An all-inclusive vacation usually means you are staying at a resort that includes your drinks (alcoholic or not) as well as your food. Since your vacation is largely pre-paid, you don’t have to worry about a big credit card bill once you leave your resort. You can also eat and drink as much as you like without ever having to worry about the cost.
All-inclusive resorts can be split into three categories:
Low-cost all-inclusive: Your resort typically includes buffet food, domestic alcoholic drinks, a few activities. Your accommodations are basic and functional, and your service is adequate. Expect to pay extra for many things, such as wifi and restaurant surcharges. You also need to be more wary about hygiene.
Superior all-inclusive resorts: These will include several restaurant options, including gourmet restaurants, top-shelf liquor. Comfortable rooms and suites will typically provide wifi, and there will be many activity options such as kayaking or Zumba classes.
Luxury all-inclusive: These feature many gourmet restaurant options, top-shelf liquor, no wristbands, and exotic activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, or adventurous excursions. Service is impeccable, often featuring a butler.
Cruises: Despite popular belief, a cruise cannot be considered all-inclusive. Sailings typically include your stateroom, food, and water. You will pay extra for gourmet restaurants, soda drinks, alcohol, shore excursions, some on-board activities, enjoying an adult-only atmosphere, and enormous fees for wifi. What might initially seem like a much lower cost usually ends up being much higher.
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