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experiencedcruiser

All-inclusive cruises

by experiencedcruiser »

Are all-inclusive cruises good value? It seems like all lines are nickel and diming more and more. Is it better to pay more upfront and not get a huge bill at the end of your cruise?

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happynomad

RE: All-inclusive cruises

by happynomad »

From what I've seen of cruise pricing, those lines that advertise themselves as being "all inclusive" are often as much as 10 times more expensive than the regular lines. So I would think that even with the nickel and diming, you'll do better with a less expensive ship. But I may be wrong. Anybody else have a thought?

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Are all-inclusive cruises good value? It seems like all lines are nickel and diming more and more. Is it better to pay more upfront and not get a huge bill at the end of your cruise?


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Lyn T

RE: All-inclusive cruises

by Lyn T »

You have to weigh the costs against the services you would use

Some all inclusives cruises included airfare, gratuities, drinks, excursions, no extra fee for their specialty dining

Once you add those services that your would to the price of a main stream line it may not be that far off

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rebecca lauren

RE: All-inclusive cruises

by rebecca lauren »

All-inclusive cruises means you no need to worry about accomdation, food and other services, anyhow it has advantages and at the same time disadvantage of high cost.  Apart from all thses issues i travelled on a cheap ferry service with myferrylink offering a good services at affordable prices. It on board services include pubs, restaruants and shops making the travel comfort and luxury.

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cargo13

RE: All-inclusive cruises

by cargo13 »

Generally its the luxury cruise lines (like Silversea--which invented all inclusive cruising) that offer all inclusive in the base rate.  All inclusive means everything--gratuities for the staff, all drink packages, all shore excursions, etc.  

 

However, recently the mass market cruise lines have started offering all inclusive packages.  

You can, of course, select a lower base rate and pick/choose the items you want to include as well.  It depends on the convenience factor your want and how much you plan to use the all inclusives.  We like it because the internet is free and the gratuities are prepaid.

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Captain Larry

RE: All-inclusive cruises

by Captain Larry »

I indulge in so few of the extra cost amenities, the so-called "nickels and dimes", which actually cost dozens of dollars, that what the all-inclusive ocean cruise fare covers would not fit my style. But then, ocean cruising, in general, does not fit my style, although I have been on six of them. European river boat cruising is (nearly) all-inclusive, and it does fir my style.

On the other hand, I just this year experienced my first stay at an all-inclusive resort, kind of like a ship that doesn't move, and loved it. It was in Malta and the public (bus) transportation system is so efficient and economical that we saw a lot of the tourist sites and some non-tourist sites while we were there. But knowing that one set fee, fare, if you wil, covered lodging, food, beverages, entertainment, and other amenities made for a very relaxing and relatively economical month. And we were there in the off-season which meant that about 200 of us were sharing a facility built for 1,000. By the time we left many of the staffers were "old friends".

Sorry if I hijacked your thread, but I just wanted to post my feelings.

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wendyb964

RE: All-inclusive cruises

by wendyb964 »

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I give you the most irritating but true answer: it depends. We've been on very high end cruises with everythig included. They were decadent, service impeccable, but one was enough.

I will address the fairly new feature on main-stream cruise lines where you can buy/add "non-alcoholic" or "alcoholic beverage" plans. When travelling with a group (we often do a multi-generational family reunion cruise), a non-alcoholic plan was a boon: drinks when and wherever kids/teens wanted, well worth the price. No one in our group was a big drinker so we purchased bottles of wine to split or drinks at various bars. The young people probably drank more soda/juices than being nickeled-and-dimed before, but it was effortless and well worth the money for us. Some cruises have the tips built in but still provide an atmosphere of expectation. It's a personal decision for your family or group. We splurged on balcony suites which was well worth it for our last trip to Australia/NZ as well as a week at the InterContinental Sydney pre-cruise and a week in Auckland post-cruise. (BTW, we stayed in Auckland with a couple we'd met on a Mediterranean cruise. Fascinating couple: she'd been the Queen's milliner!)


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