(Closed) Europe or Caribbean cruise?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Which cruise for our honeymoon?
    Western Europe (France, Italy, Greece, Spain, etc) : (29 votes)
    88 %
    Caribbean (St. Thomas, St. Maarten, etc) : (4 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    From what you’ve described I think you’re already leaning towards the Caribbean 🙂

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I did a European cruise with the ports you mentioned with RCI.  It was great but excursions were very expensive and it was very port intensive. Some days we were so dog tired we didn’t make it to dinner. If you want more relaxing and enjoying each others company I’d vote Caribbean. 

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’d put my vote in for Europe if you want to see lots of stuff and have a busier itinerary and Carribeans if you want to relax and not worry so much about sightseeing.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’d vote European. Ive been on a lot of Carribean cruises and they all seem to be the same after a while. Europe would be much more beautiful and romantic in my opinion.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @Sparkle_Bee:  I’m in Vancouver so flights to Europe are very expensive.  We flew to paris for a few days, then to barcelona to board the ship, then home from Barcelona.  All three one way flights were $1400 each but we went shoulder season. 

     

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Is cost a consideration? I would imagine going to Europe is probably going to run you twice as much as the Caribbean option. I absolutely love Europe, but I think the Caribbean would be more relaxing for a honeymoon.

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Travel Nut here…

    As the others have said it is going to come down to COST and HOW BUSY YOU WANT TO BE…

    Europe is going to be considerably more expensive !!  And more busy too.

    We are looking at doing a Europe Cruise in 2014, and that vacation is going to cost at least 2x what we just spent on our 1 week Caribbean Cruise… (and that would be comparing a 7 Day / 8 Night Cruise to the same amount of time cruisin’ in Europe… but in reality most Mediterranean Cruises are 10, 12, or 14 Days in length)

    Apples to Apples (7 Day to 7 Day) and I think you’ll find the airfare close to double compared to flying Toronto or Montreal to… Tampa, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale or Miami (you haven’t said which port you’d be sailing out of in either case)

    The airfare is at least double, the cruise itself more, hotels overseas more, and Excursions are not cheap either

    Plus you also gotta consider that currency will be an issue to.  The Caribbean functions on the US Dollar and it is about par with the Canadian Dollar these days… Europe is the Euro, and it is more, and so are the goods & services you’ll buy with it.

    We have friends that did a Mediterranian Cruise for their Honeymoon… and altho they said they did love it, they also said it was exhausting… they wanting to see as much as they could with the limited time they had in each port.  And they did a TON of walking too, a lot of it uphill (Greece) and on very uneven streets / cobblestones.  Lol, they joked they came home and almost needed another vacation to recover from this one.

    On the otherhand, Mr TTR and I did a Caribbean Cruise for our Honeymoon (Southern Caribbean) and altho we were in a different Port of Call pretty much each day, we made it work for us.  And came home relatively relaxed and well pampered.

    Something to take into consideration, as a Wedding and getting ready for it can be stressful enough.

    PS… When it comes to the Caribbean altho you might have been to various Islands before, I don’t think that means it becomes “the same old same old”… every visit can be different as you are in port such a short time.  Just choose something to do that you haven’t done before… and of course this time you’ll be with your Hubby and on your Honeymoon so the perspective will be totally different.  That is certainly what Mr TTR and I found.  Loved it in a whole other way from our previous cruise for example that we took last Winter, altho we did go to some of the same islands.

    Hope this helps,

     

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee

    @Sparkle_Bee:  european cruises can have nice ships too. Carrinbean cruises are cheap so thats something you can do for a normal vacay. make your honeymoon epic!

     

    Post # 13
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’d do a relaxing carribean cruise for honeymoon and travel Europe another time if that’s an option.  If not I’d do Europe cruise.  We had this same problem, I wanted to do Italy/Greece for honeymoon, and my husband wanted a relaxing carribean trip.  So we came to an agreement, the honeymoon he wanted, and the Europe trip I wanted the following year.

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    TO @Sparkle_Bee:  you said,

    The ship for the european cruise would be smaller and older.

    Have to agree with subtlebee: and her Reply # 11… the ships in Europe can be very nice, this being a growing market for Baby Boomers.

    Infact, as a Celebrity Cruiser and a member of their Captain’s Club, I know that the majority of their NEWER Solistice Class (2800+ Passenger Ships) which are 5 built in the last decade are stationed in Europe over the summer for 2013:

    Equinox (launched 2009)

    Eclipse (launched 2010)

    Silhoutte (launched 2011)

    Reflection (launched 2012)

    The only ship in this class missing is the namesake, Solstice (launched 2008) which will be in Alaska this summer for the first time (biggest ship to ever do the Inside Passage).

    As well… if one is interested in doing a River Cruise in Europe (also a very popular venture)… many of the cruise lines that market to that sector have also added NEW ships to their fleets.

    So, no cruising in Europe doesn’t have to mean smaller or older, there are now lots of choices / competition.

    Although, I will admit that there are a lot more cruise companies in Europe overall to choose from, as this indeed is a MUCH bigger market than we have here in North America (US Pop = 350 Million aprox – Europe Pop = 740 Million aprox).  So yes, there are smaller companies that own / operate smaller & older ships (such as the now INFAMOUS Costa Line)

     

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Sparkle_Bee:  I voted for the European cruise.  My fiance and I haven’t decided for sure what we’ll do for our honeymoon, but we’re leaning toward a European cruise.  (We’re also considering Australia or Egypt.)

    To be fair, though, I have no interest in the Caribbean … So I’m probably biased.

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    There are some newer, bigger read pricier ships that cruise through Europe.

    I personally would choose Europe.  We familymooned in Mexico and honeymooned in Paris & London.  We originally were going to go to Belize but ended up choosing Europe because we didn’t know when we would get out there again.  To me the Caribbean and South America are SO easily accesible from the US that its a no brainer to go further away while there are no kids, etc.

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