Cruise to the Bahamas & or Western Carribbean? bees, help me decide!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Which would you rather Cruise to for your honeymoon?
    Bahamas : (6 votes)
    26 %
    Western Carribbean : (17 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Never cruised before so no tips there… but Thanksgiving is a great time weather-wise to be in the Caribbean! 

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’ve been on 6 cruises, 4 to Bahamas (just got back today!) I’d definitly go western Caribbean, Bahamas is just when we want something cheap and quick. Carnival is more younger, fun crowd. Royal Caribbean is a little older more laid back. Those are the only two I’ve been on. Have fun!

    Post # 6
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    2869 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I wasnot a huge fan if the Bahamas. It was gorgeous, but expensive and if you stop at Nassau there isn’t a ton to do. Then add in the travel advisories there ( crime ) and it just wasn’t as awesome as I thought it’d be. I feel safe walking alone in Mexico and have, but felt incredibly uneasy in Nassau. I love Carnival, I leave for another cruise next month 🙂 

    Post # 7
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    721 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2004

    Everyone and their mother goes to the Bahamas. I voted Western Caribbean 🙂

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I think both are great, but I prefer Western Carribean 🙂 I have gone on Carnival and Royal Carribean multiple times. For a honeymoon, I would reccomend you avoid Carnival Cruise lines. It’s a great option for those trying to save a buck, but there are a LOT of kids, the ships generally have less amenities and the food isn’t as good. It’s a lot of young families, teens and college students. Super fun for many many things, but not for a honeymoon. Royal Carribean is going to have a span of people – families and couples. A lot of couples from mid 20s and up. I wouldn’t call it “old.” The nightlife is pretty good & I just overall like the ships and food better. 

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Barbiestylez:  I would avoid Norwegian’s Western Carribean. I felt like they were trying to milk every penny out of us. They also messed up our bill multiple times. We will never cruise with them again. Carnival and Princess had more fun on our route.

     

    Belize City is a dump. Either plan an excursion or stay on the boat. Seriously.

     

    Roatan is also not the nicest. They both live off of tourism, so be prepared to be nickle and dimed. There is nothing at the port and the cool places on the island are a $50 cab ride away. I had been there for about 2 weeks 5 years ago and it has gone downhill. The west end is still fun, but it is expensive to get there.

     

    We liked Costa Maya and cannot recommend Native Choice tours enough. Book directly with them and you won’t be disappointed.

     

    Cozumel was beautiful and wonderful. We took the boat to Playa del Carmen and had a wonderful day.

     

    If we were to cruise again, we wouldn’t do the Western Carribean and absolutely would not do Norwegian.

     

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Barbiestylez:  not too kiddy, like young twenties. I’m 20 and went every year from 14-18 and most people were college age on carnival. Royal Caribbean had a mix, but a lot of older people. It’s also the timing though. I go in January when younger kids are in school and college kids are still on break. Thanksgiving break will have a lot of college kids and families. The Bahamas is safe overall but there are warnings for petty nonviolent theft but with common sense it’s not bad. I felt least safe in Jamaica and if felt least safe in Dominican. 

    Post # 12
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Cruise Lover here…

    These are two very different Destinations… cruises to the Bahamas tend to be short (a few days) and popular with Families

    Cruises to the Western Caribbean are usually in the week long range (7 or 8 days or more)

    The weather is typically better, as you are going further south

    Atlantic Hurricane season comes to an end on November 30th so that shouldn’t be an issue for you.  Infact, the weather should be decent at that time of year

    Some of the typical Ports of Call on a Western Caribbean Itinerary include: 

    Key West, Florida – Cancun, Mexico – Belize City, Belize – Georgetown, Cayman Islands – Falmouth, Jamaica – Labadee, Haiti – Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

    (Stops will depend on which Cruise Line and how long the cruise etc)

    The majority of these spots are great for exploration… I’m personally not crazy about Haiti, but this is primarily a “beach stop”

    As for Cruise Lines…

    The Carnival Group is the biggest Cruise Line Company in the world (100 Ships over 10+ Lines).  In North America the line known specifically as “Carnival” caters primarily to finding NEW Cruisers by offering lower prices & older ships… as such YES they tend to attract a younger demographic, many of which are the “party set”.

    Their other lines… Princess & Holland America attract older cruisers

    Royal Caribbean and Norweigan market to Couples & Families (probably the best choice for you).  Of the two, I’d go with Royal Caribbean

    Celebrity, is also a mainstream cruise line.  They are the direct competition to Princess… they market to people who are mostly 40+ or those looking for what they call a “Modern Luxury” experience (without the high end cost)

    They are a line that is popular with Honeymooners… but YES you’ll find in your 20s and 30s you’ll be a minority on their ships

    Hope this helps,

    PS… If you want more info just ask, or send me a PM

     

    Post # 13
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I will echo here what @Pollywog: said…

    The Eastern Caribbean would ALWAYS be my first choice if I was doing a cruise… there are just a lot more great destinations vs the Western Caribbean

    However if you were to pick an AWESOME Ship … such as one of Celebrity’s Newest Solstice Class… OR their Parent Company… Royal Caribbean’s Allure or Oasis of the Seas (who alternate Eastern & Western Caribbean Itineraries) I wouldn’t worry too much about the Destinations… I’d just opt to go for the great weather & relaxation… and choose to stay on the ship and enjoy all it has to offer in the iffy ports of call

    A Cruise can be a wonderful relaxing & pampering vacation… lol, even if you never get off the ship

     

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @Barbiestylez:  We did a 4 day bahama cruise 2 weeks after thanksgiving last year. Weather was in the 75-low 80s and the ocean was a ittle cold  ( I def still snorkled, but was shivering by the end so if you do that ask for a wet suit!) 

    I am from Chicago tho so I absolutely was in heaven either way haha. Sunny and bright the whole week!  

     

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