(Closed) Cruise vs. All inclusive resort

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: What's better for a honeymoon?

    Cruise

    All inclusive resort

  • Post # 18
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    My recent experience on a cruise:

    My Fiance and I did a 7 day cruise on Carnival 2 years ago. It wasn’t what I was expecting to say the least. Ever since I was young, I’ve traveled to all sorts of places and really soaked up the place that I was visiting. However, on a cruise, you only get 7 hours (if that) to enjoy the islands (or places) that you stop at. It’s a hassle. I scheduled 2 activities to do per island, and sometimes we didn’t even have enough time to do both!! How sad…it took forever just to get breakfast and go on the island because of the long lines, and to get off the ship took a while, too. Time was very limited!!  I feel like I didn’t have enough time on each island, which was depressing.  

    Money, Food, Service:

    We brought on well over $1,000 on the ship and ended up spending much of it just on room service to have breakfast delivered to the room and drinks. The people who give you room service seemed upset if I gave them $5-10 tip which I was surprised about because sometimes we just ordered some fruit and eggs. The drinks were by far the most expensive! The free coffee was watered down so much so that 3+ cups would not even wake me up ;P However, they had an expresso shop with was very nice! I was 19 years old, which is too young to drink on the carnival, but they still served me w/o ID which was awesome!! But, I paid the price for that… The drinks are very expensive… The dining room was AMAZING though! Being a vegetarian there wasn’t too much of a selection but I was overly happy with what they did have!! The buffet is all you can eat. Literally. And you should see the people on the ship…they are really eating like a starved child, which I don’t like b/c there is so many starving kids in the world. #wasted food

    Fun:  There are lots to do on the ship as well. Comedy shows, singing, dancing, kid fun, water slides, pool, gym, etc. It’s like a fun hotel, except on the water. But, during one of the comedy shows, there was 2 fights…which I thought was ironic! It was like a bunch of monkeys.. not cool. I’m all about peace, and I dislike fighting very much so that was a let down. Each night they had at least 2 big shows which was awesome.

    Room: It’s a very tight fit but you get a couch and a sitting area. The beds aren’t really comfe either. The bathroom is small too. We had a balcony view, and it still wasn’t what I was expecting for the price I paid. I highly recommend getting at least a window view or better. I heard many people complaining about the small studio rooms.

    Would I recommend a hotel or a cruise? I would HIGHLY recommend an all inclusive hotel for sure!! My cruise experience compared to a vacation to somewhere doesn’t match. You actually get to soak up the place that you are visiting and not worry about the time. You can do what you want without worrying if you’ll get back to the cruise ship before it leaves w/o you. You can really relax, and have a ~vacation~. On a cruise, it”s “go, go, go”.

    Plus, I just found this out that when cruise ships are going on the ocean, they are drowning little baby sea turtles that rest in the seaweed at the top of the water…ouch! Not cool…

     

     

    Post # 19
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

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    @futuremrspaulino:  We aren’t drinkers, too. Btw, I forgot to mention that we needed sea sickness tablets twice b/c it was really rocky. Sometimes when I’d use the public restroom, there would be people getting sick in them…ekkkk… it was gross. lol

    Post # 20
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Without reading responses (b/c I would totally jump on board with others’ thoughts), I’d say cruise. Initially Fiance and I planned to do a cruise for his spring break (he’s a teacher) until we realized he doesn’t have a spring break in 2013 (just 3 total days off; Friday-Tuesday that are also “snow make up days”).  He can’t get off work.  However, we’re going to plan an all-inclusive over break. 🙂 In the end I think either will be awesome as long as you both agree! 🙂  

    Post # 21
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We are doing 2 cruises for our honeymoon in the carribbean….it was the only thing that Fiance wanted to do.  We are on Royal Carribbean as well and have been before.  It was a lot of fun.  Plus on a cruise, you don’t have to get off at every port and I found that with the Carribbean that their shore excursions are only half a day, so you can spend the other half relaxing on the boat or wandering around the port city.  I know I would get bored at an all inclusive, especially for 2 weeks.

    Post # 22
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Royal is really nice and that sounds like a nice trip. We picked a crusise for ours on Princess it’s 12 days in the brittish isles.

    Post # 23
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    Blushing bee

    I think it depends on what type of people you are. Because personally, I would not get bored at an all-inclusive resort for 2 weeks. Infact, when I go away, I feel like 2 weeks is the minimum time to spend because if not I feel like I was too busy and did not get to relax enough! But if you’re the type of person/couple that enjoys the constant hustle and bustle of activities I’d say go with the cruise.

    Post # 24
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center

    I think cruises are the most relaxing! What’s better than laying on a deck, reading a good book, drinking something yummy  all while watching the ocean around you? My Fiance and I went 2 years ago on summer break and we’re going on a cruise for our honeymoon because it was so awesome =) We saw lots of different place and we even just stayed on board the ship at one port of call and enjoyed eachothers company!

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    You sound exactly like us! I’ve been on a cruise before [loved it], and Fiance hasn’t. We’re debating bewteen all inclusive or cruise also. I really think we’re leaning more toward all inclusive because we want to just sit and relax. It’ll be my first vacation since my daughter was born [she’ll be 4.5 at the time], so I’m really looking forward to sitting around, doing nothing, on the beach. If you feel like you’d get bored doing that, go for the cruise because you can do shore excursions, plus lots of things on the ship. Personally, I like having food and drinks included in a fancy beach stay versus being rushed around to look at things. I had a blast on my cruise, but it’s more of a fun vacation than a honeymoon.

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