(Closed) Cruise honeymoon vs all inclusive resort?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Which honeymoon option would you recommend?
    Cruise : (12 votes)
    31 %
    All inclusive resort : (27 votes)
    69 %
  • Post # 3
    2324 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I love planning the honeymoon! i initially wanted an all inclusive in mexico or so, the climate appealed to me as well as the all inclusive aspect. After much research i discovered how popular (& competitive) the cruising industry is in us (especially for a caribbean cruise) – Fiance loved the idea as we’d be able to visit places we’d never be able to if we decided to stay in one resort. it’s also ‘all inclusive’ to an extent, depending on the cruise line you can can beverage packages + excursions are extra. after much analysis, & research, we grabbed a cruise staying in a suite, (with a butler!) for 7 nights which is still cheaper than an all inclusive in their most basic room for 5 nights. keep us updated on your planning!

    Post # 4
    202 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Only do the cruise if you’re staying in one of the nicest rooms!  In the cheaper areas, you don’t even get an actual full or queen size bed.  They just push two twins together and put a sheet over it 🙂  I personally love cruises but have no interest in going on one for our honeymoon.  I want something a bit more private and intimate.

    Post # 5
    1090 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We went to an all inclusive resort in Aug 2011 and than on a cruise in May 2012. While cruises are an AMAZING deal for what you get, I thought the all-inclusive resort in Mexico was 10,000 times more relaxing. We set our own schedules and didn’t have to worry about the hustle and bustle of getting on and off the boat or paying for drinks at every bar we went too (we snuck alcohol on the boat but it’s still nice to go relax at the bar)….also cruises don’t have huge pools and what pools the boat did have were overcrowded with kids/people…we decided that while we enjoyed cruising it will definitely not be our choice for a honeymoon!

    Anyways, hope that helps!

    Post # 6
    1292 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I would be bored at an all inclusive. This could be because I grew up in Hawaii and am used to beaches, etc.   We also are not big drinkers.. I will probably drink 2 nights out of a 7 night cruise so all you can drink doesn’t appeal to me.

     We’re doing a 7 days Freedom of the Seas cruise immediately following our wedding..which is a “newer” ship with tons of options for food and a great spa.

    Then, we are doing a 14 day Celebirty cruise in December in the southern carib.


    We were able to do 2 cruises for the price of one all inclusive. I’m really excited about my 2 part honeymoon!

    Also, I greatly dislike Mexico (where the majority of all inclusives are)





    cruises for the following reasons:
    new places that I would probably not fly to for a whole week but nice to see for a day
    if weather is bad in one place, hopefully the next island would be good (nervous about going somewhere for a week and if the weather is bad, you’re stuck there.)
    it’s reallllly cool to be a on ship in the middle of the ocean.
    so many fun options/things to do/never have to worry about drunk driving. no long walks or cab rides.


    Post # 7
    1090 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Oh something else to mention about cruises – many of the ports of call are super touristy and you never stay in one place long enough to fully enjoy it (have to be back on the boat at a certain time etc.). The nightlife on the boat is the same every night – a show/comedy club/casino whereas at an all-inclusive you can go wherever you want at night and are not confined to being on a boat. So if you are the type of person that wants to explore an island to it’s full beauty definitely do an all inclusive 🙂

    Also, to correct a PP, while there are many all inclusives in Mexico, there are certainly a ton of other all inclusives (and quite beautiful ones) a million other places as well 🙂 – but I’m sure you already realize that in your search!

    Post # 8
    46 posts
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I think an all inclusive resort is the way to go. It allows more flexibility in terms of when you want to lay on the beach and when you want to do other things. There will be periods of time on a cruise where you are stuck on the boat.

    Post # 9
    3266 posts
    Sugar bee

    Resort all the way.  A resort is actually in a real place.  But a cruise port is not even close to being authentic.  Some of the carribean ones have starbucks and burger king at them.  You also only get to do one teeny tour of “local” life.  which is in no way local, and is a very scrubbed version.

    Resorts you can stay there (in your bubble) or go off resort and actually see stuff.  Many times you can rent motor bikes and cruise around the island at your leisure.  There are also tours to do the canned experiences like zip lining, snorkeling and catamaran trips etc.

    The food at a good resort is comparable to cruises, and you have many options as well.  Drinks are included even if you aren’t a booze drinker, you will have to pay for soda (and sometimes juice) on a cruise.

    You will also have a much better room at a resort, and will be on your own schedule.

    Post # 10
    342 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We’ve been on several cruises, but never an all inclusive, so we chose that for our honeymoon. We’d be able to relax and not feel the need to be doing or seeing something at all times. I do love crusing, but looking forward to not having to think too much on our honeymoon and just relax.

    Post # 11
    126 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    We are going on a cruise for our honeymoon.for us a cruise is like a different vacation everyday.  I usually research what each island offers for  excursions , decide what I really want to see and then we go by  ourselves. We go see what interests us then spend the afternoon on the beach. You don’t usually have to be back on ship tun til about 4 or 5. For us it is the only way to vacation.

    Post # 12
    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m having this debate myself, but the reason I love cruises so much is the boats are an adventure within themselves. I love the idea of sitting at top deck and gazing out at the water. Nothing but water everywhere you look. And it’s so romantic at night. You can see shooting stars almost like fireworks.  (I exaggerate, but you might see three in one night. we did.)

    All inclusives are awesome, too, but I’m not for the hustle of getting around in cabs the whole time. And I don’t want to get stuck in the wrong part of town on accident. Can you tell I’m a bit paranoid. But when I cruise, I don’t cruise for the ports. I cruise for the boat, which is a resort on water. 

    Post # 13
    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We went on a 7-night cruise when we first got engaged and an all-inclusive for our honeymoon. We both definitely preferred the all-inclusive resort. The cruise was just so busy, constantly people around, messages over the intercom, and we felt rushed. It was very hard to find loungers at the pool and sometimes even tables to eat at. By day 5, we were more than ready to be back home. Like others have stated, all-inclusive resorts are more private and relaxing. We were able to do excursions, but on our own day/time when we wanted. Despite being at a large resort with many people, we felt like we were in our own world. 

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