Post # 1
FI and I are trying to decided what we want to do for our honeymoon. We had our heart set on a cruise to the Panama Canal but the cruise lines don’t go there in May. Now we are trying to decide what to do. We have cruised before and LOVED IT – we love that we get to go to different islands. We have never done an all inclusive resort so we don’t know what to expect.
Post # 3
I always vote cruise! I love seeing all the new places! And the food. Mmmm, the food…
Post # 4
I prefer all inclusives……
I felt too cramped on the cruise ship……..
All inclusives- pick an island where there is a lot to do and is also safe to walk around outside the resort (Aruba, St Thomas, St Marteen)………
Post # 6
@ecrowe1218: I would hands down say cruise, at an all inclusive it’s all about the beach and the drinking. Whereas on a cruise you can visit different places while getting the all inclusive aspect of things.
Post # 7
I would much rather do an all-inclusive. I hate cruise passenger rooms, and the food is really hit or miss.
Post # 8
I’ve always loved cruising, so I’d vote for that, but it really depends on what you’re going for! Do you want the relaxation of laying on a beach at an all-inclusive, or would you prefer there being lots to do and different places to see?
Post # 9
Thanks ladies. I love the beach but I get bored after a while.
@Miss Leopard: Passenger rooms aren’t all that bad. I would recommend a room with a balcony. THE BEST!
Post # 10
@ecrowe1218: To be honest I’ve only ever cruised in those really awful tiny rooms with no windows where it seems like time stops and you have NO IDEA what day it is or what time it is when th elights are off. Lol.
I’m just not a cruise fan at all. I hate the crowds, the food is really generic and food-courtish most of the time and there are kids EVERYWHERE.
Post # 11
I like both but lean toward cruise. I just love waking up in a new port the next day and not to worry about food at all. Service generally are excellent, the only complaint I have is the tiny bathroom… I don’t really care about the size of the cabin because I most likely won’t spend much time in it beside sleeping.
Post # 12
@ecrowe1218: I was going to say absolutely no cruise because all the viruses lately freak me out, but I see that you’ve cruised before – and love it.
Maybe try out all inclusive since its something you havent done before? Just pick somewhere with lots of activities or excursions so you don’t feel like you’re stuck on the resort!
Post # 13
@ecrowe1218: All inclusive, you also don’t have to worry about food there.
Cruises are too crowded.
Post # 14
Lol, Apples & Oranges
The only way these two things get even close to similar is if you look at the higher end options in both categories.
I LOVE Crusin… as long as I have a Balcony Cabin on a newer ship, and sailing on an Itinerary that sees a good amount of time to enjoy both the ship’s fabulous amenities… and time ashore exploring Destinations.
My fave Cruise Line is Celebrity (their slogan is “Modern Luxury”)… but I’d say that Royal Caribbean & Princess can deliver a similar sort of experience.
BUT these types of cruises aren’t bargain cruises… still middle of the road cost wise for a Mainstream Cruise Line (vs a Luxury Line). This is not the $ 399 Carnival special !! And the experience weighs that out.
Same with AIs.
AIs tend to flourish in countries that have Political, Social or Economic Problems… places like The Dominican Republic – Mexico – Cuba – Jamaica. This is where you’ll find the greatest bargains. But not necessarily the best experience
If you are struck on going to a nice AI for your Honeymoon, then go to one on an Island that doesn’t rely on AI Tourist Dollars to survive / getting people to come to their Island.
The best islands for AIs are the ones that don’t need em to the same extent economically… so Aruba – St Lucia – Antigua – Turks & Caicos – Sint Maarten / St Martin – British Virgin Islands – US Virgin Islands etc.
You are going to pay more… but the experience over all will be better too.
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Best Bang For Your Buck ??
Out of the above 2 options, I’d say cruise. A nice cruise as I outline above isn’t cheap… but it will be generally cheaper than a week at a Luxury AI.
And the BONUS is you get to visit a bunch of different places vs just one Destination.
And a lot of the Cruise Ships are getting closer to being AI… like all the Cruise Lines in the Royal Caribbean Group (RC & Celebrity) now offer Beverage Packages which means you pay a flat per day price… so worthwhile if you are someone who likes: Bottle Water for your Excursions Ashore – Fresh Squeezed Juices – Smoothies – Starbucks Coffees (Hot or Iced) – Pop – Beer – Cocktails – Wine etc.
Post # 15
I would not want a cruise for my honeymoon, too many people. But that’s just me. I’d rather be on the beach with a drink in hand. But again – just my preference.
Post # 16
If you go all inclusive I’d find a place with lots of out-of-resort activities like zip lining, horseback riding, snorkeling, etc. I agree with you, I love the beach but I also need some action!