I was just wondering how great it would be if a cruise was all inclusive.
You would never have to worry about tipping anyone. Never have someone waiting for a tip. Never worry about sneaking alcohol on the ship. Let the cruise line charge more up front and make everyone life simpler. It works at resorts.
I cruise Regent Seven Seas Cruises which includes all beverages, all restaurants, and all gratuities. In addition, my cruises this year include shore excursions which will save me close to $3,000 over two weeks in Europe.
If you usually book a balcony or suite on mainstream ship, you might want to start looking at the all inclusive cruise lines; especially if, like me, you drink a bit more than you should.
By the way, since I have sailed more than 75 nights on Regent I also get free internet, free ship to shore phone (three hours), free newspaper (I usually choosed USA Today) every day, and free pressing. Pretty soon, I will also get free laundry. I am finding there are fewer options for actually using the shipboard credit that get from Amex besides bookin another cruise.
Marc hit the nail on the head. There are all-inclusive cruises out there, you just have to pay for them. That's not Carnival's market. Though I haven't really felt anybody was waiting around for a tip, except maybe the porters who are dock employee's rather than cruiseline employees.
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If Carnival raised the prices enough to include all you wanted to drink, the prices would be so high, that those of us who rarely drink or dont drink at all would find other cruiselines I'm afraid. I wouldnt want to fund others drinking.
You could make all inclusive an option so that all passengers who dont drink wouldnt have to pay for the ones that do. The downside is the service is the same for all passengers so the only benefit as I see it is you wouldnt have to pay for drinks one at a time. Now all you would see is drunker people causing problems. It may be a good deal for the heavy drinker but the rest of us will have to deal with the obnoxious fools. No thanks...
2008-Valor and Glory
2009-Spirit and Splendor
2010-Freedom of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas
2012-Allure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas