(Closed) Carribean Honeymooners, where did you go?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I haven’t been yet, but when we do go, we’ll be staying 8 days/7 nights at Bucuti and Tara Beach Resorts in Aruba. http://www.bucuti.com/

It’s 18+ and that’s strictly enforced. It’s not all in-clusive but does include breakfast everyday. We didn’t want all-inclusive as we wanted the freedom to be able to venture out on to the island and enjoy local cuisine.

It’s the only eco-certified resort in the Carribean.

It’s pricey. Our honeymoon package is 3,461.00 but I see it as totally worth it.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

We went to St. Lucia. We stayed at La Toc. All-inclusive for $4800 total. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

Cruise?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

st lucia – le sport- body holiday– LOVE IT! st thomas and st johns wyndham was really good too.. we did st john st thomas in 2011, st lucia in 2012. not sure were we are going this year

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

We did a Caribbean Cruise out of San Juan (admist the islands)… and LOVED IT !!

(We have cruised before)

If you pick the right cruise line that caters to adults (we love Celebrity… and their take on “Modern Luxury”), and the right time of year, then it can be pretty much a kid-free vacation.

A cruise isn’t cheap… but it won’t run you as much as an All-Inclusive Vacation on one of the better Caribbean Islands.  And the BONUS is you unpack once, and see and experience a new place each and every day.

Plus the food, wine, entertainment and everything else is AMAZING… and you cannot beat the pampering.

A cruise can be whatever you want it to be… filled with activities, or just R&R… or a combo of both.

*If you are interested in a cruise (or considering it) you might want to look at my PROFILE Page, you’ll see where I have made many posts helping other Bees in regards to their upcoming Honeymoon Cruises.

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That said, if you have the BIG BUCKS to spend on this once in a life adventure, then you might want to look at some of the Islands that are amazing getaway Destinations like Barbados (not too many AIs tho) – St Lucia – Antigua – Sint Maarten / St Martin – and the BVIs

These are certainly Islands that I’d go back to again (safe, great beaches, interesting things to see and do)

As noted by the other Bees several of them have Sandals locations… always a favourite with Honeymooners.

As well… you should check out the WBEE BLOG… the Bee Mrs Beanstalk has been blogging about her recent Honeymoon in St Lucia and the Jalhousie Plantation Resort near The Pitons… the video alone is enough to sell most Brides, I’d think.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Lindsay22:  were going on a cruise i know you were looking for a all inclusive resort but the cruise is all inclusive too except your drinks ; ) this is our itinerary for the cruise

 Miami, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; Miami, Florida for 7 days

we got it for 2,112.42 out the door all tax included and got a great big balcony on the back of the ship ; ) have you ever been on a cruise?

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We ended up at Sandals Emerald Bay. We are pretty laid back and were more interested in relaxing then doing a lot of activities and thought it was perfect. Still talk about what a great trip it was. We liked the Bahamas because it was such a short plane ride too. 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

If money had been no object, I probably would have chosen to go to Sandy Lane in Barbados.  However, when I explored this option and learned that it would have cost us at least $10K for only four nights, I had to abandon that idea.  🙂

When you were in Jamaica, did you happen to stay at Royal Plantation? If you did not and haven’t heard of it, I would recommend that you at least take a look at it.

I had been to the Caribbean a number of times but had never been to Jamaica and didn’t ever plan to go, based on what others had told me. For most of my life, I had had my heart set on a Bermuda or Hawaiian honeymoon, but, because our wedding was in May, I didn’t want to risk the water being too cold in Bermuda, and I had traveled there several times previously and wanted to do something different with my Darling Husband. Also, as much as Darling Husband and I also the idea of Kauai and/or Maui, the thought of making such a long trip seemed quite daunting after all of the exhaustion and stress of having an LDR, working full time, and planning a wedding.  When a good friend and her Darling Husband went to this incredible, exclusive, small, luxurious, boutique hotel in Jamaica, and I saw the website and her pictures, we decided to go for it. 

