Many first-time cruisers experience sticker shock at the end of their sailing: That's when the final bill for onboard purchases arrives at your cabin door, and you see just how many glasses of wine you had with dinner, drinks you ordered by the pool, and cocktails you signed for while listening to the piano player in the lounge. Those drinks can really add up: On average, you'll pay $10 for wine by the glass, $6 for a bottle of beer, and $12 for a mixed drink. And that's if you order drinks with house liquor, rather than upgrading to a top-shelf liquor. Oh, and did we mention an additional 15% tip is automatically added? Ouch.
There are some ways around those high bar bills, though.