(Closed) making honeymoon a family vaca>???

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Well, if you want them there, then why not? I mean, if they are old enough I would get them their own room, lots of cruise ships have like family suites were they share a living room area but have two fully seperate bedrooms. 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Personally I wouldn’t, a honeymoon is for you and your new DH. Not you DH and children.   Then it isn’t a honeymoon! 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

There’s a lot on cruises for kids to do- I think it depends a lot on their ages, though. Are you concerned about leaving them with family, etc? What does FI think? Your honeymoon is the one vacation that is really *is* okay to leave the kids at home. 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

When my mom and step-father married, they took a short honeymoon cruise – just the two of them – and then took us all on a long weekend to a major vacation and attraction area in our state.  They were able to get their alone time, but then we were still able to celebrate as a family.  Personally, that’s the way I’d probably want to do it, but if you and your FI are both on board, there’s no reason not to bring your children.  It’s your honeymoon, not anyone else’s!

We did take a family cruise the year after my parents got married.  My brother and I were 14 and my little sister was 8.  She had a blast, but my brother and I had a difficult time finding things to do for our age range (I ended up watching a LOT of movies in the ship’s theater).  I think cruise ships do a lot better job catering to tweens now, but some are better than others.  Just something to think about when you’re deciding which cruise to take.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Well then it would be a family vacation, not really a honeymoon. If that’s what you want, than cool,  but personally I would want time with just my husband.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

Since they’re your children I would imagine it’s more desirable for you to take them with you.  What does your FI think?  How old are your kids, old enough to be self sufficient or will they need constant attention and supervision?  I don’t have kids, nor would I ever want them on my honeymoon, but if it makes you comfortable then it’s your choice.  I am curious about what your FI thinks (assuming they are going to be his step-kids.  If they’re his kids that also makes a difference).  I would think after planning a wedding and celebrating your new marriage, you’d want quality alone time with your husband, but again, I don’t know because I don’t have kids and don’t quite understand or relate to all that attachment stuff.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think it would be okay…. most cruises have amazing kid facilities so it’s not like you’d see the kids that much. My little cousins and sister completely disappear during cruises because they get so absorbed in the kid programs.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

Just help someone who doesn’t have kids understand why you’d consider this, why do you want them to come?  Because you don’t want to/feel like you can’t leave them?  Or want to reward/treat them to a celebratory vaction?  Or both?  I really am just curious, since it’s your honeymoon and you only get one of those.  I’m always curious about kid-related stuff like this because it’s so far from the norm for me.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I say take them. We have turned our would-be honeymoon into a family vaca and have invited everyone who wants to attend the wedding to cruise. Our theory is that we have been living together and actually together for four years (we were roommates in college), so we have different priorities than other people. Many lines do have amazing kids programs and that would take care of them during the day and through dinner. It’s kind of like going to summer camp on the water for them, it’s not like babysitting and most kids would prefer to do that compared to what Mom and Dad are doing. Although, we will not be putting our niece and nephew in Camp Carnival during port days because we have major anxiety about getting off the ship without them. Also,  For added privacy, many lines will let you get an adjoining room (some have a balcony/interior adjoining if you’re worried about them being on the balcony alone) or they let them book rooms directly across the hall, depending on the ages of your kids. If you’re considering it, you may want to call your line of choice to see what your options are.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Sassygrn:  This.  But, I always think you should do what feels right for both of you.  So not a honeymoon persay, a familymoon?

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

@SCARRION23:  Again, I’m not a mom, but I’d say if anything, the two of you DESERVE to be rewarded with a little bit of alone time.  It’s not like it’s the last time you’d be able to take the whole crew on a family vacation.  But mom and dad deserve a little romantic R&R after they get married!

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