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. But it doesn't stop at drinks... Uniworld are the pinnacle of all-inclusive river cruising; Included in your cruise fare is, in-suite butler service, all gratuities, on board dining, exclusive excursions, on board lectures & entertainment, shipwide Wi-Fi and more.
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. But it's about more than drinks... Tauck staff go above and beyond what you'd expect, looking after every detail and making you feel right at home. Travelling with Tauck you'll experience shore excursions that you won't get anywhere else; they'll take you behind the scenes and indulge you in culture!
★ 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! But with Scenic, the luxury experience doesn't stop at the bar, everything else is included; fine dining, all shore excursions, all port charges, even a butler for every guest and more!
★ APT – Luxury River Cruises
APT have two styles of cruising; 'Luxury River Cruises' and 'Premium River Cruises'. The most inclusive of the two is their Luxury River Cruises. On an APT Luxury 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. But perhaps one of the best parts of an APT Luxury river cruise is their complimentary VIP home-to-airport transfers - how better to start and finish your holiday than a private chauffeur transfer. And as you'd expect, all of your food, shore excursions, port charges and Wi-Fi is included in your cruise fare.
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 chauffeur service to and from the airport (conditions apply), daily shore excursions, all of your meals and more! 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; all meals, daily shore excursions, all port charges & more. In terms of drinks... Emerald Waterways offer 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; including all of your meals, daily shore excursions, all port charges & more in your cruise fare! They may not offer free-flowing drinks all day, but Viking River Cruises include complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. 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 AmaWaterways 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. Like most river cruise operators, AmaWaterways include all of your meals, daily shore excursions, port charges, Wi-Fi and more in your cruise fare.
★ APT Premium River Cruises
APT Premium River Cruises 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. And as you'd expect, all of your meals, daily shore excursions, port charges and more is included in your cruise fare.
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