When you hear the word all-inclusive, you might get a little excited and a little nervous. Who wouldn’t want to go on an all-inclusive cruise holiday where you pay one price and get everything you want or need? That’s pretty much how these cruises work. While every cruise is different, when something is advertised at all-inclusive, it usually means everything is paid for up front, and there is no extra money needed. That doesn’t mean you won’t have any added expenses. Before you book your cruise, make sure you know what’s included.
Most cruises have many different dining options. There are fast food restaurants, room service, buffets and even fine dining options. When you book a cruise, you will receive an itinerary and information about your dining options. It will tell you which dining options are included in your all-inclusive package and which ones are extra. Most of them will be included, but you will have the option to upgrade to better food for a small fee. Sometimes, the included meals are only available during certain times of the day. Make sure you understand how the dining works on the cruise.
When you book a cruise, you will find a variety of different entertainment options. There are usually several things going on at one time, and they are different every night. You can expect to see game shows, variety shows, comedy shows, and of course song and dance acts. Almost every cruise includes these in the all-inclusive price. Occasionally, a cruise may host a famous singer, band, or comedian and charge extra for that show. If you are in doubt about the entertainment, check your itinerary or call customer service to check.
You probably don’t plan on staying on your cruise all day, especially when the ports are interesting and fun. Be aware that most excursions are not included in the booking price. You will need to book and pay for them separately. Some ships do offer some small excursions such as trips to a private beach or a local show. You do not have to take excursions and are welcome to stay on the boat while it’s docked. If you do choose to book excursions, check on the price and make sure they return you back to your port to board the boat in time at the end of the day.
Cruises are a great way to travel the world without having to drive or fly. They are usually one of the most affordable options as well. All-inclusive cruises are great because you can plan for your costs ahead of time and don’t have to worry about budgeting during the trip. Understanding what is included in your cruise will help you enjoy it more and avoid sudden surprise costs. Most cruises are upfront about what is included in their prices. If you have questions about a certain meal, entertainer, or excursion, you can always contact the cruise line directly for more information.