(Closed) All inclusive resort vs Cruise??? why?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Which would you pick?
    All inclusive resort : (32 votes)
    60 %
    Cruise : (17 votes)
    32 %
    other option I am not looking at (explain) : (4 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    7439 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    November is still Hurricane Season in the Atlantic…

    Which means that the Ship’s Itinerary could get changed last minute on you… or the seas could be rough (no fun)… or you could get rain.


    So with just these two choices that you’ve given… I’d be more prone to go to an AI that is outside of the usual path of the Hurricanes… such as the Dutch Antilles and the ABC Islands (Aruba – Bonaire – and Curacao)

    There are AIs on these Islands… but as they are very much 1st world countries (Politically Strong – Economically Secure – Health & Safety Established) … there are other options as well when it comes to Hotels & Resorts.

    Hope this helps,

    PS… I didn’t VOTE yet, cause I’m looking for more info from you now… do you want an AI for sure (expensive & great pampering), or are you open to a Hotel, Condo or other type of Resort


    Post # 4
    814 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @kansas_nurse:  we are doing an all inclusive resort.

    Resort (all inclusive) Pros:

    More food options. You can also leave the resort to get food.

    More selection of activities (depending on where you go)

    No time schedule, do what you want, when you want. If you dont want to go see XYZ today, you can do it tomorrow. 

    – cons- 

    poor weather, not many activties to do on site (again depends on where you go)

    can face a push to “upgrade” ammenities (again depending on where you go)


    Cruise: Pros

    You get to go to more places and may have a better selection of sites to see

    Scheduled activities- if you dont like scheduling things yourself, then this is definitely a pro

    Mingling with other cruise members is easier

    you may not need to book a flight, depending where you live

    – cons-

    sea sickness

    smaller rooms, difficult to shower… shower water questionable

    ocean smells (huge factor for me(

    poor weather could make it hard to enjoy

    being on a strict time schedule during activities

    risk of something happening to the boat

    very close to other cruise goers

    activities on board can be very cheesey



    I have never been on a cruise, I have heard nothing but great things from people who have gone on them. For me, they seem too scheduled. I like to do things at my own pace. I also like open areas, from what I have heard even “large” cruise rooms, can feel cramped. 


    Post # 7
    188 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Country Club

    We’ve done both, and while the cruise was great experience,  we much more enjoyed the all inclusive resorts.

    Post # 8
    814 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @kansas_nurse:  the scheduled stuff is by no means mandatory. BUT if you want to go and see the sites, you have to do it by the boats schedule. They usually only stop at most locations 1x with strict times for when you can go and come back. Even the on ship activties are scheduled. So if you want to go eat at a certain place, you have to do it at certain times. 

    My Fiance and I are definitely more introverts. We prefer to go to do things when everyone else is doing something else. On a cruise there can be long lines or crowds because certain things are only available at certain times. 

    Post # 9
    7439 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Mr TTR & I are split on Cruising vs AIs…

    I like Cruising a tad bit more… he likes AIs a tad bit more (BUT it has to be the RIGHT Cruise & the RIGHT AI to be worthwhile)

    November and I’d be seriously looking at Aruba (one of the ABC Islands)…

    I haven’t been there myself, but we’ve had several friends (various couples) who have gone… all reported back it was a GREAT Holiday Destination

    Having been to the Dutch Antilles Island of Sint Maarten (one of the SSS Islands) in the Lesser Antilles and the Leeward Islands further to the North… I have no qualms about the Netherlands as a safe destination etc.

    One group of friends did a Hotel / Resort situation… the other couple an AI:

    The Riu Palace Aruba is rated as a 4 Star Property (based on facilities / amenities) and has 4 Circles (out of 5) for TripAdvisor Satisfaction = 76% Thumbs Up.  As well as a 2013 TA Certificate of Excellence 

    TripAdvisor – Riu Palace Aruba = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g147249-d151277-Reviews-Hotel_Riu_Palace_Aruba-Palm_Eagle_Beach_Aruba.html

    Now staying at an AI in Aruba isn’t going to be cheap… as this Island unlike some others which are 2nd or 3rd World need them to attract Tourist Dollars.  And you’ll also spend more on airfare as it is farther to get to (just off the coast of SA).

    But by all accounts Aruba is GORGEOUS (it is an arid island… desert in the middle).  And the people are nice etc.  And no worries if you want to go exploring on your own etc.

    Aruba is on the Itinerary for the next Caribbean Cruise I want to do… Western & Southern

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 10
    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @kansas_nurse:  yep TTR is right, we were forced at sea an extra 3 days on our November cruise this past year because of a hurricane. all excursions were cancelled at the last and best port and while we were all fed and taken care of the whole time being “trapped” at sea sucked. And we go on one every year at that time time and until I experienced that issue I never realized the hurricane factor and may now never cruise at that time of year again. we chose an AI resort for our honeymoon in March because we’ve each been on a lot of cruises and never an AI resort. Pro to the resort is alcohol is covered (at most anyway) and is not on the cruise. 

    Post # 11
    142 posts
    Blushing bee

    @kansas_nurse:  Cruise rooms are extremely small. It is hard to fit a small person in to the shower, and there is not bath tub. It is nice if you are planning on doing stuff all day, but if you just want to relax, a cruise is not the best option.

    Post # 12
    7991 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    cruise, you can see more things.  i hate being stuck in the same spot for more than 3 days at a time.

    Post # 13
    395 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I wouldn’t go on a cruise, simply because I get seasick. I wouldn’t want to spend my honeymoon throwing up – if that’s not an issue for you though, I don’t see an issue with the cruise!

    I actually chose the “other” option on the poll because I wouldn’t do all-inclusive. I don’t eat or drink enough to cover the “all-inclusive” cost, and it’d be more worth my while to go out for dinners than to pay for a ton of food that I won’t eat. SO would disagree with me though, as I’m sure that if he had the option to eat and drink however much he wanted, he would.

    Post # 15
    2426 posts
    Buzzing bee

    For relaxation, I would go with an all inclusive.

    By The Way, I’m risking a cruise in Oct 2014. Can’t wait!

    Post # 16
    1172 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Main reason I’d choose All Inclusive is that YOU CAN LEAVE AT ANY TIME!

    I hate the idea of cruises and being stuck to some pre-defined schedule. All Inclusive resorts give you the benefit of all your meals, entertainment, etc. being taken care of, but you can always always always change your mind and do something else, if you want to. Want to go to a nearby town for dinner? You can! Your resort encounters some sort of mechanical or natural disaster? You can leave! 

    Being trapped at sea is just so not my idea of fun.

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