We all dread that final morning of our cruise – waking up and seeing our final sail and sign bill. Seeing how much we’ve racked up over the course of our cruise.The early bird gets the worm when it comes to pre-paying your cruise vacation. If you don’t pre-book and pre-pay, you’re at the mercy of what’s available when you board the ship. For pre-planners this is ideal, if you’re a go-with-the-flow type person, you could be left with slim pickings. 5 Things to Pre-pay before Cruising:1. Alternative dining10538407_10152540662320513_7288242418516790269_nAlternative dining venues are a great way to celebrate an occasion or just take a break from the ordinary. For an up charge of $10 up to $100, you could get a specialty steakhouse, Japanese restaurant, Italian food, or even have dinner on your own balcony, depending on the cruise line. When you prepay your dining, it is added to the initial cruise booking and you won’t have to worry about it once you’re on board.2. Shore excursionsSTING-RAY-BAYThis one is likely to sell out even faster than the alternative dining. On an Alaskan cruise last summer, a handful of families were disappointed because they couldn’t take a helicopter tour of Mendenhall Glacier because it was sold out. Sting Ray City in Grand Cayman is another one that tends to sell out quickly on the ship.You have a couple of options when it comes to shore excursions – you can book through the cruise line or book through a third party company like Cruising Excursions.3. GratuitiesRUBY-GRAND-CAYMANThe majority of the mass market cruise lines will charge between $11 and $14 per person per day, depending on the cruise line. Gratuities are split up between your cabin steward, the waitstaff in the dining room and the workers around the ship. You have the option to pay with cash or credit card on board. But if you’re one of those people who wants to spend the least amount possible while on their cruise, I highly suggest prepaying your gratuities when you make your cruise payment.4. Beverage packages

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