The 2020 pandemic put the cruising world in quite the pickle. Most cruise lines canceled voyages for the entire year. As they begin to make plans for the future, cruise lines will slowly launch limited voyages, worried to put their full fleet out to sea too soon. And those voyages that do embark will be reduced capacity, making it difficult for cruisers to purchase tickets.
Resorts Versus Cruising
Resorts Versus Cruising

So, what are cruise-lovers supposed to do? Easy: vacation at an all-inclusive resort instead. All-inclusive resorts give you that everything-included vibe that cruises do, providing all the food, drinks, activities and entertainment in one upfront price. Plus, they tend to be located in the same locales cruise ships visit, so you can enjoy tropical destinations and experience unique cultures. Read on to get a better idea of what all-inclusive resorts offer.

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Sure, most all-inclusive resorts are cut from the same cloth—offering a stress-free place to unwind and recharge with nearly everything you need or want included. Yet they also have key differences that can enhance or diminish your overall enjoyment of these tropical oases.

Just like a hotel, the star rating of an all-inclusive resort is a good indicator of the overall quality you can expect. Properties can range from deluxe to luxury, though they mostly stay in the 4- to 5-star range. This rating is reflected in the quality of the rooms, the service, the food, the entertainment and the choice of alcohol. If you want high thread count sheets on the bed, L’Occitane products in the bathroom and Johnnie Walker Black at the bar, aim for five-star.

Where resorts truly shine over cruise is in their all-inclusive nature. Whereas many cruise lines expect you to pay more for their drink package and fanciest restaurants, most resorts do not. You will enjoy an

endless supply of beer, wine and mixed beverages, along with non-alcoholic choices like soda, juice and smoothies. As for food, most all-inclusive resorts offer basic buffets for breakfasts and lunches, and then a higher-end buffet, sit-down restaurant or specialty dining experience for dinner — all included.

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Whether you dream about the festive culture of Mexico, along with its Mayan history, spicy cuisine and picture-perfect beaches; or the island adventures on Jamaica, where rainforests, rivers and mountains provide the perfect playground in paradise — you’ll find the ideal place to relax completely in complete luxury with Palace Resorts.

At Palace Resorts, everything is taken care of. There is no nickel and diming, no bait and switch. They promise you the highest-quality all-inclusive experience, and that is exactly what they provide. Unparalleled service, luxurious accommodations, world-class dining — it all comes together at their 10 oceanfront resorts, and it’s all included.

Real top-shelf drinks? They’re included. In fact, the finest bottles are waiting in your room at check-in, and anything else is just a phone call away. Snacks and dining, resort-wide Wi-Fi, calls to the United States, entertainment every night, non-motorized water sports? It’s all included. Even in-room double whirlpool tubs and nightly entertainment options.

Palace Resorts truly shines by offering a vibrant mix of dining options, both upscale and easy. Using the finest local and imported ingredients, their gourmet restaurants artfully prepare each dish. Savory snacks, breezy cafés and 24-hour room service make it easy to feast whenever, wherever you wish.

With locations in Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen and Los Cabos in Mexico, along with Ocho Ríos in Jamaica, you’ll find a Palace Resorts property in breathtaking destinations that are currently accepting American and Canadian travelers.

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Palace Resorts’ brand-new program, Purely Palace, goes beyond the already stringent quality controls and health measures in place. It includes the implementation of more than 140 preventative actions to assure everyone’s health and safety, including a Purely Palace health certification in every room on arrival, guaranteeing its complete disinfection.

Plus, Palace’s flexible booking program offers you the freedom to modify the dates of all existing and new reservations at any of their properties at the same rate and under the same conditions as the original reservation. No penalties for date changes will apply. Reservations may also be deferred to 2021. In such cases, any rate difference between the original booking and 2021 date will apply.


To book the Palace Resort that’s right for you, contact your travel professional today.

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