Tired of not knowing what the final price will be on your holiday? Then you might want to take a look at luxury all-inclusive cruises. While the initial fare may be higher than for other cruises, luxury all-inclusive cruises provide value by offering perks such as wine, beer and spirits, gratuities, shore excursions and even flights in the cruise fare. Plus, you're spared the hassle of a big bill at the end of your cruise.
Take a look at these five luxury all-inclusive cruises that might give you more bang for your buck.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
What You Get: Regent is perhaps the most all-inclusive cruise line sailing the seas. Fares include roundtrip air (business class on intercontinental flights) with transfers, gratuities, open bar (including the minibar in your suite), all restaurants, shore excursions (with several free options per port), fitness classes, unlimited Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service.
What You Don't: Spa services at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub and special shore excursions (called Regent Choice) cost extra.
What You Get: Crystal provides an all-inclusive cruise experience that appeals to its tradition-minded passengers. Fares include gratuities; all drinks; one evening of dining in specialty restaurants Prego and Umi Uma; 24-hour room service; all enrichment courses and fitness classes; and Wi-Fi.
What You Don't: Spa services, shore excursions and airfare cost extra. Additional visits to Prego and Umi Uma carry a $30 per-person fee.
What You Get: This luxury line features smaller ships and a diverse range of itineraries, including an expedition arm. Silversea fares include gratuities; open bar throughout the ship, plus an in-cabin bar setup; butler service; unlimited Wi-Fi (either standard or premium service, depending on suite level); 24-hour room service; fitness classes; expedition gear (where applicable); and shuttle service into town.
What You Don't: Spa services, most shore excursions and airfare cost extra. Fees are levied at the ships' Japanese and French specialty restaurants (Seishin, Kaiseki and La Dame). You can also pay to upgrade from standard to premium Internet service.
Seabourn Cruise Line
What You Get: On its ships, Seabourn goes for a country-club vibe, with an emphasis on the finer things; Champagne and caviar are available, gratis, anytime. Most of its vessels also have a retractable water sports marina, with complimentary water toys, that's used in warm-weather ports. Fares include gratuities; open bar and in-suite bar set-up; all specialty restaurants; 24-hour room service; and Caviar in the Surf (and Caviar on the Ice) parties in select ports.
What You Don't: Wi-Fi, spa services, airfare and most shore excursions cost extra.
Viking Ocean Cruises
What You Get: Viking Ocean Cruises does not position itself as a luxury cruise line, but its prices are more inclusive than many upscale lines. Cruise fares include wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner; Wi-Fi; a shore excursion in every port; meals in all restaurants; access to the spa's thermal suite; fitness classes and 24-hour room service.
What You Don't: Spa services, gratuities, bar drinks and airfare cost extra.