How to Cruise for Free

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Being a tour conductor is one way to cruise for free.
Being a tour conductor is one way to cruise for free. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

You want to go on a cruise, but don't want to pay the high prices. There are a variety of ways to cruise for free. People who share their knowledge in at-sea lectures, give motivational speeches or who can instruct others in a certain area, such as dance, have a chance to cruise for free and enjoy all the amenities offered. If you have an area of expertise, you may be able to cruise for free.

Become a tour conductor by arranging group travel with a local travel agent. Send invitations to friends; let them know about the group rate you'll receive if you sign up enough people for the cruise. Work with a travel agent to get more people involved.

Pitch your skills to a cruise line. Ask for a spot sharing your knowledge as a lecturer, a motivational speaker, a game host or a teacher. Ask the cruise line if work-vacation agreements are offered in which you travel for free in exchange for providing activities for other cruisers.

Sign up to be a dance instructor if you're a single male. Offer your skills as a host to dance with women who are divorced, widowed or single.

Tips & Warnings

  • Retirees are generally favored as instructors and lecturers.
  • Dance instructors are usually discouraged from pursuing romantic relationships with the women on board.
  • If you choose to be a tour conductor, know that others in your group will have to pay to cruise while you cruise for free. However, the bigger the group, the better the discount. Cruise lines and travel agents will usually split the costs between all travelers to make it less expensive.
  • A group of 16 or more people is required to receive the group discount.
  • Free cruisers are responsible for paying taxes, fees and travel to the port.

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