A TikToker who has been on 40 cruises shares 3 ways to save money on board

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The Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, is seen moored in the Port of Miami on August 1, 2021.
The Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, is seen moored in the Port of Miami on August 1, 2021.Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images
  • Emma Cruises is well known for sharing her cruise advice on TikTok and YouTube.

  • Emma, who has been cruising since she was 11, has been on around 40 voyages.

  • From getting half price spa deals to freebies, she told Insider her tips for saving money on board.

Emma Cruises, a 27-year-old TikToker and YouTuber, has been going on cruises since the age of 11.

Emma Cruises is a British travel blogger with more than 98,000 subscribers on YouTube and 31,000 followers on TikTok. She uses both platforms, as well as her online travel blog, to dispel common cruising misconceptions, according to the blog.

The blogger, whose online course on how to cruise on a budget launches on February 10, shared her top three tips with Insider.

A travel agent will usually be able to get you perks or freebies while on board.

Island Princess cruise ship in Glacier Bay, Alaska
Princess Cruises' Island Princess cruise ship in Glacier Bay, Alaska.Princess Cruises

Emma told Insider that while the overall price of the cruise won't change when you book through a travel agent, they will usually be able to get freebies that you wouldn't be able to find online, such as chocolate strawberries or on-board credit.

"A travel agent will never be more expensive than a cruise line, and if they are, something's really wrong," Emma told Insider.

Emma added that booking with a travel agent is less stressful for the customer, as they have someone to deal with any complications or last-minute changes to the trip.

If your cruise ship has a spa, it likely offer discounts on port days.

cruise spa
Spa in the Norwegian Cruise Ship.Anthony Weller/View Pictures/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Emma told Insider that cruise travelers should look for discounts during the "least popular times," such as port days or the first day of the voyage.

"If you wanted to have a massage in the spa, it can be quite expensive, but if you wanted to do it on a port day, sometimes they do half price," she said.

Specialty restaurants may also offer a discounted price on the first day of the voyage, Emma said.

But you'll have to wait until you are on board to book, according to Emma, who said that discounts likely won't be announced in advance.

Plan your own shore excursions rather than purchasing those offered by the cruise line.

The Agamemnon cruise ship.Garry Hogg/Getty Images.

While she usually uses the cruise line's website for inspiration, Emma says she will book her shore excursions independently and use Google Maps to find her way around.

"You could go to a place and a cruise line will offer you, for example, an aquarium ticket for $50. But if you book your own ticket, it could be $15," she said.

"I've been in places where the cruise line has tried to sell you a shuttle bus into town, but then I've walked outside and there's been a free shuttle bus offered by the council," she added.

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