All-Inclusive Resort vs. Taking a Cruise:
Travelers looking for relaxing, hassle-free vacations often look to Cruise Ships or All-Inclusive Resorts for a week in paradise. Many enjoy the unlimited food and alcohol, while others want a vacation that requires little research or choice during the trip. However, when comparing these two experiences, there are important differences to consider the right fit for you and your family. In this write-up, I will be focusing on one region of the world: the Caribbean Islands and Mexico, since that’s where the majority of All-Inclusive Resorts exist. Here are some things to consider:
ADVANTAGES OF A 7 DAY CRUISE
You get to see 3-4 different countries or islands, adding a bit of variety to the trip
You can find quieter spots on the boat including libraries if you don’t want to party
Some cruise ships cater specifically to certain age groups, which can be great for children or seniors
Cruises can have casinos, Vegas-style shows, mini-golf, water slides and other extensive entertainment
Usually the service from staff is very personal and customized
Sometimes you can score incredible deals on cruises during non-peak times
Restaurants are extremely good at catering to all dietary needs
ADVANTAGES OF AN ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT
The rooms and bathrooms are much larger than a cruise ship.
You usually have access to the beach just steps away from your room
You can stay at an adult-only resort. (there are adult-only cruise options, but they are extremely expensive or usually not found in this part of the world)
Resorts tend to feel less crowded and more spread out
You can eat dinner whenever you want rather than at an assigned time. You also don’t have to sit with strangers like you often do on cruises
The price you pay covers just about everything, except spa treatments or water sports
You can stay in one place the whole time rather than having to exit the ship every day or two.
THINGS IN COMMON
Plenty of dining options ranging from buffets and formal dining options.
Good gym and spa facilities
Each offers the convenience of having everything you want within a 10 minute walk.
A week at a 4-star All-Inclusive in Cancun for two people starts as low as $1500 for the week!
A 7 night cruise to the Caribbean Islands from Miami starts at $1000 per week for two people. (Remember that alcohol, fine dining, and excursions are optional, but will be extra!)