My hubby and I have cruised three times and we're hooked. Having said that, we are wondering if anyone out there can help us decide whether to book an all inclusive vacation this year. We're thinking about trying one to compare it to a cruise. If anyone has been on both types of vacations, would you please help us out? We'll probably book a cruise even if we do try the all inclusive.
Another question I have is about booking a last minute vacation. Anybody tried this??? Pros and cons, please and thank you.
We first started crising 11 years ago and are certainly hooked . We've done 14 or so in that time. I have also done several allinclusives (and a few other land vacations ) in the same time period.
We tend to book very active cruises. Lots of ports, pre and post cruise stays. Great vacations but not thoroughly relaxing. Of course one can veg out on a cruise, we tend not to do so however.
On the other hand the all inclusives become total veg out no decisions greater than pool or beach, beer or pina colada. Many people will do tons of water activities, scuba etc on these vacations , we do not.
There have been several instances where being on a ship avoided bad weather. That option is not available on a land vacation.
All inclusives are also just that. ALL inclusive. A cruise is "mostly" inclusive. Biggest difference , drinks, excursions and tipping.
We find it healthy (for us) to mix all three types of vacations. Leaves one wanting a bit more for the other when it comes and breaks the monotony.
Each has advantages and disadvantages. I have started cruising 3 times a year and wanted to try the all inclusive. I did one Oct 1 and really enjoyed the change. I think it depends more on the resort you go to and the activities they have, much like the cruise ship you choose. I will now cruise 3 times and add an all inclusive between them. There is a lot more to do them eat and drink. It really depends on how many activity you want to do. Any vacation is great. :o
Nordic Empress 1991
Rapsody Of Sea 2001
Carnival Victory 2002
Sovereign Of Sea 2003
Adventure of Sea 2004
Adventure of Sea 2005
Radiance of Sea 2005
Sovereign Of Sea 2005
Carnival Fantasy 4-1-06
Sovereign Of Sea 2-12-07
Freedom Of Sea 5-13-07
NCL Pride of America Hawaii 9-7-07
Majesty Of Sea 12-1-07
Mariner Of Sea 4-27-08
Vision Of Sea Nov -3-08
Majesty Of Sea 1-24-10
Oasis Of Sea 4-24-10
Enchantment Of Sea 6-16-2011 (coming)
When do we book? Because of a need to coordinate the vacation schedules of two working people (and the staff we work with) we book WAY in advance. 10 to 18 months out is not unusual for us. Again that is what works for us and our schedules. Our semi retired friends often grab last minute cruise bargains once or twice a year.