All-Inclusive Cruises (Alcohol Included)
By Michelle - January 5, 2010
When it comes to all-inclusive cruises, most traveler’s are unaware of the fact that “all inclusive” doesn’t actually mean everything is included. Sure, opting for an all-inclusive cruise is the best way to save money but b
For starters, “all-inclusive” has a different meaning for cruises than it does for resorts and air/hotel vacation package deals. In the world of cruising, all-inclusive generally means passengers can expect to pay one price for accommodations, food, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, onboard entertainment, shore excursions, taxes, and tips. All-inclusive doesn’t always include air travel to and from the ship, rental cars, and other transportation. A good example of one of the world’s top all-inclusive cruises including alcohol is Carnival Cruise Lines seven-day all-inclusive Caribbean Cruise. Carnival’s seven-day all inclusive Caribbean Cruise includes:
- Roundtrip bus to/from the Pier
- Cruise accommodations
- All meals and entertainment on board
- All port taxes
- Unlimited drink package (all alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks)
The cost for the all-inclusive Carnival Caribbean Cruise starts at around $1,169.00 per person and prices vary slightly, depending on cabin type/view.
While there are many advantages to opting for an all-inclusive cruise over other types of cruises, there may be a disadvantage or two (for some). All-inclusive cruises are typically very well planned, meaning, the itinerary is set. Attractions, sights, and shore excursions are planned for you, and start and end times are set. This may not be a good choice for free-spirited types that would prefer a vacation without schedules and time constraints.
There are also a few areas that can go either way with an all-inclusive cruise package. For example: on some cruise lines snacks are included in the all-inclusive price, on others snacks are not included. Another area that may be somewhat confusing is gambling. While admittance to an onboard casino and drinks at the casino may be included, gambling is not. Alcohol is typically included, but there are a few exceptions. So, when it comes to alcohol, entertainment, gambling, and snacks, it’s best to confirm (at booking time) what actually is and isn’t included in the price of your all-inclusive cruise vacation.
There are several cruise lines that are popular for all-inclusive cruises, alcohol included. These include: Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line, and Princess Cruises. Carnival Cruise Lines and Disney Cruise Line are great for families with kids. They each offer special all-inclusive packages designed specifically for kids!
Although not based in the U.S., Thomson Cruises features all-inclusive cruises including alcohol to exciting destinations such as Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Indian Ocean cruises, and the Caribbean. Thomson all-inclusive cruises include food, drink, hotel activities, and entertainment.
To book an all-inclusive cruise, contact your favorite cruise line directly by following the cruise lines link above or click here. You may also contact your local cruise travel specialist. For huge discounts on all-inclusive cruises, alcohol included try any of the discount booking search engines listed below.
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