First time cruise, please help!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@christine2406:  You’re not missing much if you miss Half Moon Cay; there are plenty of private beaches at pretty much every itinerary.  I would highly recommend Royal Caribbean if you want nightlife on board the ship.  It usually has a good mix of peoplein their 20s, 30s, and 40s, plus the activities on the ship are more geared to those age ranges.  A nightclub on a Holland ship isn’t going to get much use since a majority of the cruisers are retirees.

Check out http://www.cruisecritic.com for reviews of different ships and sailings to see which would work best for you.  They also have a great forum where you can ask for tips on what to do in each port and how to book off ship excursions through private vendors.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@christine2406:  celebrity and royal caribbean have their own private island – coco cay. I think half moon cay is the princess group’s private island. Coco Cay is really nice as well and since it’s a private island – they are all going to look similar. 

What about halfmoon cay was it that you really liked? I’ve been on several Caribbean cruises and I have yo recommend the Southern Caribbean. Those islands are more exotic and amazing. There are some really nice beaches in Tortola (Virgin gourda comes to mind). And Antigua has beautiful beaches as welP. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@christine2406:  Celebrity is going to be a more formal cruise but they have tons of awesome activities for at sea days. Their boats are all also very nice and have some cool amenities. Holland America means no screaming kids and more R&R because the 60+ crowd is respectful and quiet. I think this can be great for a honeymoon and who cares if you are younger than everyone else?! They still plan some cool stuff! ( In my experience celebrity has some of the best activities but that doesn’t mean Holland Americas aren’t good too!) My parents (mom-56 dad- 66) took a cruise to Canada and my dad said my mom was getting all kinds of looks for being the hot young one! Hahaha (she looks about 40-45) because people were older and she loved it hahahahaha Also Royal Caribean is one of my favorite cruise lines for the mix of upscale and younger vibes and they have lots of March 07-09 cruises to St Lucia with a range of lengths for 2015 (if your date on here is accurate) so you could do that and just a heads up Holland America owns half moon cay I believe so no one else can cruise to it 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@christine2406:  I’m in my early 20s, DH is in his late 20s, and we ALWAYS cruise Carnival!

Their boats are SO much fun, and they plan activities from 5am until 3am! There’s ALWAYS something going on! Shows and dancing and jugglers and magicians and free shot tastings (SO much fun!)

And they serve food 24 hours a day! It’s SO much fun! They are DEFINITELY “The Fun Cruise”!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

in terms of cruise lines, i absolutely recommend celebrity cruises (more adult version of the other line they own-royal carribbean). 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@christine2406:  ok so this is my third time trying to post this (the iPad sucks sometimes) – I highly suggest royal Caribbean. They have a really good mix of passengers. My fiance and I have been on them 3 times and had a good time all of those times. I posted 2 itineraries on the jewel of the seas. I suggest doing a back to back cruise. You can pretty much pick any 2 consecutive weeks and the islands that you’re visiting will be the same as the ones posted above. I picked out March 21 and march 28 sailing dates. 

i have been on a ship similar to the jewel and LOVED it. It’s big but not too big. They have really good entertainment (and food) and I never felt like it was too much of a party atmosphere. It was just right. I have went to most of those islands too and they are beautiful. I love the southern Caribbean as I said earlier. The price is also pretty good. I think that on royal you’ll get a better mix of passengers than on holland America. 

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

based on my experiences and others’, I will only go Royal Carribbean. there is so much choice… if you want to be crazy active, you can… and if you just want to relax, you can!

 

Coco Cay is absolutely Beautiful and a perfect cruise port!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@christine2406:  glad to help! If you do decide to go, I can recommend to you some excursions. 

I dont think that 7 nights is too short. You could do 1 7-night & then stay in Puerto Rico for a few days before instead. That would work too. We are going on a 7 day European cruise for our honeymoon and staying at a hotel both before and after the cruise. I only suggested the 2 7-night ones because you mentioned a 14 day celebrity one and the flight from Australia must be long lol. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@christine2406:  also, I’ve been to the Bahamas and some of these islands too and I think they are just as nice. The Bahamas has great snorkeling but on my last cruise we did this amazing snorkeling excursion in st. Thomas that was just as good as any that I did in the Bahamas (and we saw sea turtles! It was awesome). I would highly recommend it – we did it through Royal actually and had a great experience. 

And its not silly to book a cruise for a beach – I’ve done that before too. 

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would go with Carnival or Royal Carbibean. We love cruising and we tend to do them for most of our vacations. We always cruise Carnival, but we are open to trying Royal Carribean if the right cruise comes along. I’ve been on 4 cruises with Carnival and we have our 5th and 6th already booked. We tend to go with Carnival everytime we look because it is much much less expenisve. I’ve never been to Half Moon Cay, but I know that Carnival goes there. You aren’t missing much if you miss the Bahamas though. It’s been our least favorite ports. And Half Moon Cay is basically just a beach. So, I wouldn’t base the whole cruise on that one port. There’s plenty of beautiful beaches you can go to.  I also recommend cruisecritic.com.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I did a cruise with Norwegian and I absolutely loved it. It was rated the number one ship. There was plenty of adult things to do, nightclub , free entertainment and the staff were amazing. 

 

I havent experienced any other cruise lines but I will do Norwegin again

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