(Closed) Has anyone else taken a honeymoon cruise?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 32
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@krex:  We might actually end up on that ship in May if Pride books full before we can put down a deposit. Are you going in October? Let me know how the ship is!

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@HappilyEverAfter54: we leave November 1st! I’ll definitely let you know!

Post # 35
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@BriansBride:  I love criuses! My husband and I have been on one together, and I’ve cruised about 11 times without him. I haven’t been on the Explorer of the Seas but Royal Caribbean ships are my favorite! We just booked our  honeymoon and are doing a cruise, unfortunately it didn’t work out that we could do Royal Caribbean so we are doing Holland America instead. You will have a great time! The food is good on the ship and it’s all taken care of. You really don’t have to do much except relax. You will have a great time!!

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Cruises are SO much fun and truly amazing…IF you don’t get seasick. I no longer cruise just because the seasickness totally spoils the whole trip. You can’t get away from it, you can’t just take a pill, and honestly one time I wanted to jump (maybe overdramatic but I was nauseous with a capital N).

However, if you’re not prone to motion sickness, you will have a lovely time. There are so many things to do and you’re basically treated like royalty when you’re there.

Post # 37
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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@BriansBride:  Re – Water (Pop, Juice, etc)

Every Cruise Line has their own rules in regards to what liquids they allow on board, and in what amounts.

RC doesn’t allow any Non-Alcoholic Items (and only 2 Wine Bottles per Cabin).  So yes, you have to buy everything onboard beyond that if you want something “special”.

Regular desalinated water produced by the Ships Filtration Plant will be available for FREE all the time (not a fan, as we find it still has residual salt, and causes us to bloat over the course of the cruise)… Bottled Water is sold by the bottle.

Beverages available FREE with Meals typically include something in the Juice category (Orange, Apple, Grapefruit, Cranberry, Lemonade or Iced Tea) – Milk – and Tea or Coffee.

What in the Juice Category depends on time of day, meal, and WHERE you are eating in the ship

All of the above are made from concentrate, along with Tea & Coffee (and ice cubes) they will utilize the Ship’s Desalinized Water

IF you want anything else you’ll pay extra for it…

So Bottled Water – Fresh Squeezed Juices – Pop – Premium Tea or Coffee – Alcohol & Specialty Drinks

Mr TTR & I regularly cruise with Celebrity, RC’s sister cruise line (in so much as both are owned by The Royal Caribbean Group)… and a 2 Cup / 500 Ml Bottle of Water costs $ 4 (plus 15%)

Fresh Squeeze Juices around $ 3 (plus 15%) – Premium Teas & Coffees (ala Starbucks) around $ 4 or $ 5 (plus 15%) – Pop I think is $ 2 (plus 15%)

All of these items can add up quite quickly… which is why the Flat Rate Beverage Programs are VERY POPULAR… you pay a flat rate per day (plus 15%) and then you can have unlimited amounts of whatever the Beverage Program you’ve purchased offers.

You can find the details here on the RC Website = http://www.royalcaribbean.com/findacruise/experiencetypes/category.do?pagename=onboard_cat_dining_options 

Scroll down and then click on the BEVERAGE PACKAGES tab

Mr TTR and I always buy a Beverage Package when we cruise … be it the Classic Alcohol (all Beers up to $ 5, and all other Drinks up to $ 8)… OR the Premium Package… OUR FAVE (all Drinks up to $ 12) then we have full access to pretty much everything on the ship.

It sounds like a lot of money each day… but it saves us tons.  Trust me it doesn’t take long to add up to the daily amount when you are paying $ 2 to $ 12 a pour (depending on what you are drinking)

BUT everyone is different… you need to consider your own habits (maybe you don’t drink alcohol and just need Bottled Water or Pop).

My best advice is DO THE MATH… and then you’ll know what is best for you.

Hope this helps,

NOTE – Whenever you buy a bevvy onboard the ship you’ll be charged for the price of the drink PLUS 15% Grat.  IF you buy a Bevvy Package, the rate listed on the website will include all the Grats.  So right there that can be a significant saving.

 

Post # 39
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Just to say i went on my Honeymoon cruise in September and it was fantastic.

We went with Celebrity Eclipse and did a 2 week med cruise. We purchased a soft drinks package prior to departing and it was a great desicion. My husvband and i dont really drink much alcohol. All f=soft drink including bottled water and non alcohollic cocktails were included everywhere on the ship. 

