All-inclusive cruises – what’s included and what is not?

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A cocktail at night, some ice cream by the pool – without additional costs: passengers increasingly prefer all-round carefree packages of all-inclusive cruises. Even though the “normal” price might be cheaper than the all-inclusive offers at first, an expensive parting gift in the form of an invoice could await at the end of the cruise. Usually, other expenses like gratuities or drinks incur that are not calculable before-hand. Thus, chances are high that an all-inclusive package reduces your overall cost for the trip.

Even if you decide to go on a cruise without booking an all-inclusive package, you can still add different services, such as beverage packages, e.g. with Viking Ocean Cruises. This way you still get to choose your drinks without having to think about additional costs. You can explore our range of all-inclusive cruises including packages.

All-inclusive does not always mean that everything you can do aboard is actually included. Differences are primarily when it comes to drinks, culinary services, internet access, and gratuity. Many cruise lines offering all-inclusive packages include restaurants in the price but charge extra for specialty restaurants. The same goes for very exclusive drinks. However, some cruise lines have almost all additional services included in the package, especially companies in the luxury segment.

Which cruise lines offer all-inclusive packages? Are meals, drinks, internet access or onboard activities included or are there any additional cost? We looked at the all-inclusive offers and summarised them for you.

Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises’ three luxury cruise ships, namely Azamara Journey, Azamara Quest, and Azamara Pursuit, are not only crossing the seas of the world, but also excite passengers with their gourmet and wellness options. In the price included are already services, such as meals in the main and in the buffet restaurant, non-alcoholic beverages, house wines for lunch and dinner, a selection of spirits, certain types of beer, cocktails, and wine. Complimentary are also visits to the fitness centre and the spa, as well as fitness courses, including Yoga and Pilates. Other free-of-charge-services include a shuttle at the harbour (if available), 24-hour cabin service, and a butler service for guests in suites. Gratuities on board are included, as well. The AzAmazing Evening events are very special. They include concert visits or culinary events ashore, however, you can only choose one. Return transfers from the vessel, shore excursions and visits to the specialty restaurants for non-suite guests are not included.

Seabourn

grocery shopping with the chef seabournOther than the outstanding service and the exquisite gastronomy aboard, the destinations are what makes a cruise with Seabourn so special. All five vessels only consist of spacious ocean front suites. Numerous offers aboard and various excursions are part of every cruise – from shopping with the chef at local markets and talks from experts of the many visited world heritage sites. As the official cruise partner of the UNESCO, Seabourn offers their guests exclusively guided tours. With Seabourn, everything food and drink related is included, even caviar and champagne, as well as fine dining with star chef Thomas Keller. Passengers especially appreciate the included gratuities, as they are one of the foundations for the personal service and special Seabourn ambient, which makes passengers feel like guests on a private yacht.

Oceania Cruises

The shipping company with the six-ship strong fleet focuses on excellent gastronomy, as well as intensive travel experience through longer lay times. While a standard Oceania Cruises trip will create additional costs, booking the OLife Choice package includes some more services already. OLife Choice includes the drink package House Select, which includes champagne, wine and beer (in a glass) for lunch and dinner. Furthermore, free Wi-Fi per cabin is also available. Owner’s, Vista and Oceania Suite guests receive free access for two devices per suite. Besides that, you may choose one of the following: free shore excursions, a free drink package or onboard credit. The number of free shore excursions depend on the overall duration of the trip. For cruises up to 9, between 10 and 13 and more than 14 days, you get 4, 6 and 8 free excursions respectively. The OLife Choice additional services are applicable per cabin.

Silversea Cruises

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Aboard the Silversea Cruises vessels you can look forward to suites with sea view, exclusive food and the service of a butler. Other benefits of the all-inclusive luxury cruise packages service include free Wi-Fi, premium wines and spirits, a mini bar in the suite, exclusive restaurants and 24-hour in-room-dining. The crew-guest-ratio is almost 1:1, which always ensure luxurious and personal service. Gratuities for the personnel is included in the price, however, not for treatments in the beauty salon and spa. Events and tours are only included on expedition cruises, with everything you could want from interesting talks to zodiac rides, snorkel, diving and hiking trips.

Marella Cruises

All Marella Cruises vessels have a strong focus on food. No matter which ship you are on, you will find at least 3 restaurants with daily changing menus. Dining can be as formal or laid back as you please, including everything from self-service to a multi-course dinner with suited and booted staff. From snacks on deck to afternoon tea and midnight buffets, Marella ensures that guests can eat and snack whenever they want. Besides the regular food choices, there is also a captain’s dinner that promises a rather fancy time. All meals and snacks are included on all Marella cruises. Drinks are covered when you sail on the Discovery, Discovery 2, Explorer, and Explorer 2. Starting Summer 2019, both Marella Dream and Marella Celebration will also feature complimentary beverages. If you’re sailing before May 2019, however, on either one of the previously mentioned vessels or the Marella Spirit, you could still enjoy all the drinks by upgrading to the all-inclusive beverage package. Specifically, that means that draught beer and cider, selected wine by the glass, spirits and aperitifs, many cocktails, and some soft drinks by the glass are included. The upgrade premium beverage packages will additionally offer choices of free unlimited upgraded cocktails, all drinks from The Coffee Port after 10am, premium gins, vodkas and tequilas, more choice of whiskies, brandies and cognacs, cans of soft drink and freshly squeezed juices.

Norwegian Cruise Line

 

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Norwegian Cruise Line has been synonymous with freestyle cruising for years in that it provides travelers with individuality, freedom and flexibility on their cruise. The cruise line has been offering a comprehensive premium all-inclusive concept since 2015, which includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as 60 minutes of free wi-fi per person and cruise. The package also includes gratuities. Furthermore, one bottle of water per person per day is provided in the room. Some of the services not included are shore excursions and specialty restaurants, drinks and spa treatments with extra charge. Premium all-inclusive was first introduced in Germany, however, because of the great success, it is now available in all European countries.

Regent Seven Seas

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers the most complete all-inclusive experience. The five elegant vessels of the luxury cruise line visit 450 destinations around the world. All cabins aboard are suites, 98 percent of which have a balcony. For every 3 guests there are 2 staff, which ensures around the clock personal service aboard. The included service already starts prior to departure: the outward flight and return flight, as well as the hotel overnight stay and the transfer to the port of departure are part of your cruise. During the cruise guests can look forward to unlimited beverages, including wines and spirits, a minibar in the suite and exquisite menus in the specialty restaurants. Unlimited internet access and all gratuities are also taken care of. The unlimited number of free of charge shore excursions are also particularly noteworthy. Passengers aboard any of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises may take part in as many excursions both daily and for the full duration of the trip as they please. However, with privately guided Regent choice excursions additional costs incur.

Want to find out more about all-inclusive cruises? Browse a selection of our cruise offers. We are happy to help you, give us a call on +44 0808 301 3637.

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