(Closed) Cruise or All Inclusive Resort

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yea I think it might be tough to get your money’s worth at an all inclusive resort if you don’t drink. 

What type of honeymoon are you hoping to have?  Do you want to lay around and relax or do you want to have tons of fun stuff to do every day?  Cruises can still be great if you just want to relax because even on the port days you can stay on the ship and lay around or go to the spa (best deals are on port days).  However if you really are looking for tons of activities then you should maybe think about an all inclusive. 

Best wishes!

Post # 4
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

My brother went to an all inclusive and they don’t drink. I don’t know much about all inclusives, but he said he had an amazing time and they loved it.

I have also been on cruises before, but my hubby hasn’t and I let him pick the honeymoon and he really wanted to go on a cruise. I was fine with it, it’s a different experience when you’re going on your honeymoon. When we got to the ports, we just went to the beach at every place we went to b/c we wanted to just relax the whole time. We had a great time!

Post # 5
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Honestly if you dont drink there isnt much to do at an all inclusive!! We went to Couples in Jamaica and yes, they do have other activities for you like watersports, shopping in town, climbing Dunns River Falls (included) but the majority of the time people were just drinking and swimming in the pool. I imagine it might get somewhat boring!

There is SO much to do on a cruise and there are so many cruise options out there..Im sure you guys could find one that has ports that you havent yet been to! And you could always go to the same port youve been to before but just do something different there.

Post # 6
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I think an all inclusive might be better for the honeymoon purpose. I’ve been to both before and it just seems like you don’t get much privacy on a cruise. I also feel like there’s a lot to plan and do for shore excursions, and personally if I was on my honeymoon, I would rather bum on a beach, eat delicious food, and spend time with my new husband. Obviously these are just my opinions and I have no idea how the prices compare, but I would say to do a little more research and see what you can come up with. Have fun!

Post # 7
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you dont drink all inclusives dont pay… but if youve already been on a cruise Id say save that for your next vacation… go some place neither of you have been… Its super cheap to get to bahamas and mexico, where Jamaica and Aruba (I believe) are more expensive to travel to.. Unless you have your heart set on an island… dont exclude amazing places like Niagara falls, or other places in Canada or europe…

Post # 8
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We are taking a cruise to Bermuda for our honeymoon. If your looking to stay under $3,000 then I would say a cruise is the way to go. You get all of the same things included in your cruise fare as you would an all inclusive resort except for soda and alcohol. If you dont drink then it wouldn’t be a problem. Our entire honeymoon is going to cost $3000 and that is including our cruise fare, limo from our home to the port and back (abut 4 hours away) and spending money while we’re there. My Future Brother-In-Law & Future Sister-In-Law went to an all inclusive resort in Jamaica and spent more than $4000.

Post # 9
3587 posts
Sugar bee


>If your looking to stay under $3,000 then I would say a cruise is the way to go.

I’ve been on both (cruises more) and an all inclusive is not cheap unless it’s to Mexico apparently. (Once to Mexico is enough for me and that was on a cruise.)

Post # 10
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would say all-inclusive.  Do you guys eat?  We hardly drink and spent our honeymoon lounging in the pool or on the beach.  We were completely relaxed and wouldn’t have changed a thing.  We didn’t do much but we weren’t bored.

Post # 11
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We did a cruise for our honeymoon and loved it.  If you do, see if you can splurge for a balcony.  We didn’t have one on our honeymoon but had an opportunity to go on a cruise later in the year with the balcony.  We really enjoyed having that private space.  We ordered room service breakfast every morning and drank cofee on the balcony as we woke up.  It was nice to have a more quiet breakfast just the two of us.  We enjoyed sitting on the balcony at the end of the night.  And, there is nothing like sleeping with the balcony open and hearing the waves crash against the ship.

Post # 12
660 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We have been on many cruises together and still decided  to do another 7 day cruise. We just picked the cruise line’s newest ship and are going to different ports we haven’t been to and we’re most excited about having a Balcony cabin. SO- I recommend the cruise! Esp. to stay under $3K. We looked @ pricing for a Sandals resort, 5 day, and it would be around $7K or so. PLUS flights.

Post # 13
690 posts
Busy bee

I say all-inclusive if you love to be AT the beach.  Yeah its great to be on a cruise ship, but I always feel so much more removed from the sand/water.  While I drink a little (wine with dinner, and maybe an after dinner drink while on vacay), I’ve always thought all-inclusives are great value.  I just like relaxing on the beach all day

Post # 14
4546 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We just came back from an all-inclusive and it was AMAZING! I’ve never been on a cruise so I can;’t compare. I wouldn’t make the decision solely on not drinking. There are plenty of yummy virgin drinks you can get and all you can eat food is pretty amazing. It was SO refreshing not to have to worry about paying for anything and to just focus on having a great time.

Post # 15
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I have never been on a cruise but I went to an all inclusive last year and LOVED it. My Fiance doesn’t drink at all and I barely do (I would say I had maybe 1-2 drinks/day MAX… in my normal life I have maybe 1-2/mo). I still felt like it was worth it because it was really nice to be able to eat whatever whenever and not worry about it. Room service at 2am? don’t like your entree and order another?  I really liked not having to worry about how much our food was adding up because I always feel like vacation food is so pricey

Post # 16
2889 posts
Sugar bee

For the record, most all inclusives have an extensive menu of non-alcoholic cocktails so you can still induldge in the drinks without drinking and depending on where you stay, you’ll save money by not having to eat out. Some all inclusives also include water sports like diving, sailing and water skiing or golf (on land) so if you like that sort of stuff you will get your money’s worth. We met a couple that went diving every day and were excited to not have to rent equipment or pay for the dives. I like all inclusiv es better because you are not rushed to see a bit of a place and get back on the ship, I just find it to be a more relaxing vacation and that is what we wanted for our honeymoon.

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