Has anyone (US or Canada) gone on a European cruise for a honeymoon? Costs?

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I have not but my sister and father went last summer on a Mediterranean cruise. they booked the two for one deal and flew out of washington DC. the cruise was 10 days with Oceania Cruise Lines I believe. for airfare and cruise it cost about 6k total. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

rel318:  The cruise we did was not european so I can’t speak to that part but we had to fly from new england down to florida and transfer from the airport. It went fine, same day up and back. There was a big gap between ship arrival in florida (am) and our flight home (pm)so we did an airboat/alligator thing in the everglades before heading to the airport for our 4+ hour wait to get home lol

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Airfares from the US East Coast to Europe are consistently around $1000/ticket these days. It may be a bit more, or you may luck out and find a sale. I’ve not seen anything under $800 recently.

I would strongly strongly suggest arriving 2 days before your cruise departure. Most of the flights USA/Canada to Europe are overnight. You’ll land somewhere between 6 and 10 am depending on your arrival city. Most airlines are only doing daily service between most city pairs unless you’re talking DC/NYC and London which gets 2-3 flights per airline per day. planning to arrive the morning of your cruise is a bad idea; all it takes is one mechanical problem with your plane and you’ll miss your cruise, because if your flight is cancelled they will most likely just rebook you the following day— you’ll arrive after your cruise has left. Add a day for cushion, hopefully you don’t need it. Add a second day early arrival if possible, since it is an overnight flight and you might not sleep. Better to catch up on your sleep in an airport hotel than on your expensive cruise.

so basically if your cruise leaves on a Saturday, leave North America on Wednesday for a Thursday morning arrival; that way, if anything goes wrong, you have still Thursday night to get to Europe and land Friday morning (and go right to bed).

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

rel318:  We used a travel agent. They were able to clue us in to what we needed and what wasn’t really neccesary. The “shuttle” company held our luggage while we did the the airboat thing. I forget how we got that all worked out. It was quite a while ago. Are you leaving from the states on the ship or flying?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

rel318:  If you’re flexible with your honeymoon date, you could get a great deal. I’ve been stalking the AAA website myself and these are just some examples: (PS I saw a different offer that must’ve sold last week that was for 2015)

http://memberdiscounts.calif.aaa.com/offer/vacationdeal/id/709991

http://memberdiscounts.calif.aaa.com/offer/vacationdeal/id/709942

http://memberdiscounts.calif.aaa.com/offer/vacationdeal/id/709942

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

rel318:  We’ve cruise LOTS of times and are taking a Mediterranean cruise in September not for our honeymoon though, just a vacation. We mixed our vacation with a 10 day cruise and 7 days on land. We paid $1000 each our flights & we live on the west coast. I highly suggestion flying in a day before your cruise just in case there are any flight issues that may delay you. You can take a cab/shuttle back to the airport when your cruise gets back if you need to go home that day. As far as extra cost it really depends on the cruise line, just keep in mind most cruises charge a daily gratuity that you will want to plan for. You will also need to pay for alcoholic drinks, souvenirs and excursions/tours. The biggest expense is definitely the tours when it comes to Mediterranean cruises. They can run anywhere from $100-$500 per person. Let me know if you have any other questions I can help with. We are done paying/planning for our trip and are just counting down until we get to go, so excited! 🙂

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: dont know

I was hoping to go on a Disney cruise in Scandinavia around that time next year but we arent even sure if we’ll be married by then.  If I remember correctly it was somewhere around $2500 and $5000.  I really shouldve just checked before even writing this.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

rel318:  they loved it. it’s a smaller cruise line so more personal attention and more of an “upscale” feel. they enjoy more laid back vacations- reading by the pool, walking through the cities when in port, sight seeing, etc. I love cruising but that particular line wouldn’t be my cup of tea as I like to party hard on vacation.

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