Need Help/Advice Budget Cruise Lines vs. Inclusive Resort St. Lucia, Carribbean

posted 2 weeks ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

katelyn2612 :  My DH and I love cruises because we don’t have to worry about anything once we get on board. We are partial to Norwegian but like Royal Caribbean as well. The most affordable month, we’ve found, is January. We went on the NCL Sun in January 2015 for cheap. The weather was beautiful. We are actually looking into booking another one in January 2018.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Hi Kate, I am commenting to follow as we are considering a cruise as well. If you start leaning more towards an all inclusive resort consider checking out cheapcaribbean dot com. I used them for a vacation and spent $1300 total for 2 people all inclusive 5 days in Jamaica. That was 2010 mind you so prices are bound to be higher now but it was The Secrets Resort in Montego Bay and our included flight was aboard JetBlue. We had a blast.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We did Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas. I HIGHLY recommend it. It was a blast, though kind of expensive.

If you’re on a budget, check out cheapcaribbean.com. We did 5 nights in Akumal at an all inclusive for $1200/person. That’s with airfare.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

katelyn2612 :  My DH and I went to St. Lucia for our honeymoon and we loved it! The locals were super friendly, and we felt safe the whole time, even the few times we left the resort. We stayed at one of the Sandals resorts there (Regency La Toc). Sandals was great, but they are a little pricey. They don’t have an option for a package without drinks which kind of stinks for people who don’t drink a ton (DH and myself included).

There was also a new resort going in when DH and I were booking our honeymoon. It was an extension of the Royalton resort there – they added an adult only section. Our travel agent was worried it may not be completely finished by the time our trip was, so we decided against it.. but we met a couple that stayed there and said it was really great. It was a less expensive option compared to Sandals. 

If you do go to St. Lucia, try to fly JetBlue. We had a not so good experience with American Airlines, and everyone we met there said they had heard bad things about AA going to St Lucia, and that Jet Blue was the way to go. 

Also, if you go to St. Lucia, you have to do the Joe Knows tour. It was SO much fun!

ETA: We went in May – I’ve heard to avoid St. Lucia late June-November as that is their hurricane/really rainy season. It rained almost every day on our honeymoon – but only for about 5-15 mins and was clear and sunny immediately after. (The locals said it rains pretty much every day year round, but normally just a quick shower)

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Outside in Paris

I like resorts because I drink… and drinks are included. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think a cruise might be the cheaper option for you, and if you pick a port you can drive you that will save you money on flights (depending on where you live). Either option can be affordable though, depending on the resort or cruise line you book. At a resort you will likely be stationary, because if you’re on a budget leaving the resort for activities is going to get expensive. On a cruise you will visit various different ports which gives you the option to either stay on the boat and relax by pool or get off and go explore.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

 Carnival is the fun ship, the crowds are a little rowdier, the shows are not as amazing, and the decor not as grand. But it’s a lot of fun, always great comedy, food is comparable to other lines, and the ports are the same. If $ is a true concern, go for it! I’ve taken many Carnival cruises and loved them all :). Royal Carribean, Norwegian, and Disney are nicer ships, but on a budget, I would go for the cheapest cruise and spend $ on excursions or fancier dinners :).  

If you don’t drink, an all inclusive resort is going to be a bit of a waste for you. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

katelyn2612 :  I’m so sorry – I did not see the notification. Our 7 day cruise in June 2017 was $1500/person with a balcony room (free unlimited alcohol & free 3-day upgraded dining included). Before we upgraded, it would have been $1000/person for an inside room (free unlimited alcohol). Our 7 day cruise in January 2015 was $500/person. We purchased the unlimited alcohol package for that cruise because we booked at the wrong time :/ Other people on our ship had the promotion and paid a similar rate. Those were both Norwegian cruise line. We booked a Royal Caribbean shorter cruise (4 nights) in May 2014 for our honeymoon. I think it was les than $2000 for an inside cabin, the unlimited alcohol package, onboard spending, parking, and activites in the ports. I can’t find that booking confirmation.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

My boyfriend and I went to an all inclusive resort in Cabo for $300 a night ($150 per person). We found it on Cancelon.com. It’s a site where people resell their rooms when they realize they need to change their plans but have already paid for their rooms. We looked at places in the Caribbean, but Cabo and the Riviera Maya had the best quality all inclusives for lowest price. It was so luxurious and romantic, we felt special and catered to the whole time. 

I’ve been on a few Carnival cruises for $400-$600 per person for the week. They are easy / cheap but not the best. You feel a little like cattle being shepherded on and off the ship, through the buffet lines, etc. They also have this “family friendly” cheesy thing going on- think hairy man competitons and the Cha Cha slide 40 times a day. I think the all inclusive would be more romantic. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

katelyn2612 :  I’m not sure on their off season – ours was around $5400 for 7 nights during their busy season.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

For cruises Norwegian has be very best entertainment. One of the things you want to look for in a cruise are Great Destinations. I highly recommend the Southern Caribbean during Hurricane Season. Southern Caribbean is really outside of the hurricane zone and has the best stops. You’ll get a huge break on price if you go during hurricane season. Honestly. Go inside cabin & southern Caribbean. I’ve done 10 cruises – carnival 5, princess -1, RC-2, Norwegian-2.

From ft Lauderdale, you’ll be looking at an eastern or western cruise. I’d do Eastern as the destinations are better. If you’re going to go that route, I’d get a balcony. 

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