Post # 1
So the honeymoon part has been the hardest part for my FI and I to decide on. He was like “Where do you want to go?” and my brain just stalled out. I researched every destination and was just like “meh”. I finally decided on doing a two-part honeymoon…. a beachy trip after the wedding and a ski trip in the winter so that we can fulfill things that he and I like to do. Also if we space it out this way, we can afford Part B – The Ski Trip a bit more.
So after much discussion with him, we decided to book a honeymoon “mini-moon” cruise to Bermuda in August. I’ve always wanted to go, and I like how we get to spend 2.5 days berthed at the island to run around and have as much fun as we please. I booked it over the weekend, and we have until May to decide if we want to put down the final payment. We are getting an outside view cabin (can’t afford a balcony, plus I’m scared of heights, lol)… I think the total is going to be around $3000 and we both get a free alcoholic drink package, of which I plan to take full advantage!
However, I’m still not sure if this cruise is THE Honeymoon Vacay I want to go on. I guess I’m worried that he’ll hate it, although he’s assured me that he’ll love it and all he wants to do is get away with me. I’m not loving how much the cruise honeymoon will cost in total, although pricing out airfare, hotel, meals, transportation in Bermuda comes out way higher… I guess I was used to Carribean cruise pricing which is way less. When I initially brought this up as an idea I was thinking we could get a better deal and not spend as much. I offered to help pay for part of the honeymoon because I want to take a specific cruise line to Bermuda (Celebrity) as I think it will be more classy, have better food, and more importantly not have tons of kids on the ship (I hope, Screaming kids does not a fantastic honeymoon make). I don’t want to take a carribean cruise, I’ve already done that and so has he, and I really want to go somewhere else….and I’ve always wanted to go to Bermuda. Pink sand, hello!
Am I overthinking things or is there somewhere else fun that we could go, perhaps for a bit cheaper, in August? As I said, I have 3 months to come to a decision before we are completely locked in. Should I just suck up the cost of the cruise and just enjoy myself??
Post # 3
How long is the cruise other then the 2 days in port in Bermuda?
3000 sounds like a lot of money to spend for 2.5 days of actual time in a place. You could almost definitely go somewhere else for longer and cheaper.
I also personally HATE cruises. They are totally not for me. So I am not usually on team go cruising.
Post # 4
Cruise lover here… and Celebrity is our line of choice.
Altho I am yet to do the cruise to Bermuda with Celebrity (7 Nights – 8 Days out of Cape Liberty), I can tell you that it will most likely be AWESOME !!
Celebrity is a great cruise line… when it comes to service, food & wine etc. And the offer they have on right now with getting the Classic Alcohol Package for FREE is a good one (value aprox $ 365 per person).
You’ll spend 2-1/2 Days at sea getting to Bermuda (and then be docked for 2-1/2 Days) and then 1-1/2 Days sailing back to Port Liberty.
By all accounts this is a great cruise… and certainly is on the list of cruises that Mr TTR and I would like to do with Celebrity (next big one for us is the Mediterranean).
I was just on The Summit a few weeks ago, so if you want any info I can probably help you out with that.
EDIT TO ADD
Good move booking early… that and telling them it is your Honeymoon… and you might luck out and get upgraded after final payment is made. It is a crap-shoot, but chances are usually higher for those 2 criteria (in any case, accommodations on Celebrity are great, so there really isn’t a bad cabin)
Post # 5
@PeachSnapple: I think you will have a great time! It sound as if your major 2 concerns are that your FI / DH (!) will not like it & $$$ being spent. Focus on what your FI DOES enjoy – quality food rather than buffet? Look into the specialty restaurants Celebrity offers…has he wanted to do a particular activity? Youmay be abel to do it once in port. Or does he enjoy quality beer – head to Michael’s craft bar or nice wine? Sign up for a Riedel workshop..
In terms of money, seeing as you’ve always wanted to go to Bermuda, your HM is def a time to tick it off the list!
You did get a great deal with the bev pacakge – just think of how much your are saving!!
Celebrity is also our lineof choice for all the things you’ve mentioned above. And i am VERY much looking forward to it!
Post # 6
@Nic01: LOL, yeah, he will be my DH as that point! I already refer to him as my DH in my head, hahaha.
I guess I needed some support that I didn’t “overpay” for this cruise, and that Bermuda won’t be a let down. I cruised on Celebrity about 10 years ago and loved it then, and hope its as nice or better now. FI does enjoy quality food, which steered me to Celebrity too. He has only been to Bermuda once, and it was a work trip and he only got off-site once. From that trip he brought me home a bottle of the pink sand, so I’m looking forward to seeing it with him again this time.
I guess I was just hoping I could find a better deal, but at least I have a few months to decide before we put the final payment down. I’m normally a girl after great deals for trips and paying this much, even though its for both of us and covers so much (food, drinks, alcohol, desserts, room, vacation), it still seems like a lot. I was hoping to spend less on our “mini-moon” but I think this has basically turned into a full fledge honeymoon….