As you know, I’m #TheCruiseGenius, but with all the changes with cruises in the last couple of years, I want to see for myself the benefits of an all-inclusive resort. Keep in mind the only way I can sell something is to personally experience it! Webinars are nice, but I can’t sell a webinar!!!
The fact of the matter is that back in the day, cruises were pretty much all-inclusive, with the exception of the casino, pictures and alcohol. Now that the ships have become the destination, (roller coaster rides, I-fly experiences, etc.) the cruise lines are now charging for these new features. With the addition of specialty restaurants on many ships, you can pay for a great meal in a more private venue.
I remember when a certain cruise line moved from a perceived “no-tipping” policy to automatic gratuities. Many of my fellow cruisers asked out loud if the tips really went to the crew instead of to the accountants up on the 10th floor of the corporate headquarters! Other friends of mine asked, “if tipping is automatic, then why would the crew go the extra mile to provide outstanding service?”
In my experience on the cruise lines I’ve been fortunate to sail on, the crew members have not sacrificed a high level of service just because tips were automatically charged to the guest.
I get upset when I see a line 7 miles long at guest services the night before the ship pulls back into the home port.
I know that the guests are removing their tips from their sail and sign account!
In my opinion, it’s wrong for people to enjoy the service they’ve received during their cruise only to remove the tips! The crew worked hard to give you an amazing cruise vacation! Don’t punish them! If you can’t afford the tips, then stay home!!!
In March, I will be travelling to an all-inclusive resort in Mexico.
I’m looking forward to experiencing an all-inclusive vacation for the first time and bringing you all the exciting details.
I know a land-based vacation and a cruise vacation is like comparing apples and oranges, but I want to experience it myself.
I’ve cruised for over 250 days on various cruise lines and I want see if an all-inclusive resort is all that and a bag of chips.
I do want to finish up by saying that I love cruising. When I was 18, I joined the U.S. Navy, and ever since, I’ve loved sailing the 7 seas. Cruise ships are amazing, the service is out of this world, and the food (for the most part) is very high quality.
When my grandson (@TheCruiseKid) gets a little older, I will enjoy taking him on lots and lots of cruises and I know he will love spending time with his #PopPop!
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