9 amazing all-inclusive cruises in 2019

September 25, 2018

Dreaming of a relaxing holiday that takes care of it all? Try an all-inclusive cruise. Food and drinks, accommodation, tips and entertainment are all part of the price, meaning you’ll spend less time focussing on the little things and more time enjoying everything the world (and the ship) has to offer.

Whether you’re hoping for a long-haul escape to some winter sun or to just dip a toe into the art of cruising with a city break trip, these all-inclusive cruises, brought to you with the help of Marella Cruises, are the best on offer in 2019.

1. Sail back to the 90s for a weekend break

Unsure about a cruise holiday? Test the waters with a three-night city break cruise set to a track of iconic ‘90s beats. Yes, you read that correctly – you can travel to Europe via the 1990s on an all-inclusive, adults-only ‘Electric Sunsets’ cruise.

It sets sail from Newcastle, pulling into the Dutch port city of Ijmuiden, the gateway to Amsterdam, and Belgium’s Zeebrugge (to link you up to Bruges) before returning to Southampton.

Spend the shore days exploring the cities – float down Amsterdam’s canals if you’re now confident with your sea legs or visit one or more of the many museums in either city if you’re not  – then party the night away exclusively to the old-school tunes you grew up with.

2. Bask in the beautiful Baltics

Experience a diverse range of cultures in Europe when you sail through the beautiful Baltics.

Over two weeks, you’ll visit the home of ABBA in Sweden, have the opportunity to snap the ornate churches of St Petersburg and drink coffee alongside the Finnish, the highest consumers of the brew in the world, in Helsinki, and much more besides. The historical cities of Tallin, Estonia and Warnemunde, Germany are also on the route.

It sails from and returns to Newcastle meaning you won’t have to organise flights out of the UK, and the all-inclusive as standard from summer 2019 means the majority of your costs are taken care of up front, making it great for budgeting.

3. Wander the Western Mediterranean  

Seven days sailing the azure waters of the Mediterranean sounds like a dream, but it’s easy to make it a reality – experience it on an all-inclusive cruise. In this picturesque region, you’ll find a combination of resort cities, blissful beaches and historical capitals to explore.

Over the course of a kid-free week (this one’s designed for travellers over 16 years only), there’s the opportunity to shop up a storm along the leafy boulevards of Palma, take a smaller boat out to the white-sand beaches of Corsica and marvel at the ruins of Rome and Pompeii.

And if a seven-day getaway isn’t quite enough, Marella offers the opportunity to extend your holiday in a Majorca hotel before or after your trip.

4. Cruise through Central America

While the idea of waking up somewhere new each day is an exciting prospect, spending the day sailing the tranquil waters of the Caribbean is the definition of peaceful – and cruises in Central America often offer two.

On these days, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the full range of services your ship has to offer, whether that’s working through the dining options, playing a spot of minigolf or just snoozing by the pool with a cocktail.

The other five days are an explorer’s dream – think snorkelling off the crystalline beaches of Jamaica, spotting a variety of exotic wildlife in the rainforests of Costa Rica and Colombia, and discovering the sprawling, historical capital city of Panama.

5. Sink your teeth into Spain

Visit the sun-drenched coastal cities of Cadiz, Cartagena and Castellon, marvel at the mingling of cultures in Malaga and even get a little slice of home in Gibraltar on this sizzling Spanish cruise.

There’s a number of tours available to cruisers each day to pack the most sightseeing into your trip – whether that’s meeting the primate inhabitants of the Gib or enjoying the spectacular scenery and exclusive shopping of Malaga. Of course, you’re free to set your own itinerary each day or even just remain on the boat!

Set sail on the Marella Dream next year and you’ll score all-inclusive as standard from summer 2019.

6. Go long-haul

Treat yourself to a marathon 18-day, all-inclusive cruise that takes you from the shores of Europe to the islands of the Caribbean.

Departing from Naples, Italy, the cruise hits major tourist places such as Majorca and Barbados as well as untouched gems, Dominica, the isles of the Grenadines and more.

Blending paradise beaches, fascinating historical landmarks and lavish services on board, going long-haul is the ultimate luxe experience for everyone.

7. Sail the Three Seas

Bounce between Malta, Italy, Greece and the Balkans over seven nights on the Marella Celebration. The ship is about to go all-inclusive as standard from summer 2019, meaning your biggest costs will be taken care of upfront – you won’t even have to think about tipping at the end of your stay.

Once you’ve had your fill of Game of Thrones exploring Dubrovnik, the ship sets off in search of lesser-known destinations. Catania, Argostoli Otranto and Kotor are perched on the coasts of the three seas in question – the Adriatic, Ionian and Mediterranean – and they offer an impressive combination of beaches, scenery and cityscapes.

8. Navigate the North African coast and beyond

Don’t expect long, lazy days on the beach here – this cruise is for the real explorers. History buffs will love it, too, and it’s a world away from the UK without the huge travel times.

Ancient ruins, dolphins galore and jaw-dropping mosques are commonplace on this route, which take travellers into the desserts of Oman, to the spiritual centre of the world in Jerusalem and along the engineering feat that is the Suez Canal in Egypt.

After the long, snap-happy days ashore, retreat to your home on the seas (after 15 kid-free days, you’ll come to think of it as just that) and relax with any number of dining, spa and entertainment options on board.

9. Explore the jewels of Southeast Asia

Though neighbours, the diversity of Southeast Asian countries is remarkable, and what better way to discover their distinctive cultures than on a no-thinking-needed tour of the region?

Over the course of two weeks, you’ll dock in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia, then embark even further to Sri Lanka and Kerala.

Any number of cruise-run shore tours will take you through the highlights of each city, including everything from stunning Buddhist temples and lively street markets to a cornucopia of local cuisines and awe-inspiring scenery, but you’re welcome to see the sights at your own pace, too.

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