Cruise vs. All-Inclusive Resort : Which One Is The Best Vacation Choice?

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When it comes to deciding between a cruise and an all-inclusive resort, the choice largely depends on your personal preferences and priorities. Both options offer unique advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to weigh your options carefully to determine which one will provide the best value for your vacation.

a room with a couch and a table

A cruise can be a great choice for those who enjoy the adventure of traveling from one destination to another without requiring packing and unpacking while enjoying various amenities onboard. Many cruises offer a wide range of activities, from live entertainment to sports facilities and even water parks. Additionally, cruises generally include all meals, so you don’t have to worry about finding restaurants or paying for food during your trip. However, there may be additional costs for adult beverages, specialty dining, and shore excursions, so it’s important to factor these expenses into your overall budget.

a pool with palm trees and rocks

On the other hand, an all-inclusive resort can be a great choice for those who prioritize relaxation and convenience. All-inclusive resorts typically offer a range of amenities and activities, including food, drinks, and entertainment, all included in the price of your stay. This can make it easier to budget for your vacation, as you won’t have to worry about extra costs adding up. However, you may be limited in terms of exploring new destinations, as you’ll be staying at the resort for the majority of your trip. My least favorite thing about all-inclusive resorts is the wristband requirement. These are used to differentiate which guests have adult beverages in their package, to show your loyalty status, or whether you are there on a “day-pass” and not an actual overnight guest at the resort. Whatever the type of wristband I have found them to be scratchy, irritating and generally a nuisance.

a bottle in a bucket

With both cruises and all-inclusive resorts you will find there are “extras” that are only available for an additional cost. If you book a suite on most cruise lines, you will have butler services included. At an all-inclusive resort butler services are typically an additional per day fee. Adult beverages are normally not included in the cost of a cruise but packages are available for an additional fee. At all-inclusive resorts adult beverages are typically included but you may find the nicer selections of wine, etc. are only available at an additional cost. One thing that is similar on both cruises and at all-inclusive resorts is standard deck/pool/beach chairs are available on a first come, first served basis, and the most desirable spots for chairs are often “reserved” by guests with towels very early in the morning. If you prefer a cabana or a more exclusive sundeck on a cruise you may have to book a more expensive cabin or pay an additional fee for access.

a ship in the water

In the end, the choice between a cruise and an all-inclusive resort depends on your personal preferences and priorities. Have you enjoyed both a cruise and a stay at an all-inclusive? How would you say they compare? – René

 

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René de Lambert
René de Lamberthttp://www.FrequentFloaters.com
René de Lambert has been a travel blogger for over 10 years covering the travel industry - including cruising.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I am shopping that very thing right now. As a solo traveler, I am looking for relaxation. Certain cruise lines are either not relaxing enough or too formal. It comes down to a price/quality ratio that is very personal. For example, I am shopping a week cruise that requires a positioning flight, a week cruise to a driveable port, and a 4 day all inclusive with airfare included. All of them are in the same all-in price range.

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