At the going prices, cruises can be extremely good deals. Whether a lower-deck inside stateroom or a top-deck suite, a cruise cabin itself is almost never a rip-off. That's especially true when you track the many promotions you see advertised on information websites such as Cruise Critic, on big online cruise-agency websites such as CruisesOnly and Cruises-N-More, or even through good travel agents.
The rip-offs come when you start buying the extras or conforming to the industry's standard practices. That means if you're careful and you avoid the many temptations thrown at you, you can avoid most rip-offs completely. Sadly, lots of people don't want you to avoid the rip-offs, so diligence is the best defense. Here are 12 cruise rip-offs to look out for.