How to pick an all-inclusive cruise or resort: 3 tips!

Travel Experience | | April 20, 2011 at 12:02 am


An all-inclusive resort is no more a subject of long queues for buffets or living amidst the basic amenities. In fact, the image of such resorts has now changed as they today tend to attract even the rich clientele via their opulent facilities; upscale inclusions such as private Jacuzzis, personal butler service, and plunge pools; and more comprehensive menus. Despite the fact that the period of recession is industrially at its extinction, the all-inclusive choices have not subsided, let they may be for a floating resorts like cruises or an upright luxury retreat. For example, one of the most upcoming all-inclusive options will be by the Crystal Cruises as a luxury cruise line that has declared ‘2012: Going all-inclusive’.

According to the experts, all-inclusive offers always come in competition with the other counterparts. It is never that a customer will ask for it. For example, if a resort nearby is offering two restaurants in its comprehensive deals, your own resort should offer three. In short, you must offer most than anyone else and this is certainly how your business will run. However, this does not mean that one must compromise with the standards of quality and service.

If you want to go for an all-inclusive cruise or resort holiday, just do not be in a hurry and book a one that might make you repent at the end. Rather, consider the following tips before book the best value for money cruise or resort.

Know how much you save

This is as good as counting the number of free services and facilities. But, it is not only counting that matters, what is even more important is to identify as to whether these free offers are useful to you or not. For example, unlimited drinking is not a great deal if you are not a drinker. However, on the positive side, several all-inclusive resorts offer free water sports, complimentary airport transfers, and kids’ shows. Now these are of your use and surely are great considerations as other resorts charge for these same features. Lastly, do also ask for the tips as $5s can seriously add up to your spend. So, consider a resort whose all-inclusive offers are those that you are surely going to use.

Recognize your holiday mood

If you are in the vacation mood of exploring a destination, staying in the limited ambiance of an all-inclusive resort will be of no use to you. Even though it might seem that the resort is offering several outside tours, the fact is that it will never satisfy you to the fullest for obtaining the maximum value for your money.

So, choose an all-inclusive package only if you want to simply relax and cool down without taking care of transportation or daily meals. A few of the all-inclusive resorts provide a plethora of activities on the site such that you do not have to go anywhere else to enjoy the true local ambiance. For example, the Coco Beach Resort in Belize offers snorkeling, diving, and sailing opportunities on its site.

Call a travel agent

Do not assume that your skill of online air ticket booking can also aid in picking online the best of the room categories offered by an all-inclusive resort. Instead, I would recommend approaching a travel agent, especially the one who has experience staying at your chosen all-inclusive resort. Undoubtedly, she or he will be the best one to advice you on which suite or room to book. Not only this, but these agents are also infamously superior in getting you more discounts, upgrades, and additional tour information. In short, you need to ask her or him about all the offers in your reservation package. This is also because of the fact that some all-inclusive resorts or cruises might have hidden costs: Extra charges for using a special pool or eating in a premium eatery. Therefore, it is better to have all the facilities and services in writing via the e-mail as a poof.

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