Post # 1
Fiance and I are getting married October 20 and aren’t sure what to do about the honeymoon yet. I think I’d like to budget about 1-2k. Neither of us have ever been on a cruise and it would be a pretty good price, considering what it includes, but then I thought maybe I would like to save that for an anniversary because on a cruise you’re on the ship more than being able to just sit on the beach, right? My original idea had been to drive to a beach (maybe St. Simons, GA) and stay for a few days to a week, then we could go where we wanted and stay on the beach if we wanted….I just don’t know! Any suggestions?
Post # 3
We love to cruise, and I think you get all the amenities of laying around on the beach or by the pool as well as getting to explore new places for a few hours at a time. We went on one for our honeymoon and it was so relaxing.
We’re also biased because we’re from an island, so the beach was always accessible… not too much allure for us to just sit on one when we could do that the other 364 days a year 😉
Post # 4
I love cruising. You get to see a couple different places but it’s all very relaxed. You do however much or little as you want (my last cruise, it seemed like half the boat didn’t even disembark in the ports!). I think for what you pay, you get a fantastic deal!
Post # 5
So, any suggestions for a good cruise line then? A friend told me Celebrity and Royal Carribean are good, but I’m having trouble finding cruises for them in October.
Post # 6
We cruised last year on Carnival Liberty and loved it!!!
Post # 7
@Jamcnair: I’ve done Celebrity before (super expensive, and personally, I didn’t think it was really worth it for how much more expensive it is) and Carnival a couple times. I love Carnival and can’t say enough good things about them. A good friend recently took Royal Caribbean and also had some good experiences. But I love Carnival!
Post # 8
We’ve cruised Celebrity (for our honeymoon, I thought our pricing was fair and we were pretty much luxuriously relaxed the entire time) and Carnival (for fun with family, it was nice for what it was). Next time, I will probably take Royal Caribbean or Norwegian since I’ve heard good things about the balance between fun and luxury.
Also, weird that you can’t find cruises in October… it might just be too early to book. We cruised in Oct both 2010 and 2011 just fine.
Post # 9
I second Carnival! i’ve been on 3 and each one was better than the last!
plus a cruise is great during hurricane season because if the ports you are stopping in have bad weather they will skip or find another port to go to.
Post # 10
Not to be a Debbie Downer but a cruise may be tough to do with $1-2k. We cruised for our Honeymoon and we spent almost $5k. Now, we did splurge and get a suite ($1200 p/person) so accomidations can be cheaper but you’ll probably have to go with an inside cabin which just doesn’t fly for some people (like Darling Husband and I – at the very minimum we needed a window but honestly, we would never cruise in anything less than a balcony ever again). You then have to factor in tips (ours were $12 p/person p/day), transportation to the cruise port (even if you choose to drive yourselves, parking isn’t cheap), your on board account which can get pricy if you like to drink & spending money while in the port(s). I’m not an expert on cruising by any means so it very well may be possible but you’ll probably have to seriously limit yourself in order to fit your budget.
As for cruise line rec’s, we cruised on NCL and it was beyond amazing. We’re planning on cruising again in the next few years and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again, though we’ll probably go with a different line so that we can experience others. I’ve heard good things about Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. Carnival seems to be more of a party ship which isn’t our cup of tea but a lot of people tend to like them.