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10 things you don’t know about all inclusive cruises

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Author Stuart Smith has a post about all-inclusive cruises – and the 10 things you didn’t know about them. First and foremost is, they are not really “all-inclusive”.

Here’s how he begins his article:

All-inclusive cruises are wonderful in most regards. The only drawback is they are not really all-inclusive. While most food, entertainment and accommodations are included, today’s cruise lines are offering more and more items for which you must pay extra. Cruising is still a good bargain, but the term all-inclusive is not accurate any more. You pay for extra amenities, but the tastes of today’s traveler have changed, and they want more than the casino and Broadway-style shows. While no cash registers are onboard, and you cannot pay cash for anything, you might be lulled into a false sense of security. When you board, you must offer a credit card to which all onboard charges are billed. You are issued a ship’s card that is used for everything onboard — from a soda at poolside to a meal at a specialty restaurant or spa treatment.

What does he suggest should make the 10 ten things?

First, take your own photographs – cruise lines have photographers at each port and every event, hoping to capture the moment and some of your money.

Next up he makes note of “beverage policies”:

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Beverage packages are common on cruise ships. You pay one price to be able to drink as much as you want — from bottled water to cocktails. The various packages have varying prices. This, I suppose, is only a bargain if you are going to drink significantly of any beverage. There is no refund for unused portions, and you cannot generally share your package with another person. In addition, a service charge is added to the beverage package at the end of the cruise.

And what about shore tours? Cruise lines promise that you’ll make it back to the ship on time, but it’s more cost-effective in most instances, to book your own shore tours privately. Turns out that lots of private companies will also guarantee you’ll be back to the ship on time.

Planning a cruise? See his article for more helpful information here: EscapeHere.com.

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