10 All-Inclusive Cruises for the Best Vacation Ever
If you're sick of getting nickel and dimed, upgrade to all-inclusive cruises. While the base fare will be higher, you'll get more than the usual stateroom, meals, and onboard activities—the deal could extend to alcoholic drinks, tips, shore excursions, and more.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Billing itself as “the most inclusive luxury cruise line,” Regent Seven Seas Cruises has five ships and fares that qualify as all-inclusive cruises, covering roundtrip airfare, pre-cruise overnight hotel stays, airport-to-ship transfers, 24-hour room service, open bar, gratuities, unlimited Wi-Fi, and unlimited shore excursions when in port. Regent Seven Seas cruise ships sail to exotic destinations all over the world. Destinations include Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, Asia, and more. Perhaps best of all, this cruise line offers two-for-one fares. Here are 13 things travel experts wish you knew about booking a cruise.
The pioneer of all-inclusive cruises, Silversea has nine luxurious small- to medium-sized ships that hold a few hundred passengers each. This sophisticated cruise line prides itself on all-inclusive packages that can be totally customized for passengers, allowing the inclusion of airfare, transfers, and pre-cruise hotel stays. Onboard, there is butler service for every stateroom category, as well as a wide array of activities that include dance and cooking lessons. All-inclusive pricing also extends to exceptional shore excursions in exotic ports—perhaps a concert in Sydney’s famed opera house or wildlife viewing in the Galapagos Islands. Don’t miss these 17 little travel hacks to make your cruise easier.
Viking Ocean Cruises
There’s a lot to love about Viking Cruise Lines‘ globe-spanning itineraries and luxurious ships, which feature a contemporary, Scandinavian style and smaller ships that can get into ports larger ships can’t reach. Mainly, passengers love this cruise line for what it isn’t. There are no casinos. No kids under 18. No umbrella drinks, photographers, or interior staterooms—everyone gets a room with a view. And the company offers all-inclusive cruises. In addition to accommodations, meals, and onboard activities, fares include wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner, 24-hour room service, one shore excursion in each port, Wi-Fi, laundry services, and airport transfers. After your cruise, you might want to check out these all-inclusive vacations for your next trip.
Luxurious (and somewhat formal) cruise line Crystal Cruises has offered all-inclusive packages for over six years, allowing passengers to choose a fare that bundles in alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, and activities, such as fitness classes and golf lessons with a PGA instructor. If you stay in an ultra-luxe penthouse suite, you’ll also get a personal butler plus packing and unpacking services. Destinations span all seven continents. If you like how that sounds, check out these cruises with crazy-cool amenities.
The most luxurious cruise line in Carnival Corporation’s collection, Seabourn‘s small fleet of four all-suite ships—with a fifth ship to launch in May 2018—was conceived for comfort and intimacy, with just a few hundred passengers per sailing. The all-inclusive cruises fare includes both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, specialty dining, onboard activities, use of water sports equipment, certain shore excursions, and gratuities. Some packages also include roundtrip airfare from major gateways and pre-cruise hotel stays.
SeaDream Yacht Club
Feel like a splurge? Each of SeaDream Yacht Club‘s dreamily luxurious mega-yachts can accommodate 112 passengers and feature an onboard staff of 95 people for a passenger-to-crew ratio that’s hard to beat. The fare covers a breathtaking number of inclusions, such as gourmet meals, open bar, 24-hour room service, shore excursions, and gratuities. Also included are daily yoga and tai chi classes plus use of an endless array of water toys including WaveRunners, kayaks, wakeboards, and paddleboards. Caribbean sailings also include a decadent “Champagne and Caviar Splash,” a wildly popular al fresco beach bash at an island port of call. Find out what your ideal vacation is, based on your zodiac sign.
Ultra-premium Oceania Cruises operates five swish ships—two that can accommodate 1,250 passengers and a trio of smaller vessels that can carry 684. They sail the world with itineraries that include the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and South America. Fares include soft drinks, specialty dining, 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi, and transfers. OLife Choice packages, available on all itineraries, also include airfare from select U.S. and Canada gateways.
Known as a high-end cruise line offering small ships and personalized service, Celebrity Cruises has in recent years added larger ships to its fleet and managed to keep its intimacy and its fans. While not an all-inclusive cruise line per se, Celebrity does offer a variety of all-inclusive packages for that cover drinks, gratuities, shore excursions, Wi-Fi, pre- and post-cruise hotel stays, and sometimes even roundtrip airfare. Book a suite and you’ll also receive one massage per person.
If you love nature and wildlife, UnCruise Adventures just might be the ticket. Each of its nine ships can accommodate between 22 and 86 passengers and explore majestic wilderness areas in Alaska, Hawaii, the U.S. Pacific Coast, and Mexico. Excursions are extra special, often to places that can only be reached by inflatable kayak to view wildlife, such as whales, bears, monkeys, or seals. Fares include onboard activities like yoga classes and off-ship activities, such as hiking, snorkeling, and more. Also included are alcoholic beverages (including fine wine, top-drawer spirits, and microbrews), a half-hour massage per guest, and transfers. Gratuities, alas, are not included. Now, feast your eyes on these 10 gorgeous beaches with the clearest water in the world.
Paul Gauguin Cruises
With the motto “cruise artfully” and just a single ship, the 322-passenger Paul Gauguin sails the South Pacific with an enticing air of je ne sais quoi. Fares include wines, spirits, and soft drinks, a stateroom fridge stocked with soft drinks and beer, room service, gratuities, water sports, and specialty dining. Also covered is airfare from Los Angeles to Tahiti and air-to-ship transfers. Before you pack your bags, make sure you know why to never use a hotel tub—and 5 other vacation don’ts.