Honeymoon for couple in mid 20's – cruise or all inclusive?

posted 3 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We’re in our early twenties and are going on a cruise for our honeymoon. We figured that there would be plenty of fun things to do on the ship, plenty of different restaurants to try, and things to see and do off the ship. We had a low budget for our honeymoon and were able to book a cruise for much cheaper than other options.

We were told that Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian are more likely to have a younger crowd because they are more affordable. I don’t know how true that is since I’ve only ever cruised on Carnival but that was the advice that we were given. We chose Royal Caribbean.

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Bri1o I think itinerary and time of year matters. FI and I went on a cruise to the Carribean in January on Carnival and the average age was probably late 40s and the ship was pretty quiet by midnight. We went to Alaska with my parents in June on Princess and it was all multi-generational families with tons of kids but the ship was more lively. Carnival/NCL/RCL tend to have younger crowds because of price point but if you go more Spring/Summer months.

When are you going and where are you thinking?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Please ignore this comment if you are non-drinkers!

BUT I prefer all-inclusives because the drinks are free, and on my vacation I don’t want to worry about paying $5-$10 for a glass of wine with dinner or a beer on the beach!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Bri1o:  Do a cruise on Royal Caribbean.  There will be plenty of people in their twenties and plenty of activities, especially if you choose a 7 day cruise.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

If your FI doesn’t like the beach, I would definitely say a cruise. I have been on several and there are usually many choices when it comes to food, so picky eating shouldn’t be a problem. I’ve also seen many different types of people, so mingling shouldn’t be a problem either, especially if you go to the “clubs” at night! Although, it will be your honeymoon so maybe you won’t want to mingle a lot 🙂

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’ve been on plenty of cruises together, summers are typically families and the rest are older couples, minus spring break month. FI and I went on Royal Carribbean in January and it was fun but I think we would have preferred all inclusive. FI doesn’t like spending all day at the beach but spending all day on the ship was much worse for him and he was somewhat caustrophobic about not being able to get off whenever. If you drink at all I would go all inclusive. We bought a total of 4 drinks on our cruise because of how expensive they are. Food on the cruise and at an upscale all inclusive are comparable, with more food options for all inclusive because of the choice of serveral restaurants. Either way you will have fun!

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Bri1o:  Have you looked into themed cruises? We have a ton of young child-free friends that do that annually- mostly they go on the Phish themed Jam cruise but I’ve also heard of 80’s Rock & Roll, Eagles, Kid Rock, crafting, food & wine, astronomy, gambling…. 

http://themecruisefinder.com/

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

@Bri1o:  CRUISE!!! I am 23 and each time i hace cruised, i had an absolute blast! There are all ages on cruise ships, and fun things to do for everyone. Some of my fav moments were mingling with other guests! We really took advantage of on-board fun such as live game shows, bingo, contests, deck parties etc. There is a casino, shopping mall, theater, lounges, dance clubs, GREAT entertainment!! The hypnotist show we saw was amazing and sure made a believer out of me!

I think it is the best vacation price-wise everything is included except alcohol! You can order room service or hit the buffet, or visit the 5 star restaurant (the food is to die for!) You can get off the ports and just look around or sign up for fun things to do like tours or activities. The crew members can also give you info and help you book on board.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We went back and forth on all-inclusive vs. cruise. We finally decided on a 7 day port intensive cruise. There was only one sea day, the rest of the days we were able to get off and explore an island each day. We did some beach time, some historical/cultural guided tours, some shopping, and eating. We really didn’t take advantage of the stuff on the ship besides the meals and a few games of bingo/comedy shows. We spent a little bit more to get an aft balcony cabin and really enjoyed being able to sit out on our extended balcony. We went end of July and it was a mix of families, people our age (mid-20s) and middle aged couples. We were on Carnival and it was my first cruise.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We’e going on a Royal Carribean cruise 🙂

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Bri1o:  Go Carnival! The average age on board is like 25! And the food is INSANE–SO much, 24 hours a day! And we loved seeing all the islands (I did a recap on our cruise honeymoon that hit Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Barbados, St Kitts, St Lucia, and St Maarten, 7 day cruise, $1200 for BOTH of us!)

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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.

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m not a big fan of cruises, but only because I don’t like the feeling of being cooped up.  All I did was eat for 5 days too, I gained a good 10 lbs.  The food was really good.

We’ve had a lot of fun going all over the world, though.  We bike in all the cities we visit, so it definitely makes it more memorable.

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