Are all cruise lines all-inclusive?

Meals, limited beverages and accommodation are included in the base cruise fare. There are a number of exclusions,. There are a number of exclusions, alcohol, tips, tours, WiFi and special meals tend to cost more. All-inclusive cruises with Regent Seven Seas come at a high price, but each of its five ships truly embodies the spirit of luxury at sea.

And since the self-proclaimed “most luxurious fleet in the world” sails up to 450 ports of call, you can go almost anywhere in the world in a high-end cruise environment where almost all expenses are included in the price of the cruise ship. An all-inclusive cruise with Regent Seven Seas includes roundtrip airfare (in business class for cruises departing from a foreign port of departure), airport-to-ship transfers, 24-hour room service, open bar, tips, Wi-Fi, laundry service and unlimited shore excursions. You can also receive free hotel stays before and after the cruise or two-for-one cruise rates, depending on the offer. Each of the 114 suites aboard the Scenic Eclipse has a private terrace and a separate living room.

While not considered a luxury cruise line, Viking Cruises offers first-line cruises that most people would consider a “travel material of a lifetime”. Viking cruises are also free for children (there are no children under 1 year old), making all-inclusive cruises perfect for adult couples, people with empty nests, and retirees. Viking's all-inclusive price includes non-alcoholic beverages and some alcoholic beverages for lunch and dinner, a coastal excursion at each port, access to the spa's thermal suite, several fitness classes, 24-hour room service, laundry service, free Wi-Fi and transfers to the airport. Some special promotions also include roundtrip airfare.

Since there are no interior cabins on Viking cruisers, each room has a terrace. Rooms range in size, from a modest 270 square feet to a whopping 1,448 square feet. Amenities depend on the type of room purchased, but all rooms include a spacious bathroom and a king size bed. Virgin Voyages, another all-inclusive cruise line known for its adult-only travel (passengers must be at least 18 years old), is more aimed at young adults than people with empty nests and retirees.

For the time being, all ships are scheduled to sail from the United States, which makes it difficult for me (an already expensive cruise line and long-haul flights are complicated). Some cruise lines, especially companies specializing in small cruises, also include special meals and shore excursions as part of the package, which can make a big difference to your overall bill. On some cruise lines, such as Celebrity Cruises, juice is available at the buffet throughout the day, usually juice is usually only available with breakfast. If you're looking for an all-inclusive cruise that takes care of all the details of your trip from the moment you leave home until the moment you return (including door-to-door transfers with a private driver to and from your home), Silversea is the cruise line for you.

These small-ship cruise lines from the ultra-luxury cruise industry sometimes include business class flights as part of their offering. Azamara's three luxury cruise ships are small (each ship can accommodate about 700 passengers) and look more like boutique hotels than mega-cruises. Many cruise lines offer entertainment shows that cost more to attend, for example, some MSC cruises offer Cirque Du Soleil for an additional cost. Several major maritime cruise lines, along with smaller, more intimate cruise companies, operate on an all-inclusive basis.

Marella is an all-inclusive cruise line and I was lucky enough to travel with them last year through the Baltic countries. A premium cruise line is more likely to be promoted as “all inclusive”, but even luxury cruise lines are rarely truly all-inclusive. As the cruise market develops, many more major cruise lines tend to add more Inclusive elements to their offerings to meet customer demand. There are many options where you can pay more, and the cruise line will try to sell you these “specialty” restaurants throughout the cruise.

During traditional sales seasons, cruise lines often offer these upgrade packages quite strongly as gifts to help sell a particular cruise ship that they're struggling to cover. Uniworld is the only river cruise line that offers completely free and unlimited beverages during your river cruise. . .

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