Post # 1
DH and I are on a tight budget. We are taking our honeymoon Mar 2014. I know it’s a long way from now but as long as it took me to decide on ANYTHING for our wedding, I figured I better start doing my research! For the Bees who booked their honeymoon from cheapcarribean.com, how was your experiencne working with them? Where did you go? And how was your visit there?
Post # 3
I’m also trying to plan a Carribean destination wedding on a budget, so I’d be interested to know what kind of response you get!
Best of luck to you!
Post # 4
@lindseyl06: You don’t “work with them.” They are not travel agents, so it is a self serve transacation. You find a deal you like, you click it, you book it. I have booked many of my vacations, but not my honeymoon, on that site (also sell off vacation, expedia, last minute vacations, etc.).
It is no different than booking anywhere else and how the trip is has nothing to do with how you book it. I have been to Bahamas, all over the Dominican, all over Cuba, Aruba, etc. If you have any questions about specific destinations, I may be able to answer them 🙂
Post # 5
@lindseyl06: i’ve personally never used the site but have met people at resorts that have booked with that online company. i haven’t heard anything negative.
i would check out all of the possible online sites to compare their packages and pricing. expedia is a good one that i’ve used a number of times. i’ve found great resort deals on booking.com (no flights). the last cancun resort i stayed at i booked through a mexican online site. it was drastically cheaper than the english sites.
i’ve been travelling for the last 25+ years so i do my research.
Post # 6
Thank you all. I will check out those sites (expedia.com and booking.com). DH and I have never booked a trip ever before. This will be our first time ever going on vacation PERIOD, not just together. We are in our mid twenties and we have 3 children. We won’t be taking them and we really want an adult only all inclusive resort with good food. I also want to go somewhere adventerous, not just a place to relax. Honestly the cost is more important than the destination. We are trying to keep it under 2K including airfare.
Post # 7
Do these sites (expedia.com and booking.com) only cover the cost of the room and flight? I want something all inclusive. The last thing I want to think about is money on our vacation.
Post # 8
@lindseyl06: Often on these booking websites there’s an option to click “all inclusive” when you refine your search. If it doesn’t have one, it will always tell you in the “included” section whether it’s all inclusive or not.
There are also some chains that have lovely hotels in the Caribbean that are always all inclusive: Sandals and Couples are a couple that come to mind. You could google them and come up with their group websites and they’ll show you their locations.
Some results of my research on the Caribbean for our own HM is that Dom Rep has some excellent and cheaper packages. St. Vincent (where they filmed Pirates of the Caribbean – swoon!), St. Lucia, and some of the other smaller islands tend to be more expensive because they’re so exclusive.
I also found a search tool called mrandmrssmith.com which gives good priced luxury hotels and lots of explanations. Also try kayak.com (but the search tool isn’t so nice with info, but good prices), or hotels.com. 🙂
Post # 9
I have used cheapcaribbean to go to Barbados and Jamaica they are online but if you call them they will answer questions as well. I was very happy with the customer service and the transactions.
Post # 10
I booked a vacation from them a year ago. They stated that the resort was a 3 star resort. We got there and the resort was TERRIBLE. It was not even a one star resort in all honesty. We spent about $7 a minute to call CC to see what they could do to move us. They were extremely UNHELPFUL and had such a bad attitude. We fully explained to them the multiple problems we had at the resort (room flooded everytime you took a shower, bugs all over the resort and in the rooms, half the resort was closed, run down, food was barely edible, feces on flooded floor in common area bathrooms, we weren’t given towels… I could go on and on…). CC was not willing to work with us to change resorts or to cancel the vacation and come home early. They wanted to charge us hundreds of dollars in fees to do any of that; almost half the cost of the entire vacation. We ended up staying the entire time and tried to make the best of it, but it was FAR from a vacation. Once we got home, we sent a long letter and email to the company expressing our disappontment and they never even acknowledged it.
Personally, I would NEVER book with them again. I’m glad that other people have had good expieriences, but, sometimes the price is too good to be true.
Post # 11
@lindseyl06: Check out Cancun & Riveria Maya. It’ll be the cheapest for an Adults only, All inclusive and flights are cheap. It’s probably one of the cheapest in Caribbean but still very nice.
Post # 12
@lindseyl06 We are still in process of planning our honeymoon, so commenting to follow. I have mostly used Expedia.com in the past for booking trips. Not all hotels or airlines participate (like Southwest). But they do give you a range of search options, packages, and you can get all-inclusive choices. Their customer service is also great. If you have any questions or problems, they are quite helpful. They also offer a few payment options, which makes it easier and works with you. I booked an Aruba trip a couple years back with my mom. Got an incredible deal for air and hotel.
I also check out Delta’s vacation packages on their site. There is one I am keeping my eye on right now that’s an incredible price for air and hotel with upgraded room and romance package in Cabo San Lucas (not Caribbean but they have those also).
Good thing you are starting early. Lots of good sites to check and lots of homework to do. I’ve been doing this for months; only if we could decide on a place and type of vacation. Good luck!
Post # 13
Ive booked three vacations through them and loved them all. I always research the resort before i buy.
Post # 14
I just wanted to add that on ABC – there is a show called “The Lookout”. Its an under-cover sort of show. Anyway last week’s show featured a journalist with a hidden camera at a resort in Mexico (?) on an all inclusive trip they booked through cheapcarribean.com. The resort they picked was awful (dont remember the name) and it really wasnt all-inclusive. The rooms was dirty, pictures were altered, resturants werent included in the package, etc.
So with that said, if you do your homework and you know where you want to go and the resort you want to stay at – and they have a deal, then go for it.
Otherwise, nothing beats a travel agent and the peace of mind knowing that you will have the trip of a lifetime.
Best of luck to you!
Post # 15
@AlmostHisWife: OMG where did you stay??
@MrsN14: I’m considering staying at Riveria Maya but the price is more important than the destination right now. I will also check out Cancun! Thanks!
This is EXACTLY why I’m doing my research early!!!