Post # 1
Has anyone gone on a cruise for their honeymoon and, if so, would you recommend this? This is one of our options and, although I think it sounds like tons of fun, I wonder if it would be too crowded to feel romantic. I’ve never been on a cruise. Specifically, has anyone been on a cruise that goes to Cozumel? Do you think it is best to book with a travel agent or directly with the cruise line? I’ve heard it is good to get a room with a balcony. Would you agree that a balcony would enhance the cruise experience for a honeymoon? Is anyone aware of cruise lines that have honeymoon packages? Thank you for any input you might have!
Post # 3
@cafegirl: Hi! We actually went on a Royal Carribean Cruise to Cozumel March 18th of this past year! We were worried about it being Spring Break, but it was NOT crowded at all with younger people…actually it was a good mix between older & younger people. We did not have a room with a balcony, only a window BUT I do agree that a balcony would be WONDERFUL to wake up to and walk out on BUT they are a lot more expensive. The money we saved on getting a balcony, we spent on an excursion in Cozumel & more alcohol.
It wasn’t necessarily romantic, but we had a BLAST and I’d have to say it was the funnest time of my LIFE! We booked straight with Royal Carribean, although I know someone who booked through I think Cruises.com & got the SAME deal we got, but got a higher up room (towards the top of the boat, and we were on the bottom) AND got a balcony. I’d definitely say go for it!! 🙂
Post # 4
We went on the Oasis of the Seas, and loved it! For us, we both wanted to just relax and not have to worry about anything, so the cruise was perfect.
It’s the biggest ship out there so I was also worried about the crowds, but we managed to find alone time easily. We asked when dinner was busiest and either went before or after that time. And then when everyone was at dinner, we went in the hot tub and had it all to ourselves, which is pretty amazing for a ship of 6,000 people!
I went to Cozumel on my first cruise. It was a Carnival Cruise and not my favorite.
We booked with an agent, and they were able to get us $240 to spend on the ship, so we didn’t have to pay for anything there. We got to go to the special restaurants that you have to pay for without worrying about spending a lot of money.
We got a balcony and would definitely recommend it. It’s another great way to get your alone time in a ship full of people!
Our cruise didn’t have a honeymoon package. They offered special things for your honeymoon, but you have to pay. They would decorate your door and room (which was pretty cheesy looking) and they would put champagne or something like that in your room. We didn’t do any of that though.
Post # 5
Conzumel wasn’t the best port I’ve been to on a cruise. It’s just kindof touristy and doesn’t seen very romantic of a place to me.
In general, if you are a cruise person and you have experience with then and know you love them, then go for it…. but if you don’t have experience with them and aren’t sure, I wouldn’t risk it for a honeymoon.
There is a lot of people herding on a cruise and you don’t have much time in ports to really get a feel for the town/island/area you are in. If it were me, I’d chose something where me and my new husband can have lots of alone time and solitude to bask in our newlywedness.
Post # 6
Ive been on a cruise to Cozumel and it was awesome! It was Carnival back in high school. I think a cruise would be great for a honeymoon! You are able to spend a lot of time relaxing and doing nothing but at the same time have lots of opportunities for activities and entertainment. I honestly think its the perfect balance!! And I think a cruise will be as romantic as you make it!
Post # 7
We did a honeymoon cruise to Alaska and it was awesome! I highly recommend cruises – you book one thing and it covers food, lodging, entertainment, etc – very easy planning with minimal stress. Plus they are a ton of fun!
I wouldn’t recommend a balcony unless you are going somewhere (like Alaska) where you are right along the coast with scenery. Otherwise, all you see is blue water as far as the eye can see and you can see that really easy from other decks on the ship. Kind of a waste of money if there is no view. Plus – you spend very little time in the room anyway. Even with Alaska we didn’t use our balcony much. Just get a porthole if you want some outside light.
I’d just book the cruise online, personally. You can find some really good deals and I really don’t see a travel agent saving you much (if anything – I’ve heard of people who book with a travel agent and then find it cheaper online).
I’ve been on a cruise that went through Cozumel before and really, all of the Carribean ports I’ve seen are exactly the same. Beach, touristy shops and restaurants, jewelery and liquor stores, etc – Cozumel being no different. So if you’re thinking Carribean, I wouldn’t worry too much about what ports you go to. The shore excursions are pretty similar from port to port too so you won’t miss out on those based on your destinations.
I think cruises make great honeymoons and would highly recommend it if it is something you are thinking about!
