Post # 1
y’all. i’m so indecisive! one minute i’m planning a european honeymoon then the next i’m all for carribean all inclusive then i’m like ehhh maybe a cruise.
i really want to :
B: eat delicious food
C: basically just a & b
i switched from europe because i wasn’t sure if we could really relax too much since we’ve never been there. but i’m not a hugeeee beach person either. i mean. i guess i can enjoy looking at some clear water. also, i love the idea of relaxing. i’m just worried i’ll get bored. i know that sounds silly….
such a big decision to spend thousands of dollars on. sigh. i am, however, thankful that i am able to go on a honeymoon. i know a lot of people have to put it off.
Post # 3
We chose Barcelona because it had a beach but was also a major city so we could go do other non-beach stuff. Both DH and I like 1-2 days at a beach but couldn’t take more than that. But we also didn’t want to run around like crazy tourists trying to see everything in 4 days.
Maybe find a city/area that has both? Some beach time and some yummy restaurants and museums?
Post # 4
@amandasouthcarolina: I’m going to Europe! If you aren’t a huge beach person that would be perfect. Plus, you could do a Med. cruise in Europe where you could go to the beach some days and relax. But if you don’t want to do it, I’d think about a Southern Caribbean cruise. I LOVE those islands in the Southern Caribbean. There are some nice cruises from Puerto Rico on Celebrity or Royal Caribbean that go to the Southern Caribbean Islands. Most of them are 7 day cruises where you are making a stop at 5 islands (so only 1 day at sea). I’ve been on a Southern Caribbean cruise 3 times and would definitely do it again.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Although I am a beach bride, I am not a big fan of beach vacations. I need more stimulation than laying around on the beach all day. That said, I love cruises because you get delicious food, activities, and a little beach action (unless you do an Alaskan cruise.) I like that you check in on the ship and then pretty much everything is taken care of for you so that all you have to do is decide what you want to eat and drink and which of the many activities appeal to you.
Post # 6
I was pretty bored on a cruise. It was great to stop different places, but in the evenings/sea days you’re just trapped on the boat and it gets old fast. Do an all inclusive, that is my favorite type of holiday. You can still leave the resort and do excursions.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
If those are your requirements, then I wholeheartedly recommend a cruise. Depending on the cruise, you get to go to multiple destinations without having to pack up your suitcase/clean a room/check in/out of a hotel but once the whole time. Your food options are clear, and you don’t have to worry about how much cash you have on you (or what’s left “in budget”). And if you book excursions through the cruise, you don’t have to worry about driving around; someone guides you through the whole activity and guarantees you get back on the boat in time. Very, very easy vacation IMO.
We decided against Italy for our honeymoon because, like you, we’ve never been and we thought that there would be way too much we wanted to do and to see, and it would not be very relaxing trying to hop around the country to see the sights. Relaxing is a must after a wedding 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
Having just taken my honeymoon in Europe I can say it was not relaxing at all!! In fact, I was exhausted when we got home because we were constantly on the move sightseeing! It was amazing, but definitely a different vibe than it sounds like you are going for.
I LOVE cruises!! I vote cruise! heheh
Post # 9
I have been to Europe many times, and it has never been relaxing. I always run around looking at places and doing things. My husband and I joke that we are always more tired after taking a vacation in Europe than ever before. I am not a big fan of a cruise for honeymoon idea so I voted all inclusive Carribean resort.
Post # 10
@amandasouthcarolina: So, I’m voting for the all-inclusive caribbean idea, but I have one question – have you done the all-inclusive thing yet? The whole not paying for anything while you’re there thing is awesome, but the crowd can get pretty rowdy. My fiance and I went through everything you are going through with ideas and bouncing back and forth. We ended up choosing Aruba and not all-inclusive. We are splurging on the hotel because we want no kids around and not a party scene. The cruise thing may end up with the big party, also. Cruises I have been on have been great, but not super romantic, just because there are so many people everywhere. We also toyed with Europe, as FI hasn’t been, but like you, we decided relaxation was key, after all the wedding planning. I went to Italy a couple years ago and traveled from Rome down the Amalfi Coast and it was such an amazing experience, but it was exhausting. I needed a vacation after my vacation! I’m a pretty avid traveler, so I thought I’d throw my two cents in!
Post # 11
@SnoopDog: Agreed. You posted your reply as I was working on mine and I’m on the same page. Europe is amazing but it’s so tiring. Up early, jet lag, very different time zones, etc. My FI and I had our honeymoon all planned out for Europe and then we got a little into our wedding planning and decided all we wanted was relaxation after a year of planning!
Post # 12
such great advice!!! thank y’all! yeahhhh. i’m leaning towards the all inclusive (haven’t done) or cruise (FI hasn’t done). i agree that a cruise might not be completely ideal for a honeymoon. maybe somewhere like sandals will be good? everyone wanting their own romantic get away, not partying 24/7 with all inclusive alcohol haha
Post # 13
@BisBeanBrien: Certainly. Europe is beautiful but so tiring. My thinking is I am spending so much money to get there I might as well see a lot of places. And once I try to see as much as I possibly can it turns out into an exhausting but satisfying trip.
Post # 14
So you need a resort (all-inclusive)
or a cruise
or go to Venice on the Orient Express luxury train? They will look after you on there even though it’s Europe 🙂
What about a European cruise, because the cruise part means you will relax and you don’t have to get out at every port you visit. I mean how often are you going to get the opportunity to go to Europe? It depends what you want to check off on your to-do list though.
If you are not a beach person but a water person you need an ocean view villa and you can see the water from your bed !
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2014 - The Heathman Lodge (Vancouver)
What did you decide? We decided to Sandals Grande Riveria
Post # 16
- Wedding: May 2014 - Beach
I think you should consider a place where you can relax at the beach, have an all inclusive and the nightlife scene isn’t far away so when u do get bored you have things to ecplore. That’s why i picked Mexico for our honeymoon. We are staying for 1 week and we split our stay to 2 different hotels. One with very nice rooms and private pool in room and amazing spa reviews. And the other one close to the nightlife and some amazing restaurants 🙂