Which River Cruise Lines Are Truly All-Inclusive?
Although most river cruise lines promote themselves as ‘all-inclusive’ - the meaning of all-inclusive tends to vary by operator – by that, I mean some river cruise lines are in fact more inclusive than others! How? Some river cruise operators include wine, beer and soft drinks only with lunch and dinner while others include unlimited drinks, served at your discretion throughout the cruise!
Most inclusive river cruise operators.
Focusing on those cruise lines who offer complimentary drinks, at the guests' discretion, throughout the cruise... here are the most inclusive operators:
★ Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Uniworld are one of the only ‘truly’ all-inclusive river cruise operators. They offer unlimited complimentary beverages onboard, including an extensive selection of distinctive wines, craft and regional beers, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks, mineral water, speciality coffee and tea.
Tauck often use the strapline ‘Get What You Pay For… And Then Some.’ When you book a Tauck river cruise, virtually everything is included in one upfront cost of your cruise with no hidden costs. Aboard every Tauck river cruise guests are entitled to unlimited complimentary beverages, including regional wine, beer, premium spirits and speciality coffee, tea, water and soft drinks.
★ Scenic Luxury River Cruises
Scenic describe themselves as ‘Ulta-All-Inclusive’. From the moment you step onboard you’ll be spoilt for choice, from your first coffee to the last relaxing nightcap from your mini-bar! Whilst onboard, all cocktails, spirits, beer, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee are complimentary at any time!
★ APT – The Royal Collection
APT have four styles of cruising; The Royal Collection, Voyages, APT Luxury and Travelmarvel by APT. The most inclusive of the three is The Royal Collection. On an APT Royal Collection river cruise all onboard beverages are served at the guests’ discretion throughout the day, every day! Including international house wines, local beers, spirits and soft drinks.
Complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner.
Below are a list of those cruise lines who offer complimentary drinks with lunch and(or) dinner:
★ Avalon Waterways
Avalon Waterways express that ‘just about everything is included’ … and It’s true, Avalon Waterways take care of just about everything, they even include a private door-to-door chauffer service to and from the airport (conditions apply)! But be aware, drinks are not unlimited – Avalon Waterways serve complimentary drinks with every on board dinner, including regional wines, beers and soft drinks. There are also tea and coffee making facilities on board for guests to help themselves throughout the cruise. All other drinks served throughout the day will be charged to your onboard account, which will be charged to your debit or credit card at the end of your cruise.
★ Emerald Waterways
Emerald Waterways provide exceptional value by including almost everything in the price of your river cruise. Emerald provide complimentary tea and coffee at all times throughout the cruise and complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner. Any drinks that you purchase throughout your cruise will be added to your onboard account, which will be charged to your debit or credit card at the end of your cruise.
★ Viking River Cruises
Perhaps the most known river cruise operator, Viking River Cruises provide great value for money! In the price of a Viking River Cruise complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner is included. Plus you can help yourself to the tea and coffee making facilities 24 hours a day. Any drinks that you purchase throughout your cruise will be added to your onboard account and charged to your debit or credit card at the end of your cruise.
Award winning for the ‘best river cruise fleet in Europe’ you can’t go wrong on an Ama Waterways river cruise! Although drinks are not unlimited throughout the cruise - wine, beer and soft drinks are free flowing throughout lunch and dinner every day! And of course there are tea and coffee facilities available at all times. Any drinks that you purchase throughout your cruise will be added to your onboard account and charged to your debit or credit card at the end of your cruise.
★ APT Voyages, APT Luxury & Travelmarvel by APT
APT have four styles of river cruising. Their most inclusive is The Royal Collection (as mentioned above). APT Voyages, APT Luxury and Travelmarvel by APT all provide excellent value for money and although drinks are not free flowing throughout the cruise, regional wines, local beers and soft drinks are complimentary with lunch and dinner on board! Any drinks that you purchase throughout your cruise will be added to your onboard account and charged to your debit or credit card at the end of your cruise.
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Come Back Soon. Jess Nuttall - RiverCruising.co.uk