Choosing Cruising or Resorts. Honestly this is no simple matter. It comes down to choice and taste. A cruise is not for everyone. Not all people can handle the motion of the ocean. And not everyone can handle the walls that surround most resorts.
Cruising of course offers a few things that some may see as a challenge. For example not all cruise ships have an affordable laundry option. That means that you either take enough changes with you. Or you wash a few things in the shower or sink. In all honesty its basically the same for a resort but at a resort you always have the option of visiting a laundry facility in the nearest town.
There was some mention by some visitors that a resort is cheaper because you can buy the all inclusive option and on an ship you can not. And that’s not exactly true. On a cruise it basically is all inclusive at booking. All meals are paid for. And that includes basic drinks such as water, iced tea and several juices. And you are not limited to 1 or 2 drinks per meal. Its when you want to mix in drinks like beer and wine that you might face an extra charge. And that depends on the ship and company you are sailing with.
However like the all-inclusive resorts the ships have specialty dinning and that has an extra charge to it. Some of the hotels the extra charge is a bit on the high side. While on the ships its an average of 25$ US per person. When you sit down and do the math on those extra fees, they often come out to be well worth it.
The choice comes down to a couple of things. Is the long walk to the pool in the resort ok for you! Do you need the all included drinks more than a short trip to a dip?
If you take the time to talk with your family you just might find the middle of the road is the best. 1 year a resort in an exotic location. The next a nice cruise to get away and see some places you have never been before.
But we have an idea that you really might want to consider. How about both! Take 2.5 weeks out of your regular lives and take your family on a trip they will never forget.
Day 1. Fly to your resort.
Day 2. Live it up. Enjoy the beach and the bars.
Day 3. Repeat
Day 4. Repeat again
Day 5 and 6 Repeat.
Day 7, set sail for 7 to 10 days.
On your final day of the cruise you arrive very early so you can have breakfast and head straight to the airport for your return home.