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The Benefits of All Inclusive Cruising

The Benefits of All Inclusive Cruising

In recent years many aspects of travel have perfected the art of disguising underlying charges, the cruise industry is no exception. Most premium cruise lines charge for everything except accommodation, dining in the main restaurants and entertainment. Once you pay for a few shore excursions arranged through the ship’s tour office, a drink or two each evening – as well as wine with dinner, maybe push the boat out and enjoy a meal in an alternative restaurant, purchase some Wi-Fi to keep in touch; not to mention gratuities that are automatically added to your onboard account, you’ll be lucky to escape from a week-long cruise without around a thousand pounds in additional charges appearing on your onboard account.


It’s easy to compare the value proposition of an all-inclusive cruise with one where you pay for extras. Indeed the pacesetter in this concept is Regent Seven Seas Cruises who proudly boast they offer ‘the most inclusive luxury experience’. They go as far as boasting that with their all-inclusive promise the difference between cruising in a suite on a luxurious Regent vessel compared to one on a big mainstream ship is marginal.


While the price of a cruise might appear expensive at first glance, the most all-inclusive cruising experience on the high seas has an inherent value beyond compare. So while an all-inclusive voyage on a luxury ship will almost always have a headline price that’s more expensive than ships in the premium category, the host of items included make these deals a steal. What’s more, you won’t have to keep signing bills for drinks and other annoying incidentals. The all-inclusive credo is very different to the common concept of cruising and has a material value that’s quantifiable. This is an attribute that has also been finely-tuned by several other deluxe cruise companies.


Crystal Cruises offer a wealth of all-inclusive amenities on their two award-winning ocean ships – Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony – as well as on their expedition-style yacht – Crystal Esprit where complimentary offerings include all wine, spirits and soft drinks; shore excursions in each port and gratuities. On Crystal River Cruises, inclusive benefits range from all alcoholic beverages; shore excursions; gratuities; and a lunch or dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Vienna or Budapest during the cruise.


When Silversea Cruises say ‘all-inclusive - always exclusive’, they mean it. Passengers can indulge in complimentary beverages in each suite and throughout the ship as well as fine wines in all restaurants; gourmet dining in most alternative restaurants; transportation between ports and town; and gratuities. Seabourn Cruise Line’s all-inclusive policy includes open bars, while fine wines are poured at lunch and dinner. Also included is gourmet dining in The Grill by Thomas Keller; an in-suite bar stocked with guests’ preferences; watersports; and gratuities; plus memorable ‘Caviar in the Surf’ parties in Thailand and the Caribbean. You might be surprised at the great value for money an all-inclusive cruise can offer. For further advise call our experienced team on 0800 484 0370. 


Gary Buchanan

  • 14th August 2018

Gary Buchanan


Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.