Post # 1
So Fiance and I were talking the other day about cruises and how they can be more of a vacation for the dollar. But both of us have never been on a cruise so have no idea where to start looking. We don’t even know where we want to go!!! All we know is we want to leave on a ship next June and not spend over 2,000 for it (including airfare).
What cruise & cruise line would you suggest????
Post # 3
Well, my suggestions would be to look around at places you might want to go, but don’t book it until 2-3 months ahead of time because that is when you get some fantastic deals!
Alaska cruises are fun and fairly inexpensive. Depending on airfare they are a pretty good deal. The Mexican/Riveria cruises are great and leave from California usually, so again great deals and cheap airfare.
If you don’t plan on spending money on excursions, you can still leave the boat and go explore the port towns. If you do plan on doing excursions, they are around $30-$200 per person depending on what you want to do. If you want to stay on the boat the whole time it would probably be better to upgrade to a stateroom with an unobstructed view so that you don’t feel so closed in since the interior room can be pretty small.
The cost usually includes food, but not drinks. You will need to save some money for drink cards. I hope that helps!
Post # 4
If you want to keep it under $2000 your best bets are going to be a cruise that leaves from Miami or Ft Lauderdale. I would really recommend that you look at Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, or the new NCL Epic. A Carnival cruise, while cheap, will be overrun with kids in June.
I’ve sailed on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas 4 times. It’s a great little 4 night cruise, with fun ports, and a great price.
Post # 5
I really love Disney Cruise line!
They have a 4-night cruise on their new ship Disney Wonder next June for right under $2,000
Post # 6
I have only been on one cruise but my parents and FMI have been on several — we went on the MSC lines and I must say it was fabulous!! The ship was the Poesia — very elegant and european. Not a lot of children running around unless you go the weeks that school is out and even then its not like the super kid orented cruises. The food was excent — the shows were nice but not over the top. The two deck parties were really great!! We had an outside room with a balcony for 10 glorius days — would go back in a minute.
Post # 7
My suggestion is to NOT wait to book! Airfare tends to go up the closer you get to June since everyone is traveling! We ended up picking a different cruise because of this – and are taking a train into NYC because it was only $250 as compared to $1200 for the both of us to fly!
Another suggestion is to go through a travel agent! You don’t have to pay a travel agent to find you a good deal! 🙂 We had a family friend find our cruise for us, and sometimes they get notices of deals before they’re released to the public. We went with Princess.
Post # 8
I unfortunately can’t suggest the way to about getting a cruise, I just want to give some feedback on the experience itself, as I was surprised.
We went on one because we got it for attending a time share presentation. It was fun, definitely (Royal Caribbian, Majesty of the Seas I think to the Bahamas, short and fun). Though one thing I was definitely struck with during and after is the lack of relaxation and lack of privacy. I guess the nature of being on a cruise is that you’re always around people, during meals, during activities, etc. So, unless you’re in a room by yourself, there are going to be others there. Also, because it was a high energy, let’s all have fun (this could be due to the nature of the cruise), it wasn’t necessarily relaxing.
Saying all those things, we still had a great time. I just felt that personally, that’s not the atmosphere I’d want on a honeymoon. but that’s me, and you may have different feelings. I have a friend who went on a week cruise to Mexico for her honeymoon and had a wonderful time. So, it all depends on what you want and what you’re hoping to do on the honeymoon. 🙂
Post # 9
We didn’t do airfare, but we went on a Royal Carribean Cruise that left outside of Miami (it was the Navigator of the Seas Ship) & it was for 4 nights, and went to Cozumel! I think the total cost of the whole cruise was $1200. That’s NOT including how much we spent on the ship, though. With drinking every night…we spend about $600. That’s definitely under $2000 and I think you’d LOVE a Royal Carribean Cruise! Me & my hunny had never been on one either & took a plunge. Royal Carribean is AWESOME.
Happy Cruise Shopping! I would definitely book it as fast as you can, they fill up fast and prices tend to increase.
Post # 10
I agree that you should book as soon as flight prices and info is available for when you want to go, otherwise the prices start to go up. We are doing a Tahiti cruise for our honeymoon in October, and the prices are already over $1000 more than when we booked in January!!
For good prices, check out http://www.bestpricecruises.com or http://www.vacationstogo.com. Fiance and I did TONNES of research, trying to find a cheaper rate for an already expensive enough trip, and we found these sites to be a LOT cheaper!! We booked with best price, and Future Sister-In-Law booked with vacationstogo…. good luck!!! (ps the cheapest area to go out of is definitely Florida!!!) we have gone from LA, New York, San Juan and Alaskan cruise… and they were all really expensive to GET to the actual cruise… so although the cruise itself was cheap, the airfare was ridiculous compared to Florida!) 🙂 good luck!!!
Post # 11
p.s. we have travelled almost exclusively with Princess cruises, as we find that
a) they limit children- Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE kids, but I am a child protection worker by career, and have a really hard time seeing parnets not taking care of their cihldren on vacation, or being rude or abusive to their kids… ruins my trip!!
b) they are all about RELAXING- so it’s not high energy, go go attitude, there are always activities and things to do, but only if you want to!!
I have taken 7 cruises to date, so if you want any input or feedback feel free to PM me… I LOVE cruising!!
Post # 12
I have been on 7, and my 8th will be our honeymoon.
here are some resources you can use
cruisecritic. com – Especially the boards, people leave awesome reviews and photos on all destinations and ships.
vacationstogo. com – good place for pricing out deals and searching for specific criteria among all lines
If you have any specific questions, feel free to pm me. I know a lot of resources to saving money while cruising, and little tricks and tips. We’re going on an 8 day and a 3 day back to back with airfare for under 3000.00.