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

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Which would you pick?

    All inclusive resort

    Cruise

    other option I am not looking at (explain)

  • Post # 18
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I voted “other,” because I’m not a fan of all inclusives or cruises. I like to get out and experience a place by wandering around, eating at lots of different restaurants, etc. I go to the islands a lot, and my least favorite part is always when the cruise ships come in, and thousands of people get off, crowd the beaches, get drunk, leave their trash everywhere, and walk around the most touristy parts of town. I always try to be out on a dive boat during the few hours cruise ships are in port. Luckily, they never stay for more than a few hours. Cruising has zero appeal to me. 

    I feel similarly about all inclusives. Why pay top dollar to eat at the same mediocre restaurant every night? I also find that all inclusives tend to be full of obnoxious people who just want to sit at the bar and get wasted (I have no problem with drinking in the islands, and I often do, but I just don’t want to feel like I’m in Vegas or on spring break). 
     
    I know that there are lots of people who go on cruises and stay at all inclusives who are great, but the bad ones always stick out, and I do not want to be confined to a small area with them on my vacation.

    Post # 19
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I’ve never been to an all inclusive but we went on a cruise to the Western Caribbean over Halloween and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was relaxing just hanging out on the boat and reading or spending time together in our room (yes the tiniest one on the bottom deck but it wasn’t horrible). It rained one day and the sea was rocky that night but it still wasn’t bad.

    Post # 20
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @kansas_nurse:  I said cruise – probably because I am an avid cruiser (about 25 under my belt).  I have gone to all inclusives and find them to be somewhat boring.  I didn’t think the food options were that good at the one we went to.  I think if you are someone who really likes to be active and do something – be entertained its not good for you.  I am not that – when I am on vacation I just want to lay and bake in the sun with a good book so that aspect is good for me.  Oh and the drinks are included which is a plus that you don’t get on a cruise.  Although I only would drink about one or 2 drinks a day. I thought the “shows” they had at night were super cheesy.  Also – you are in the same place for a week.

    Cruises allow you to see several places all at the same time.  You can lay out in the sun – which I love but there are also things for my pasty white husband to do while i am outside baking.  I love the entertainment – particularly on Royal Caribbean – I have seen broadway style shows of Chicago and Hairspray.  Ice skating shows.  The negatives are possible sea-sickness (I have never gotten it).  Also the schedule – like other people said – but if you choose a boat that has some sea days you can always work on your own schedule.

    Post # 20
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Whatever you decide GOOD LUCK! I’m getting married in Dec, when our cruise stops in St Thomas. I’m working with a wonderful island planner (Weddings the Island Way) This is a second marriage for both of us, and honetly i’m not sure I would have done it this way the first time, but if you know you’re having a destination wedding regardless I totally vote cruise! PS I really haven’t ever felt “scheduled” on any cruise we have been on, and I could see benefits and drawbacks to both, if you have a hurricaine its unlikely that an AI wedding would be unaffected either. Choose what makes you both the happiest, your wedding day is about you 2! 

    Post # 21
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    Blushing bee

    I would choose cruise! Only because I’m one of the only people that don’t like All-Inclusives. It would be neat to see so many places/islands without having to pay an arm and a leg to fly to them.

    Post # 22
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

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    kansas_nurse:  Go for the AI resort.  The seas in the Caribbean are really rough in November.  The first, last, and only time I sailed in November it was so rough even the crew was sick.  When I asked at the concierge desk they indicated it was a common occurrence during November.

    Post # 23
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    go on a cruise but not for your honeymoon. DH and I have also been on both….I just feel like a cruise isn’t “special” enough for a honeymoon, you can’t avoid the hoards of people bc the majority of time you are trapped on a boat fending for a lounge chair or standing in long lines for food amongst other pushy people all trying to eat just because its something to do and they want to get their moneys worth! I don’t get the same feeling from the people who vacation to all-inclusives and honestly, I think it has to do with the fact that they are generally a little more expensive than cruises. Sure there are always going to be *those* types of people on both trips, I just find more of them to be drawn to cruises.

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