Post # 8
I would definitely recommend a honeymoon cruise. I have been on several cruises (1 Mexican Riveria, 1 exotic eastern Caribbean, 1 western Caribbean) with my Boyfriend or Best Friend, all with Carnival, and we loved each and every one of them. If you can do it in your budget, go for a balcony room. It is so nice to wake up in the morning and sit out on your balcony. Personally, I liked the Eastern Carribean cruises more – St. Thomas, Tortola, and the Bahamas are INCREDIBLY beautiful. The Western stops (usually Cozumel, Grand Cayman, etc) are really nice also, but I thought they paled in comparison to the Eastern stops. That being said, cruises are a great vacation and I think would be a great way to spend your honeymoon. I think most lines offer sometype of “Honeymoon package” and I bet if you book with a travel agent, they will be able to get you some perks due to your honeymoon status without having the pay for the package.
Sorry this is so long but I have one more bit of advice. If you do go the cruise route, when booking your room, try to book on a middle floor, towards the middle of the ship. Just in case you do hit rougher seas, this is the area of the boat that moves the least – plus you don’t have the dance floor/late night eating areas right above you. Good luck and I hope you love your honeymoon whatever you decide to do!
Post # 9
Thank you all so much for your insight and thoughts!
Post # 10
I am a huge fan of cruises, but they’re usually not my first recommendation for a honeymoon. They typically don’t offer the kind of privacy most honeymoon couples are looking for.
It looks like you’re getting married in late April, which is still spring break for a lot of schools. I would look at Celebrity or Crystal, rather than the family oriented lines like Carnival or Royal Caribbean.
Post # 11
We love to cruise, loads of fun. BUT….I don’t think I would recommend it for a honeymoon. You have to understand that there are usually 3000 other people on board with you, all on 1 ship. There can be many line-ups, full dining rooms, and can be hard to get a beach chair on deck too. I can think of many more romantic honeymoons/vacations then a cruise. Again, cruises are awesome and you can make it romantic if you try, but do count on a lot people mingling around you constanly on board.
Post # 12
I’ve been on a few cruises with my family, and I wouldn’t recommend one for a honeymoon. They are fun, cost-effective, and you definitely feel pampered, but you’re constantly surrounded by other people unless you’re in your stateroom, and you don’t really want to spend a lot of time in your stateroom on a cruise (the fun stuff is all over the ship and on shore). There’s not a lot of feeling of privacy or romance to foster that feeling of focus on each other that you want on a honeymoon, in my opinion. But I know many people do enjoy cruise honeymoons, just like many people enjoy Disneyworld honeymoons, which of course also involve being surrounded by crowds of people, so it’s up to you to judge whether that will be what you want.
I agree with @FutureKMM that a balcony is a must for an Alaska cruise, where most of the appeal is in watching the glaciers go by, but less necessary for most other destinations where you’re either at sea or in port (not floating past land). Then again, it’s hard to imagine spending your honeymoon in an inside stateroom, with that (probably) windowless room being your only place to be alone together. Again, just my opinion about it.
[ETA] @Bliss Honeymoons: Oh God, yes, keep in mind when schools are on spring break. We did a cruise during spring break season on Holland America, which is NOT known as being family friendly – typically it’s seen as the cruiseline for elderly snooty couples – and you couldn’t even see the pool all week for the mass of children that were constantly in it and running around it.
Post # 13
I hadn’t even thought about spring break–good point! Maybe we’ll re-think the cruise idea. It does sound incredibly fun, but I don’t know if I want to be in huge crowds throughout my whole honeymoon.
@LittlestBirds: Thank you for your thoughts! I see you are from Seattle? Although I moved to Nashville almost 3 years ago, I am from Seattle and miss it so much! It made me happy to see someone from Seattle post a comment on my little thread–yay!
Post # 14
We’re taking a honeymoon cruise! But, we’re taking one during hurricane season (September) so it really shouldn’t be that crowded, lol. Plus, we figure, in September kids just went back to school so there shouldn’t be too many school age people!
Post # 15
I’ve been on two cruises and loved them! But, I also wouldn’t recommend it for a honeymoon if you want more romance. My husband and I went to St. Thomas for a week and had lots of alone time. If you want a more active vacation and lots to do, then a cruise is for you!!
If you choose to cruise (hey, that rhymes!), check out the different ports online and the excursions available at each. That may help you decide where to cruise. My first cruise was the western Caribbean (including Cozumel) and I didn’t like it as much as the eastern Caribbean (2nd cruise). I fell in love with St. Thomas on the 2nd cruise and have been back there twice. Somebody above did mention that many ports are the same and to an extent that is true. They all will be touristy, have shopping, etc. Let us know what you pick!
Post # 16
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I’ve been on two cruises and I’ve hated both of them.
But then again, I’m not a fan of scheduled activities or being in close proximity with thousands of people. I prefer doing my own thing, not eating scheduled dinners with a group of strangers at an assigned table or going off to explore an island but having to be back at a certain time for fear of missing the ship.
Also, be aware that you might get seasick, even if you don’t usually. On the last cruise I took, I spent my entire first night ralphing. That might not be how you want to spend your honeymoon.
I’m not saying all cruises are terrible, but the two I was on were. It might have been the cruise line, or it might have been (as I suspect) that I’m just not a cruise person.