Are all-you-can-drink packages slowly ruining the cruise industry?

Three cocktails lined up on a bar
All-inclusive drinks packages are usually to blame for on-board brawls Credit: iStock

This weekend has been a gift for cruising. The naysayers, those who regard everything about cruise ships and passengers with horror, have been able to point to the fight on P&O Cruises’ Britannia and say I told you so.

And for those who say cruising isn’t what it used to be (blame the end of formal nights and Captains’ Tables), what more proof is needed than reports of a brawl, blood ‘everywhere’, comments about Essex and passengers confined to their cabins.

Except – and apologies but here comes the voice of reason – both schools of thought are way out of line.

Millions of people enjoy cruise holidays every year and very few will have ever experienced an incident like this. I myself have been...

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