All-Inclusive Cruise Experience

Cruise lines are trying to book trips all year, which means they have to appeal to as many people as possible at all times. This includes providing package deals that are filled to the brim with services and amenities for prospective travelers. Of course, it is important for prospective travelers to be aware of what “all-inclusive” actually entails. This is perhaps the most divisive aspect of the cruise industry as what is included with “all” can vary. It takes a lot of work by the would-be traveler to figure exactly what is being offered before they book.

At its most basic, an all-inclusive cruise would provide the following: accommodations, food, non-alcoholic beverages, entertainment on the ship, and applicable taxes and fees. This isn’t too bad, but when you begin to investigate what other items have price tags, you realize that all is actually not completely included. For example, excursions off the ship can cost extra. Before you even get on the ship, there is a matter of traveling to the port from which you’ll be leaving. If you live any great distance away, you’ll have to drive or fly, and depending on when you get in, you may need to spend the night, which means an overnight stay. In some cases, what was once a pretty sweet cruise deal has now become a much larger financial investment.

You also need to be aware that all-inclusive cruises can be somewhat regimented and tend to adhere to strict schedules. This, for many travelers, is a deal-breaker. Whether it be meals or excursions, all-inclusive cruises have to keep schedules & movement on the ship tight, and that type of scheduling may not mesh with your idea of a vacation. Part of the fun during a vacation is that you can turn off the alarm clock, stash your watch, and just enjoy what the day brings your way. Having to maintain a schedule during your time off may not be the way to go.

So, what is a traveler to do? Become educated and do some research. Not only do you have the internet, but you can also reach out to stellar travel agents that can not only give you great insight into the all-inclusive cruise, but they may be able to help you book the ultimate all-inclusive cruise that is exactly what you want.

Book an Alaskan Cruise

  • Research online about the weather and events in Alaska. The wildlife and cold weather are two reasons why people want to visit Alaska. Another great reason is for a chance to see the Northern Lights. Even during the summer months, temperatures in Alaska are only between 40 and 60 degrees. There have been a few years on record where the temperatures were much higher. Due to icebergs and the exceptionally cold weather, Alaskan tours are not offered all year round.
  • Compare and contrast the different cruises available. Scrutinize the amenities that are offered with each cruise and determine which is a better option for you. Some companies are better suited for adults-only while others are best suited for children. Each ship has its own entertainment and amenities which make it special.
  • Contact the cruise company of your choice and ask about any specials. When there are vacancies on a cruise ship, there is likely to be special deals available that are not listed on the website. Due to the cost of sailing a ship, most companies are willing to strike a deal to fill in those last empty rooms before a ship departs.
  • Reserve your cruise on a major credit card. It will be necessary to pay a portion or all of the cruise cost up front. You can reserve a cruise online using a major credit card but will need to call in person to use a debit card. If you are using a debit card you may also be subject to additional fees as a deposit that is used to ensure there is no damage to the suite.
  • Pick your room carefully. On all cruise ships, there are three or four different options for rooms. The smaller rooms are on the lower levels of the boat and only offer an under the sea view. You can also choose between larger rooms with balconies or at last those with a large picture window to get a better view of the oceanic surroundings. The nicer and larger the room, the more expensive it will be.
  • Book your airfare. If you do not live in one of the departure areas then you will need to plan on the extra cost of airfare for your Alaskan cruise. The cost of flying has greatly increased in the last year. You should plan to spend an extra $500+ on a round trip flight per person with your Alaskan cruise trip.