Post # 1
Please help me. I’ve never been on a holiday like this before. The honeymoon is in October.
We have talked it about it a bit and decided we’d like to stay on a tropical island for about a week and go on a cruise for a week.
I’d like to go the Caribbean. Is the Caribbean nice in October?
I’ve no idea which tropical island would be nice. Island or resort reccomendations please?
We are non drinkers and tend to prefer family friendly rather than typical young adult activities.
Post # 3
May I suggest Royal Carribean’s Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda then? It was cooler on the ship at times, but Bermuda was hot! It was in the 80s, but the sun is strong. DH and I noticed that it’s a much older crowd in October (we went for our honeymoon!) and more relaxing. You’ll have your occasional families here and there, but it wasn’t overwhelming. DH and I aren’t big drinkers either so it was nice to just have a drink or two relaxing by the pool. There are a ton of activities on the ship to enjoy that doesn’t only revolve around a “young lifestyle.” PM me if you have any sort of questions! I’ll be glad to answer!
Post # 4
I love cruises!
Will you be going late or early October? Royal Caribbean is a nice cruise line, look for newer ships for most amenities.
(Wikipedia has a list of their ships)
Post # 5
I just did Royal Caribbean’s Western Caribbean’s cruise (San Juan, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Antigua…) starting November 9th and had a great time! The weather was nice, it was warm, and it was wonderful!
I do want to point out that October is still Hurricane season, so let that factor in your plans.
Post # 6
We cruised in late October 2011 to the Bahamas. Weather was good, but we did miss one port because of rough seas. While we enjoyed the cruise, we discovered it is not our favorite mode of travel and much preferred the air-land vacation we took the Bahamas previously.
Post # 7
@Rouquin that sounds nice. But it looks to me as though the on shore excusions are quite expensive. Was that the case? We should be alright with the heat. It’s averaging 95 in Canberra this week and it’s not actually even summer yet.
@Sparkle Bee Our extended wedding finishes on the 8th October and we’ll leave Australia soon after that.
@BeachBride2014 I’ve no experience with hurricanes or hurricane seasons; how do I factor hurricane season into my plans?
@ohemmag I doubt I’ll be a sea lover either, but it is something he has always wanted to do. That is why we decided to make it only half of our honeymoon.
Post # 8
@SweetCherryPie: We didn’t dabble in any shore excursions, but I admit they are a bit pricey. DH and I purchased a three day pass for both the ferry and bus for $28 each. We went to Horseshoe Bay Beach and to Hamilton (city) to shop. It was quite relaxing and fun.
I will also note that Bermuda isn’t in the Carribean, but it’s such a beautiful little island that is nice and quiet. =)
As for hurricane season, it’s from June – November; it started early May this year or last.. I can’t remember. It’s a risk you take during that time. The Captain will take any precautionary measures to hopefully miss the hurricane or will take you to another destination. I know that there was a hurricane near Bermuda a week or so before ours and the cruise ship took passengers to Bahamas instead!
DH and I were in the ocean when Hurricane Rafael was 150 miles from us. It skirted along Bermuda the day before we docked. The seas were really rough, but it didn’t dampen anything. The captain slowed down the ship during the day so we were able to enjoy ourselves. They would speed up at night while most were sleeping. We, however, lucked out unlike many people have in the past and during Hurricane Sandy’s wrath.
Post # 9
@SweetCherryPie: I just saw this post. If you didn’t book yet, you can do a southern Caribbean cruise. That’s a bit out of the hurricane belt. royal caribbean’s jewel of the seas is doing a nice itinary that month.
Post # 10
I am going to echo what others have said – October is not the best time to go to the Caribbean. It is technically hurricane season so it’s a risk. It may be great weather, or there may be storms and rough seas. You may even miss out on certain destinations if they are hit with bad weather.
If you’re in Australia, why don’t you do a Tahitian cruise instead of a Caribbean cruise?