Post # 1
I have never been on a cruise, but my fiance swears by them. I am not compeltely sold on the concept.
We are going to bermuda to elope and for a honeymoon-ish like trip. My fiance wants to take a cruise. Only thing is that it only leaves 3 days in bermuda and 3.5 on the boat.
The attraction for me is the place, not the boat, but I can’t really say because I have never been on a cruise before!
What are your opinions and experiences?
Post # 3
I would MUCH rather be on a hotel in one place than be on a cruise. Cruises can be hokey and you only get an alloted amount of time in one location. I don’t think it’s worth it.
Post # 4
Hotels! I find the whole idea of a cruise to be something from a nightmare.
Post # 5
@freshflowers: Cruise….cruise….cruise….LOVE them! I’ve prob been on about 10 or so at this point and I prefer them anyday! I’ve been on carnival, princess, and norweigan. Out of the 10 we only had 1 bad cruise due to bad weather but the others were perfect!
Post # 6
@freshflowers: I think there are lots of pluses and minuses to cruising, but you’ll never know if you like it if you don’t try it. I think cutting your teeth on a 3 night cruise would be the perfect way to “test the waters.” 😛
Are there any specific aspects of cruising that concern you? I’ve only been on two (Princess – Alaska, Norwegian – Western Caribbean), so I’m no expert, but I can make my way around.
Post # 7
I’ve been on 6 cruises, just got back from one this week. I love them for a few reasons. They are much cheaper than staying in a hotel and going out to eat for every meal. You get to travel to multiple destinations. There are things I don’t like about cruises. They can be crowded, you never really have privacy besides the TINY, almost caustrophobic cabin rooms. Because they are cheaper you get a range of people. My mom gets sea sick a lot and wears the patch, I got seasick for the first time on my last cruise, It was rough and definitely not how I would want to spend my honeymoon. I love cruises but wouldn’t take one for my honeymoon. Cruises are our cheap getaways during the winter. Our honeymoon suite has a private pool, all inclusive alcohol unlike the super expensive cruise drinks. It’s definitely a personal choice. You have to weigh the pros and cons of crusing and hotels.
Post # 8
i really do not enjoy cruises. I have been on two- higher end and very nice. I just did not enjoy it. I have two locations i will cruise in, because of the location. Alaska and the Greek Isles.
Other than that, hotels.
Post # 9
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@freshflowers: My SIL loves cruise vacations, DH and I are considering one soon (Caribbean to island hop and see several places) but as of right now we are hotel-vacation-goers!
Post # 10
I’ve done both and they are both great, but different!
Don’t go ona cruise if you want to see a place – like another bee said, you only have an certain amount of alotted time and you can’t see a whole lot in 6 hours. Cruises are really fun though – especially if you have a big group of people. Definately not a cultural vacation and you certainly won’t get a “taste” of the countries you are visiting.
Post # 11
@freshflowers: I prefer hotels. Cruises are for some people, but not for everyone. There are many different types of cruises and times to cruise for specific tastes.
If you like to plan and do things on your own, a hotel is better.
On a cruise many activties are scheduled, going on and off a cruise is scheduled.
you get to visit more places
things are already scheduled for you to do, all you have to do is show up
easier to meet new people (if you like that)
you dont have to pay for extra travel costs (depending on where you live, you may not even need to fly)
can be very cost effective
rooms & bathrooms can be small
weather can significantly impact your experience
you are on the boat’s schedule
some activties on cruises tend to be oober cheesey
you are in close quarters with others, so its easy for germs to spread
Questionable water sources
pro or con (depending on how you look at it)
Sometimes you have to dress up to go into the the dinning areas
Post # 12
I don’t get the appeal of cruises and will probably never go on one. Packed into a tin can with thousands of people, lining up with thousands of people to get on and off the boat, days at sea where you are on the boat with thousands of people…
You go to multiple destinations. So? Spending a few hours in a different Caribbean country, you can see more and experience more actually staying in the country instead of lining up for a pre arranged tour. And I’d rather be on the beach than at a pool any day. A lot of Caribbean resorts that put so much effort in to spectacular pools when the beach is 5 steps away, why?
I think the only type of cruise that might be appealing is a European cruise that goes through the rivers. Because your ports of call are actually different from each other.
Post # 13
@freshflowers: I’ve been to Bermuda and the Caribbean many times, and I’ve always flown to my intended island and stayed in a hotel. I love doing that, because I don’t have to be at sea, I can have a much larger hotel room than I would a cabin on a cruise ship, and I can do what I want to do on my own time and not have to worry about being locked into certain events and certain times.
HOWEVER, my DH really wanted to go on a cruise, so we are scheduled to leave this winter on our first one. I am trying to keep a positive attitude and to not expect this experience to be the same as my fly-to-an-island vacations; however, I must confess to having some apprehension.
Post # 14
I love cruise but my FI didn’t enjoy his first cruise last year (Alaska). He thinks he stuck in the boat for too long and not much to do on the boat (it was a smaller size)
But I LOVE cruising myself, mainly because I have a very busy schedule on my day to day life. (getting better this year, no school, just work). I love I only need to pack once and chil on the ship. Tasty food serve everynight, variety items at buffet, have super good quality sleep in the cabin and staff treat like like royalty haha
I live in a townhouse which sit on a busy street and I’m a light sleeper. I can never fully rest at night cuz’ I subcounciously able to hear the car on the street. So one week of dark, quiet cabin room is like heaven to me.
Post # 15
For me a cruise was a good one-time experience, but it’s not something I would do again. When SO and I go on vacation we like to rent a house and a car and explore off the beaten path places on our own as much as possible, so I can’t say I’m the hugest fan of hotels either. Nothing wrong with any of those styles of traveling, it’s just a personal preference. As you very well said, you can’t really know if cruising is your thing until you try it! Have fun!
Post # 16
@freshflowers: I’ve been on that cruise! TOTALLY awesome! It gave the best of both worlds….cruising and then a land vacay. And it was overall cheaper than flying in and staying on Bermuda for 3 days.
I’m more partial to hotel vacations, just because I like to explore new places for a couple of days. But I liked the Bermuda cruise because we spent basically 3 days in Bermuda, and the cruise to and from Bermuda was very relaxing. DH and I wanted to RELAX (we also did select dining, so we had a table for 2 every night and were not held down to a certain dining time). I’ve been on a normal cruise with multiple ports, and while that was fun, I don’t feel like you really get to experience being there because of the short time spent at each port. Would I go on a cruise again? Absolutely! Both times they were extremely relaxing and I just enjoyed doing absolutely nothing but spending time in the hot tub each day. 🙂