As an update to my blog on all-inclusive vacations, I am seeing a trend among cruise lines
to offer a more all-inclusive packages. Leading this trend are river cruises, like AMA Waterways that includes, shore excursions, free bottled water and complimentary beer & wine at lunch & dinner in its cruise price.
Oceania periodically offers “Free Airfare” and On-board cash promotions that make for a more all-inclusive package.Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Princess all offer pre-paid beverage packages so guests can “build” an all-inclusive package.
Today, there are several all-inclusive resort brands including Sandals (for adults only), Beaches (for families) in the as well as several all-inclusive brands in Mexico. Palace Resorts, Iberostar, and Dreams, among others
So are Cruise Vacations all-inclusive? Not necessarily. Although cruise ships include more services than most hotels, very few cruise ships are technically all-inclusive. All cruise lines include meals and entertainment in the base cruise fare, alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, shore excursions, spa services, gratuities and upscale dining venues are an additional charge. An exception is that some of the Luxury cruise lines, like Regent Seven Seas, do offer an all-inclusive cruise vacation experience.
Range of pricing from a la carte to all-inclusive
What is the best value?
That depends on the traveler, the number in their party, their tastes and preferences. Many people traveling with families, like cruises or all-inclusive resorts because they are not nickled and dimed for snacks and activities for the kids. Many couples that are looking for “fun in the sun” also like all-inclusive resorts and consider the included bar drinks a great value.
Let me know your all-inclusive resort experience. Are you Pro or Con?