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Great All-Inclusive Cruises 2011

For some lines, the term all-inclusive cruise goes well beyond transfers, meals, classes, and entertainment to include airfare and even shore excursions. Here, we chart itineraries from three cruise companies that are pushing the definition of all-inclusive and the value of their additional offerings. The savings are significant.

Crystal Cruises

The Cruise: A seven-day Pacific coast cruise on the Crystal Symphony, round-trip from Los Angeles. (From $2,650 per person, double occupancy.)

Included Items
Airfare:
Free from 23 North American cities; surcharge for other North American cities. ($2,650 per person, double occupancy.)
Beverages:
All nonalcoholic drinks; two complimentary cocktail parties. ($180)
Onboard Credit:
“As You Wish” shipboard credit, which can be applied to stores, spa treatments, excursions, gratuities, etc. ($1,080)

Total value of inclusions, per person: $1,080
Percentage of total cost of cruise:
41

Regent Seven Seas

The Cruise: A seven-day Caribbean cruise on the Seven Seas Navigator, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. (From $3,799 per person, double occupancy.)

Included Items
Airfare:
Free from 20 U.S. cities; surcharge for other U.S. cities. ($500)
Beverages:
All alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks ($490)
Gratuities:
$105
Shore Excursions:
One at each of five ports of call ($500)
Hotel Stay:
One pre-cruise night at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66, in Fort Lauderdale ($80)

Total value of inclusions, per person: $1,675
Percentage of total cost of cruise:
44

Silversea Cruises

The Cruise: A seven-day Caribbean cruise on the Silver Cloud, round-trip from Barbados. (From $2,798 per person, double occupancy.)

Included Items
Airfare:
Free from 20 U.S. cities; surcharge for other U.S. cities. ($200)
Beverages:
All alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks ($490)
Gratuities:
$105

Total value of inclusions, per person: $795
Percentage of total cost of cruise:
28

Airfare value based on the refund each cruise line offers to passengers who opt out of the free airfare. Beverages based on an estimate of four $5 nonalcoholic drinks per person per day and $50 worth of alcohol per day or $20 worth of drinks at a cocktail party. Gratuities are estimated at $15 per person per day. Shore excursions are estimated at $100 per person per day.

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