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9 Reasons Why Cruising is Better Than an All-Inclusive Resort Vacation

At first glance, all-inclusive resorts seem to have it all: food, drinks, entertainment, shopping, spa services, and a beautiful destination.  However, on a cruise vacation, you get all of this and MORE.

Have you heard the phrase, “Variety is the spice of life”?  Well, variety is the spice of the cruising life, for sure! Cruises offer more variety which leads to a better overall value and experience.  With further inspection and the list below, you’ll understand why cruising can be better than an all-inclusive resort vacation. 

  1. On a cruise, you get to explore multiple destinations for no additional cost. At an all-inclusive resort, you only get to experience one destination unless you want to add more expense.
  2. On a cruise, you have more options of things to do. Norwegian cruises offer trivia, bowling, raffles, and art auctions, for starters.
  3. You will have varied entertainment on a cruise vacation. From Broadway-style singing and dancing shows to comedians, and everything in between, there is no room for boredom aboard a cruise with Norwegian!
  4. Cruise prices, without excursions or extras, are generally lower than all-inclusive resort prices. Comparing room and board, food, drinks, and entertainment, cruising wins out in my book. For example, did you know that you can cruise to Hawaii with Norwegian for half the price of an all-inclusive resort vacation?
  5. On a cruise ship, you have a bigger variety of food choices. While an all-inclusive resort will have one or two restaurants on site, a Norwegian Cruise offers many dining options, including a mixture of buffets, specialty restaurants, and main dining rooms. 
  6. Cruise ships are family-friendly and have amenities for kids as well, such as a race car track like on Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss, or ziplining and rock climbing aboard the Norwegian Breakaway.
  7. Cruise ships have casinos! The vast majority of all-inclusive resorts do not.  And for the icing on the cake, Norwegian has the best casinos at sea!
  8. While cruising, you have the option to completely disconnect. If you’re staying at a resort on dry land, you will tend to do your normal routine of checking emails and responding to messages.  If you’re on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean, you can completely disconnect if you desire to.
  9. Norwegian Cruise Line has some completely unique experiences that you won’t find at an all-inclusive. The Skyy® Vodka Ice Bar is a one-of-a-kind bar where everything is made from ice.  On a Norwegian cruise, if you’re a thrill-seeker, you can walk “The Plank,” which extends 8 feet from the edge of the ship out over the ocean.  These are the types of things you wouldn’t necessarily be able to do at an all-inclusive resort and is what sets cruising apart from other vacations.
Unpack Once and See Many Places while Cruising

All-inclusive resorts have a lot to offer - a fact that is conceded here.  BUT, the variety and multiple ports of call that a cruise vacation offers always wins me over.  With so many departure ports to leave from, (many of which you can get to without having to purchase airline tickets), and with so many destinations to discover, a cruise vacation is one of the best ways to see the world.  And if your goal is to see the world and have an amazing time doing it, come join us on a Norwegian cruise.  You can’t beat the value, entertainment, and experience you’ll get!