Post # 1
My FI and I have NOT planned our homeymoon yet! We get married in 18 days!! lol We honestly just cant decide what to do! We have thought about a cruise.. neither of us have been on one and we have been watching the travel channel shows on cruises and think they look perfect.
Is a cruise a good honeymoon idea? I have gotten mixed reviews from people. Some say no because the rooms are tiny and NOT sound proof.. and you have no privacy since you have to eat with other people at dinner and stuff.
Any of you been on cruises that can share advice? We would want a cruise to somewhere warm and tropical and a ship that is geared more for adults and is relaxing… I’d love any suggestions!!!
Post # 3
I’ve been on 2 cruises, both NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line). For both I went with my (now) FI and another couple. With NCL, you get to eat with whoever you want, whenever you want. It is SO nice. Many nights we wouldn’t want to eat til 8pm and that was fine. On many other cruise lines you have a set time assigned to you. We got the rooms that we could afford, which were small. I know that you can probably get pretty good deals on NCL right now, or any other cruise line for that matter, due to the line just wanting to fill rooms. The one thing about cruises is that they are not "all-inclusive." All of the meals are included, but if you want alcohol, or even pop/soda, it costs extra. Believe me, this can add up. Also, there are a lot of opportunities to have professional pictures taken and I’m always suckered into buying some. That adds up as well.
I think it’s a great honeymoon idea, but since I’ve been on a few already we wont be doing it. If you have any questions, feel free to PM me. Good luck!!
Post # 4
Although I’ve never been on a cruise, my FI has many times and we are doing that as a part of our honeymoon (going to an AI in Jamaica for the first part). It’s a great idea because you’ll be island hopping, plenty to do and if you don’t want to do the excursions, you can just lie on the beach (different beach at each port).
The food is fantastic, read as many lobster tails as you want! As for the people at tables, we picked a large table (of 8 instead of tables of 4) because we love meeting people and exchange stories at the end of each day. We are not planning on spending THAT much time in the room because we are doing an AI the week before 🙂
For Honeymooners, the Royal Caribbean and Princess are ideal. Look into the South Caribbean cruise, that was our first choice but couldn’t afford it because of our AI, so we are doing a 4 night cruise in the bahamas. This is a great time for you guys to get last minute deals! You should go for it!
Post # 5
Eaq219 Thanks for the heads-up about the drinks! I didn’t know they were not included.. that would have been an unpleasant surprise!!!
Thank you guys for the input.. you both made cruises sound great!!
Post # 6
There are definitely pros and cons to cruises which can also very depending on the cruise line. I often think that an all inclusive resort is more of the way to go. That way you hypothetically don’t have to spend a dime while you’re there! As EAQ219 pointed out, drinks can REALLY add up especially if you’ve had few and lose track of just how many pina coladas you’ve ordered!
Also, while you do have the opportunity for shore excursions on a cruise, you will have "days at sea" where you are stuck on the boat too. Many all-inclusive resorts also offer excursions if you so choose.
You’re also correct with your concern for privacy. Rooms are horribly small on cruises and you will have people around you constantly even if you opt for a ship that allows you to eat as you wish.
Check out Apple Vacations, Travel Zoo and Sherman’s Travel for good deals.
Post # 7
I have done three Mediterranean cruises in the past four years, two of them on Royal Caribbean (which was awesome, btw). If you were going to do a cruise I would reccomend not going on the ones that go to Bahamas, Mexico, etc because they are loaded with families and kids. Not that theres anything wrong with this, its just not my cup of tea.
The plus to cruising is that you get to see a lot in a short time and once you are on the ship everything is taken care of for you. The rooms arent too bad if you get a window or balcony room, the food was great, and the alcohol wasnt overpriced (more like regular bar prices).
The downside would be that after planning a wedding you might just want to relax and not deal with the sightseeing and constant activity a cruise offers. An all inclusive would be way more relaxing but it really depends on what you are looking for. Hope that helps, have a great time whatever you decide!
Post # 8
My hubby and I went on the Princess to Mexico Riviera for 7 nights. We had a balcony so the room was a good size (though I hear that the inside staterooms are tiny). The service was great, food was delicious, the ports were fun, and we never ran out of things to do on the ship. Sometimes we ate with others to meet people, but most of the time we ate alone. Overall, we loved it and look forward to cruising again!
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
We had an amazing guest post on cruises awhile back that’s full of cruising tips!
Post # 10
I LOVE cruises. We were going to do a Carnival Destination Wedding until I looked seriously into it and realized it wasn’t what I would want it to be.I swear by Carnival. We have had friends that have been on other cruise lines and said their booze is more expensive and food is not as great. Case in point. 2002 we went on a Carnival Cruise (it was the debut season for the Victory ship) Jack & Coke was $5.50. Went on another cruise in 2006 Jack & Coke was still $5.50. It is all inclusive except booze & soda. Seriously the FI and his brothers have high tolerance when it comes to booze and our bill for a whole week only came up to $300 for the two of us. Definitely definitely get a balcony room, for Carnival at least it’s way bigger than what I thought a ship room will be. Maybe your friends got inside staterooms? A balcony room for a week was under $900. Room service is FREE 24/7. Food is top five star quality. Service is impeccable. Excursions if you so choose are reasonably priced and there is always on board entertainment. I think it’s a great relaxing honeymoon. Choose a newer ship if you can. Call travel agency for rates. They offer siginificant military discounts. Cheapest cruise rates are before Mid may, weather in the Carribean is wonderful around that time.
What I love best about it is that it’s all extremely flexible. You do what you want when you want.
I just want to add my case on Cruise VS Resort. On a cruise you see a different port almost every other day depending on the length. At a resort you are stuck in that one place, for some that might be good. But for me, that’s not good. I would feel WAY too constrained. Most times those resorts are in areas that you don’t want to go out of. If you do it’s super expensive. But I’ve never been at a resort so that’s just based off of what I’ve heard from friends and families that have been at resorts.
And because I have extreme cabin fever today…
Cute little towel stingray (they make an animal every night!)
Ice Sculpture at midnight buffet:
Post # 11
I say go to a cruise! love it love it love it!!!!! For me i have to say NCL is the best…. but do your search…… in my case i am having two of everything as my FI is from Finland so first we will go to Italy and then for sure to at least 9 day cruise to relaxxxx and have fun uuyyyy i cant wait!