Give me some of that ocean breeze…

Happy Tuesday, everybody! Reader here.

We’re into the dead of winter, and my mind is wandering… to warm places far away.

I’ve only ever taken one hot holiday, in late 2011, when my buddy Neil and I joined some other friends, and took a Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Liberty.

The water in the Bahamas was amazing!

We made stops in Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas, St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Grand Turk, in the Turks and Caicos.

It was wonderful, and I’d love to do it again.

But, there are other ways to take such a trip, and that raises the debate – cruise or all-inclusive resort? Both options offer incredible opportunities for relaxation and adventure, but which one reigns supreme?

Let’s start with cruises.

Wouldn’t that be fun?

There’s something truly magical about setting sail on the open sea, exploring multiple destinations in one trip, and enjoying all the amenities a cruise ship has to offer. From gourmet dining to Broadway-style shows to luxurious spas, there’s no shortage of entertainment on board. Plus, waking up to a new view outside your window every morning is a truly unforgettable experience.

It was pretty amazing, and one of my favourite parts was looking out around the ship, and seeing nothing but ocean, and knowing that nothing could bother me out there. No cellphones, no work, no distractions of everyday life. Heavenly!

On the other hand, all-inclusive resorts offer a different kind of luxury.

Maybe you prefer to be on land, rather than at sea!

With everything included in one upfront price, you can truly relax and unwind without worrying about additional costs. You can come and go and explore as you please. Whether you prefer lounging by the pool with a cocktail in hand or trying out new activities like snorkeling or yoga, there’s something for everyone at an all-inclusive resort. And let’s not forget the delicious food and top-notch service that come standard at these types of properties.

So which one do I prefer? Well, having only taken a cruise, and having never experienced an all-inclusive resort, it’s a tough call. I love the excitement of exploring new destinations on a cruise, stepping off the ship and onto lands you’ve never experienced.

But there is something so indulgent about being pampered at an all-inclusive resort. Ultimately, I think it comes down to personal preference and what you’re looking to get out of your vacation.

I’d certainly be down for checking out an all-inclusive, should the opportunity arise.

Whether you’re a die-hard cruiser or a devoted resort-goer, one thing’s for sure: both options offer amazing opportunities for relaxation, adventure, and making memories that will last a lifetime. So why not try both, experience the best of both worlds, and see which one speaks to your soul?

After all, the world is full of amazing places just waiting to be discovered – whether by sea or on land. Happy travels!

Me, acting like the mature adult that I am, on Half Moon Cay!

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