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Cost comparison between a cruise and an all-inclusive resort vacation

Cost comparison.

Here’s the dealio, I’m not an accountant or a CPA. I rarely use excel spreadsheets, but I have a friend that is a master of finance. I thought that I would take a few moments to do a cost comparison between a cruise and an all-inclusive resort vacation. (See picture above).

Back in the day.

As you probably know, I have sailed on Holland America Line over 150 days, on Carnival over 75 days, and many days on NCL and Royal Caribbean. I’ve always loved cruising because you usually wake up in a different port of call everyday (or so). The service, food, entertainment, and being at sea is amazing experience. Speaking as a U.S. Navy veteran, being at sea means something that I can’t express in words.

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Last March, a friend introduced me to the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya, near Playa Del Carmen, about 90 minutes south of Cancun. I was so overwhelmed by the beauty of the resort, I was speechless for 36 hours. When I was able to formulate the words, I said, “Garden of Eden!”

Grand Palladium Riviera Maya

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room, COVID. At all-inclusive resorts, social distancing is much easier. If you’re at the beach, the pool or in a restaurant, you are able to protect yourselves and others without wearing masks! The staff at the Grand Palladium resorts wear masks (and face shields depending on their work location).

In addition, the Palladium Hotel Group is offering free health insurance!

Click the link below for details:


The fact of the matter is that many all-inclusive resorts are open now. Cruises have been paused for several months and will probably not resume until 2021. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in my opinion, believes that cruises are basically a recipe for Covid.

News reports reveal that a recent cruise has again suffered from a COVID outbreak:


I urge you to consider an all-inclusive vacation at a Grand Palladium resort in the near future. The cost is comparable to a cruise vacation, and you will love it!

Email me at slara1961@gmail.com to book your vacation!

The Cruise Genius at TRS Coral near Cancun


About Scott Lara

Navy Veteran, Travel Agent, love to cruise!

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