Opting for an all-inclusive cruise is one of the best ways to save money on cruises. But before booking an all-inclusive cruise, there are a few things that you should know. Depending on the type of cruise vacation, sometimes all-inclusive does not mean everything is included in the price, but rather, the price includes just about everything. All-inclusive may also mean something different for say, resorts and air/hotel vacation package deals.
In the world of cruising, an all-inclusive cruise is often viewed as one of the best cruise deals money can buy. An all-inclusive cruise is also considered one of the most hassle free ways to travel by sea. An all-inclusive cruise is a great option for passengers that prefer to pay one price for everything and reserve cash for extras such as souvenirs, cruise excursions, shopping, and nights on the town at any given port of call. On an all-inclusive cruise, passengers can expect to pay one price for: accommodations, food, beverages, onboard entertainment, shore excursions, taxes, and tips. A good example of an all-inclusive cruise deal 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
*All meals and entertainment on board
*All port taxes
*Unlimited drink package (all alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks)
The cost for this 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 for your all-inclusive cruise vacation.
There are several cruise lines that are popular for their all-inclusive cruise packages. 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!
To book an all-inclusive cruise, contact your favorite cruise line directly by following the cruise lines link above or contact your local cruise travel specialist. You can also try any of the discount booking search engines listed below.