Post # 1
I love cruising and I really love having days at seas to just wonder aroud your ship or be lazy in your room. I am just wondering about cruises like 16 days to HI that have almost 2 weeks of cruising or transatlantic cruises that are nothing but cruising. Which is where cruising came from in the first place.
Has anyone ever taken any of these cruises? How was it?
Post # 3
I wouldn’t do it, but i’m not a fan of cruising. You barely get a chance to see the destinations, and even then, it’s in packaged tourist groups. I’d rather travel independently, but if you are really into relaxing on the ship – I bet that type of trip would be great!
Post # 4
I love cruising, but the longest I’ve been on in the past is 7 days. I just booked a 14 day Alaskan cruise though for the end of the month and I’m super stoked. Nothing is more relaxing than a cruise!
Post # 5
We are planning on a cruise for our honeymoon, Portugal and Italy.
Post # 6
My longest cruise was 7 days, but I would SO do the 16 day Hawaii one!
I LOVE cruises! I also love eating like it’s my job!
Post # 7
Oh there is nothing like a day at sea on a cruise!
Sit by the pool, have a daquiri with a book on the deck, swim in the salt water pool or regular pool, get a massage, workout, sip champagne at the art gallery, go shopping, have an afternoon coffee and dessert in the atrium while listening to a string quartet, get dressed up and have a delicious multi-course dinner, go to the club and dance or sit on the balcony and look at the stars… love cruising!!!
Post # 8
@EquiBee2013: LOL!!! That is what I am saying!
Post # 9
Love cruises. I’ve only been on one, haha. We went on a Carnival cruise to the Caribbean in 2010, and it was awesome.
Post # 10
@vorpalette: I love cruising too! I have been on a couple but my FI has only been one which he did not like. However, it was more his company than the cruise itself.
Anyway, we wanted to book a Bahamas cruise but we are afraid of hurricane season in Oct. So we are considering HI.
Post # 11
@MrsBrown13: we did the Hawaii 15 night Princess r/t from Los Angeles for our Honeymoon last December. It was good and bad. I love cruises, fancy dinner at night pool and drinks and naps during the day!
The thing is, we weren’t in HI enough, we hit 4 islands and were really only able to do one thing per island due to time constraints. (Forget seeing the sunrise on the mountain!) I liked that we saw several islands, but more time on each would have been much nicer. I also felt bad for just hitting the beach in Maui, and not taking a tour or doing something ‘Hawaiian’. but at that point after so many rainy sea days, we really just needed to feel the sun!
Also, the trip across the Pacific is not at all calm like a Caribbean cruise, which meant the pools were quite dangerous, and due to the season, our sea days on the way back were cloudy/rainy and we couldn’t be outside. Neither of us got seasick but the rocking was at times significant.
Oh, and keep in mind that not many other young couples can afford the $/time off for a cruise this long and the other cruisers are WAY older. Seriously, they had a party for a woman who was turning 100 during our cruise. There isn’t much to talk about at lunch when everyone is retired! and forget about much ‘nightlife’. We were pretty lucky and found three other honeymoon couples our age who we hung out with a few times, but really we were fine to just hang out together.
All in all we had a great trip, its definitely who you are with that makes your honeymoon special, but I would not recommend the cruise for people trying to experience Hawaii. But for the price, and if you don’t mind sea days, it was FANTASTIC. I brought my wedding dress along and we did a photo shoot on Waikiki beach at sunset the place is just stunning, I highly recommend that if you can!
I’m happy to answer any questions if you want more info!
Post # 12
@MrsBrown13: i love the days at sea ; ) i bet it would be wonderful. me and FH went on a cruise our first one ; ) and we both loved the days at sea. it gave us a cance to roam the ship together with no rush and shop, lay out and spend time together. we love it!
Post # 13
@edgebee: I LOVE days at sea, but I do get seasick. However, I thought the weather in Dec was calmer?
I would love to see some pics if you would like to share I will send you my email. I am considering taking my dress for a session as well since we are not actually getting married on the beach in Charleston, SC.
The older couples, and night life are not a big thing for me. I prefer the piano bars and seeing movies. And like you said, I am looking forward to some time alone with my new husband. It could be that we are older too, we are 34, and are going into our marriage with family already. It is not like we get to vacation or even alone home time ourselves often. Did you consider flying home from HI instead of cruising back? That is another thing we are considering.
@HisNightOwl2014: Yes, that sounds like what I REALLY want.
Post # 14
I love cruises, but not the time “at sea,” at least not when it’s more than a day or two, it feels wasted to me personally… I always try to pick a cruise that spends most of it’s time at a port. I love spending only one day at a place and “sampling” it…then if I think it was interesting enough and warrants more time, I’ll come back and do a full vacation there later in life. I use cruises as if they were a tasting flight at a restaurant 🙂
Post # 15
@crayfish: +1 for the same reasons. I don’t have any real desire to spend time on a cruise ship, I’d rather spend time at the destination and soak it all in more. Spending 4-6 days at sea with nothing else…such a waste of time IMO! That’s 4-6 wonderful days you could actually spend in Hawaii.
Now, if I had to go on a cruise I’d rather go on one in the Caribbean because at least things are closer so you can have more time off-ship.
Post # 16
I got married on a cruise, and it was my first cruise. So I will always be a fan of cruising. Agree, the days at sea are the best. I even stayed on the boat while the ship was docked in Turks and Caicos because I figured that I would get a better seat at the pool.