Hi @Bri1o: – First and foremost, I see that you are NEW to WBee… so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”
Travel Nut & Cruise Lover here…
Mr TTR and I are semi-retired, so we travel a lot.
We much prefer a cruise over an all-inclusive. Cruises tend to be better value for the money, because of the level of service, choices of food, entertainment etc.
The only downside to a cruise is the cost of alcohol… BUT more and more cruise lines are beginning to address this by offering Flat Rate Beverage Packages.
We cruise with Celebrity, which is part of the Royal Caribbean Group… Celebrity is their more upscale mainstream cruiseline (they also own Royal Caribbean & Azamara… at the other ends of low and high)
Celebrity offers flat rate beverage packages… Water – Soda – Premium Teas & Coffees (ala Starbucks) – Non Alcoholic – and Alcoholic (with alcoholic packages at the Classic & Premium Levels. Classic covers anything on the ship alcoholic or not up to $ 8 per pour for $ 44 US per day plus 15% Grat… and Premium up to $ 12 per pour for $ 54 US per day plus 15% Grat. Sounds like a lot, but then it truly isn’t doesn’t take long to rack up a big Bevvy Bill when you are charged for just about anything you choose to drink onboard outside of desalinized seawater and tea & coffee)
AND right now if you book a Celebrity Cruise, you can get the Classic Alcohol Package (including Grats) for FREE. A great perk !!
A few of the other Cruise Lines offer Bevvy Packages as well… but they are still really NEW to the cruise industry.
One thing I love about cruising is the pampering… from the minute you arrive to the second you leave. You are treated like royalty. We also like that there is tons to do aboard the modern ships… too much to get done in one cruise alone. And you unpack once, and the world comes to you… waking up in a new port every day.
The one thing I would say tho about cruising based on your Wedding Date (August) is you might want to put off a Honeymoon Cruise to later on in the year. Caribbean Cruising is especially sweet in the Winter Months… December thru April. After that the Caribbean gets mighty hot & humid, and it is the Atlantic Hurricane Season (June 1st thru November 30th). And that can wreck havoc with a cruise… even if the Hurricane is 1000s of miles off, it can still make for a bit of a bumpy ride… or your Itinerary can be altered. Not my idea of fun. I like planning and knowing for the most part that what I have planned is going to go to plan. Especially for a vacation as important as my Honeymoon.
You could certainly look at doing a mini-moon in the meantime… I am a big proponent of Mini-moons vs having NO Honeymoon.
Hope this helps,
PS… If you want more info about Cruisin’ just ask. And be sure to check out TripAdvisor … the web’s # 1 source for Travel Planning info… and also their sister website, Cruise Critic which specializes in Cruising… TONS of info on those two for someone planning a wonderful vacation / honeymoon.