The Jakarta Post
The Majestic Princess at sea. (Princess Cruises/File)
Those who think that cruise tourism is only available to those with deep pockets may want to reconsider, as tourists with limited budget can also enjoy such luxury.
"The price is actually not that expensive; it is still affordable for the middle class," Princess Cruises Southeast Asia Region director told Antara news agency on Thursday.
Below are some tips for those seeking to enjoy cruise tourism without spending too much money.
Pick the cheapest room
Cruise ships offer rooms at varied prices based on the facilities offered: from rooms with basic facilities and rooms with sea views to suites with their own private balcony. Those on a limited budget can opt to stay in a room that is most suitable to their finances.
"However all passengers get to enjoy all the entertainment onboard," said Farriek.
For instance, the Majestic Princess offers an entertainment center atrium, a glass-floored deck that will make you feel like you're flying above the sea, cinema, swimming pool, shopping centers, restaurants, spa and duty free shops.
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Choose short journeys
A two-to three-night cruise will of course be more affordable than a 13-night journey. You can opt to explore a closer destination, such as Malaysia.
Compare with other modes of transportation
Though the money you spend to hop on a cruise ship may sound expensive, do note that it includes various facilities, such as accommodation, meals and entertainment.
Compare this with the budget you will have to prepare when you travel using other modes of transportation, such as flight tickets, train or bus fares. Plus add accommodation and food to the list.
From this point of view, sometimes traveling on a cruise ship is not only more practical, but also more affordable.
Farriek compared cruise ships to a floating hotel, "It's practical; you don't need to unpack when you change destinations. All is ready; you don't have to think where to eat today, where to buy meals tomorrow." (dan/kes)
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