|Posted on April 8, 2016 at 11:35 AM|
Many people gravitate to cruises and all inclusive resorts because of all the things that are included in the price. For new travelers it can be a big decision which one to choose. I would like to share some difference and observations to make this decision easier.
1. Do you have a passport? Do you have enough time and the inclination to get one? All inclusive resorts are very limited in the United States. Most cruises that depart and return to the same U.S. port do not require passports. I do recommend them in case of emergency or missing the boat literally; it is hard to fly back to the U.S. without one.
2. What items do you want to have included in your initial price? Most cruises do not include alcohol, soda, bottled water, gratuities, and transfers. Many all inclusive resorts include all of these items. There are of course exceptions as many luxury cruise lines include everything even excursions at port and some lower priced resorts require up charges for higher quality alcohol and tipping can make a large difference at resorts were it is not included in the price. In both cases frequently a package or room level can be purchased that covers the extra items if you desire.
3. Do you want to see more than one location? Cruises really shine here because you get to see many places. Just remember to subtract almost 2 hours from your time in port due to getting off and back on the vessel. You can get a similar feel by really exploring the area around the all inclusive resort you choose. You could stay in Montego Bay, Jamaica and spend one day in Ocho Rios climbing a world famous waterfall, spend another in Negril cliff diving and enjoying its amazing sunset, and then relax and enjoy plenty of relaxation for the rest of your vacation.
4. Does being around large numbers of people bother you? There are cruises ships and all inclusive resorts that are smaller and have a smaller guest ratio. DO you love the feel of Vegas? There are cruises and resorts that can offer that same energy and amount of interaction with people. Do you want an adult’s only atmosphere? Many resorts cater to adults only clientele. There are a few cruise lines with sailing that are kid free and others where children are less likely to be prevalent. Many cruises also have adults only areas but the sizes vary by ship and line.
5. What kind of entertainment are you expecting on your vacation? Many cruises have Vegas type shows, ice skating, surf simulators, sky diving simulators, activity coordinators, and water parks/programs for the kids. Resorts often offer a variety of nightly shows ranging from camp like to more professional. Family resorts often have a water parks/programs for the kids. Resorts also include a variety of non motorized water sports and some include water skiing and tubing. Most resorts also have activity coordinators that can keep you busy and entertained.
6. What level of service and pampering are you expecting? Many resorts offer concierge and even butler service in their top tier suites. The additional amenities vary by resort. Cruises also offer concierge or suite service for their top levels of cabins.