Post # 1
My fiance and I are getting married in November and was planning to take our honeymoon in January. We recently found out that my cousin is doing a destination wedding in the Dominican from January 19-26. I am part of her wedding, so we are definitely going.
We still want to have our honeymoon and we don’t want to have their wedding to be the first place we go to as husband and wife. So we were thinking of going a week before-somewhere in the caribbean because it’ll be close by and we can meet everyone after our vacation.
I’ve been on a cruise before and it was so much fun, so many things to do (I went with a goup of people) but my fiance hasn’t been on one and hasn’t travelled outside of Canada/US. Now, he’s really into doing a cruise because we will get to see so many places but I feel like we won’t get to relax and enjoy each others company. I want to wake up when I please and not feel guilty for missing out on anything.
His concern is that since we are going to my cousins desination wedding, will we get bored? If we went to an all inclusive for our honeymoon- that is basically two weeks straight of staying on a resort.
Am I being biased because I’ve already been on a cruise with a group of people or is a cruise a bad idea for a honeymoon?
Oh, and we haven’t travelled much together, so we want our honeymoon to be extra special our budget is $5000.
Post # 3
I’ve done a few cruises and LOVED them, however, for a honeymoon, I would personally rather do an adults only all inclusive resort for a week. I think cruises are more action packed, on the move, kind of trips, which is awesome…but I’d rather have a relaxing honeymoon, sans children. I had an all inclusive trip booked a few years back that I wound up canceling, but it was for the Excellence in Riviera Maya…the Excellence is an awesome adults only chain, check it out 🙂
ETA:On my last cruise, one of the ports of call was St. Thomas. In a heartbeat, I’d go there and stay for a week…most gorgeous place, plus if you’re bored, you can schedule day trips to other small islands nearby
Post # 4
How about an all-inclusive adults only resort in Riviera Maya with alternating days of relaxing on the beach or poolside and day trips with excursions like touring the Mayan ruins? I doubt that would be boring.
Fiance and I are doing just that for two weeks with a budget similar to yours.
Post # 5
Check out Palace resort in Isla Mujeres, adults only and we are going back for our honeymoon after being there earlier this year, I have done 9 cruises and 5 AI and I love both but the AI for honeymoon is the way to go… Good Luck!
Post # 6
We’re cruisin’ to Bermuda for our honeymoon. We’re extremely excited about it.
Post # 7
I’ve done both all inclusive and cruises. Honestly, the amount we spent on alcohol on the cruise, the all inclusive was SO much cheaper, but we’re a bunch of drinkers in my family.
I also like relaxing, moving at my own pace, etc. I want to be able to sleep in with my husband if I want, and not having to worry about hopping off to an island by a certain time, but thats me in general. I hate time limits on vacation, or schedules.
Post # 8
What about a Norwegian cruise? I haven’t been on one but they seem to have a little more of a relaxing schedule, where you can do what you want when you want.
Post # 9
we did a cruise and it was awesome!! We chose what we wanted to do, and had plenty of time to be alone. Especially if you are going to be at a resort for a week as well, I would defintely do the cruise
Post # 10
Cruise by all means possible. You set your own schedule at all times, and the port times are always more than enough time to see everything you want to see. Don’t spend 2 weeks at an all inclusive you will get bored. Unless all you want to do is relax for 2 weeks and just sit on the beach.
I highly reccomend a cruise- you should be able to do what you want when you want. I really reccomend Carnival, their service is super and the food quality is amazing! I think cruising is one of the best honeymoon vacation options out there. Not only do you get to see new places everyday, but you also get to set your own schedule- relax, eat when you want, do what you want.
Post # 11
My Fiance and I have debated this one quite a bit. We finally decided on all-inclusive because we’d like to have a very relaxing holiday. We think a cruise is fun and exciting but not as relaxing.
Post # 12
You couldn’t pay me enough to get on a boat! I’ve heard cruises are a blast.. but even if I was given one, I wouldn’t go. I want my feet planted firmly on the ground!
Post # 13
Yeah, I’d go cruise over all-inclusive, only because for me, I tend to get bored of the beach after 2 or 3 days. Plus with the price of all inclusives being so high (Couples resorts for example), you could go to Europe!
Post # 14
CRUISE! Fiance and I debated this and decided a cruise was the better fit for us since he and I are the type of people that love the excitement and always have to be moving and doing fun things
I have heard from many couples that they have gotten bored at all inclusive resorts because all there really was for them to do was lay on the beach. Fiance is not a beach person so he wouldn’t enjoy this.
I guess it just depends on your personalities 🙂
EDIT: If you are worried about drink prices on a cruise, ALWAYS opt for a drink card or package. Unlimited alcohol and soda is often included in these packages and it saves a bundle and ends up being cheaper!
Post # 15
We chose an all-inclusive resort! We got engaged on our cruise last year and loved every minute of it! It was just too busy and we wanted something relaxing for our honeymoon. We chose Sandals in St. Lucia… and have a few things planned off the resort so we are not stuck in one place the whole time. We also found that with all the money spent on alcohol and excursions it didn’t make the cruise any cheaper.
Post # 16
Thanks for everyones opinions/advice!!
Mind you, the week after our honeymoon we will be going to an all inclusive resort so there will be time for relaxation…
Here is the schedule for the cruise:
Sat jan 12: San Juan, Puerto Rico-8:30pm
Sun jan 13: At sea
mon jan 14: Barbados- 8am-5:30pm
tues jan 15: St. Lucia- 8am-5pm
wed jan 16: Antigua-8am-5pm
Thurs jan 17: st. Maarten- 8am-5pm
fri jan 18: st.Thomas,USVI-8am-5pm
sat jan 19: San Juan, Puerto Rico
And then we would meet my family in the Dominican
What do you guys think?? I believe the cruiseline we’d be going with is Royal Caribbean