CRUISING through winter and dreaming of sunshine?
Well, the good news is we’re in the middle of “Wave Season”, which typically runs from January until March and gives cruise lovers the chance to bag a bargain trip.
Getty – Contributor Get it right and cruising can be the perfect combination of thrills and relaxation
The Sun’s Travel Editor Lisa Minot says: “With so much included in the price, a cruise is a great way to holiday without having to worry about splashing out. Add to that the chance to enjoy food all day without paying any extra and it’s a great deal for families. Kids love eating when and where they fancy!”
So, whether you’ve already booked a trip or are looking to set sail, these top tips will keep your wallet ship-shape while at sea . . .
TOP TIP: Tipping culture on cruises can add pounds to your bill. Before you embark, check whether or not gratuities for cabin and dining staff are automatically added to your bill. Some cruise lines even charge an amount to your on-board account each day — so this is worth keeping an eye on. Where possible, choose a company that includes tips in the basic price, for example TUI’s Marella Cruises and P&O offer all-inclusive packages which include this.
DIY DAY TRIPS: Excursions sold on board can be costly, but finding your own alternative to the expensive half-day or full-day excursions can save you dosh. Try booking through a private company such as shoreexcursions.com or arranging your own tours, using taxis.
ALL ABOARD: Just because you’re docked doesn’t mean you need to jump ship. If you’re not particularly fussed, stay on board — many things are typically offered at a discount to help entice passengers.
SPA YOU LISTENING: Spa treatments are popular on cruise holidays — but come with a price tag. Save money by booking an appointment when the ship is docked — or on embarkation and disembarkation days. It also pays to be on alert for post-massage sales pitches for the lotions and potions used on your treatment — it can pay to wait until you get home as these are often much cheaper on online.
Perfect Colour at the perfect price, from Primark
Top up your beauty bag and make a big saving with Primark’s My Perfect Colour powders (£2) – nearly identical to popular brand Bare Minerals powder foundation.
Primark’s version is nearly identical tot he Bare Minerals powder
READER’S SAVING TIPJanet Rogers, from Hornchurch, Essex, says: “Swap facial wipes for baby wipes.
“They are great for removing make-up and they are much cheaper too.”
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Shop & save
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The 7S has a 16mp camera and built-in selfie light and it’s just £79.99 down from £99.99 at Argos.
Pop down to Tesco for this corking deal on Californian sparkling wine
It may be midweek, but there’s no reason not to have a glass of fizz. Barefoot Bubbly, currently £7 at Tesco. Down from £8.
MY SUN SAVERS FIVERPatricia Ficken, from Colchester, Essex, says: “I’m saving my Savers fivers toward the cost of getting my pug Martha spayed, as vet fees are so expensive.”
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Two free tickets with The Sun SuperdaysGET two FREE tickets to Chessington World of Adventures Resort, worth more than £95, with Sun Superdays!Witch and her Cat need your help to find her lost belongings in brand-new Room on the Broom – Magical Journey, landing at Chessington on Sunday, March 10.
Visit the enchanted library and walk through the pages of author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s family-favourite book. To get your tickets, download the Sun Savers app or sign up at sunsavers.co.uk.
Go to the “Superdays – Chessington” page in “Offers” and click “Start Collecting”.
Collect NINE Sun Savers codes from those printed daily until Tuesday, February 26.
Lastly, enter your NINE codes on the app or website, then click “Book” on the “Superdays – Chessington” page.
Exclusively with Sun Savers, you can pick the date you go and get peak availability.
You can collect TEN printed tokens and book using the online booking form, but only with Sun Savers can you pick your date.
Subject to availability. Code collect. Sun Savers £2 booking fee applies. T&Cs apply, see thesun.co.uk/superdays. © 2001 & TM Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Licensed by Magic Light Pictures Ltd. © Orange Eyes Ltd. 2012.
Sun Super Days — A whole new world of FREE attractions
GET ready because readers’ favourite Sun Superdays is about to return!
The Sun offer that gives every reader the chance to get their hands on two FREE tickets to top UK attractions is back.
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First off this year is the fantastic Chessington World of Adventures Resort, where you will be able to get your hands on two FREE tickets worth over £95!
This will be followed by Alton Towers Resort in March, LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort in April and THORPE PARK Resort in May.
Later in the year you will also get the chance to grab free tickets to attractions such as The London Dungeon, Shrek’s Adventure! London, The Bear Grylls Adventure, SEA LIFE National Aquariums, Warwick Castle and more.
Getting your free tickets could not be easier.
Simply collect NINE Sun Savers codes from the 18 printed in the paper daily from the launch of the promotion.
Sun Savers is the best way to collect for your Superdays tickets, as you will need one less than those who collect via the printed tokens, meaning with Sun Savers you’ll get to book an entire day early!
You will also get the chance to pick the date you visit, making sure that none of your friends and family miss out on a great day. The perks don’t stop there — with Sun Savers you’ll get the best availability, including peak periods.
Your favourite rides and more to enjoy: 2019 highlightsTHIS year’s Superdays is going to be bigger and better than ever before, with loads of new rides at the attractions, plus your old favourites.
Collect for your Sun Superdays tickets to Chessington World of Adventures Resort and you will be some of the first guests to visit the brand new Room on the Broom – A Magical Journey.
The experience, which launches in early March, brings to life yet another of author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s much-loved children’s books, following in the footsteps of the Resort’s Gruffalo River Ride Adventure.
Visit the enchanted library and embark on a spellbinding adventure.
Search high and low in trees, fields and reeds helping Dog, Bird and Frog on your way to find the Witch’s lost belongings.
You will also get the chance to visit all the animals at their zoo and SEA LIFE aquarium, plus visitor favourite The Vampire Ride.
This year at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, you will be invited by Lord Vampyre to the brand new Haunted House Monster Party.
Get set for LEGOLAND’s most spook-tacular ride ever, where the whole house will be turned upside down. Opening this spring, the ride is packed with fun for the whole family.
Plus, don’t forget to visit LEGOLAND’s famous Miniland, above, where you can step into the world of LEGO and go sightseeing around the entire world.
If you’ve not yet experienced The Wickerman, then make sure to collect for your tickets to Alton Towers Resort in March.
Launched in 2018, the adrenaline-fuelled rollercoaster brings together cutting-edge special effects with classic wooden coaster technology for the first time.
If you have little ones, check out CBeebies Land. Children can meet all their favourite characters, plus enjoy 14 rides and attractions including the Furchester Hotel Live Show and the Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom Ride.
For those feeling brave, collect for THORPE PARK Resort. Home to more than 30 thrilling rides, attractions and live events, it’s the ultimate destination for thrillseekers featuring some of the UK’s most popular roller coasters.
Reach new heights with Stealth, the UK’s fastest rollercoaster, launching riders to 205ft at 80mph in just 2.5 seconds.
Take flight on THE SWARM, the UK’s only winged coaster, or face one of Jigsaw’s most twisted traps with SAW – The Ride, the world’s first horror-themed rollercoaster, featuring a 100ft “beyond-vertical” drop.
Plus, there’s loads of new rides and experiences in store for 2019 at the other attractions, so stay tuned this year to find out more.
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