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Cruise News: 4 Things to Expect on an All-Inclusive Trip

By    |   Tuesday, 24 May 2016 09:00 AM

If you are considering an all-inclusive cruise vacation, there are some things you should know beforehand in order to get the best value and avoid costly surprises.

According to MarketWatch, Club Med pioneered the all-inclusive business model for vacation travelers more than six decades ago. Since that time, the concept has gained popularity with many resort chains, luxury hotels, and even cruise lines adopting the one-stop-shop approach.

Here are four things to expect on an all-inclusive trip:

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1. Don’t necessarily expect to pay less — All-inclusive vacations and cruises are sometimes marketed as better-value options rather than booking hotels, meals, and activities separately, says Peggy Goldman, president of Friendly Planet Travel on MarketWatch. However, these packages may not be the least expensive way to go. For some, the convenience of not having to book trip components separately may make up for any premiums in cost.

2. Expect to still pay for some extras — Even the most all-inclusive cruise lines are not completely all-inclusive, says Travel and Cruise World. While your package may include meals at most onboard restaurants, cocktail receptions, and use of the pool and other amenities, you may still have to pay a premium if you choose to dine at alternative restaurants, indulge in spa treatments, or partake in shore excursions.

3. You may miss the gourmet food and top-shelf drinks
— All-inclusive vacations are focused on convenience and creating a super-relaxed experience, says A Cruising Couple. There are no long lines, no ATMs, and no pulling your wallet out for every expense. However, that convenience can come at the sacrifice of truly fine dining and premium liquors. If you are a foodie, an all-inclusive may not be for you.

4. Lots of activities — According to A Cruising Couple, all-inclusive vacations and cruises are great for families with diverse wants and needs because there are plenty of options to keep everyone occupied. They go on to say that if you are the type of traveler who likes to explore away from the resort grounds or cruise ship, you will not reap maximum rewards from an all-inclusive because you will miss out on the activities being offered.

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