(Closed) Honeymoon Cruise Options!

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Go to this website. http://www.cruisecritic.com We have went on two cruises (And are getting ready for our third). We did all our research on venues and cruise lines on there. They have message boards with super nice people who post reviews and trip reports of their trips.

We planned both trips ourselves and felt that was the best option for us as we were able to book things cheaper than if we did a travel site or a travel agency.

I do not know your budget, but caribean cruises are relatively inexpensive. Carnival is one of the cheaper options. We took two cruises with them and had a wonderful time.

Depending on how active you are, we did a seven day cruise on the Carnival Victory. It was in port every single day and went to St. Thomas, Barbados, Dominica, St. Luica, St. Martaan, and St. Kitts. Had a blast! The cruise was about $700 each but the downside was you had to fly to Puerto Rico and airfare was about $700 each too.

If you want to go to any of those islands, get in touch with me and I can give you some recommendations for excusions that are not through the cruise line and can save you some cash.

So excited for you!! We love cruises and feel they are a very economical way to see the world.  

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Which cruiseline you chose? Royal Caribbean
How long? 5 days
Where were you ported? Bermuda for 2 days. We reach Bermuda at 8 am on the first day and leave at 5 pm on the second.
Where you booked (travel agency, website, etc…): We’re going through a travel agency for the added security and so we don’t have to pay the full amount upfront. 
Pros/cons: Well, we haven’t gone yet so I can’t really answer this. I just know that for our $3500 budget, we’ll be able to get the most for our money on the cruise. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I also like cruise critic.  If you are getting married in St. Pete then you will very easily be able to sail out of Tampa after the wedding.  Another close port to look at would be Port Canaveral.  I have sailed out of both.  Tampa has better ships and more destinations. 

If you can splurge try for a 5-7 day trip.  If not, a simple 3-4 trip is fun too. A good way to determine a “good deal” is if you can sail for $100 or less per NIGHT per person after all taxes etc.  Deals like this can be found but are hard to find. 

I have sailed both RCCL (Royal Carribean) and Carnival.  Personally I think for a relaxing time with my husband I would prefer RCCL but if money was really tight I would still consider carnival. 

We have booked through a travel agent, through another vendor, and straight through the website.  All worked fine.  Most have the lowest price guarantee meaning if the price drops before the ships sails you get a refund. 

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

we leave for a 7-day cruise in 2 days! it’s a royal carribbean cruise, leaving from puerto rico and stopping in st thomas, st croix, antigua, grenada, and st lucia. it’s kind of a second honeymoon, we got a good deal since it’s right after the holidays. i’m super excited! we went to st lucia for our honeymoon in august and LOVED it; we’ll be in a different part of the island for this visit so it’ll be a little different but i’m sure amazing. i can post an update when we get back next week if you want details πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I love, love, love cruising!!!!  We live in South FL so we go all the time (lucky for us). 

Cruiseline:  Royal Caribbean  (though if you’re looking for an EXTREME party ship, depending on the type you two are πŸ™‚  Carnival is good)

How long?  5 days, 7 days, 2 weeks

Ported:  The Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. Lucia, St. Maartin, St. Thomas) Bahamas, Mexico, Key West, Haiti, Cayman Islands, and parts of Europe

Where booked:  We have a travel agent due to the amount of cruises (My poor Fiance had never been on one prior to me, now he can’t seem to get away from them!  We’re even going on our honeymoon!  lol)  http://www.cruiseplanners.com  Name of guy:  Tony

Pros:  Food, fun, ultimate vacation INCLUDED.  (You will gain so much weight its ridiculous lol there is food everywhere!!)  lol  but there is absolutely everything to do on the ship, The shows are included (AND GREAT!!)  I love love love cruising!

Cons:  Alcohol is all on you, babe.  πŸ™‚ Excursions, cost you (though not necessary, you can definitely tour the island on your own, but some of the excursions are really cool).  You’ll spend a bit on those things just enjoying yourself.  But, they do have deals so keep an eye out for that as well. 

Ultimately, IMO, the pros sooooooooo outweigh the cons.  But, maybe I’m biased.  Let us know what you choose!!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We cruised for our honeymoon in Dec. and loved it!!  Flew into San Juan and was on the Caribbean Princess for 7 days.  1 day at sea and then we hit Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Tortola, St. Thomas and then back to San Juan.  Princess is mostly an older crowd, but we liked it because it wasn’t crazy loud or rowdy anywhere we went on the ship.  If you want recommendations on the excursions, I booked them myself and saved a bundle so let me know if you’d like to know about them.  Food was great, service was great, no issues anywhere for us.  We also stayed in San Juan for a couple of days after and did an excursion there that was awesome.  That one and the one in Barbados were the highlights of our trip. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Barbados – Best of Barbados – http://www.glorytours.org/ – We LOVED the turtles and the wildlife reserve on this tour.  He even made some extra little stops to show us some extra sites.  At one, we were taking pics when this guy comes walking up the hill right there, holding a baby monkey in his hand with another on a leash behind him. 

