What cruise is more romantic and better for our Honeymoon ?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Bride2Bee2015:  Well it looks like only Royal Caribbean and Carnival depart out of Baltimore and I don’t think any of their ships are adults only. I’ve been on both those lines a lot and I’d pick RC for a honeymoon over Carinval. Carnival does seem to have more families and the atmosphere is just more casual in general. On Carnival I felt like the staff were trying to be my friend and on RC I felt like they were trying to serve me. It’s all a matter of preference, but on my honeymoon I think I’d prefer the more private, upscale experience I had on RC. 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Cruising makes for an AWESOME Honeymoon IMO.

Port of Baltimore and you aren’t going to get too many options in the way of Cruise Lines, Ships or Itineraries.

Not that there is anything wrong with that.

What Itineraries are you considering… and time frame of year etc ?

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Bride2Bee2015:  Can you get to Boston and do the Boston to Montreal cruise?  That is on my short list of great cruises.  You get to see Acadia National Park, the whales and puffins, and visit the most European city in North America.

But if Baltimore is an absolute must, go for Royal Caribbean.  I am a diamond member and I swear by them, especially for young active people because their itineraries tend to offer more activities and their ships have the best entertainment.  That said, I did do my first honeymoon on Carnival so I will say that the crowds are a bit better on 7 day cruises and we really enjoyed the upscale dining room you can eat at for an extra fee.  Carnival just doesn’t offer as many onboard activities as Royal.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you want a child-free ship (or as close to it as possible) I would consider Celebrity.   The crowd on celebrity is generally a bit older and on our sailing I really didn’t see that many kids.  Celebrity does have some sailings out of Bayonne, NJ (Spring, summer and fall months, sailing to Bermuda).  We did this iternirary for our honeymoon and it was wonderful!    If you DO go Celebrity, spend the money for the premium alcholic bev package… it will turn your cruise into an All-Inclusive essentially, and you’ll be able to try out SO many awesome drinks all week long! 🙂  

Also, if you consider driving a bit further, RC  (I think) has a brand new ship sailing out of NYC.  

 

We booked our honeymoon 8 months out, but by then I had already decided on Bermuda as our destination and was just looking at logisitcs, timelines and what months sounded the best.  

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We did a week-long cruise as the first week of our honeymoon!

We always cruise Carnival. The service is incredible, the food and booze is AMAZING, and the ships are awake and active from 5am to 3 or 4am. There is always SOMETHING going on!

I don’t think I’ve ever noticed a lot of kids. Except maybe in the pool? But the ship we went on for our honeymoon had an adults-only pool/deck/sunbathing area!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Bride2Bee2015:  How old are you?

I ask because it makes a difference in the cruise lines you may want to look at.

Carnival is a budget line but very popular with the younger set and, as I understand it, enjoys its party atmosphere.

Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity and Norwegian are all mid-level lines. RC has 30’s and 40’ and up. Princess was awesome and (at least to me) has mostly 50+ passengers but it might have been my itinerary. NCL was awesome and they had a nice mix of people in my opinion. Celebrity was not my fave but the weather was foul and ship small so I’m not a good one to give a nice review on it.

My next cruise will hopefully be on RC or Viking.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

This blog post talks about it a bit, and the author is pretty good about answering questions:

http://blog.blacktieguide.com/2013/03/25/black-tie-on-the-nieuw-amsterdam/

He mostly discusses the formality/old fashioned elegance on cruises, more so than romance, but I would guess you consider that part of it?  He says that Carnival is at the bottom end of that scale, with Cunard at the top.

Perhaps look into sailings out of New York?  Correct me if I’m wrong, but can’t you get there fairly easily by train?

 

Post # 14
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Honey bee

@Bride2Bee2015:  We sailed Carnival (which ports out of Baltimore) and while there were children on the ship, we RARELY ever saw them. We hung out in the bars, adults only sun deck/pool area and in the casino. So naturally, no children were around. Even during dinner, I don’t think we ever saw any children in the dining room near us. Most of the children hung out at kids pool or at Camp Carnival on the top deck. It probably helped that we sailed during the school year too (September).

It was a really fun, 7 day Southern Caribbean trip that was the right combination of romantic (Catarman sailing/beaches) and adventure (jet boats, snorkeling) for us.

@BrandNewBride:  +1 We did the exact same cruise itinerary (just at a different time).

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Bride2Bee2015:  Being 30, I think you are a good age for a Carnival cruise. However, if you prefer a little more upscaled experience, I’d recommend Royal Carribean. I’ve never sailed either Carnviral or RC but RC is a mid-level line and comes highly recommended by my 30-something cruiser friends.

 

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