Half-Board vs. Full-Board vs. All-Inclusive

vacation packages

If you’ve ever looked into a cruise vacation or a trip to a hotel resort, you’ve probably come across the terms “half-board,” “full-board,” or “all-inclusive.” Each option gives you a different up-front price and which one you choose may depend on your overall budget and/or how much time you want to spend away from the resort or ship. Our Philadelphia Airport parking staff helps shed some light:


If you want to spend some time at the resort or on the ship, but want some time to explore the local areas, you may opt for a half-board option. This means that one or two of your meals (usually dinner or breakfast and dinner) are included in your price, but you’ll have to pay for anything else you may want. You’ll pay a cheaper price up front, but will be spending money elsewhere, so take into consideration the prices in the area you’re going.


A full-board vacation usually includes all of your core meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and basic beverages in the up-front price, but anything else that you want (such as snacks or other drinks) will be an extra cost. This option is good for people who like to stay at the resort or on the ship for the majority of the day, but want to explore the nightlife of the area.


If you’re looking for a no-hassle way to vacation, all-inclusive is the way to go. With this option, all of your meals, drinks, snacks, and (usually) staff tips are included in your bill. This means you’ll pay a larger up-front price, but everything will be “free” for the length of your stay, which is good for people who just want to relax and not worry about going over a budget.

Have you ever been on a vacation that was half-board, full-board, or all-inclusive? If so, what did you think?