We chose the all-inclusive, “Royal” plan and had a private car to and from the airport.  Every one of the 77 rooms is a suite that faces the ocean.  We chose a very expensive room category and had an amazing, gorgeous suite.  The service is absolutely outstanding.  The food is quite delicious.  The beaches are beautiful.  The grounds are stunning. And you have so much attention and space to yourself.  Darling Husband and I took a snorkeling trip, and we were the only two on the boat besides the captain.

At some point in the time since Darling Husband and I were there, Repost has come under the Sandals’ brand.  However, from my understanding, it retains its very different atmosphere and top-notch service.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

we booked the costco.com i think we paid 5 grand total for each of our caribean vacations- 6 plus days plus travel from pdx to seattle to geogia/miami to final island…

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We’ve FINALLY decided that we are going to an all-inclusve resort in Aruba!!!

 

This one, to be exact:

http://www.tamarijnaruba.com/

 

It will be about $3,000 including flights for our 5-night stay 🙂 

I can’t wait! I thought the Caribbean would be out for us since it’ll be October, but then someone reminded me that Aruba is south of where all the hurricanes hit!

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @HisNightOwl2014:  Your cruise sounds great… I am sure you will have a fabulous time.

Mr TTR and I LOVE Cruising, so it was an easy choice for part of our Honeymoon Adventure.

We had a Sunset Balcony (aft over the wake) for our recent Honeymoon Cruise and it truly was INCREDIBLE !!

This won’t be the last time that we book this category of stateroom.  It is a difficult experience to beat IMO (unless one can afford a Suite).

Just be prepared for the fact that you’ll probably need a nap every once in a while… as we found we wanted to be up for Sunrise (and when the Ship comes into port / docks) as well as be out again on the Balcony for Sunset (when the Ship leaves port daily).

It was fun… it seems everyone on the back of the ship was doing this 2x a day… so we really got to know our neighbours over the course of the week.  Mornings over coffee… evenings with a glass of wine.

A TON of fun, and the picture taking opportunities AMAZING.

From talking to other couples we discovered that everyone found a routine they could work with to “cram it all in” to the short 24 Hours every day

Mr TTR and I would get up for sunrise and the docking… and then go back to bed for a few hours… have a late Breakfast (sometimes Room Service on our Balcony… other days upstairs in the Buffet Restaurant that offered up greater views of our Port of Call) BEFORE we headed off for our late morning / afternoon excursion.  With the nap taken care of earlier in the day, we could really soak up all the various evening activities… and still stay up late to catch the nightly entertainment etc.

Our table mates, who also had a Sunset Balcony Cabin, said they got up for Sunrises and then after the ship docked they were off and running ashore.  But they planned their day to get back a bit earlier (3-ish) and then have a nap before getting ready for dinner etc.  They too, had it figured out, because I know for a fact they spent many a late night in the casino just the same.

The couple beside us, their style was similar, but they had chosen an early Dining Seating, so they called it a night a lot earlier than Mr TTR and I.  They told us they were always back in the cabin and had lights out before 11 PM.

Hope this helps,

PS… You can PM me if you want to chat cruising…

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And oh ya… a cruise can be pretty much an All-Inclusive Experience on some Cruise Lines… as some are now offering FLAT RATE Beverage Packages.  Celebrity part of the Royal Caribbean group certainly does (and I think that RC has it on their ships / sister cruise lines as well to some extent).  FLAT RATE is a HUGE benefit… no matter what your Bevvy of choice is (Bottled Water – Soda – Gourmet Coffee – or Alcohol).  You just pick the Package that fits your needs and then are done.  It has been a BIG Money Saver for us (and the convenience is fantastic… no more signing, counting how many drinks in a day, how much money you’ve spent… or worrying about the final bill).

 

 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@This Time Round:  i never thought of that ; ) i hope carnival offers a flat rate for cocktails ; ) that would be soooo nice but knowing my luck it wont cover frozen drinks lol thats all i drink i love myfrozen Margaritas and now i cant wait for that back of the ship balcony room iam a lazy person but not when im on the ship we party till the crack of dawn and we get up at 8am and do it all over again ; ) i love it!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

Also with the beverage package, Celebrity currently have an offer until the 18th Feb where you get 2 x bev packages for FREE!! On a 7 night cruise that is worth over $600!!

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