- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2016 - Homestead Golf and Country Club
For the price it isn’t bad, I just wouldn’t go on it again.
We sailed previously on Holland America and are taking a HAL cruise for our honeymoon. I had heard before going that it was am older crowd so I was surprised to find that it was a pretty average seeming mix of people. Yes, there were some senior citizens on board, probably more than you’ll find on a carnival cruise because they cost a but more and don’t cater towards the “spring break/frat age group”, but there were equally as many 30 & 40 year old couples and even some families with children. We had a great time and can’t wait to go again.
We had part of our honeymoon on Carnival cruise, it was too much “party” for us. We seemed out of place for our romantic honeymoon. Carnival was awesome for girls trips/group trips but I wish we chose something better. Luckily, Bahamas was gorgeous and this cruise was just a part of our awesome honeymoon:)
I have been on 11 cruises on 6 different lines (RC, Princess, Celebrity, Disney, Holland and Norwegian), and here’s what I’d say:
– Choosing a pricier line like Princess, Celebrity, or Royal Caribbean will ensure fewer kids, fewer disturbances and more relaxing day at sea experiences (although the big RC ships are hugely marketed towards families, so maybe avoid those if you’re looking for more adults)
– If you want to go to Jamaica, make sure your cruise takes you to Ocho Rios rather than Falmouth–the likelihood of finding a good rum distillery tour is better
– Another option is to find a cruise leaving from San Juan. The airfare will cost more, but the cruise will take you to smaller, more “boutique” ports that will give you a less touristy experience, and San Juan also has some great rum tours
– When are you planning on cruising? Think about spring breaks, fall breaks, etc. If you’re going in the winter, the further south your cruise starts the better your chance of decent weather
– Try to find a cruise deal that includes gratuities, as this can be a pretty big unexpected expense
– A “middle” sized ship will take you to the more unique ports. I’ve been on both the Allure and the Oasis (at the time the biggest ships in the world), and the problem with them is that they are very limited in the ports they can visit because of the availability of docks
– If either of you get seasick, however, a bigger ship will alleviate some of that
Hope that helps!
I highly recommend Celebrity Cruises. Royal Caribbean is nice too, as both lines are owned by the same parent company, I think. The food on the Celebrity cruise ships is fantastic. The whole experience is just really relaxing. If you want more activities to do on board the ship, the RCC is probably your best bet, especially with their newer ships, like the Quantum series and the Oasis series.
Our honeymoon is going to be a Rhine river cruise. The idea of slowly cruising down the river and getting to see all the scenery past by is soooo romantic! Everything is pretty much included in ours, even the tours at each port, which I think is a pretty good deal. River cruises are also good if you’re prone to sea sickness! 🙂 There are lots of river cruise lines. Ours is with Viking.
I’ve done Disney, Royal Caribbean and Princess.
RC – has LOTS of great activities and things to do on the boat, they really invest in on board entertainment. They give ample time on islands, anywhere from 6-10hours on the island depnding on the iterinerary
Princes – Doesn’t have as much investment toward their onboard entertainment as RC, but still lots of things to do on the boat. Their food service and options I found were alot more options and availability. They also have longer times ont he islands I found they gave 8-12hours on the islands. Which was shocking at first, but very cool.
My best mate just went on a Norwegian cruise in Nov 15, and he loved it, all he had was nice things to say about his 7 night cruise.
The bigger the boat, the less you will feel the rocking/sea sickness. Also the higher level your state room, the less you will feel the waves when traveling.
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