A couple things I would add to this great video. Be sure to watch the entire video to hear the good things about an All-Inclusive as well as the bad that is listed.
1. The way an All Inclusive works depends on the resort. Sandals & Beaches Resorts do NOT have wrist bands so there is no need to worry about losing those & paying for them.
2. Sandals & Beaches, and Karisma resorts are known for their great food - especially Karisma Resorts (Azul, El Dorado, Generations- perfect for foodies). I've visited nearly all the Sandals Resorts and all the Beaches by Sandals resorts and I haven't had a bland meal.
3. You can also tell what the drinks will be like by the top shelf liquors they have at the resort. If you would like a cocktail made with a specific label then you simply need to ask for it. (see photo above left)
4. You don't really get to know the culture of a country via cruise ship either. You stop in a port for several hours and then you move on. You only get to see what is nearby in that port. That would be like foreigners sailing into Boston & only seeing Boston. You don't get to know the entire country by one port. Same with the resort, you won't get to know an entire country by one resort, but you can get the feel of a country by the resort staff, the resort cuisine, the travel to the resort & the excursions around the resort. If you want a great beach, great scuba diving that is in another country then you are there for the beach, not necessarily the country.
5. LOVE what he has to say about SERVICE. Listen up!
6. If you lose your sunscreen in Italy, or at Disney, or on a Cruise ship then you will pay a higher price for it than you would at Walmart - it's common sense.
7. If you priced out each thing that IS included (scuba, water sports, high end dining, room service, gratuities included, airport transfers, etc) then it would add up to more than you pay for an All -Inclusive Resort.
If you know what to expect then you can have a great vacation. Thank you to Wolters World for this great video.