Post # 1
Hi bees, here’s the scoop. We can’t decide if we want to go on a Mediterranean cruise or stay at a Carribbean resort for our honeymoon. Part of me wants to do the Euro cruise, because I’ve never been to Europe and really want to go there. However, the other part of me worries that it will be too much excitement and tours and stuff, when we will want to relax after the wedding. So then, we think maybe we should stay at a resort on the beach. Also, Mexico is off the table since we just went there last year. I’m a little worried it will be a similar vacation if we go to a resort. I did love Mexico, but I want to try something new. So I guess I’m leaning towards Europe, but when I look at all the port cities I start to wonder if we’ll have the energy. But then again, resorts are all-inclusive….aaaagggh!
Where did you guys go?? What do you recommend?
Post # 3
I’m honeymooning in St. Lucia! It’s a beautiful island with some very nice resorts. I looked into a European honeymoon, but decided to save it for later. I wanted to relax and not have to worry about making the most of every minute of the day. If I was in Europe, I would feel the need to visit every tourist attraction I could. The Caribbean will be much more relaxing to me.
Post # 4
If you dont do the Europe trip, when would you plan on doing that? I was torn also between a Europe and relaxing beach honeymoon. We ended up doing the beach honeymoon cause I was sure we’d do Europe the following year if we did beach first. If we weren’t definitely going to do it so soon, I would have skip the beach.
Post # 5
@Alleycat: I was torn also between Hawaii and Europe, but I have been there before and I live in FL so we chose Irelande and Italy.
I also thought abut the relaxing part but a friend suggested to take time out in Europe and have a relaxing spa day which is a great idea. Plus I am the type that after 2 days I would be so bored sitting at the beach.
Another factor was that when else are we going to get the chance to take 11 days off and go to Europe. I can easliy go to the Bahamas or Key West , or a cruise for 4 days anytime.
Post # 6
@Alleycat: I’m definitely on the Caribbean boat! I’m going to an AI in St. Lucia also. For Europe I would want to do a LOT and I don’t think I’ll have the energy to do it right after the wedding. If your Honeymoon is right after the wedding, I’d stick with the beach! If you have some time, Europe would be nice!
Post # 7
A Eurotour does not have to be exhausting. Rent a cute house in Italy, Greece or France or whatever and just explore. Everything’s pretty, there’s always something to see.
Post # 8
I went on a Med cruise in 2010 and it was the best trip of my life. I would highly, highly recommend it. I wasn’t such a fan of the Carrib–every place seemed the same.
Post # 9
Europe!!! Here’s why:
1-At least for me, I want to have kids sometime soon after getting married. I will feel regretful if I haven’t been to Europe before that.
2- I can justify 2 weeks off for my honeymoon but probably never will again. You don’t need that long on a beach in my opinion.
3- Look into some warm beachy towns in Europe like off the coast of Spain, or Croatia, or the Amalfi Coast. We are planning on a few days of beach to start off our trip just to get some R&R. Then we’ll do more active sight seeing for rest of the trip.
Post # 10
Ooh, I say Europe! We’re headed to Europe as well (a whirlwind two-week trip: the Cotswolds, London, Paris & Munich) and we’re sooo excited about it!
Post # 11
Hmm, poll results are pretty evenly split! You guys are not helping!! Lol just kidding 😛 Thank you everyone for your recommendations; you all make valid points! I understand that a trip to Europe doesn’t necessarily need to be exhausting, but knowing me I would want to see all the historical places, like the Collosseum, Parthenon, Leaning Tower, etc. Then again, I totally get what others are saying, about going to Europe before you have kids, and when else will I take two weeks off? Hmm..
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I was all set to say Europe/Mediterranean, but then I saw cruise. Having been to the Mediterranean 3 times, one with a crusie, I would say that a crusie is the worst way to visit Europe unless it’s only a small part of your trip, like a 3 day cruise of the Greek Isles.
If you want to go to Europe, I’d choose either a historic city or a resort area on the Med, maybe Santorini, Ischia, or somewhere along the coast in France or Spain.
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Leaning Tower=big disappointment and a pain in the butt to get to… don’t waste your time.
Post # 14
The Mediterranean is AMAZING. I totally vote Europe. I got to spend a week on the beach in Nice and Monaco and I fell in love. The best places in Europe are the out of the way ones, not the tourist destinations. For example, I went to Paris. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, etc was all kind of… meh. (With the exception of Versailles, Versailles was really pretty.) Whereas, I LOVED Montmatre, the street markets, the Red Light district and the crazy stuff we found just wandering. Tourist attractions tend to be overpriced, overcrowded and hardly worth it when you get there. (The only thing in Rome I would LOVE to see is the Trevi Fountain.)
The Carribean is much more easily accessible to the states and therefore easier to save and do later.
Post # 15
I’ve done both of those trips a few times, and it really depends on the kind of trip you want. Some points to consider:
-A Mediterranean cruise is sorta stop-and-go as far as activity goes, in my opinion. You have a certain amount of time in a port city, and in that time you want to get off the boat and do a fair amount of touring. When you’re at sea, there are still things you can do if you want on the boat, but it’s mostly just relaxing. Personally, I would feel obligated to get the most out of every port, but I’d be fine with staying in bed all day while at sea.
-Depending on where you go in the Caribbean, there probably won’t be much to do. There will most likely be a local town that you might want to visit one day, but there won’t be any “must-see” sights like in Europe. If you want to be on the beach or at the pool the whole time, the resort will probably be much better, but if you want to do more than that your options may be limited (depending on where you go- some places have a lot of non-beach things to do).
-Both places can be all-inclusive. It depends on the cruise line, but most provide you with all your meals and some provide some alcohol. Some resorts are all your food and alcohol, some are just food, and some are just some food or nothing.
-On a cruise you are more likely to see the same people throughout the trip. They may put you with some people at a dinner table who you’ll eat with every night (although you can usually opt for open or casual seating if you don’t like them). You’ll have more people per square foot than at a resort, so you’ll just end up running in to the same people more frequently. This can be good or bad, depending on the people and your preferences.
Honestly, they are very different trips, but I love them both. I’m sure you will have a great time either way 🙂