Post # 1
How was your honeymoon on the cruise? Any tips or something you would not do it if you given a second chance?
Would you rather book a balcony or you rather spend the money on food and tour?
Would you rather spend your honeymoon on giant ship like Oasis of the Sea or a smaller one?
p.s. I think we are leaning toward taking our honeymoon on a cruise. I am big fan for cruise, FI not so much but he just want to spend the honeymoon in a tropical area..somewhere warm and sunny
Post # 2
gpiglet: we’ve pretty much decided on a cruise for our honeymoon. Planning on spending the extra for a balcony. Following for any advice. 🙂
Post # 3
I had been to caribbean cruise (western) with Royal Caribbean few years ago, it was an older ship but I love every bit of it. It was a 5 days trip.. it would be nicer if it’s a 7 days. Now thinking about going back for honeymoon, I have my eyes set on either Oasis of the Sea or Allure of the Sea. I have been eyeing on these sister ships since 2010…. so yeah, they are my first choice.
FI is big on wine, so I’m debating should I book balcony or should I stay in inside cabin and spend the money on wine and tour… Part of me LOVE balcony, I had been Caribbean and Alaska, each time I wish I have booked with balcony room. FI said he rather stay in inside cabin because not like we will spend lots of time in the room anyways…
so I want to hear other opinion!!
Post # 4
DH and I took a cruise for our honeymoon. We booked with Princess and did a 7 day cruise of the Eastern Caribbean with stops in the Bahamas, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and Grand Turk. We had a fabulous time, and I would happily cruise again. I want to try Celebrity becauae I hear great things about the food. Princess had very good food, too, but I hear rave reviews about Celebrity.
I am not the relax on a beach for 7 days in a row type, so we booked plenty of tours and excursions. Of course, you can just relax on the beach at every stop, too! If you want to book fun activities, DO look into private tours, and not just the ones the boat offers. You can often get a better experience, with less people, for less money. DH and I did some boat tours, some private, and had great experiences both ways.
The website Cruise Critic is a great resource.
Our ship was pretty large, but no where near the size of some Royal Caribbean ones. I think the really big ones are overwhelming. but I have no real experience.
A balcony room was totally worth it, imo, especially for a honeymoon!
If I could do it all over again I wouldn’t book the houseback riding tour on Grand Turk. There is nothing to really see on that island, imo, except the beach. BUT if anyone is going to Grand Turk, you must hit up Jack’s Shack! Trust me.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Big ship and a nice room, definitely balcony if you can afford it (Oasis offers rooms overlooking the promenade in the center of the ship which kind of excites me.) Make sure to book the upgrade restaurants at least one or two night for dinner and dress up for the occasion. 7+ day cruises are on nicer ships than 3 day cruises because you will likely have more days at sea and need more entertainment on board. Make sure to check out the spa and solarium the first day or two on board; we found them to have private havens where we could avoid the crowds.
Check out cruisecritic.com for their forum and reviews of ships, ports, and itineraries. My favorite 7 day is the Southern Caribbean with St. Maarten but it has more days at sea than a Western Caribbean with Jamaica and Grand Cayman.
Post # 6
I have great interest in balcony room in Oasis/Allure of the Sea. Would it be very noisy for those balcony suite that face centre of the ship? Because I’m a very light sleeper… and sensitive to noise..
Post # 7
It wasn’t for a honeymoon, but I went on my first cruise a few years ago on Royal Carribbean’s Freedom of Seas and it was amazing! I’m definitely a fan of the bigger types of ships vs the smaller ones.
As far as the room goes, it totally depends on your preference. Our room didn’t even have a window, but it didn’t really matter since we were only in the room to sleep, shower, and change. The only downside was that it was hard to tell what time of the morning it was in a dark room when we woke up, but it’s a very minor thing. We had friends that got a balcony room, and they enjoyed ordering room service and eating breakfast in their bath robes on there. I’d personally spend the extra money on excursions, food, or shopping at the port of calls.
Since your room key card is your form of payment for things on the ship, my tip is to be mindful on what you’re spending since it’s really easy to lose track. On Royal Carribbean, you are able to check your balance through the TV in your room, but you don’t want to be surprised at the end of the day either. I’d also recommend making time, even if it’s just for an hour or two, to do a fun activity on board. My main goal was to relax during the cruise, so I spent a lot of my time pool side with a delicious fruity drink, and although I definitely enjoyed it, I was a little dissapointed that I didn’t get to do other things.
Oh, I should mention that a cruise is not the time to be super strict with your diet either! Yes, they have a gym and they do offer healthy selections, but you should definitely indulge in all the fabulous foods that they have. Can’t decide which course to have for dinner? You are totally allowed to order both. Same with desserts! Seriously, the food is amazing and my inner fatty would go on another cruise just to eat whatever my heart’s desire for an entire week. 😉
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2012 - Sunset Harbour
We went on a cruise honeymoon and loved it!
We were on an aft balcony – so romantic! Right over the wake of the boat. Perfect place to relax in the morning, and watch the sunset!
We ate at all the great resteraunts on board – drank lots of wine and beer. It was the best!
