(Closed) Honeymoon Cruise?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - City, State

It really depends on how much luxery you want, budget, and what type of vacation you’re after. How do you envision your honeymoon? Europe? Alaska? Hawaii? Caribbean?

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We did a 4 Night, 3 day cruise to Mexico with Caribbean. It was a great summer vacation but wouldn’t recomend as a honeymoon. Other cruise liners might be more luxurious, closer to what you want.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I found a cruise extremely boring. Yes there were lots of activities, but they usually involved competing with 20-50 other passengers to do something, and then waiting on all the stupid people to understand how basic things worked.

The ports were also not really travelling.  They were very sanitized versions of whatever country you were in.  If you don’t pay to go on the excursions then you can just wander around the tourist trap shops and pay almost western prices for trinkets.

Maybe it was just our cruise, but it wasn’t good.  We are actual travellers though, and love interacting with locals and doing actual local things.  Not eating burger king and starbucks and dealing with other tourists.

I am very anti-cruise (as you can see).  Also there are other options for travel that aren’t staying on a beach for a week.  If you like more adventure what about doing something adventurous and actually travelling somewhere?

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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andielovesj:  Where did you cruise? Sounds like Caribbean or otherwise beachy.  We are actual travelers too and we did a Mediterranean cruise and got to see many historic sites, ride public transportation, and otherwise had a great “real” vacation.  Did not see a single Burger King.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

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andielovesj:  +1 Then again, as a big lover of Venice, I confess that I am rabidly biased against cruise ships, which have done tremendous damage to that city.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Dreams Las Mareas - Costa Rica

I love cruising!! We are doing a cruise for our honeymoon… We are going to Bermuda…7 days in a very luxurious suite … It’s called “the haven” on Norwegian. Although I love royal Caribbean cruise line the best.  I love getting dressed each night for dinner… I love the shows, I love the activities…. And we are young ppl… I’ve even cruised to Alaska and that was AWESOME… Ask me anything… 

I love the variety of a cruise… But I love land trips too…it really depends on what u want for this vacation… 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I am doing a cruise for our honeymoon but that’s because me and Fiance are kind of “lazy travelers”. We enjoy the sights but we mostly want to eat good (plentiful) food and relax without having to budget for food/drinks. Cruising provides an easy way to get to the different ports and you can do as little or as much as you want to do really. I agree with other PPs though that it depends on the ports you are going to and also whether you are a more active traveller or if you want to relax and see some nice sites on the cruise. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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nina.ashton.3:  If you want something more adventurous and less beachy, I would do an Alaskan or Panama Canal cruise. Possibly even New England. You might also want to consider something European, but never having been on one of them I can not attest to what you should do there. 

We are beach bums so we like Caribbean cruises, but you don’t just have to go somewhere tropical. 

Another good idea might be a river cruise, or a cruise tour. It all really depends on what you want to do to begin with.

As far as activities on the ship itself, if you want a lot to do then you will want to go on a larger cruise ship. If you are about just relaxing and spending time alone with you new husband (my prefrence) then smaller ships are better, also cheaper. 

ETA: HI cruises allow you to visit lots of ports, my only recommendation there is to not try to do everything there is to do on one island. My parents went a few years ago and tried to do everything like they would never get to go back. We all went last year and only did one or two excursions per island. Much more enjoyable. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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nina.ashton.3:  I completely agree with 
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andielovesj. You said that you and your Fiance are both outgoing and like to do stuff 24/7 so I would definitely not reccommend a cruise. I’m not saying they’re not fun, but there really isn’t a whole lot to do in my opinion. It was a lot of laying around, eating, and drinking. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I love cruising!! We did a 7 day for our honeymoon to Jamaica Haiti and Cozumel Mexico, and it was a blast!! I hifelt recommend either the allure or oasis of the seas by royal carribian.. Of all the ships I have been on both of these BLEW ME AWAY. They are beyond gorgeous!! Just make sure you reserve all showtimes prior to the cruise that way you don’t have to wait in line to get in 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

We are also doing a cruise. I have fiancé hooked. We are doing a 10-day Mexican Riveria cruise to Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, Matzilan and Manzinilla. We will be in a suite and enjoy the Princess cruise.  We love the relaxing days at see, after all it is our honeymoon. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

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HannahGrace:  it was a norweigan cruise to the carribean. I have heard european cruises are better, but still seem like such a tourist trap.

Arrive in port, ride a bus for an hour +, go on a guided tour, with 50 other people from the ship, bus back. miss out on the best parts of travel, wandering, eating at weird local joints and not just the touist traps.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - City, State

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andielovesj:  no one forces you to go on excursions. 

As pretty experienced cruisers (he’s been on about 15+, I’ve been on 4) we NEVER do excursions. They’re over priced and touristy. You need to research your ports beforehand and take a tour with a local or take a cab to the places you want to go. By doing this we’ve seen so much and learned so much about all the places we’ve been. I highly recommend approaching your cruise this way. OP, if you have any questions feel free to PM me. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

My fiance went on two cruises, both with royal carribbean and we loved them! We are planning on doing one for out honeymoon as well. We both are more outgoing and enjoy doing things 24/7. We found that on the cruise there was always something to do. We also found time for relaxing. One cruise we did their private island and the bahamas and the other cruise we did multiple days in Bermuda and both were great if you do your research ahead of time on what you want to do at the ports. I would highly recommend a cruise for people who don’t want to worry about planning out their meals and like to always be doing something.

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