If you are going to take the time and effort to book a cheap cruise in order to save money, you should also be certain that you are being cost effective in you pre-trip preparations. Here are several tips for keeping your costs down as you prepare for your cruise.
Go with what you've got.
Your summer clothes from last season are fine for your cheap cruise. You're going to relax, not to participate in an on-deck fashion show. Do not go blow all your money before the trip on new swimwear and shorts. Your old Hawaii shirts and last summer's swim trunks will serve you just fine.
The same goes for your luggage. Nobody is going to be impressed if you come on board with brand new leather travel bags. You're going to be on a ship so stuffing everything into an old gym bag is perfect. In fact, it will make you look like a real "old-salt" to others on board.
Hide your plastic and bring cash.
While you should probably bring your credit card with you on your cruise, consider it for emergency use only. For spending money, set a budget ahead of time for things like souvenirs and put this amount as in cash or traveler's checks for your cruise. This will keep you from over-spending and help you avoid the "charge it" syndrome once you are on board.
Stock up on film before you leave.
Of course, no cruise would be complete without taking tons of pictures of your trip to share with friends and relatives upon your return. Film prices on the cruise ship are notoriously expensive though. Stocking up on cheap rolls of film from your local discount store will save you a bunch of money.
You've taken the time to book a cheap cruise - now use the tips above to continue saving money before you leave. Being frugal during your travel preparations will leave you with more money to spend during your vacation. Enjoy your cruise!