Cruise ships are a wonderful experience, providing exceptional service to their guests. An open tab enables guests to buy or purchase things without feeling the guilt of overspending. Poolside snacks, open bars, special pampering, and entertainment – it all feels free when you’re not handing the cash over every time. To most people, this sounds like a great way to let loose, relax, and not worry about reality for a few days.
But in a way, this luxury actually disadvantages the guest. By intentional design, cruise ships encourage people to buy things they don’t need. This is where the ships make most of their money! I’ve heard too many stories of people who are leaving the cruise and, upon checking out, they end up paying a tab that is much larger than what they could actually afford. People who are thrifty and ever-conscious of their money may not fall into this trap. But for those people who have a more difficult time holding onto their savings, this luxury is a major disadvantage.
White, Female, 23, 5′ 3″, 110 lbs.