(Closed) Honeymoon Cruise

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Hey, you may get more posts on this if you ask more specific questions.  What do you mean “when we should be booking”?  Like early or late?

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I guess I don’t really understand your questions.  You should book when you’re sure of the cruise you want to take and when you have enough money to pay for it.

There are certainly much nicer cruiselines if you’re looking for the “best” cruiseline for your honeymoon (Royal Carribean and Carnival are the much more family/budget/etc friendly cruiselines – not fancy/extra nice/extra ammenity-full ones).  I’m not saying anything bad about these cruiselines – I’ve cruised Royal Carribean before and am cruising Carnival for my honeymoon – but there is nothing about either that’s would make them “best” for a honeymoon.  They’re just a good option. 

Also – why restrict yourself to the cruise leaving the day after your wedding??  As you’ve seen, few cruises depart on Sundays so you leave yourself with few options.  Our cruise leaves the Tuesday after our wedding.  Plus – a couple extra days to pack, relax, destress, and unwind is never a bad thing!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You should read the cruise posts by Miss Frog – – she has exellent advice plus she really knows the ins and outs of cruise ship traveling.  Here is her honeymoon but she also did an earlier post detailing cruise vacations…

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We are having an October 8th 2011 wedding and have already booked our cruise so you get the room you want. Plus the longer you wait for a cruise in the spring the higher it goes because of Spring break. We leave on a cruise on the 16th so the extra time to relax and slow down from wedding mode will be nice. But what I am getting at is book ASAP. And Royal Caribbean is the best I have been on 10 cruises with them and I highly recommend them.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@PrincessBrideSuzy: Yeah – summer is hurricane season for the Carribean so there aren’t as many cruises.  Because of this, I’d book earlier rather than later as you don’t want the cruise to fill up since it sounds like you don’t have many other options.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re also going on a Caribbean cruise for our honeymoon. The one we wanted leaves on a Sunday, so we’re taking a week to re-coup and will leave a week later. I’m actually kind of psyched about having a week to relax and unpack before we leave!!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

If you’re looking for a great honeymoon cruise, I would recommend Celebrity or Crystal. There will be less children than on Carnival or Royal Caribbean.

The new NCL Epic is pretty amazing. It’s got the world’s only floating ice bar.

If you haven’t sailed before, I would really recommend a balcony cabin. Inside cabins are strange, as there’s no natural light.

Whatever you do, don’t go without the trip insurance! You never know what could happen.

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If the cruise departs at 4:00 pm the day after your wedding, I really do not reccomend booking that sailing. Its too risky.

You have to fly out either red eye after your wedding (or evening the night of your wedding if its an afternoon wedding) or the morning of…

if your only option is the morning of, you take the risk of having a delayed flight, getting caught up somewhere in a layover – and arriving late.. if you do not get there by 3pm, which could happen…. you miss your cruise, and they dont care if its your honeymoon, wedding, birthday, or first trip ever.. they’re leaving without you..

What a not fun way to start off your honeymoon if you ask me. Especially since you’d be spending the next few hours trying to figure out how you’re either A) going to find a backup honeymoon or B) finding a flight to get you to wherever they are sailing into next.. which could be 2 -3 days after that departure date.

 

 

Just something to think about…. if you have to leave the week after, its a lot less risky to leave a week later, fly in on a saturday, get a swanky hotel room a few blocks from the port, and know you’re right where you need to be to get on that boat on time.

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