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5 best all-inclusive cruise lines

April 13 2022
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All-inclusive cruising sounds alluring – until you realize that this phrase can mean different things to different cruise lines.

Generally speaking, all-inclusive means the price of a stateroom (double occupancy) includes port and tax fees, most meals, gratuities, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

The most inclusive cruise lines also offer complimentary Wi-Fi, airfare (economy, chartered or business class), all specialty dining (rather than only at select venues) and shore excursions – pretty much everything short of spa and salon treatments, ultra-premium wines and spirits, and purchases such as cigars.

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As you might expect, all-inclusive cruises are typically found on luxury or upscale cruise lines, and are priced higher because they include so much. However, after your fare is paid, your incidental charges and onboard bill will be minimal compared with a typical cruise line.

Here, we share the five best all-inclusive cruise lines where you can enjoy your cruise without ever pulling out your wallet.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

(Photo courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises)

Regent Seven Seas Cruises surely ranks as the most all-inclusive luxury line. Just be warned: With so much bundled into the fare, its prices are usually loftier than its competitors.

If tasteful opulence is your style, you will love Regent. Generously sized, all-suite accommodations feature spacious verandas. The multi-million-dollar art collection (think Picasso and Chagall) onboard newest ships Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Splendor and the upcoming Seven Seas Grandeur astonishes; you will sail amid multiple museum-quality pieces.

This line’s cruise fares include nearly every cruise-related travel expense: business-class airfare on intercontinental flights (economy airfare for domestic flights), transfers between your airport or hotel and the ship, all alternative dining (Chartreuse for Parisian-inspired fare and Pacific Rim for Asian-fusion cuisine are standouts), valet laundry service and most shore excursions. Complimentary shore excursions are unlimited, so you can join a couple every day you’re in port.

Related: Regent Suite: The $11,000-a-night cruise ship suite that’s bigger than a house

Count on, too, a one-night fancy hotel stay pre-cruise, with transfers, breakfast and porterage. Select itineraries also offer two- or three-night land programs for free.

What is extra? Spa and salon treatments, hands-on cooking classes in a state-of-the-art culinary workshop, small group or special-interest shore excursions, the fanciest wines and liquors, cigars and sundries.

Scenic

(Photo from Scenic via Facebook)

The 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse is the first “adventure yacht” from Scenic, known for its luxurious riverboats. This stunning ship is as sleek and sexy as any private yacht custom-built for a billionaire. Think of Scenic Eclipse as a bliss factory, churning out one mind-blowing complimentary experience after the next. Plus, as an ice-class expedition vessel, Scenic Eclipse delivers adrenaline-charged activities that adventurous cruisers adore.

Among many inclusions, count on all-suite accommodations with verandas or terraces, butler service for every passenger, up to 10 dining experiences, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, an in-suite minibar restocked daily, Wi-Fi, internal country flights (such as between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, Argentina), airport transfers and gratuities, both on board and for excursions ashore.

The included wines and spirits are particularly noteworthy, especially the more than 100 whiskeys. Belly up to one of nine bars and sip your way through the impressive collection.

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Most exploration toys, such as Zodiacs, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, are complimentary. Scenic Eclipse even carries e-bikes, an inflatable trampoline and water skis. Up to 15 onboard expedition experts lead complimentary adventure and enrichment programs on and off the ship.

,You will only pay extra for Scenic Neptune, the ship's six-seater submarine, and for a ride on the two helicopters.

Count on divine dining experiences. Sushi@Koko’s skilled chefs cut the finest sashimi, flashing knives as if the fish was an art piece. Lumière prepares meticulous modern French cuisine; linger pre- or post-dinner at its sexy Champagne bar. Kudos, too, to the Yacht Club for emphasizing healthful, delicious selections.

Senses Spa is steeped in complimentary offerings. Relax on thermal loungers, awaken the senses in showers delivering aromatherapy and multiple jets, take meditation classes, and work out in the gym and yoga and Pilates studio. Unwind in women’s and men’s saunas, steam rooms and relaxation lounges, and soak away your cares in three plunge pools. You’ll only pay for one-on-one fitness sessions and spa treatments.

Seabourn

(Photo courtesy of Seabourn)

Seeking a casually elegant – think exclusive, country club-like vibe – for an all-inclusive voyage? Meet the five Seabourn ships, which play up luxury in a sophisticated yet laid-back style. (Seabourn Venture, the line’s first expedition vessel, debuts in July.)

Seabourn’s cruise fares include oceanfront suites with double vanities and living areas (many with private balconies), premium wines and spirits, Wi-Fi, specialty restaurants, 24-hour in-suite dining (served course-by-course), caviar whenever and wherever you like, and gratuities. The only major add-ons to your tab are airfare and shore excursions, the fanciest wines and spirits, and spa and salon treatments.