We were allowed to take water and drinks off the ship and we were able to bring drink back on board so long as it was declared. 

I usually get sea sick and even through the bay of biscay i was fine. I found sleeping at night the toughest as when it was a bit rocky the cabin creaked. I purchased ear plug to solve this problem!!

Everyone on board was very friendly towards us. we were the youngest couple on board. The majority of passengers were over 50 but we did make friends with other honeymoon couples and spent alot of time with them.

This was my first cruise and i cannot wait to go again. 

Book your excursions externally. we saved over 50% by doing that. The only thing is to make sure who you book them with will sort you out if you miss the ships departure. ours would fly us to the next port to pick up the ship again at their cost. 

The food on board was fantastic but we mainly dined in the buffet as both my husband and i eat early and it just suited us better. The speciality restaurants were great too and we never had a bad meal. 

There were always sunbeds free and always something to do onboard. 

The evening entertainment was excellent and the shows at the theatre a must see. 

Post # 40
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

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@BriansBride:  I’ve been on at least 10 RC cruises and I’ve taken water AND liquor on almost all of them. I just put them in my luggage and had a porter take it to the room. If you take your luggage through the security checkpoint, they’ll open it and have you dump out anything you’re not allowed to have on board. But if you check it at the curb they don’t. I mean, they must have bomb sniffing dogs or something, but I’ve never had them take out anything inside. The first couple cruises, we put vodka into water bottles to “sneak” it on, but after that I just put the whole bottles in my suitcase as they were.

So we do that + the flat rate beverage thing. Paying by the glass for soda, water and juice is insane. Plus, you get a cute tumbler with the drink package!

Post # 41
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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@BriansBride:  Glad to help.  As
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ChocolateLime:  mentioned check to see if there is a All-Inclusive NON-ALCOHOLIC Bevvy Package with RC (there is with Celebrity, the Classic N-A is $ 14 US per night, and the Premium N-A is $ 18 per night)… in this way you’d be able to enjoy all the better items that aren’t alcohol… think it might prove to be a better deal for you.

Bottled Water was available at a variety of places onboard the ship… But as you mentioned going ashore… When we were in the Caribbean, each time we got off the Ship at a Port of Call, there was a table set up in the Departure Lounge, and they’d be handing out COLD Bottled Water to go… if you have the Bevvy Package they just note your “Room Card Number” and you can take whatever you want for your Day Bag… we typically each took 2x 500 Ml Bottles.

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@ChocolateLime:  sounds like you had a wonderful time… a Med Cruise with Celebrity is on our MUST DO LIST (we’ve had several friends do them now).

Mr TTR & I are in Celebrity’s prime demographic (Couples 40 to 70)… BUT everytime we’ve gone we’ve seen others younger than that who just like the “higher end” experience (good food, good wine, amazing pampering)… or what Celebrity calls “Modern Luxury” perfect for a Honeymoon. 

Good TIP on booking Excursions for the OP.  Booking privately (or just going off & exploring on your own is usually much cheaper).  We have done both in the past, depending on the country (safety issues) and ease of getting around etc.  As you say the one thing THAT MUST BE INSURED is that you can get back to the ship in time… we ALWAYS aim to be back onboard 1 to 2 hours prior to sail away… in so much as that gives us a “buffer” should anything go wrong.

 

Post # 42
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Re – Beverages in Luggage

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@MexiPino: brings up a good point… many people weigh the risk and make the decision to “take a chance”…

The choice is yours.

In reality the cruise lines regard this as “Smuggling”… and they can be harsh about it… including not allowing you on the ship, or putting you off of it (read your Passenger Agreement / Contract)… all that is within their rights.

In most cases they don’t do that… if you are caught (especially with alcohol) they’ll either confiscate it (return it to you on Debarkation Day)… or confiscate it and throw it out.

In either case, your Luggage will be delayed getting to you on Embarkation Day… and they will call you down to the “Naughty Room” on the Ship to open your bags and be accountable.  That sucks… it’ll waste precious time of enjoying your cruise especially so that first day, and also means that it could spoil your vacation overall.

So for us it isn’t worth it.  We follow the rules.

Worth the risk… only you can decide

We find the various Beverage Packages offered more than fair (especially so when so many cruise lines DO NOT offer such) … we definitely get our money’s worth (more so if they are on PROMOTION when we buy them) and they are sooo convenient to use onboard.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 43
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

That will be amazing!! We are going on a Mediterranean cruise for 12 nights in August for our honeymoon. You will have a great time!! 

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