Post # 1
So I’m new here and just wanted to get some fresh opinions and perspectives. So me and my soon to be wife have been discussing where to go for our honeymoon she wants to go to Aruba but I want to go on a Caribbean cruise. Now the reason she wants to go to Aruba is because I guess some of her friends went there and said it was amazing and that there was lots of cool things to do their but the thing that I worry about is that once we get to the hotel I won’t want to leave if you know what I mean and well not to sound cheap or anything but it is a lot more expensive and for a shorter period of time. Now on the other hand we could go on a Caribbean cruise which is less expensive plus the ship stops in a few places throughout the Caribbean so there will be more variety and fun places to go and we’ll get to be on our honeymoon for five days instead of just the weekend. So yeah let me know what you guys think should I just give in and say let’s go to Aruba or should I continue to make my case for the cruise. PS this isn’t causing a problem between us or big deal really we both want to go to both places it’s just she prefers Aruba and I prefer the cruise that’s all.
Post # 2
I would pick Aruba, unless you’re in the budget for some serious room upgrades (specifically a room with a balcony). Regular cruise rooms are so small and cramped, not as romantic as a nice resort room with a big bathroom/ shower, big bed with a nice view out the balcony. Plus, you are victim to the early morning wakeup announcements and when you’re at sea for the day you really won’t get the privacy of laying out at a resort beach. That’s just my preference, obviously!
Post # 3
I haven’t been to Aruba but I wasn’t really impressed with cruising. It was relaxing to just be on the boat but the ports were so touristy and packed with people. Plus I didn’t like how expensive the cruise excursions were. We had the base room so it was pretty small and no windows.
Post # 4
i would choose a cruise. I love the fact that you wake up in a different place everyday. I’ve done 2 cruises and are totally addicted. You dont spend that much time in the room so dont worry about the size.
Post # 5
We’re going on a cruise that has a stop in Aruba. Best of both worlds
Post # 6
Ok so I’ve done both of these trips and I voted for the cruise. Aruba is cool but kind of boring after a few days, it’s pretty but not super tropical, half the island is actuly dessert like. We did a jeep off reading trip which was fun and the beaches are nice but unless you are by the resort area it’s kinda meh. I’ve been to just about every tropical island and can say Aruba is def not one of my favorites. It’s not awful by any means and the snorkeling is good, the town is small but cool and things don’t stay open very Late. Now not sure where your cruise is going but can say that Grenada, Barbados, and the dominiquin are all amazing. The cruise is so great too because you get a taste of each island and you don’t have to worry about getting bored! plus it’s fun to explore the ship and have a fancy dinner dress up night. I think it depends on your tastea but I think the cruise would be more romantic.
Post # 7
I hate cruises. They’re crowded and unromantic and claustrophobic. On many of them alcohol is extra costs and you never get a seat anywhere near the pool.
I’d choose Aruba because you CAN leave the hotel. Or choose an AI on a cheaper location like Mexico or DR.
Post # 8
Definitely choose Aruba! I spent many summer vacations there and have such great memories! There is a lot to do on the island (outside of the resort) and some pretty amazing restaurants. Theu have quite a few casinos…I’m not really a gambler but it is fun to casino hop!
Post # 9
I’ll just add that DH and I went to Aruba for our honeymoon (Bucuti hotel), and it was SO incredible, we are trying to go back this year for our first anniversary 🙂 It simply can’t be beat, and there is so much culture, shopping, casinos, restaurants, etc. to explore on the island.
Also, there is this great restaurant there called the Screaming Eagle–you can reserve a bed instead of a table to eat in, and if you tell them it’s your anniversary, you get free cake!
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2014 - Villa Celeste
I would personally pick Aruba. I myself, am not much of a cruise gal so I’m probably a bit biased. I recently went to Grand Cayman last month, and saw cruise ships coming and going all the time. The problem with cruise ships is the process once you port. You only have a limited amount of time, and you don’t really get to experience the islands.
Never been to Aruba, but I’ve been to Grand Cayman and the Dominican Republic and absolutely love both. I can’t imagine it being anything less than wonderful. Cruises are great for some people, but personally I’d choose to just go to a Aruba.
Post # 11
Thank you all for your great advice it is greatly appreciated. I talked to the wisest man I know about this issue this weekend my grandpa who has been married 60 years. He said son one of the secrets to a long happy marriage is trying to find ways to make the woman you love happy 98% of the time. He said if you make her happiness the number one priority in the marriage I guarantee you she’ll make you happy 99% of the time. The love that he had in his voice and on his face as he’s telling me this and looking at my grandma making us Lunch in the kitchen kind of made me stop and think he’s right what do I really care about and that is her happiness especially on our honeymoon . And besides it’s not like we won’t have future anniversary’s. So again thank you all for your perspectives.
Post # 12
- Wedding: Either Philadelphia City Hall or a small chapel.
Been to neither,but, a cruise since it’s a new experience.