Cruise vs. Land Vacation

cruise vs land vacation comparison

I have wanted to write this blog post for a long time, but I’ve just haven’t sat down to write it yet, so here it goes.  I wanted to price out the costs of a cruise and compare it to a land vs land vacation comparison

I have decided to use a summer cruise to the caribbean for the cruise portion.  For the land portion, I have chosen San Diego for comparison.  They both are good for families or couples.  They have access to great beaches and entertainment options.  The following is assuming this is a vacation for 2 adults.


Royal Caribbean – 7-Night Western Caribbean on the Liberty of the Seas 
Leaving Galveston, TX with stops in:

  • Cozumel
  • Grand Cayman
  • Jamaica

What is included:


  • Balcony Stateroom (save over $500 with an inside stateroom)
  • All the food you can eat 24 hours a day
    • Buffets
    • Dining Room
    • Room Service
    • Pool Side Restaurants
    • Sushi
    • Pizza
    • ETC!
  • Upgraded Specialty Dining for 2 one evening
  • Shipboard coupon booklet worth over $400
  • Special Cruise Planners Gift
  • 4 pools and 6 whirlpools
  • Fitness Center
  • Kids Splash Zone
  • 3 HUGE water slides
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • FlowRider Surf Simulator
  • Ice Skating Rink
  • Mini-Golf Course
  • Basketball Court (full-sized)
  • Full-sized Boxing Ring
  • Broadway Shows
  • Ice Shows
  • 22 Bars & lounges that NEVER have a cover charge
  • Duty-Free Shopping
  • Best service you will ever receive!
  • If you take your kids, there are FREE kids clubs that will keep them busy all hours of the day!
  • Taxes, fees, & port charges

I’m going to add in the Deluxe Beverage Package to the price, it includes unlimited of the following:

  • Cocktails/Spirits/Liqueurs/Beer
  • Bottled still and sparkling water
  • Wines by the glass
  • Juices
  • Non-Alcoholic Cocktails
  • Premium coffees and teas
  • Fountain Sodas
  • Coca-Cola souvenir Cup

Other drink packages are available if you don’t drink alcohol for over $250 less per person.

Total Price for 2 adults:  $2805.00


I decided to price out a land vacation to San Diego, California, one of my favorite places (after Disney) to visit!  7-Nights in Downtown San Deigo.  There are some cheaper rooms and some WAY more expensive.

Renaissance San Deigo Hotel – King Room with Breakfast = $2107.40
Standard Car Rental – $335.00
Breakfast – INCLUDED
Lunch – $175.00
Dinner – $280.00
Snacks – $175.00
San Deigo Zoo – $104.00
Broadway Style Show – $200.00
Club Crawl San Deigo – $50.00
Drinks – $350.00 (I don’t drink, so I have no idea how much this would be!)
Water Slides/pools/surf simulators/etc.  $150.00

Total Price:  $3926.40

That is a difference of $1121.40.  

That is amazing!  Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE San Diego, but I would love to save over $1100 and be able to see Cozumel, Jamaica,  AND Grand Cayman.

Yes, it does cost a little bit more to fly to Houston, TX, than to San Diego, but at the time  I was writing this, the difference was about $90 per person.  So that still makes the cruise about $950.00 cheaper.

And don’t even start with, “Bil, I’ll be bored on a cruise!”  Did you see the list of what is included in the cruise and the places the cruise is stopping?  HOW can you get bored with all of that?

So, what are you waiting for?  Call us today to book your amazing cruise vacation today!


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