Post # 1
We started researching options for the honeymoon! We have it narrowed down to either a cruise or all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean. We haven’t been on either type of vacation so I think either option would feel special. We’re really 50/50 with both options. Anyone who’s been on a cruise, to a resort or even both? We’re thinking of ~10 days for either option. Are cruises busy and crowded? Is there enough to do at a resort for 10 days? Thanks everyone!
Post # 2
If you’re wanting to stay 10 days I’d probably do a cruise. We stayed at an all inclusive for 6 nights, and while we loved how relaxing it was, after the 4th night or so we did start to get a little antsy. I wouldn’t stay at one resort that long unless you plan on venturing out on some excursions every couple of days.
ETA: Another option since even a 10 day cruise might be too long for first time cruisers would be to stay a couple of nights in the city you plan to cruise out of and then take a 5-7 night cruise.
Post # 3
Resort and plan some excursions (snorkling, ziplining, sunset catamaran, etc.)! I always end up feeling trapped on a cruise, never get a good chair at the pool, and they feel so crowded. Also unless you pay $$ and upgrade to a suite on a cruise, a resort room is going to 1000x better then the room on the cruise.
Post # 5
for me a cruise is too restrictive on time when in ports. Also most of the excursions on a cruise you’re limited to those close to the port town. We’ll be going to St Lucia which is a popular cruise destination but the things we want to see on the island add up to about 5 days out of the resort with 8 days in resort or exploring the local area (pottering down the beach). So for me, resort with excursions to actually visit the area. But a massive pet peeve of mine is when people travel to a new country and just stay in the resort and don’t actually experience anything from that country.
Post # 6
I love cruising, but it depends on which cruise line. Princess cruise in Alaska was terrific but carnival in Caribbean not so much.
If your set on the Caribbean, I’d do all inclusive. If you’re worried about boredom, split time at an Airbnb or other resort.
We are doing one week at an Airbnb then one week in a all inclusive resort. The Airbnb is right on the beach and will give us the opportunity to see more local culture. The all inclusive will give us more scheduled activities/entertainment and pool etc.
Post # 7
I think it depends on what islands you’re going to and what activities you plan to do. I have been cruising since I was twelve and have been on Princess, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. I would say that I have never felt a cruise being crowded – literally, the only time was during the muster drill, embarking and disembarking. To me, cruises are foating resorts that allow you the ease of visiting multiple places. If you want more info regarding the different cruise lines- feel free to dm me.
I’ve been to the Caribbean several times both via cruise and flying. Although the cruise does give you limited time in port aprox 8 or so hours – some islands you don’t really need more than that seriously. I would recommend making a list of must-do activities you want to do on your honeymoon and see if you can get that experience staying on the resort or if you can still do those activities while cruising.
Post # 8
We had booked a Caribbean cruise for our honeymoon, but due to a hurricane, we had to ditch that at the last minute and we did 10 days at an all inclusive resort in Mexico. We ended up having a great time and did a few excursions. I highly suggest Secrets resorts as they are catered to honeymooners/couples. And if you’ve never been, Los Cabos is beautiful!!
Post # 9
Having done both, for me its the resort with excursions all the way. I was not a fan of a cruise. It was super crowded, the rooms were tiny and you were packed in like sardines. Plus you get like no time on the actual islands/destinations to really do anything or take in the culture. I did love the all inclusive I stayed at, but we did a ton of cool excursions – snorkeling, swimming with the whale sharks, taking out little boats, etc. It was by far the better experience. That would be my vote, but I also agree with PP that if you are going for 10 days, share some of the time with an Airbnb or just make sure you get off the resort for at least a couple of nights/meals.
Post # 10
We go to resorts and much prefer them over cruises. One of the resorts we go to gives us a view of a cruise ship terminal down the shore, and I always feel sorry for the cruise ship people. The terminals are always so crowded, and hot and sweaty while people dodge each other to make their way into town. Then the town is flooded with multiple cruise ships full of people at once. All most of them do is stay around the town to shop for t-shirts and eat and drink at the same places they could go to in the States. Some do excursions, of course, but they are just getting a taste of the island and are missing out on the best of it.
Post # 11
I’m not a fan of either but if I had to pick one I would pick resort. I took a cruise and granted it was one of the cheap carnival ones but I did not like being trapped on a ship. We checked out everything we wanted to check out in first 2 days and then I was bored but granted I’m not the sit by the pool and relax type of person infact I have never just sat by the pool really.
Resort was ok. I liked the all you can drink alcohol but honestly we don’t drink enough to justify the cost, and although some people thought the food was amazing personally I thought it was ok.
We like to air bnb/hostel/cheap hotel room/ camp and then drive around to different destinations we want to see.
Although I have not traveled a lot the best place I stayed at was a small hostel in downtown San Juan PR and the room was clean with the private bathroom also clean. It was like 15$ a night and we were able to spend the money we would have spent on a nice hotel room actually walking around and eating food and experiencing the country we were in.
Post # 12
Resort Xs 10000! Cruises = cheesy entertainment, low quality food, just a few hours at the destinations, too many people, schedules to stick to, lines to stand in, teeny tiny rooms (most with no windows), and super expensive drinks.
Resorts are way more relaxing and luxurious, and you get to do what you want, when you want.
Post # 13
Commenting again, because I just realized this is your honeymoon… yeah, do the resort, you want a private place to go and be able to retire to a nice room during the afternoon or whatever. You defintely don’t want to have to go back to the teeny, tiny room of a cruise and try to get it on!
Post # 14
I’ve never been on a cruise, but several people I know are cruise crazy. They do note their downsides (some of which were mentioned here), so it depends on the type of vacation youre looking for.
For me, the small rooms, rushed boarding/unboarding, thousands of other people and strict limits are a huge turn off. You cant bring your own liquor, you have such short time periods in the various ports (and if you miss it, youre fucked), expensive F&B unless you do a package. The downside of a resort for 10 days is getting bored. I know I tend to get tired of resort restaurants after like 4 days, so 10 would be too long at 1 resort for me. But that would be pretty much the same on a crusie anyways.
Post # 15
Thanks so much to everyone! After we read through everyone’s comments, my fiance and I are thinking of splitting the time between a cruise and a resort since 10 days on either might be too much. We’re looking at a 5 day cruise with Royal Caribbean or Celebrity and 5 days at a resort in Aruba.
Does anyone have experience with Royal Caribbean or Celebrity? How about Aruba?