(Closed) Crusing

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Anything in specific you want to know? I have been on two cruises, and I LOVED them both! I could talk about them all day if you get me started! 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Ditto Miss Cardigan, I’ve been on two cruises and my parents and grandparents have been on many more; anything specific you’d like to hear about?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

DH and I did a cruise for our honeymoon through royal carribean and adored it. what specifically do you want to know more about?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve been on 2 Carnival cruises and we have booked a Princess cruise for our honeymoon.  I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by Carnival.  For being a “budget” cruiseline I was impressed by how much they had to offer and the food was surprisingly good.

Not sure on Royal, but I hope that you enjoy yourselves!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’ve cruised on Royal Caribbean and Carnival and had great experiences with both!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I went on a 5 day Royal Carribean cruise to Mexico. It was amazing!! Our favorite vacation by far. We did excursions on our own when we got there because you can negotiate with the individuals doing the excursions.  I found that you can get a way better deal that way, especially when doing multiple excursions with the same company.

I also recommend buying the “drink package” where you get unlimited refills on sodas, since only water, ice tea and lemonade are free.  The package might seem expensive but wait until you get on the boat and see how expensive each soda is! You get a water bottle to keep refilling, so we purchased 1 package and shared it instead of buying 2.

Have fun! Cruises are amazing! 🙂

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

for your first cruise you will probably find that booking excursions through the ship is the best. Until you really know your ins and outs of cruising, just book through the ship for all off board activities. Ive done RC and Princess, and both were great. We are doing a Norweigan cruise for our honeymoon, and are so excited! 

Drink packages are COMPLETELY worth it…make sure you do those for sure. They pay for themselves within a couple days max, depending on how much soda you drink. You can also get coffee packages and water ones too I think.

Cruising is awesome, you’ll love it!!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Know that ship will ABSOLUTELY leave you….. this is another reason why booking excursions through the ship is a good idea, at least until you really know cruising well.  The ship could care less about who is still out there stuck in traffic or not, so be sure that you are back in time.  I have been one of those people whose names they are calling on board because they are getting ready to leave and we arent checked in on the ship yet, but we made it in time and there were no big worries (minus my mom panicking since she didnt know where i was) :).  If you dont do an excursion one day and just do shopping or sightseeing on your own, just give yourself at least an hour to get to the ship and you should be fine.

Dont stress…you’ll have a great time. And there are so many people coming on and off the ships (usually more than 1 in port at a time) that you will notice when everyone starts flocking back to the docks. 🙂

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I should mention, the reason I say booking through the ship is good so you dont get left is because the cruise lines work directly with the excursion opperators to make sure their guests are back to the ship in time. It takes the worry of getting back out of your hands, and you are taken care of! 🙂

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I adgree with soontobekatieb – we did a cruise through Carnival last year.  We looked into doing excursions on our own or through the ship and decided to go ahead and book through them.  Yes we would have saved money booking on our own, but through the ship, they make sure you are back on time and in the unlikely event that something happened and we missed the ship, Carnival would have flown us to the next port free of charge.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Do you bees think a honeymoon cruise is just as relaxing as a land/single destination honeymoon? We’re thinking of a honeymoon cruise because of great prices, but don’t want to compromise on the tranquility as if we were in a secluded resort somewhere else.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

My advice would be that if it’s your first cruise, stick with the ship’s excursions. The ship will not wait for you if you are late getting back, and you’d hate to risk something like that on your honeymoon! 

Some cruise lines include tipping automatically – for example, on Carnival, they charge $10 per person, per day. So $140 total for the both of you on a 7-day cruise. This goes to your waiter, your room steward, etc. You are welcome to tip above that, though.

@IvyBride11: I absolutely think cruising is just as relaxing as any other vacation, if not more. You don’t have to worry about anything and you’re waited on hand and foot the entire time! It’s wonderful! Both the cruises I have been on were through Carnival, which is known for being a “family-oriented” cruise line, but even then I wasn’t bothered by the kids on the ship.

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