(Closed) all inclusive resort vs cruising?!

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We just booked our honeymoon for the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana. It seems like they have a lot of activities during the day and shows at night (based on trip advisory reviews), and also a great beach for relaxing. There’s also day tours you could take, although I do not think it is suggested to go out in the city by yourself (without a guide). They also have a buffet and 5 a la carte restaurants for dinner… all inclusive! We are very excited!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

wyndham in st thomas. the food and drinks are all incluesive, they have taxi buses that come up to the hotel alot so you can go explore the island. u can hop on a ferry to st johns and hike. shoping. they have a mini casino in the resort.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve cruised several times and stayed at all-inclusives on 3 other occasions. We are opting to do an all-inclusive for the mere fact that we want to relax while on our honeymoon. I LOVE cruising, but I also always feel on the go being at different ports each day. I never want to just sit on the ship, I want to go explore and because of that, we opted to force oursleves to relax and fully enjoy each other by staying at an AI. That way, we can go and do as we please, but if we want to stay in our room all day we wont feel bad like we are missing out on a new place. We are thinking of crusing for our 1 year! If you do decide to cruise, the Oasis of the Seas is amazing!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree that hitting up different places is great on a cruise, but I did get bored in between ports when “at sea” even with the entertainment you could go to two different all-inclusivesbthat are relatively close (3 days here 3 days there) if you fear getting bored and be able to explore each place a little longer than 6 hours

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree that hitting up different places is great on a cruise, but I did get bored in between ports when “at sea” even with the entertainment you could go to two different all-inclusivesbthat are relatively close (3 days here 3 days there) if you fear getting bored and be able to explore each place a little longer than 6 hours

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Monkey786:  I went there; it’s really pretty!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I vote for cruising! 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@wifegoodman:  I booked the resort with Orbitz… got a package with our flights.

Majestic Elegance has an adults only section called “elegance club”. I think a room upgrade is included, a secluded pool and beach area, private lounges with computers/internet, drinks, food, butler service, etc. When I booked through orbitz they did not charge me the upgrade for the elegance club although i requested it so i’m not sure if they were having a deal.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@wifegoodman:  I havent been on the Oasis, but my parents went on it and my mom spoke volumes of it! She’s cruised a lot too and said it blew the Carnival ships we’ve been on out of the water! Carnival ships are nice, but she said the Oasis was mind blowing. The Allure is actually the same as the Oasis, just a little bit bigger so I’m sure you’ll love that one too! You do have to be careful crusing during the fall because of hurricanes. I went last October and we couldnt dock at one port because it was super windy from a nearby hurricane. We had sunny weather that day, but spent it on the ship vs. getting to be at the island. Have you cruised before?! It really is fun, but depending on what you’re wanting for your honeymoon, you really may want to do an AI instead. You just go go go on a cruise and you may be super exhausted after your wedding. That’s why we are doing AI for our honeymoon then a cruise for our one year! We dont live together or anything now, so we wanted lots of QT time on the honeymoon without feeling we HAD to leave our room for a day or two if we dont want to Wink When I’m on the cruise ship I always want to go go go because I dont want to miss anything from the islands! Again, it really depends on what your looking for, but if you are crusing, you cant go wrong with the Oasis, Allure, or the Norwegian Epic. They are all the “Super” ships!

We are doing Sandals because they have lots of entertainment each day and night so you dont get bored. Any resort that caters to honeymooners, i.e. Sandals, Excellence, Secrets, or Couples will have lots of keep you entertained! Plus, you’ll more than likely be surronded by other honeymooners which could make for a super fun vacay enjoying the entertainment each night with new friends!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I SO hear you! I’m not a “let’s lay be the beach all day” kind of girl either- I get totally bored by this and I’m fair skinned, so tanning is not something that appeals to me. I can do 2 hours MAX at a beach, and then I’m over it. Also, my parents were big into the Caribbean when I was growing up so we pretty much hit EVERY island and location and there aren’t too many spots that really impress me, I know I’m a snob in that respect. I’ve done a good amount of traveling as well- it’s pretty much a job requirement and I’ve always loved being alone in a city, whipping out the map and exploring on foot- LOVE IT. So, having said all of that we have opted for a Western Europe cruise so that we can hit multiple ports in Europe- and we are going to Barcelona a few days early to explore the city and give ourselves a day to adjust to the time change. We only have one day at Sea, so I’m not too concerned with being trapped on the boat- it is the Norwegian Epic, so it’s MASSIVE.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We are going to Cozumel and staying at an all inclusive resort . For 8 days, upgraded room, airfare and airport transfers we paid $2500.  The thing I like about the resorts is that you don’t have to worry about how much you’re spending on alcohol, soda, coffee, etc.  

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have no interest in going on a cruise but I will say that if you *think* you will get bored at a resort, you probably will. I have been to a few all inclusives and I was bored out of my mind after a few days at all of them. And I mean, BORED….even though we left the resort each day for shopping and sightseeing. We are doing our wedding/honeymoon at an all inclusive in Playa del Carmen this year, but we will have lots of guests coming and going for the first half so hopefully we won’t get to bored. I say if you love cruising, go for that….maybe just upgrade to a nicer one that you wouldn’t normally go on since it is such a special occasion. Good luck and congrats!

 

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