Post # 9
We did a Viking river cruise down the Danube River. (They’re the ones that advertise on Downtown Abbey.) It was super-romantic and amazing, and we were a good 20 years younger than most of the people on the ship, which was fine with us. Basically, you explore a city, have lots of good food, sleep on the boat and wake up somewhere else. We got the cheapest rooms, and I don’t think it would have been worth it for us to upgrade. It was a nice splurge for the honeymoon and a great way to see a bunch of countries, though we’ll probably do something more traditional/cheaper if we go back in the future.
Post # 10
gpiglet: We did a 7 day Southern Caribbean cruise with Carnival for our honeymoon and loved it! We departed from Puerto Rico and went to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Marteen, Barbados and St. Lucia.
It was pretty affordable ($980 total) and we spent an extra $400 on three excursions, including catamaran/snorkel, jet boat and zip lining. The food was really good, the comedy club was awesome, we played trivia and there was really good entertainment.
The best part was that we really didn’t have to plan anything on the boat because they distributed a daily itinerary of activities. So we just decided that morning (other than our excursions that we booked ahead of time).
Post # 11
our honeymoon was a 7night cruise with royal caribbean, on the jewel of the seas. we had a balcony and went on excursions every port! DH’s parents paid for the cruise/flights, we paid for the excursions/anything extra (drinks/etc)… it was fantastic, and i want to do it again every year!! seriously though, we had an amazing time, and are looking into going on more in the future
Post # 12
We’re doing a 12 night Mediterranean cruise for our honeymoon. I’m so excited! I haven’t been to Europe since I was a kid. We got a window room as a compromise between windowless (too dark) and balcony (too expensive for how little time we’ll be in the room). We plan on booking excursions in every city we stop in. There’s 10 stops on the cruise and only 1 day at sea I think. We’re also flying in a few days early so that we can explore the city the boat leaves from.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
We took a 7-day cruise for our honeymoon! We aren’t the type to lay on the beach for 7 days so a cruise was a really good choice for us to be active & still relax while affordable. Let’s see..
Definitely go to the comedy shows! Super funny!!
We booked a window room, but I think a balcony would have been so nice to bring our breakfast back in the mornings & cute little things like that & what not ..certainly not the end of the world though haha.
We also got approached [which looking back seems stalker-ish] & chosen for the Newlywed Game they play as one of the activities on the ship. That was so embarrassing, but we won ..which means I obviously married the right guy ;] jk. I would only do that if you are very outgoing & open about your relationship/sex because it plays on repeat on the general cruise channel in everyone’s room ..& people remember you :/.
I think excursions will vary by location & cruiseliner, but we did some sort of ATV tour & I actually had a blast! I did it to appease DH at first, but I ended up really enjoying that & learning lots :]
Oh & we went to the dinner thing every night because the food was fantastic & it was a nice ice breaker to meet new people around us! Plus, dressing up is fun & DH & I don’t do that on a regular or even semi-regular basis haha.
Post # 14
We’ll I have not been on my honeymoon yet but fi and I love to cruise and are going on one for our honeymoon! We are going in July so we are paying the highest prices of the year….we normally book deal cruises but no this time we have booked spa balcony suite on ncl getaway newest ship in the world! We really were thinking about oasis and allure but in the end we decided 6000+ passengers was a bit more than we wanted at just over 4000 passengers the getaway was a bit smaller but still huge compared to the ships we normally sail on. My advice is cruising is for people who don’t mind kids but love shows and activities and are not people who want to lay on a beach 7 days straight ! To my and fi that is what we love but if your looking for entirely quiet and romantic you will find that on a cruise but it will for sure not be your entire trip ! Hope this helps
Post # 15
We did a 7-day cruise in the Mediterranean for our honeymoon, with Royal Caribbean on one of their smallest ships. I’ve cruised before and loved it but our honeymoon was not the best, mostly because I got a stomach virus and spent half the time quarantined in our room. I wouldn’t go with Royal Caribbean again. DH and I are very quiet people and we wished we had gone with a smaller ship. It was too crowded, there were huge lines everywhere, and the food was really bad compared to my other cruise experiences. (Next time I would definitely avoid the buffet. We saw so many people reach for the serving utensils after wiping their mouth or nose, and that’s probably how I got sick.) It also seemed like there weren’t enough staff for all the passengers on board, all the staff seemed ridiculously swamped all the time.
We got a balcony, and I don’t think it was worth the money because it was still quite chilly and rainy (in May) so we didn’t use it much. I’d go with a regular outside view room, I must have a window to keep from feeling claustrophobic. On big ships, it’s hard to find a seat in common areas where you can look out the window. If you’re on a really small ship with fewer people it’s probably not as necessary to get a window room.
4littlekitties: I’ve done a Viking River Cruise on the Danube as well, and I loved it! Would love to go on a cruise with them again. They’re doing ocean cruises now which look amazing. They definitely have mostly a geriatric crowd but I love how they focus on learning about different cultures.
IMO a cruise is best when traveling to different countries where you don’t speak the language. I prefer to travel independently otherwise, but in an unfamiliar country, it takes out all the work of traveling around, finding places to eat and stay, etc.