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Old November 11th, 2005, 04:49 PM
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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.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 05:37 PM
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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.
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Good answer.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 07:05 PM
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Default Thanks for the info

I appreciate the info. Especially from someone who has done several of each type of vacation over the years. Do you always book ahead of time or do you wait and try to snag a bargain?
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Bargains can be had if you wait until the last minute, but you must know the ropes and have flexible travel opportunities and be willing to accept less than desirable accomodations.

Book me on your next cruise and enjoy your personal punching bag.
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Old November 12th, 2005, 04:34 PM
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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
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Old November 13th, 2005, 08:56 PM
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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.
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Old November 13th, 2005, 09:58 PM
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We tried our first all-inclusive recently at a resort in Cancun, and we loved it!! Many advantages over cruising:

You don't have to worry about missing the ship.

You can eat whenver you danged well feel like it!

Drinks are free, and very tasty!

Room service is about the same as the menu, we still got steaks and shrimp cocktails in our room.

The spa was much more reasonable, one hour massages for $95 minus a $15 credit, and NO sales pitch afterwards!

The resort we stayed at was 18 & over only, which was VERY nice!!!

There are benefits to both, but I found the resort to be MUCH more relaxing since there was no strict schedule to stay on...

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