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Cruise or All-Inclusive: Which One Fits Your Vacation Style

 Bon voyage or all-inclusive relaxation? Discover which vacation style suits you better in our guide to choosing between a cruise and an all-inclusive resort..

Sometimes, when you’re planning your vacation, you want to just hand responsibility over for all of it. What you’ll be eating, what activities you’ll be participating in, and what sights you’ll be seeing – let someone else handle that. You just want to relax.  And if you can relax with a fruity drink with an umbrella in it, even better.  

I hear you.

For this sort of getaway, your best bet is an all-inclusive resort or a cruise. But which do you go for? While there are a lot of similarities, there are some key differences between the two. Let’s break it down:


Both a cruise and an all-inclusive resort have rooms ranging from standard to premium with varying views, so the level of luxury and comfort you experience is totally up to you. That being said, besides the obvious difference that one option is on a ship, the other is on dry land, size may also be a deciding factor for you.  

Cruise cabins tend to be smaller compared to rooms in all-inclusive resorts. However, the higher the cabin category, the more spacious it becomes. On the other hand, resort rooms are generally bigger right from the get-go. But not to worry, both options are incredibly comfortable.


When it comes to dining options, both a cruise and an all-inclusive resort will blow your mind. With a wide variety of restaurants and cafes, all included in the price, you'll have a wide range of snacks and dining options at your fingertips. And of course, both options should have at least one buffet!

At an all-inclusive resort, you have the option to venture out and try some of the local cuisine. But before you do, make sure it's safe to leave the resort at your destination.

On a cruise, you'll have the opportunity to indulge in local culinary delights at every port you visit. So, get ready to make your taste buds happy and try something new!


Both a cruise and an all-inclusive resort offer tons of fun activities to keep you busy, but the biggest difference (apart from being on a boat) is the excursions. A cruise stops at different ports, so you get to explore a bunch of places and then hop back on the ship to head to the next stop. 

An all-inclusive resort, on the other hand, lets you take your time to get to know one area since you're staying put the whole time. It's like choosing between a sampler and a full meal. 

It's all about preference!

How You Get There:

When it comes to getting to your destination, there are a few things to consider. All-inclusive resorts are usually situated on gorgeous beaches surrounded by sparkling waters, which can mean a couple of things for you: you may need a passport and pricey flights to get there.

On the other hand, many cruises leave from ports in the United States, with Florida being a popular choice. This can mean no passport required (though we recommend having one just in case) and a shorter drive or less expensive flights.

In the end, it all depends on your preferences and what you're looking for in your travel experience.

So, to recap, ask yourself these questions when deciding between a cruise and an all-inclusive:

  • Do you prefer being at sea or on dry land?

  • Is it important to you to sample local cuisine? 

  • Do you want to get a taste of lots of different places, or spend time exploring one location?

  • How do you want to get to your vacation destination?

Of course, there’s one way to know for sure which one you prefer.. Try them both and decide for yourself.

Whichever you choose, the main thing to remember is to relax and have fun! Unwind and enjoy yourself. Indulge in the delicious food, take in the breathtaking views, and savor the moments of tranquility away from the stresses of everyday life.

After all, you deserve a break and some well-deserved relaxation!



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Vernita Patterson,


I am a retired school administrator and I enjoy helping others. Well versed in the fun, relaxation and rigors that traveling can bring. I'm living my best life through travel and I want to help you to do the same. I will design and organize a stunning itinerary so that you will have a fantabulous and one of a kind vacation.

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