As fancy vacations go, a cruise can be a good value. I found them to be on-beyond relaxing. All the food and entertainment was already laid on so I didn’t have to make any decisions, and had no need to pay for extra things. (Bring your own soft drinks. They charge a lot for the ones they put in your room.) If you don’t drink, shop, or gamble, the price you pay covers everything except the optional shore excursions.
If you live near a cruise departure port, you may be able to get a steep discount by showing up with your luggage just before they sail. They’d usually rather get a little money than sail with an empty cabin.
Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.