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Note that complimentary dining on Seabourn’s ocean liners includes one dinner in The Grill by Thomas Keller. A world-famous chef — renowned for Napa Valley’s French Laundry and New York’s Per Se — Keller forged a culinary partnership with Seabourn and designed The Grill’s menu. Keller’s restaurants ashore are extremely pricey, so reveling in his cuisine on board for free is quite the coup. (Even better, meals are prepared on board with the top toque’s favorite ingredients, like Snake River Farms beef and Elysian Fields Farm lamb.)

You can also tuck into Chef Keller-influenced dishes at the Colonnade come dinnertime on select nights, when clambakes and other homey, family-style platters (such as fall-off-the-bone, finger-licking barbecued ribs) are served.

Seabourn has created a Mindful Living Program in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Weil, an esteemed pioneer in integrative medicine. The line offers many complimentary classes with Dr. Weil-trained practitioners in guided meditation and yoga.

Silversea Cruises

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Interested in nibbling complimentary caviar and sipping fine Champagne on all seven continents? You are not alone. Silversea Cruises delivers that fabulous perk and much more in its impressive inclusions.

This luxurious Italian-inspired line offers two types of all-inclusive travel, “Port-to-Port” and “Door-to-Door.”

Port-to-Port includes all-suite accommodations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tuxedo-clad white-gloved butlers for all passengers, Wi-Fi, gratuities, laundry room usage and meals in most dining venues, including 24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course. It also includes complimentary business-class airfare upgrades in select destinations and one complimentary shore excursion per port; the rest are available for purchase.

You will pay extra for spa treatments, cigars and other purchases like the most exclusive wines and spirits.

Related: 6 ways to tell you've booked a luxury cruise

Expedition sails include a few extra perks in their Port-to-Port fares, such as all in-country economy air travel and pre- or post-hotel night or day use, necessary equipment and gear, and expedition team-led shore excursions.

For all types of Silversea sailings, Door-to-Door travel includes all of the above plus international economy airfare (or an air credit) and airport transfers by private executive car service. This choice aims to eliminate all travel stress, with Silversea handling every detail between you walking out your front door and returning home.

Some other points to note when contemplating Silversea and its benefits: Suites truly are suites, with separate living and sleeping areas. For instance, on the new 596-passenger Silver Moon, a spacious entry-level suite rocks a cool 334 square feet. A veranda brings the total square footage up to 387 square feet.

If you book the biggest onboard suites, you are privy to even more freebies such as valet laundry, unlimited premium Wi-Fi (for faster speed than the included plan) and dinner for two in the fabulous La Dame restaurant.

This ship features eight dining options that serve up fancy foodstuff (think lots of lobster, high-end cuts of beef and fancy mushrooms); all but two are complimentary. Dine outdoors on authentic Neapolitan pizza, bubbling with aged Parmesan and garnished with garden-fresh basil. In Atlantide, dishes like lobster bisque and the freshest fish from local waters are presented with perfectly cooked colorful vegetables and the prettiest garnishes. Silver Note lures jazz-lovers for live intimate performances and an international small-plates menu.

The ultimate luxury inclusion? Caviar is served whenever you like, wherever you wish to dine, with all the proper accouterments.

Viking

(Photo courtesy of Viking)

Whether you’re sailing Viking’s ocean or river voyages, or the new Viking Expeditions, this cruise line delivers many inclusions for a company that insists it’s not a luxury company.

Here’s what Viking includes on ocean and expedition sails: one complimentary shore excursion in each port; Wi-Fi; alternative restaurant dining; 24-hour room service; Thermal Suite spa access; beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunches and dinner; specialty coffee, tea and bottled water; and self-service launderettes. If you purchase airfare through Viking, ground transfers are also complimentary.

River cruising also includes the above, except it does not offer alternative restaurant dining, Thermal Suite spa access, 24-hour room service or self-service launderettes onboard.

Cabins are a notch above what you’ll find on other premium ships. They come with upscale amenities, such as king-size beds rather than queens, and bathrooms with spacious glass-enclosed showers, heated bathroom floors and anti-fog mirrors.

Perhaps what passengers rave the most about is complimentary access to the spa and that awesome Thermal Suite mentioned above. Breathe deep in the steam bath or sauna, freeze your you-know-what off in the Snow Grotto to wake up every cell (including those you never knew you had), and take a whirlpool, cold-water splash or plunge pool dip. Alternating hot and cold therapies invigorates your mind and body in the best ways.

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The complimentary alternative dining inclusions are mighty fine, too. Little feels better than sitting down to an incredible meal in Manfredi’s Italian restaurant and not signing a room charge at the end. No corners are cut here for a complimentary meal. Pastas are excellent, but by all means order the signature bistecca fiorentina, a Florentine-style porcini-and-spice-crusted ribeye steak that makes meat lovers swoon.

,The overstuffed house-made bread basket, served with aged Parmesan chunks and good balsamic vinegar and olive oil, is worth the price of admission alone – were there one in the first place.

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