A cocktail at night, some ice cream by the pool – without additional costs: increasingly passengers 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.
All-inclusive does not always mean that everything that you can do on board is 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.
Crystal Cruises offers diverse services with its All-Inclusive Crystal Experience on both the Crystal Serenity and the Crystal Symphony. They do not only include non-alcoholic beverages, but also champagne and premium spirits, as well as afternoon tea in the elegant Palm Court. On both ships you can decide between a wide-ranging offer of restaurants. Guests get one complimentary visit in Prego and in Silk Road or the Sushi Bar respectively. Further visits are not complimentary. A butler service, 24-hour room service, as well as gratuities, entertainments and shows are included, as well.
Guests in the Penthouse Suites enjoy special service. A private butler ensures your well-being, unpacks your luggage, or irons your clothes. Crystal cruises offers a lot of possibilities for further education for those who enjoy reading while on vacation. The luxurious vessels offer interactive courses and workshops for art studies or digital movies. Furthermore, on many cruises you will meet experts from the fields of science, politics, and art, who give presentations. Additionally, guests can use saunas, whirlpools, the Feng Shui inspired wellness area and fitness classes with Yoga, Pilates, Spin-Cycling and Tai-Chi without any additional costs.
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. Visits to the fitness centre, spa, as well as fitness courses, including Yoga and Pilates, are also complimentary. 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, one of which is free. Return transfers from the vessel, shore excursions and visits of the specialty restaurants for non-suite guests are not included.
Other 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, because they are one of the foundations for the personal service and the special Seabourn ambient, which makes passengers feel like guests on a private yacht.
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 ensures luxurious and personal service. The price includes gratuities for the personnel, 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, snorkelling, diving and hiking trips.
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 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.
Uniworld River Cruises
Uniworld River Cruises focuses on putting the passenger first. Its personalised industry-leading service helps to get closer to their goal of providing unique and unforgettable experiences. For all passengers staying aboard the European fleet (except Russia and Portugal), service from specialty trained, in-suite butlers are included in the price. These butlers go above and beyond and create special memories for all guests. Some luxurious amenities are included, as well. Bath and body products by L’Occitane and Hermès await guests travelling in any of the staterooms or suites aboard any European cruise. The extent to which dining, excursions and other experiences, such as transfers and gratuities, are included depends on the cruise. Beverages are generally included, and the cruise line also invites you to the captain’s welcome and farewell receptions. Furthermore, Uniworld really wants to make their guests as happy as possible, which is why their motto is “No request too large, no detail too small”.