What are all inclusive cruise deals and how do they work?
All Inclusive deals do exactly what the description says. Essentially it means that the price that you initially pay for your vacation covers everything that you will need, so that’s not only the room accommodation but all the food and drinks through-out the voyage. It may include extra facilities on board ship, however there may be some downsides to an all inclusive package that you should be aware of before you make your booking, like facilities that you might not want to use therefore making the cruise choice less appealing.
Firstly make sure that you read about all the details of the holiday, you will be provided these by your tour operator. In here it will describe to you exactly what is included and what is not. One thing to note is that in general when they say “all drinks are included”, this just means that you can go to the restaurants whenever you like and order tea, coffee or soft drinks. Usually this does not include alcoholic drinks like beer or spirits. As another quick point, on some ships, the coffee or soft drinks may not necessarily be free if you get them from the bars on board so you should check this before you order any.
It has to be said that an all inclusive package cruise is a good choice as long as you do your due diligence and make sure what’s included. Be careful though with some advertisements, some companies will offer you what looks like a great all inclusive prices, but upon closer inspection you may find out that some things are optional. Not knowing this until you board ship could be a costly mistake so make sure you check first.
Other thing to consider are to see if the things included in the package are the sort of things you would be interested in and make use of, there’s no point getting free extras that you don’t need, perhaps you aren’t looking for sport facilities, for example but instead would be more interested in having access to the high quality swimming pools that most ships offer or access to the night time entertainments.
At the end of the day you just can’t beat shopping around and spending time looking at the details. Unfortunately this is necessary, but in reality it can be quite enjoyable, after all going on a cruise can be very exciting and there’s nothing quite like planning out all the details, especially if you can save your self some money and get some good discount deals on your cruise.
As a final point, try and start looking for your cruise early, don’t leave it too late to do the research, that way you know exactly what is on offer, you may well wait until late on to actually book so knowing what kind of all inclusive deals are possible is something you should look into.