E-TRAVEL TIPS AND INFORMATION
Dear Travel Friends
OVERSPENDING ON BOARD, CAN RUIN YOUR CRUISE EXPERIENCE
Cruising is one of the best values available for your vacation dollar. Over the past few years the cost of cruising has come down, as the number of mega ships and available staterooms has increased. Cruise lines now look to on board spending as a significant revenue source. One can cruise within a budget by taking full advantage of what is actually included in your cruise fare and charging only extras within your spending budget.
Your cruise fare will probably include:
Your cabin and all its amenities, serviced daily.
All your meals in either full-service or buffet style restaurants.
Tea and coffee.
Between meal snacks.
Most on board entertainment and activities.
Gymnasium and fitness equipment, pools, hot-tubs and saunas.
Not included in your fare are many expensive and cleverly promoted extra spending opportunities:
All alcoholic beverages which are usually pricey. Beverage packages are available, but purchase the right package for you.
Gambling. The Casino is happy to give you as much gambling credit as you want.
Specialty restaurants have a per person cover charge.
Ships photographers take pictures of passengers, activities, shore excursions and formal events. Thousands of pictures are exhibited each evening, are aggressively promoted for sale and are expensive to purchase. Take your own pictures and pay nothing extra!
Some daily activities, bingo, shore excursions, spa treatments and many shopping sales will quickly help run up your bill.
Art auctions at sea are not only fun and interesting, but can be addictive. Sales auctioneers are usually very convincing and very good at separating you from your money.
Be careful, internet access onboard can be very pricey.
Crew gratuities will added to your account at the end of your cruise, unless prepaid.
Make a budget for on board charges, charge carefully and stick to your budget. Review your charges daily and adjust your budget balance accordingly. Ending your cruise over-budget is not a pleasant experience.
First-time cruisers are more likely to overspend while seasoned and experienced cruisers choose more inclusive higher end cruise lines like Oceania, Regent and Silversea, which have more inclusions.
For more cruise information and booking assistance call 719 593-1591, have a chat with one of our travel consultants or try our easy to use Cruise Planner.
FROM BOB'S DESK - CAR RENTAL INSURANCE OPTIONS V POTENTIAL MAJOR EXPENSE
We rented a vehicle a few years ago which was totaled in an accident. We had personal vehicle and credit card insurance and the other party was at fault. All damages including "loss of use" were paid by their insurance, but only after we wasted two vacation days filing claims, without a replacement rental car. Consider rental car insurance options carefully before taking delivery of your next rental car. The insurance coverage you choose could save you from ruining your trip as well as the potential of having to pay for loss of, damage to and "loss of use" of your rented vehicle. Some rental car insurance options are:
You could accept your rental car company's collision, loss and damage waiver and liability (CDW & LDW) insurance, which will substantially increase the daily cost of your rental car. Check exactly what coverage option you are paying for and if there is an acceptable or zero deductible. Add and pay extra for any "named drivers". This insurance may be a good option if you want to walk away, should anything happen to your rental car.
If you decide to decline rental car insurance, check in advance with your car insurance that the vehicle you will be renting will be covered, at the destination and country you will be visiting. Your insurance will probably have coverage and deductible similar to your personal vehicle. Check rental "loss of use" is covered which could be a substantial charge to you, if not covered.
Some credit cards will cover the loss of or damage to your rental car, at no extra charge, but only if all related rental car charges are charged on their card. This coverage is usually secondary insurance with your personal car insurance being the primary insurer. This means your credit card company will only pay for what your "primary" car insurance will not cover. If needed, get ready to negotiate with at least two different insurance companies and your credit card company!
If you purchase travel insurance coverage for your trip, you may have the option of adding rental insurance to your travel policy. Please contact us for rates and coverage.
Finally, before you drive off a rental lot, properly inspect your rental, take pictures and advise your agent of any preexisting damage. Detail damage on your rental contract and have it signed by an agent. Minor, fair wear and tear, dents and scratches need normally not be noted. You could however, be held responsible for any damage done to the rental, which after-the-fact, will be very difficult to prove was preexisting.
After our rental car experience above, we personally prefer to pay for full $0.00 deductible insurance from the rental car company and walk away if anything happens to the car.
Thank you for choosing Travel Travel we appreciate your business.
Owner and Business Manager.
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