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What to expect from an all inclusive cruise with Saga.

Ben Gibson / 10 May 2019

Not sure what to expect on an all inclusive cruise? Writer Ben Gibson discovers the benefits and explains why it can be great value for money.

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All inclusive cruises will generally include all drinks (local brands may be served) making them excellent value for money.

In the words of Bob Marley, don’t worry about a thing when you cruise all inclusive. Instead, simply relax as you sail from one glorious destination to another, sipping cocktails, indulging in afternoon tea, sharing the day’s experiences with your friends in the bar… all without worrying about the drinks bill.

Sailing all inclusive makes budgeting so much easier, with no hidden extras to catch you by surprise, and it leaves you with more money to spend ashore and on souvenirs. 

It’s the cherry on the top of a long list of inclusions that Saga offers as standard. You really do receive so much in the price when you sail aboard Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II.

All inclusive cruises: what you need to know

Off to a perfect start!

You’re in good hands when you sail with Saga, as we’ll chauffeur you conveniently to the port and home again. This means a private car up to 75 miles each way or a shared one up to 250 miles each way. 

Alternatively, you can choose from free car parking, or rail, coach or UK domestic flights, subject to availability. So you won’t have to get bogged down with complicated train prices and timetables, expensive taxis or parking costs. 

Everything is taken care of, including carrying your luggage to your cabin.

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Treat yourself… you know you want to!

Fine cuisine is a great cruising tradition, so why not indulge in the best – especially when this means chef-prepared breakfasts, delicious lunches and lavish dinners, daily afternoon tea, plus unlimited tea and coffee. 

With so much choice on offer, whether you are looking for light bite, a perfectly seared steak, or a cake that with one bite makes you smile from ear to ear, you are sure to indulge yourself in the best way.

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So much to see and do

Cruising is dedicated to making your life on board a joy and you’re always free to join in the fun. You can look forward to a huge diversity of live music and entertainment, a full programme of lectures and keep fit classes, and much more.  

Also, with the money you save from going all inclusive, when you’re not at sea, you are free explore a variety of cultures and experiences from an exciting array of destinations. 

It leaves you with even more pennies, so you can buy a little gift for a special someone!

Exploring independently while on a cruise

For complete peace of mind

You can relax knowing you’re in the hands of the experts, especially when it comes to exploring exotic and far-flung destinations. 

Furthermore, aboard Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II you won’t need to tip the on-board staff. Deciding how much to reward impeccable service isn’t an issue when the gratuities are included!

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And now it’s back to the bar…

Of course, what makes a cruise truly all inclusive is the drinks. When you sail all-inclusive with Saga, you’ll enjoy selected wines at lunch and dinner, Saga house-branded spirits, cocktails containing house-branded spirits, draught beer and lager, non-alcoholic cocktails, all mixers and soft drinks.

Ultimately, sailing all inclusive gives you lots to cheer about! You really will be enjoying exceptional value for money and the peace of mind that everything is taken care of… So let’s raise our glasses to that!

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The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated. The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.