Mummy says….The constant struggle of taking a family on holiday is finding one that suits everyone, whether you’re the kind of parent that needs some time in the sunshine to relax or you’re excited to get the
whole family involved in activities and exploring new sights. On top of that, family holidays can be
pricey, especially if you’re working on a budget…
The answer to your prayers could well be an all-inclusive trip, in particular, an all inclusive cruise. These don’t necessarily have to break the bank. Finding a package that works for your entire family isn’t a problem as there are a number of cruise deals available that will take you where you want to go on a budget, including last minute deals on ships that offer the height of luxury.
All inclusive holidays on land have been a family favourite for many years. The formula of having everything in one place and all paid for upfront is a great one. These types of holiday are available around the world, with Spain, Turkey and the Canary Islands being popular destinations.
An all inclusive cruise takes this one step further though as you have the chance to experience a different destination every morning, sometimes even a different country from day to day. The Mediterranean is a top choice for families, being close to home yet giving the opportunity to visit a range of countries including ports in Rome, Barcelona, Corfu and more. For the more adventurous, cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, Dubai and the Far East are available as all inclusive packages.
With an all inclusive cruise, your accommodation is included as part of your package along with full board meals, drinks, flights and even sometimes pre- or post-cruise hotel stays. The accommodation style with both all inclusive stays on land and at sea depends on what you’ve chosen.
There are generally family cabins available that will sleep everyone in one room or adjoining rooms.
You can choose interior cabins that work with a tight budget, meaning you can spend your money on souvenirs and excursions, or spend a little more for a room with an ocean view.
When staying in an all inclusive resort on land, all your food and drink is included as part of your package. This is also true on all inclusive cruises as your full board package will give you access to a selection of different restaurants on board all a quick stroll away from your cabin, from family friendly buffet dining experiences, where even the fussiest children will find something they like, to more upscale restaurants where parents can take a break and enjoy a fancy meal. The additional benefit of booking an all inclusive cruise though is that you may be able to dine at each port, allowing you to experience the local cuisine.
Activities and extras
One of the biggest advantages of an all inclusive cruise is the staggering amount of activities and excursions that are available to guests. While not all of these will include them as part of your package, some will have specific trips or extras included as standard, such as sightseeing tours around ports, access to gyms and swimming pools on board, or the opportunity to take part in classes such as dance, yoga and pilates.
Have you seen the All Inclusive Cruise Deals, or been on an all inclusive holiday?