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All-Inclusive vs. Cruise Travel Experiences

It is a question we're asked all the time at Starlight2Travel --- which is better a resort or a cruise vacation? The truth is... Here are Starlight2Travel we have different favorites! Some of us LOVE cruising the most; others think a resort vacation is the best! It depends on your preferences of course!

All-inclusive and cruise travel experiences are two popular vacation options that offer a range of benefits and drawbacks. In today's blog post, we're going to compare cruises and resorts like we never have before!

Together, we'll take a closer look at both types of travel and compare them in terms of price, amenities, activities, and overall experience.


To put an image in your imagination to help shape the overall big picture of each vacation type, check out these galleries that share highlights of each vacation type...

All-Inclusive Vacations Gallery

Ocean Cruise Gallery

Now that you have a picture of each vacation type in your imagination...


Let's compare cruises and resorts in the following categories...

Price: When it comes to price, all-inclusive vacations and cruises can be fairly similar. Both options typically include meals, accommodations, and activities, and pricing varies depending on the level of luxury and the destination. However, all-inclusive vacations tend to be more affordable, especially if you're traveling with a group or family. Cruises can be a little more expensive due to if you include shore excursions, alcoholic beverage packages, and other onboard additional amenities.

Amenities: All-inclusive resorts and cruise ships both offer a variety of amenities, including pools, restaurants, bars, fitness centers, and entertainment. However, all-inclusive resorts tend to have larger and more diverse amenities such as multiple pools, several restaurants, and even on-site golf courses. On the other hand, cruise ships tend to be smaller and more intimate, but they offer unique amenities like casinos, theaters, and water parks.

Activities: Both all-inclusive vacations and cruises offer a wide range of activities for travelers of all ages. All-inclusive resorts offer activities like water sports, spa treatments, room service, fitness center access, classes, and more, while cruises offer activities like onboard shows, pools, daily entertainment options, onboard adventures and rock climbing. However, cruises also offer the added benefit of being able to visit multiple destinations and explore different cultures through shore excursions.

Overall experience: The overall experience of an all-inclusive vacation versus a cruise largely depends on personal preference. All-inclusive resorts offer a more laid-back and relaxing atmosphere, with the option to participate in activities or simply lounge by the pool. Cruises offer a more adventurous and immersive experience, with the opportunity to explore multiple destinations and engage in local activities. However, cruises can also feel scheduled with limited time in each destination. It always depends on who is traveling, what they like, and what they hope to gain from the travel experience!


So how do you choose the right vacation?

The secret is... you should use a travel agent to help decide and book your trip! Your travel agent will be clear and transparent in sharing with what may work best for you.

Both all-inclusive vacations and cruises offer unique and appealing experiences, and the choice ultimately comes down to personal preference and travel goals. All-inclusive vacations may be more affordable and offer larger and more diverse amenities, while cruises offer the opportunity to visit multiple destinations and immerse yourself in different cultures. Whatever your choice, be sure to choose Starlight2Travel to plan and coordinate all your upcoming trips!


Starlight2Travel, Inc. is a Cleveland-based online travel agency. We assist travelers from coast to coast. We specialize in cruises, romance, and family vacations! Our services provide incredible vacation experiences at a variety of destinations for couples, families, and groups. Please visit our website for travel information and inspiration. Our Star Traveler blog is an amazing place to find travel tips and resources! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more travel information!

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