Cruise??

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@peachbaby4008:  DH and I went on a cruise for our honeymoon and booked through Cruises Only. They were awesome and explain all the costs and everything, even tips for first time cruisers.

We booked for Key West, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman. We did a Carnival cruise with a balcony room (I think that is it becuase oceanview I hear is small). It was SO much fun, and I loved it. I took Dramamine so I didn’t get sick (again, like I said on the flying post don’t got to the Dr. and get the patches. They suck).

If you decide to do a cruise and need any tips or you have some specific questions please don’t hesistate to ask. Most of it is still fresh in my mind.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m not a huge fan of cruises, mostly because you are very limited in your time ashore, and most activities ashore are very organized and structured and you are only really interacting with other tourists. It doesn’t allow you to explore or really “see” the places you are visiting. Cruises can still be relaxing and fun despite that, but since you’ve traveled so little, I would think really getting to see a place and see what travel is about might be a bit more interesting!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We have been on a few cruises; they are fun… But have only experienced the weekend Mexico cruises.

The thought of all of those horrible stories regarding cruises in the news lately kinda scare me.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Loved ours, and we hope to go on another for our honeymoon. We went on Carnival and got a regular room on the very bottom of the ship–I have awful motion sickness, but I was rarely sick on the cruise. The room doesn’t matter, imo, because you’re so rarely in it. We went to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau. We had a great time, and the food was soooooo good.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

That’s our favorite way to vacation. We’ve taken three and have a fourth planned next year for our wedding/honeymoon.

We’ve been to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel.
Progresso Yucatan and Cozumel.
And Puerto Rico, Grand Turk, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten.

We’re cruising to Key West to get married and then continuing the cruise to two stops in the Bahamas.

We love cruising and have used Carnival for all of them.
I’m an open book and would love to answer any questions!

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I have been on one cruise, to Alaska, and I enjoyed it very much. I’m a person who loves the ocean, so being able to see open water on one side and the shoreline on the other was amazing for me. The only thing I did not like was how crowded it would be around mealtimes or the most popular parts of the ship. But I found that there were always plenty of places to hang out alone and watch the view, regardless. The on-shore excursions were very touristy, but I still enjoyed myself, and it’s not like you’re forced into a tour bus or anything. We were able to wander around the various towns we visited as we pleased. 

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@peachbaby4008:  FI and I are staying in our home state, but going somewhere we have never gone. Carmel Ca. is about a 6 or 7 hour drive for us and will be staying there for a week.

Honeymoons don’t have to be tropical; if you are fine with easy going bed and breakfast style vacations, I recommend something like that.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@peachbaby4008:  A cruise is the best way to travel in my opinion. It gives you the option to see several different places and is the best deal for your money! I have been on two and if I have the opportunity I will go on at LEAST one a year for the rest of my life. One day when I retire I hope to go on two or three or maybe even FOUR a year! I love talking about all things cruising so PLEASE if you have any questions, PM me!

 

I recommend Carnival-and their site is fairly easy to book through. My favorite port thus far is New Orleans, simply because it’s such a neat little town and you can spend half a day there when you get back if you want! I would try to do the ‘early saver’ option through Carnival because if there is a price drop in the months before your trip you get money BACK! I saved an additional $300 through this option.

 

Again, I could talk cruising all day, every day so if you have any questions feel free to ask!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@peachbaby4008:  They’re not shutting down boats, they’re taking them out of commission for upgrades which is even better! It just means they are redoing them to give them newer and better stuff! It’s called Fun Ship 2.0.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@cruziiq:  And in regards to ‘which ship/destination” you’ll find they’re mostly the same with the exception of size and there isn’t even a great deal of difference there. The main thing is the itineraries. The Cayman Islands have got to be the most developed of all the Caribbean Islands I’ve been to, so I would try to include them for sure!

 

If you have a couple of ships in mind, you can go to beyondships.com and it will give you a full virtual tour of any ship you want, including daily itineraries on board as well as dinner and lunch menus W/ PICS! Did I mention the food is awesome?

 

I don’t know how much you already know, but most things are inclusive on a ship. Where they get you is your gambling, excursions and alcohol. All the food is top of the line, free, 24/7 (including room service!) As well as the on-board entertainment!

 

Sorry to be blowing up your wall, as you can tell I LOVE it! LOL! 47 days til my next one!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@peachbaby4008:  We have been on the Conquest, Triumph, and Breeze.

We went on the Triumph last summer before it broke down. And the Breeze turned a year old while we were on it. Even if it’s an older, smaller boat they are all very nice.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@peachbaby4008:  I’ve been on 4 cruises (5 if you cot the big red boat when I was 8) and I find them enjoyable. Part of our honeymoon is a rise. There are ups and downs to everything. But I like the food on he cruise better than resorts. There’s usually more to do at night on the cruise and you see different places. 

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