Being offered a “free” dining or beverage package seems to the be sign of the times today in ocean cruising bookings. Every cruise line has its own twist on the perks offered but these two are always in the mix of offerings.
So, which do you choose? You love to eat and…. okay you like to consume adult beverages too, thus the dilemma exists.
Now, my first recommendation is talk to your travel professional because all “free” perks are not created equally. For example, some lines charge service fees associated with their “free” while others do not. Most lines have a dollar limit to drinks available using the perk and the big difference is how they handle those drinks that hop over that limit. For example, let’s assume your drink limit is $13 but you really want to try that $16 martini. On some lines, you would pay only the $3 extra, on other lines you would not be able to use the beverage package and be charged the full $16. Note from one wine snob to another: Serious wine drinkers (those who won’t drink the house wine at a bar and who don’t drink much in the way of other alcohol) should think twice about the “free” beverage package because it isn’t likely to have wines that will make you happy. You, may want to consider choosing the free dining perk and then buying your own wine package.
Dining packages are no different, you really have to do the math regarding which perk will be best. Example: you are on a 7-day cruise, your perk is 3 nights in a specialty restaurant, on board credit, free wifi or the beverage package. What is the value of those 3 nights dining? Let’s say the price is $35 per visit to the specialty restaurant x 3 = $105 but the onboard credit is $150 per person…..which is better?
Remember a particular cruise line can only speak to and only wants to sell you their product, they cannot offer you a side by side comparison like a travel professional. We can help sort all that out and can search across all cruise lines for the best perk offering out there.
Remember when you’d return to school after summer break and the teacher would assign the dreaded “what I did on my summer break” essay? I mean, growing up in small town Wisconsin, did they really think we did something worth writing about?
I’m older now but that same question still haunts me each and every time I return from a sun/sand vacation to Mexico, Jamaica or the Dominican Republic. Seriously, um…it was hot and sunny and all inclusive. Need I really say more! Yet people always ask and somehow I seem to feel obligated to elaborate…..so here goes.
Unlimited food, unlimited beverages, super bright sun, wonderfully cool air conditioning, afternoon naps and a few great books. Need I really say more?
Sure there is beach volleyball, pool games, aerobics, yoga, snorkeling and excursions if someone is so inclined but for me a beach chair, book and sunscreen are all I really want or need.
That is the beauty of a beach vacation. One can do as little or as much as one wants, be waited upon or go jogging on the beach, catch up on that elusive thing called relaxation or play hard. The all-inclusive beach sun/sand vacation has something for everyone.
Some of the great places we’ve found particularly wonderful recently are: Secrets Cap Cana and Breathless Riviera Maya. Here’s my travel professional opinion:
Beaches – Secrets Cap Cana
Food – Breathless Riviera Maya
Room – Secrets if you are more modest, Breathless if you are there with someone special and want to spice things up a bit
Service – top notch at both places
Pools – both have a quieter pool and a more active pool so it’s a toss-up
Pick your destination: Cancun/Riviera Maya, Punta Cana, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel and Jamaica. We have special savings on all Apple Vacations plus very Exclusive Savings on All-Inclusive Charter Air Packages of 7 nights or more from Chicago, Rockford and Milwaukee. Some travel date restrictions apply – contact Sue or Paul for more details (262) 538-2140.
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Are you looking for a girls getaway to the Caribbean? How about a wine club tour of France, Italy or New Zealand? Would your church group like to experience the footsteps of St. Paul in Turkey and Greece? What about taking a group of your friends to Napa to celebrate a milestone birthday? How about a family reunion on an Alaskan cruise? Ski club trip to Vail? Scrapbooking club River Cruise in Austria? Choral group trip to Christmas markets in Germany? Foodies group at Walt Disney World food and wine festival? Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
The possibilities are endless. We can help with generating ideas, the detailed planning, the marketing and of course getting everyone in your group to where they need to go. While we work with the group leaders to help craft the whole experience, we also make sure that we meet the needs of individual travellers within the group as well.
Have an idea for a group GetAway? We need to talk – (262) 538-2140