Post # 1
Ok, so we’re trying to figure out our honeymoon.
Keep in mind either of us have ever left the country and this will be our first big real vacation together. We want down time of course, but we also want to take advantage of our first trip! So we’ll be wanting to swim with dolphins, boat tours, snorkeling, fishing, etc.
Carnival cruise. 7 nights. Leaving Tampa, hitting Grand Caymen, Cozumel, Belize, and Isla Roatan. Will cost $2,101 for flights and cruise. Includes food but doesn’t include alcohol or excursions.
5 nights at an all-inclusive resort in Cozumel, Mexico. Includes flights, food, drinks, everything but excursions. Will cost $1,865.
So option one is longer and we go more places but it’ll cost significantly more when you factor in alcohol and excursions. But, he’s not a big traveler so I’m worried if we go to a resort he might totally hate it and we’ll be stuck there for 5 days. If we go on a cruise we’d only be at each place for a day….I don’t know!! But if he hated the ship, we’d be stuck on that for 7! Is the cruise worth it? Or is it a giant headache? Are there lots of hidden fees with cruises? It’s longer, but that gives us downtime inbetween ports..
Help! Which should we do!?
Post # 3
When I’m on a vacation, I don’t generally like having to be somewhere at a certain time, waiting in long lines, or worry about being left in another country while my cruise ship takes off without me.
My fiance is a big drinker (especially on vacation) so having free alcohol the whole time we are on vacation actually makes a BIG difference in how much it costs for us.
So, that is why we do all-inclusives as opposed to cruises.
Post # 4
I vote resort because you’ll have more money for excursions.
Post # 5
@AnneTossy: A lot of excursions are also included, at no additional cost, at a resort.
Post # 6
I just booked a Mediterranean cruise, which may be a bit more “all about the ports” than a Caribbean, but I’m super surprised at how fast the nickel and diming is adding up, and how busy we’re going to be.
I think if if you’re looking to decompress after the wedding and just laze around, the all inclusive is the way to go.
If you’re looking to check a few places off your bucket list and be on the go a bit more, the cruise is for you.
Post # 7
@R.Elliott: Thank you for the input! My FH is a big drinker too..so that could get expensive!
Side note…The cruise may be free. My mom and her husband are tossing around the idea of paying for a cruise as our gift. I don’t know if they’d pay for the resort (but it is cheaper..so why wouldn’t they?). Then we’d have to only pay for drinks and excursions.
I do like the thought of a resort better…but if the cruise is free, I may jump on that! Our finances are really stretched :/
Post # 8
Go with the resort. You’ll be able to make decisions day by day about what you want to do excursion wise and won’t be herded around like cattle from port to port.
Also, alcohol on cruise ships is REALLY expensive and seeing how that is already the more expensive option you don’t want to be thinking about the price of every drink you have.
Post # 9
@KatNYC2011: Knowing us, we probably would be thinking about the dollars adding up after each drink instead of enjoying them. So you hit the nail on the head there.
@SapphireSun: I’m worried about all the expenses adding up and being a monster! But since we NEVER get to do stuff like this part of me wants to cross off as many things as I can. But Cozumel offers a lot of excursions so I can do all of these things there, too.
Thanks for the advice, guys. It’s great to get an outsiders perspective!
Post # 10
We have done the cruise thing and the resort thing so I would say for right after the wedding do the resort. You’ll want more downtime. Resorts really offer the chance to unplug, not look at a watch, not haul out cash and decompress. They also have activities you can do for free as well as excursions that you can pay for and decide day by day.
Post # 11
If this is your first time out of the country I would highly recommend a cruise. You get to see several countries in a short visit and experience a lot together. You will go to Cozumel and still get to see the Mayan ruins and you can do other types of excursions in the other ports. I actually went on that exact cruise when I was 17 and it was awesome. In Honduras we got to see the whole country while driving to the beach and went to a little lagoon that had some locals selling food and a band playing. In Grand Cayman we went swimming with the stingrays and went window shopping and took a taxi ride where we got to see a good amount of the downtown area. In Belize we went snorkeling but there were other options as well. In Cozumel we did the Mayan ruins which were awesome. You dont even have to do any specific excursion when you are in a port. You can explore on your own and most of the time you have a lot of time to do so. It really depends on what you are looking for out of a vacation. If you are looking to relax the whole time and maybe do a few excursions then do the all inclusive. If you are looking to explore and experience different countries and still have lots of entertainment options then I would go on the cruise. We went to an all inclusive for our honeymoon and our next vacation is going to be a cruise because they are awesome!
Post # 12
One thing to keep in mind with curises is tipping. It’s not included in the cost. You might want to check out this article on cruise critic: http://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=132
While I do enjoy cruising and recommend it in the future, I would go to an all-inclusive for the honeymoon. you’ll want relax and do things on your own terms, not on the schedule of the ship.
Just my 2 cents.
Post # 13
If you do the all-inclusive you aren’t really “stuck.” You may feel obligated to stay there all day b/c of free food and drinks, but you can leave. There is so much to do in the Mayan Riviera… you could spend a month there and not see it all. Snorkeling, scuba, ruins, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and a lot of other tourist type destinations like Xcaret and Xel-Ha. If you stay in Cozumel, it might be a nice change of pace to take the ferry over to Playa del Carmen and eat dinner one night, or go for the nightlife and/or fire show.