of expenses which could blow out your cheap cruise holiday:

- Organized shore excursions are extremely popular but they do cost extra. Your initial cruise price will most likely not include these excursions.

- On board drinks either alcoholic or soft drinks will cost you extra. If you like to indulge the "amber fluid or hard stuff" then be aware that they will not be free and are expensive. The good news is, many of the cocktail-style drinks will come in special glasses which may be yours to keep as part of your purchase. In a sense, they are like souvenirs.

- Some entertainment will be at a cost such as on board casinos. Also be aware especially with slot machines, if you like playing the smaller denomination machines such as one and two cent slots, then they are usually in the minority.

- Gratuities are another area to make note of. The on board staff do a fantastic job and deserve a little extra gratuities but there are many travelers from countries where tipping is not part of their culture so this could be a little shock to the system.

- Cruise photographs can be extremely expensive. Your own means of photographic equipment will save you a lot of money.

If you are you looking for more on Cheap Cruise or cruises look into our webpage. - Medical services on board are not included as part of your cruise price.

- Services such as hair, beauty and relaxation spa treatments will also be an extra cost in most instances and can turn a cheap cruise into an expensive experience.