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Cruises vs. All-inclusive Resort: What is Better for you?

If you want a getaway where everything is taken care of for you, there are two options to choose from: a cruise or all-inclusive resort. It can be tricky to decide which one is a better deal because of all the factors to consider. Here are the pros and cons of each to help you make your decision:

Cruises

Advantages

There are two main advantages to choosing a cruise over a resort. The first is that a cruise ship can move. That means you can visit multiple destinations without having to figure out transportation, packing, or where you are going to stay. That also means that if bad weather hits, your ship can simply go to another location. If a storm hits your resort, there is nowhere else for you to go. 

The other benefit is that modern cruise ships are packed with activities and entertainment. Some have entire waterparks, mini-golf, rock climbing, zip lining, surfing, bumper cars, and other thrill rides. Daily schedules include dance classes, wine tasting, trivia nights, and other activities. By evening, the ship hosts Vegas-style shows, comedy acts, Broadway musicals, and other types of live entertainment. Cruise ships also have areas dedicated to kid-friendly programming and activities, so you know they will never be bored. 

Disadvantages

While cruises seem all-inclusive, that is usually not the case. Typically, your fare only covers accommodation, some meals, non-alcoholic beverages, pool use, and some daytime activities. That means you will have to shell out extra money for alcohol, meals at specialty restaurants, tips, some onboard activities, as well as shore excursions. 

All-Inclusive Resorts

Advantages

The price you pay for an all-inclusive resort usually includes much more than what you would get on a cruise ship. That means it is easier to budget for an all-inclusive resort holiday since there are no extra expenses to keep in mind. The price you pay usually includes meals at all onsite restaurants, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, beach and pool access, and daytime activities. Some of these activities would include snorkeling, kayaking, beach sports, fitness classes, and kids' programming. 

The main benefit of this type of getaway is how relaxing it can be. You can spend the entire day poolside, and have drinks and food served to you while you are in the water. Or, if you want to do something active, you can spend all day out on an excursion. If you prefer the beach, you do not have to wait for a ship to dock to visit one. Your itinerary is entirely up to you. 

Resorts also have more space than a cruise ship, with standard hotel rooms being larger than a cruise cabin. Some resorts even have overwater bungalows for added space and privacy. 

Disadvantages

Evening activities at an all-inclusive resort tend to focus on dancing and drinking rather than shows, which can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on your taste. Kids' activities and facilities are usually not as well-organized as they would be on a cruise ship. 

And, the obvious disadvantage is that you are stuck in one spot. You are limited to the resort area, which means you only get to experience one part of a destination. 

If you need help picking between a cruise or an all-inclusive resort, contact Durham Travel. Our travel experts can help you select the perfect holiday to suit your taste and budget.

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