Booking a vacation used to mean researching destinations, finding hotel deals, budgeting to fit in meals, drinks, and other overheads – which honestly, is quite a lot of work. However, over the years, vacationers have gotten smarter with their holiday choices. When it comes to holiday destinations like the Caribbean, cruising is the most affordable way to see multiple destinations in one go. There are plenty of cruises that boast “all-inclusive” packages. But you might have a few unpleasant surprises in store if you take these offers at face value.
A general all-inclusive cruise includes the cost of your accommodation, entertainment, standard meals, etc. in your fare. But soon enough you will find items being added to your tab. Want to chug a beer? It will cost you. Interested in a yoga class onboard? Add it to your tab. Intend to enjoy one of the fine dining specialty restaurants on the cruise? There’s a charge for it. At the end of the vacation, you might come to realize that your all-inclusive cruising experience cost you quite a bit. But for every problem, there’s a solution! There are a few all-inclusive cheap Caribbean cruises out there that actually keep your out-of-pocket expenses at a bare minimal. Read on to know more about your best options.
When to go on all-inclusive cheap Caribbean cruises?
The peak season for sailing to the Caribbean is during the months of June to August, February to mid-April, and Christmas and New Year’s week. However, this is also the time when cruises are more expensive. If you are looking for all-inclusive cheap Caribbean cruises, it is a better idea to sail during low season, which is from late April to May, and September to January (barring the holiday weeks). Not only will a cruise cost you less during this time, but you will also be able to enjoy the added benefits of smaller crowds and great weather. Do keep in mind that June to November is categorized as hurricane season in the Caribbean. You might face changes in the ports of call depending on the weather or find it difficult to reach ports of embarkation owing to changes in routes in order to avoid storms. The chances of experiencing rain and rougher seas are also higher during these months. Weigh the pros and cons of sailing in low season before you make your final choice.
Where to go on all-inclusive cheap Caribbean cruises?
The Caribbean is a collection of thousands of islands. Since it is impossible to cover all these islands in a short cruise round, you can choose to go to specific parts of the Caribbean. The Eastern Caribbean routes cover the islands of St. Maarten, St. Croix, Tortola, St. Juan, etc. The Southern Caribbean routes take you through Aruba, Barbados, Trinidad, St. Kitts, and more. Lastly, the Western Caribbean routes stop at Belize, Cozumel, Montego Bay, Costa Maya, and other islands. Once you’ve picked the general area you want to visit, it is time to understand exactly what you will be paying for all-inclusive cheap Caribbean cruises.
What is included?
All-inclusive cheap Caribbean cruises include the cost of your state room, taxes, port fees, gratuities, entertainment expenses, meals, and snacks while you are aboard the ship. There are plenty of upgrade options available such as suite accommodations, spa services, fine dining restaurant meals – but these will generally be charged extra. Before setting sail, you might think that you will manage within the parameters of the all-inclusive costing. But you are on a vacation! Chances are that you will not be able to resist that Starbucks coffee, glass of wine/champagne, or a massage treatment. Luxury cruise liners come with even better (and more expensive) amenities – more reasons to splurge.
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