Post # 1
My fiancé and I’s Dream trip is to go to Europe, so we are thinking of going on a cruise their for our honeymoon. Has anyone else been on a Europe cruise, like Royal Caribbean? I’m worried it’s going to be very stressful with the wedding, and getting use to marriage and then being on the other side of the world lol. But I would hate to not do this!
Any advise on Europe or honeymoons in general?
Post # 2
I’ve never been on a European cruise, but my cousin did and loved it. I’ve personally never really wanted to do a cruise like that cause I felt it wouldn’t give me enough time at each port stop to really see and do everything I’d want to, but it’s a great way to get a quick feel to see where you might want to go back to see more of. As far as being stressful, cruise would probably be the easiest thing to do as it would require least amount of planning, pick a boat and date and done. No need to research hotels and where to stay, how to get around, etc.
Post # 4
How about a coach tour? Topdeck and Contiki (ages 18-30something) do coach tours around Europe and so do Insight Vacations and Trafalgar Tours. I have done tours with my fiancé through Europe and the USA on topdeck/contiki and they were great! They include accommodation, most meals and heaps of activities (attraction entrance fees etc.)
Post # 5
If you want a low stress way to see Europe I am sure a cruise would be a good option. My friend did a carribean cruise for her honeymoon and loved that she only had to unpack once. I think the only down side is that you won’t have long in each port and will miss out on some of the cool cafe culture evenings.
Where in Europe do you want to go and what time of year? The train system in Europe is really good and once you are on the mainland you can get between countries really easily that way. There are also a lot of low cost airlines which can make it easy to move between the capitals and big cities.
Post # 6
Im doing a Mediterranean cruise in Europe for my honeymoon in 2 weeks! Im going on Norwegian – I’ve been on both Norwegian and Royal Caribbean to other destinations and I can vouch that they are great ships.
I don’t think it would be stressful in fact for me it will be the perfect ending of the wedding planning/ beginning of our new life together. Cruises are so easy you can really relax and not have to worry about your transportation and food or entertainment for each port so that’s the plus side. The downside is it will be pricey but we both love travelling around the world so it was a no brainer. GO FOR IT!
Also, very important – what time of year is your wedding? Europe is great weather and less crowded just before the peak of summer and in the fall.
Post # 7
We did a European cruise for our honeymoon! Royal Caribbean out of Venice. It was amazing- like prior posters have said you get to see a bunch of different locations and only have to unpack once!
The biggest advice I’d give is to plan some extra days on the front end in wherever you’re going to start getting over jet lag before starting your cruise. We spent some time visiting with a friend who lives in Austria for a few days before our cruise started, and after all the wedding excitement and everything we were totally beat. I would’ve been really disappointed if we hadn’t had that time to recover and just went on the cruise- since we would’ve been halfway through the cruise at that point!
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
We are going on a Western Mediterranean Cruise with Royal Caribbean next month for our 2nd anniversary. I can update you when we get back! It is our first time cruising and my first time to Europe. We wanted to do a big trip and see a lot of destinations before trying to start our family later in the summer, because it may be a while before we’re able to get back to Europe after that.
Post # 9
If you want to relax, do a cruise. If you really want to experience places in Europa, fly here, rent a car or go by train. Sure, you’d probably see Venice or Santorini or Barcelona and all those places are great. But the real beauty is in the areas that you needn’t share with heaps of tourists. My favourite bit in Crete was a day out in the mountains where we explored a cave and found a lovely little chapel with ancient mosaics. Great food, too. That’s the kind of thing you’ll miss out on.
Post # 10
Big cruise ships that often use ports quite far out away from the actual destination city don’t appeal to me personally. But a river cruise does. They are much smaller and put you right in the center of your destination. You might consider those as well as the larger ocean ships when you start your research.
Avoid traveling in July & August at all costs.
Post # 12
River cruise is not such a bad idea. There are, for example, Danube cruises that start in Amsterdam and go all the way to Budapest. One I’m looking at also stops in Cologne, Würzburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau and Vienna (and more). Those are some absolutely stunning cities!
Also, if the original poster ended up doing a Danube cruise, she should give me a shout. Might be I live in one of those cities and would be happy to give her a free guided tour <3
Post # 13
Yeah, i’d totally do a river cruise if I wasn’t too cheap 😂. I’m sure if I pursued it more than I already have I’d find more affordable options. I’ve only ever really skimmed Viking’s materials and it makes me wince a little bit. It’s not that I think they are overpriced for what you get, I’m sure the value is there, I’m just a budget schemer when it comes to trip planning. Someday we’ll get around to trying one though.
I want to know what city you live in! DH and I hatched an Eastern Europe trip idea this past weekend while celebrating our anniversary for next year’s anniversary.