(Closed) Cruising for our honeymoon?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@JBtimestwo:  A Hawaiian cruise sounds wonderful!  Are you looking at the one that leaves from LA (I forget the cruise line) or NCL’s where you fly to Honolulu?  I know cruising isn’t for everyone, but I love it!  My fiance and I are getting married on a short cruise, then taking a 9-night honeymoon cruise.

Have either of you cruised before?  Some folks say that cruises don’t afford as much privacy as land resorts, but we’ve been able to find quiet spaces everywhere.  We had considered some other options for our honeymoon (Couples in Jamaica, a European trip, even Vegas), but a cruise gives us so much more for our money, we get to see new places each and every day, all of our meals and entertaintment is included, and we can do as much or as little as we want.

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We will be taking an Eastern Caribbean cruise on Princess for our honeymoon. A hawaiian cruise sounds lovely, too!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

We cruised for our honeymoon! We took a Carnival cruise to Key West, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman. It was fabulous, especially Grand Cayman (we would just go there next time and stay). Talking to other people on the ship they all seemed to agree that for honeymooners taking a Royal Carribean cruise line would have been better than a Carnival, and we figured that out later on because Carnival, of course, is a fun ship which means lots of kids and chaos around. Different ships accomodate different interests.

I would recommend a cruise any day. It is wonderful to get away and I don’t think many people have opportunties to go on cruises. At least we don’t or won’t, so it was perfect for us.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

We’re planning to go on a cruise for our honeymoon. I think it’s a great idea! You can spend as much or as little money as you want, so it’s very budget friendly. If you’ve never been on a cruise before, I’d suggest a shorter cruise for the honeymoon and a longer one for an anniversary. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

we’re going on a cruise for our honeymoon (10 day western carribean) we leave out of Baltimore so we’re driving down on a Friday and leaving on a Saturday. We delayed our honeymoon a couple months to go in the middle of winter and I’m really excited!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

oh and I think it’s very budget friendly which is one of the reasons why we’re doing it! Our 10 day cruise for the two of us is $1,800 through Royal Carribean!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Cruises can be great, as long as you enjoy a certain style of vacation.  I have been on two cruises (one to Alaska and one to the Caribbean:  Cozumel; Costa Maya; Belize City, Belize; Roatan, Honduras) and have decided that I don’t really like them that well.

It’s true that cruise fare can be very inexpensive, and meals and lodging are included, which is great, but there are a few things to think about:

1.  You said it’s a cruise TO Hawaii?  Or is it an inter-island Hawaaiian cruise?  If you’re crusing from CA to Hawaii you’ll probably have 3 days at sea.   Days at sea are SO BORING.

2.  Branching off of that, are you and Fiance the sit around and chill kind of vacationers, or get out and do things vacationers?  I find that being stuck on a ship except for 5-16 hour stints at port was a little much for me:  I am not really a sit-around kinda gal.  Something to consider!

3.  There are incidentals to think about on cruises that branch far beyond the fare.  I’ve only cruised on inside and oceanview cabins, but I’ve heard if you splurge for a balcony or suite some things are included.

 a. Alcohol is outrageously expensive.  Think 6 pack for $30+ or a mixed drink for $8-$10.  These are the prices on Princess and Norwegian, but I hear the nicer cruise lines (AKA Celebrity) actually have lower prices for drinks.  Also, if you’re a soda drinker, that’s not included.  You can usually buy a pass for the whole cruise or buy per glass.

 b. Specialty restaurants.  You’ll probably want to eat at at least a couple on your honeymoon; they’re usually at least a $25/ea upcharge per meal.

 c. Excursions can also be pricey…I’d say they usually start at about $50/ea and go up from there.  Best to do your research on them beforehand, though, and book through private companies instead of on the ship where they ask for about twice the money for the same excursion.  Alternately, you can always get into port and see where the wind takes you.

 d. Gratuities.  One of the best parts of cruising is being waited on, and you’ll be asked to reward the staff with another $15 or so for each for the two of you per day.

You can find lots more information here:  http://www.cruisecritic.com

Good luck figuring it out!  You should definitely give cruising a try sometime, but if it were me and we were definitely set on going to Hawaii, I’d be staying at a lush resort for my honeymoon!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@JBtimestwo:  were cruising for our honeymoon ; ) were going to 4 islands Miami, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; Miami, Florida we love cruises we went on our first together for our one year anniversary/ my birthday caz i was not happy turning 39 hahaha and we fell in love with cruises. its the most bang fro your buck. we were checking out some all inclusives resorts but they were kinda pricey for us so were thrilled were going to be cruising. have you guys been on a cruise?

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We cruised the Mediterranean on our honeymoon and I wouldn’t do it (cruise) again.  We decided to do the cruise as a compromise. I really wanted to honeymoon in Greece and I’m an experienced traveller.  DH has never travelled internationally and was worried about how to travel between towns, find our hotels, etc.  We found the cruise to be pretty limiting in that we couldn’t independently get to towns a little further from the port in the time allowed and the cruise tours were pricey.  When we did take the cruise tours, we felt like we were stuck in a big herd and pushed through historical sites.  Now that Darling Husband has seen that traveling independently wouldn’t have been terribly difficult, we’ll plan our next trip either at an all inclusive (for a beach vacation) or independently.  Also, most of the other people on our cruise were our grandparents’ age!

ETA: we also felt nickeled and dimed.  We paid $8 per cocktail and $10-20 each for the shuttle to get off the boat in each port.

Post # 16
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Honey bee

@JBtimestwo:  I think it depends on where/when and what you will be doing. A hawaiian cruise could be really fun, just be prepared to not spend a ton of time in one specific spot.

We are doing a 7 day southern carribean cruise (Carnival Valor) that departs from Puerto Rico and we are spending 3 days in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We will have 5 ports to stop at and want to experience a cruise since it is a great price, includes food and enterntainment.

Not everyone is a cruise person, but you never really know until you try it!

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