St. Lucia – West Coast Island Delight – http://www.spencerambrose.com/ – Spencer’s cousin (I’m horrible with names…) was fantastic, island was so pretty, but we had a couple of things that got switched around to different sites because the island had not fully recovered from Hurricane Thomas yet.

Antigua – Conquerors of the Fort – http://www.segwayantigua.com/ – The Segways were a BLAST!! We had so much fun even though it started raining and we had to put ponchos on before we headed out.  It got nice again and we took our ponchos off, but the last 5 minutes of the tour on the way back it started POURING so we got to max out of the Segways to hurry back.  We were soaked but it was awesome.

Tortola – we didn’t book a tour here, we just walked to the ferry service – Speedy’s and took it across to Virgin Gorda where Speedy’s Taxi service took us to The Baths.  Absolutely BEAUTIFUL there.  Unfortunately the surf was high that day and the warning was to stay out of the water, but we had a good time just exploring the rock formations.

St. Thomas- we did the Sunny Liston tour here, based on recommendations from Cruise Critic.  It was ok, not our favorite.  I could have just as easily spent the day shopping in St. Thomas instead, because I felt like we didn’t really see a whole bunch of sites that were all that interesting.  Magen’s Bay was really beautiful though.  This was the cheapest tour we did the whole trip.

San Juan – Mini boat adventure – http://miniboatadventures.com/ – SO MUCH FUN!!!!  We got to pilot our own little mini boat, following the tour guide across the bay to a couple of different snorkeling sites.  This was the day I was soooooo mad at myself for forgetting my video camera because this was when we had the best snorkeling sites.  Hubby had a blast piloting that little boat with me clinging to dear life, screaming “Quit hopping the big waves!!” 

Hope that helps!!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Here is a break down of what we did on our trip excursions wise:

St. Thomas- This was the only excursion that we booked from the ship. We did introduction to scuba diving. We lucked out that no one else had signed up for the excursion and we had the instructor to ourselves. Very fun and worth the $90 each price tag.

Barbados- Our favorite excursion. We went with Silver Moon. http://silvermoonbarbados.com/ It is a catamaran cruise. Do no book this type of tour with the ship as you will be crammed like sardines. We had a huge catamaran designed for 70 peole and had 20 folks on it. You sail around and snorkel at one site over a reef and a sunken ship and at another location you snorkel with sea turtles. They serve you lunch (including flying fish and champagne) and all drinks are free. FYI Dexter makes the best pina coladas I have ever had. $120 each but so worth it!

In Dominica, we did Bumpiing tours with Levi Baron. http://www.bumpiingtours.com/ We did the Rouseau Valley Treasures that tours the whole island. You see waterfalls, swim through a cave and check out a live volcano. It was crowded the day that we were there due to several ships in port, but pretty fun! Drinks are provided all day. Price was $80 (I think?)

In St. Lucia, we did Serenity Tours. http://www.serenitytvl.com/Land_Tours.html We did the full island tour. You see several different sites, taste creole bread, go to a banana plantation, and have lunch overlooking the Pitons. More relaxing and you can see the entire island. Drinks are also provided on this trip.

St. Martin was Bernard’s Tours- http://www.bernardstours.com/ We opted for a more laid back day. This tour cost $40 and took you around the isalnd to look at sites, plenty of shopping, go to Orient Beach (a clothing optional beach right across the way from St. Bart’s) and Sunset Beach. If you go to theis island, do not miss Sunset Beach! This is a small beach at the end of an airstrip. You can stand right under the planes as they come in. The big ones can knock you right off the ground and makes for unbelievable pictures!

St. Kitts we did Roysten Tours. http://www.roystontours.com/ This was our favorite tour after Silver Moon. For $40 each you have a really great guy take you on a tour of the island where you see -romney manor, caribelle batik, brimstone hill fortress, black rocks, the peninsula, Basseterre – the capital, lots of other scenic and interesting places then have a beach snorkel stop if you like. . Yeah, the van is beat up, but it’s fun. Be prepared for corny jokes and lots of laughs. There is no air conditiong as the windows have been taken out of the van, but we loved being able to feel the wind blow. St. Kitt’s is our favorite island.  Royston takes you to all the places he went to growing up and knows everything about the island. We had four people on our excursion total so it was like a private outing. Drinks and a light lunch are provided. Of all the tours we are dying to go with him again!

I hope this helps. = )

 

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i’ve done a couple cruises but i think my favorite was key west and cozumel with Carnival. It was only a 5 day cruise but so much fun! when we got to port in cozumel we rented a jeep wrangler for 60 bucks for the whole day. we drove around the island and found so many little secluded beaches πŸ™‚ there were probably 4 or 5 little places to stop that had hammocks and bars but really no one was on the beach it was awesome.

Key West was beautiful and tons of fun!

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