(Closed) Honeymoon on a budget!

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 16
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Worker bee

Highly recommend Costco Travel. Darling Husband and I shopped around & got the best deal going through Costco. Good luck 😊

Post # 17
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

hey bee… i’ve booked quite a few vacations with hotwire.com.  I highly recommend it.. just make sure you’re booking hotels with at least 90% recommended, read the amenities list carefully, and give prefrence to ones that post their trip advisor ratings.

Often you can deduce from that which hotel it is, and sometimes they even tell you “the last person bought ___” I have NEVER gotten something different than the last person, hah. I see alll inclusive resorts for 130ish a night all the time, so you could easily go for 7-10 nights and use the rest of your budget for flight and tip.

Post # 19
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Busy bee

keevolpi:  i’ve booked with cheapcarribean 2x and loved it. we didn’t go with them for the honeymoon because the agent i had been working with wasn’t very responsive, but normally everything was great so i would still recommend it. they have a “beach finder” tool where you can search by budget. try cancun, jamaica or riviera maya for deals. see if leaving midweek or weekends is cheaper.good luck!

Post # 20
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Busy bee

keevolpi:   Anytime, I have had bad luck with travel agents also that made my budget seem insane but when I started looking on my own it wasn’t at all! If you see a resort you like that the budget is close to what you want if you pick the hotel room first I think then it will show you flights in the next Window and show you if you can save more. 

Also there is an option on there to pick the amount you want to spend total and it shows you a bunch of different counties and resorts. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I would look at groupon. I went to Jamaica with some friends a couple years ago. We bought a groupon and ended up spending about $800 each for an all inclusive resort. The getaways are usually only about 4 months out, so you might have to wait a couple months to book something. You could check it out now because usually similar deals pop up each month. 

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

 

keevolpi:  for cruises, the bigger the boat, the better your chances to not get seasick. Cruises include your travel to different islands plus room, board and all entertainment.  Some boats hold 4000-8000 people, that includes over 1000 crew members.

Are you open to driving?  For booking a cruise, you can eliminate the costs of flights if you drive to your port.  Some people are fine doing long drives and others not so much. This can also eat into your time off from work, so some people will be sensitive to that.

The major ports where you will have the most options for cruising is in Florida, and it’s about 15 hours away from you.

Another option is going to the port in New Jersey, its about an 11 hour drive From Indy.

If I were you, you would be able to do a medium level cruise for 5-7 nights easily for under $1000 for two people. If you open your range to $1500-1700 it can be very luxurious. Plus with cruises, if you are an American depending on zip code they give you discounts or with the military. Except the only thing is, I have done cruises with my family, so I am familiar with what perks and other minor details We like and don’t like from experience.

Some people like to try out new things, I am not sure if you would be open to trying new things for your honeymoon. But being able to visit a new island everyday is refreshing. 

I like cruises because no matter what stateroom level you book, everyone on crew treats you Really really well. You have themed nights, with options like fine dining (included) every night, with at least one formal night (usually the night when you can order lobster tail or prime AAA beef), casinos, fun events, and then during the day you visit new island.  So your pictures from your honeymoon will have lots of variety from the different islands you visit to the excursions and events you attend. 

They spoil you from the minute you arrive to the minute you leave the boat. Goodluck Bee! 

Post # 23
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We were going through a travel agent, and then I realized she was using the website Funjet.com

I decided to take a look at that site and we were able to book a 5days/4night stay at an Catalonia Royal Tulum. It is an all inclusive adults only resort. We were able to to book the resort, flights and transfer from airport to hotel for 2,150. And that is for the privledged honeymoon package, it is the upgraded all inclusive treatment ( you get access to a special area of the beach,  couples massages, and a private dinner on the beach one night, and breakfast in bed)

We are flying from Texas to Mexico, so the flights might be a little more, but I suggest checking out funjet.com, you are able to narrow it down by all inclusive resorts, and adults only resorts.

 

 

Post # 26
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Sugar bee

keevolpi:  Strategically leveraging airline miles. Take out a CC with great travel bonuses (Chase Sapphire Preferred is a good one) and start putting all your expenses on it. Wedding expenses are a great way to rack up points provided you can pay the balance off right away and you don’t mind potentially paying a small extra fee (for example, my decor company charged a 2% CC fee, but it was much more than outweighed by how much $$$ I saved on honeymoon flights using the points I netted from that transaction). You can get free flights or hotel stays by doing this, allowing you to upgrade elsewhere with your cash.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

keevolpi:  definitely $1500-1700 together, for two people total. Excursions are not included  the price. However, depending what deals you can get, when u book a cruise, they sometimes give you credit toward excursions or bonus money to be spent on the boat etc etc.

There’s lots of stuff to do for very cheap though. For example, if you buy the excursions with the boat, they are affiliated with ur cruise, so u start and finish on ur cruise! but it also reflects in their asking price. Once u step off your boat and step out of the dock there are independent excursion companies that are at a fraction of the cost, and lots of cruisers both on the same boat as u and other boats will join the Indy excursions because they are significantly cheaper.  We went snorkelling and got  swim and pet baby sting rays as  family and we haggled them down to $30 per person and we went out for a couple hours, they brought us back and we had about 2 hours to shop before we had to get back to the boat, we just walked to the boat as it was so close and u can visit the shops on the way. The excursions through the boat are $60+ per person. Also, when u visit the new islands, if you want to save money, you can go back to the boat for lunch and then head back out again. There are always kayaks, ski dos and other water activities almost at every island I have seen. 

I like to visit cruises.com to see what is available, you can pick your time and which port. You can filter from $-$$$$. You can also put in your zip code to seeif u qualify for anything. 

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

keevolpi:  Check out travelzoo.com or groupon. Check out packages on expedia, travelocity, etc. 

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Have you watched YouTube videos of cruises? Videos made by the major cruise lines, and also watch people who just go on them for vacation. It will give you a wide variety of what to expect if you go.  My Mom loves the broadway and cirque du soleil shows on the boat. My Dad loves the Jazz bars and the casino.  I am a huge foodie and love trying out new things. My brother is a big fan of the parades and arcades. My sister loves to just relax and sunbathe near the pool. 

The cruise director is in charge of managing the entertainment for you from start to finish. They have different guest performers every night. There are ice skating and dancing shows. It’s free to do things like rock climb on your boat, the wave rider, the zip line. Free mini golf, roller skating, sports courts and tournaments. You get an itinerary for every day and there are times when there is so much to do, you have to pick one over the other because there’s so much.  They have libraries. Computer labs if you need to check your email (it can get costly,  we usually wait till we hit the island and get service again or visit a place that has free wifi hahah). My sister made the entire family do a free juggling class one day, it was a riot. And then as a family we walked down to the dining room for lunch, lol. It is so nice not to worry about stuff because your room is an elevator ride away, or stairs if you don’t mind. 

I would caution you about trying new things for your honeymoon, but if I were trying to save as much money as I could, I would do my research in a cruise. Definitely watch youtube videos to get an idea. They even have vlogs of people celebrating their honeymoon on cruises. There are also many vlog reviews and Q&A sessions for people who haven’t experienced it.  

One of my fav things to do is to explore the boat and take guilty pleasure pics and selfies with friends and family because there are so many cool backgrounds and rooms.  

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