Los Angeles Times

2. Food is included on the boat, but many cruise lines offer "special" eating venues/eating experiences

Save your cash by not going to said venues, or budget for the frills. Discounts for dining specials (early-bird two-for-price-of-one) at onboard speciality restaurants can be found, just as cruise deals that proffer onboard credit or free meals at the special venues as part of the incentive package to book. Norwegian Cruise Line