Cruise, All inclusive Resort, or plan from scratch

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wlillie's picture
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Cruise, All inclusive Resort, or plan from scratch

Which is your favorite?
eta-Or which would you like to try and haven't?

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I've haven't been on a cruise yet but really have no desire to go on one.

I was at an all inclusive for our honeymoon and I loved it at that time. It was awesome not thinking about bills at the end of our stay It was all paid up.

We generally plan from scratch and that is my favorite. I love having local food on road trips and planning our own days.

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We don't do any kind of holidays at all but if we did it would probably plan from scratch. That way we can splurge in areas we want to and save in others.

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I haven't done a cruise or an all inclusive resort (although I think I might like the all inclusive resort.) We planned our honeymoon from scratch so we could try to save money on the parts that we didn't mind being "budget" and we could pick and choose activities that we really wanted to do. But I think a cruise or an all inclusive resort would probably also be fun. Vacation is vacation, I'm easy to please!

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All inclusive resort. Cruises don't make sense to me.

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I think they all sound wonderful. I have never been on a cruise or a resort. Most of our vacations are to the Smoky mountains. If I got to decide and money was not an object I think I would go for a resort.

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We hope to go on a Disney Cruise in the near future. I have a close friend that we want to cruise with (our girls are great friends) and she is actively looking for a good deal. I refuse to pay full price for anything. The resort option sounds wonderful too, but my kids are into the idea of cruising right now.

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I have zero desire to go on a cruise. I take vacation to get away from people, not to be stuck on a boat with them. All-inclusive - yeah, I'd do that with hubby though we've never had a vacation just the two of us. I would plan from scratch, I think. Next summer we're taking 2 weeks and renting a cottage near Georgian Bay. Either there or right on the beach near Picton, ON. I'm not really a resort type. I like solitude and peace and quiet. I like to pack not much more than a bikini, a cover-up and a toothbrush. My ideal destination would be Bora Bora, or Bali, and have one of those huts on stilts out in the ocean.

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I'm also a little uncertain about ever taking a cruise. Don't get me wrong, I think it could be fun. But I get motion sickness on planes and smaller boats so I'm scared I would get seasick on a cruise. Everyone tells me that it's so large that you can't feel the movement, but I don't know if I'll ever be brave enough to take a chance and pay thousands of dollars and get out in the middle of the ocean on the hope that it really won't make me sick...

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I have no interest in a cruise either. Maybe a small boat around the Greek islands, though...should I ever be able to afford it.

I prefer planning from scratch and really visiting places, but I think an all inclusive resort would make my husband really happy and I'd be open to it. He is a nervous traveler. If he's relaxed, I'm more relaxed, so I would totally try it.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

I have no interest in a cruise either. Maybe a small boat around the Greek islands, though...should I ever be able to afford it.

I prefer planning from scratch and really visiting places, but I think an all inclusive resort would make my husband really happy and I'd be open to it. He is a nervous traveler. If he's relaxed, I'm more relaxed, so I would totally try it.

Laurie, your dollar will go a very, very long way in Greece right now Wink

I don't want to vacation in a place where people say "You're safe if you don't leave the resort." That's what I have in mind when I think all-inclusive.

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"Claire'sMommy" wrote:

Laurie, your dollar will go a very, very long way in Greece right now Wink

I don't want to vacation in a place where people say "You're safe if you don't leave the resort." That's what I have in mind when I think all-inclusive.

If I had a vacation dollar, there'd be a story there!

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My mom & sisters love cruises, and they are always trying to get me to go on one. I'm sorry, but I don't want to be anywhere I can't swim to shore. And, like ClairesMommy, I'm wary of the all-inclusive deals for the "You're safe if you don't leave the resort," reasoning. So I guess I'm a plan from scratch kind of person by default. I'm usually on a very tight budget so knowing what things will cost is very important to me, and I prefer to stay away from most of the tourist stuff so the inclusive places & tour deals just don't scratch my travel itch. I don't like sun or sand, but I love finding a cheap place to eat like the locals and I love exploring interesting places. We honeymooned in New Orleans, and we spent more time in a cemetery than we did in the French Quarter. But most of our vacation time these days is camping close enough to home to get to in half a day, so my biggest thing to plan is dinner on the third night after the ice has melted in the cooler.

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I go to all inclusive resorts in areas where it's not crime ridden so that I am able to leave the resort. All inclusive doesn't mean that you can't leave the resort. Unless you're in Egypt or somewhere else dangerous right now.

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When I went to Mexico we did all inclusive. We left the resort.

It just means your food and drink is all included there. Not that you shouldn't leave.

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"Jessica80" wrote:

When I went to Mexico we did all inclusive. We left the resort.

It just means your food and drink is all included there. Not that you shouldn't leave.

Can't speak for others, but I kinda get that. Oh heck, I'll speak for others and say we all get that. Wink

I'm not a resort type, I guess. I will say I prefer to not be around a bunch of strangers on vacation. I like simplicity, peace and quiet. I know you can probably have privacy on a resort but it's just not my idea of privacy.

IDK. Just about everyone I know who's done an all-inclusive, esp to Mexico, has said they stayed on the resort the whole time because they were advised to. My parents went to Costa Rica a few years ago and it was all-inclusive, but they went travelling through the whole country. Of course, when the government came and shut the hotel down for dumping raw sewage that kind of put a damper on the whole trip. And the fact that they shut the water off sucked too. And oh yeah, eating at a buffet knowing nobody was able to wash their hands. That was super. I guess I have a slightly biased opinion of resorts. Wink

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Well okay then you get that. Since people were saying there were equating all inclusive to not leaving I guess I wasn't sure.

Holy Christ on a pogo stick. It was early. Just clearing things up.

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"Jessica80" wrote:

Well okay then you get that. Since people were saying there were equating all inclusive to not leaving I guess I wasn't sure.

Holy Christ on a pogo stick. It was early. Just clearing things up.

I certainly wasn't equating them and I don't know if anyone else was. Don't get so defensive. It was a friendly, slightly sarcastic comment. Wow.

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My bad....sounded like it was being viewed as one and the same.

I just didn't think we needed to be sarcastic about something so simple. let's just carry on with an easy debate.

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Hey. No worries. Smile Sorry for coming off a bit too sarcastic.

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My mom loves cruises but she doesn't even like to get off the ship for shore excursions because she's been robbed twice. And my neighbor went to a family member's destination wedding in the Bahamas last year and there were signs saying to not trust the local taxi drivers because they drive people off & demand extra money to take you back; if you wanted to go anywhere, book a taxi with the resort. This could be a ploy on the resort's part to make more money on taxi fare, but it's a fact that thieves prey on tourists, and it's really hard to not look like a tourist when you're walking out of a resort or off a ship.

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I've been to an all-inclusive resort in the Bahamas and had a great time leaving the resort and walking around town. The locals were very warm and friendly as well. Everyone has a different experience, though.

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Dh and I went on an Alaskan cruise a few years ago and it was wonderful! Seriously the best vacation! There is so many activities to chose from on the boat - definitely something for everyone - and there is no way you could be bored. The boat is huge so you don't feel like you're stuck on a boat.

I can't wait to go on another one (it won't be any time soon though)!

(Road trips are fun too Smile )