(Closed) Mediterranean cruise for honeymoon?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Ohhh this has been a dream of ours, but we have yet to do it because of costs! If you can afford it I would gaurentee it will be 10x better than Hawaii! Look into the cheaper cruises or ones that have activities for younger people because I know from experience that some of the lines cater mostly to older travellers and that isn’t exactly fun for us!

One thing we looked into is a smaller ship through Gap tours/adventures that would be travelling around Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. They have specfic tours even for people ages 18-35 or for the more “adventerous” type. We have yet to decide a honeymoon destination so I’ve been doing tons of research lol. Just got our free Gap tours book in the mail last week ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
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Busy bee

i would choose hawaii for the honeymoon.  a mediterranean cruise is on our short list of future vacay places, but we’ve heard so many horror stories of couples not enjoying their honeymoons bc of the stress of cruising abroad.

if you’re willing to tackle it, i would really try to make it with an american cruise line, and spend teh extra cash for a larger/more luxurious cabin.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would vote for an American cruise line as well. Holland America is beautiful and a great mix of ages and activities!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Beautiful! I also agree to go with an American cruise line. I took a Greek cruise with a local budget company and it was kind of… not that great.

My only concern is that September will be hot hot hot hot in the Mediterranean… look into weather averages in Hawaii and the port cities around that time! I can tell you that hiking the Acropolis in 120 degree weather was not one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (That was in July.)

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I took a Mediterranean cruise with my family a few years ago. Amazing way to see many countries in one trip without having to unpack and re-pack!

Denintely not ideal if you want to sit by a pool and relax all day, but if you’re an active couple who don’t really enjoy sitting around, it’s perfect.

We went on Princess Cruise Line and it was wonderful. I would highly recommend it!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It depends on what your interests are.  I did a mediterranean cruise this summer and didn’t particularly enjoy it because we had such limited time in all of the stops.  One of my favorite things to do when traveling is eat great food and you are in the cities for so little that you usually end up eating cruise ship food.  I know itineraries vary but generally you get in in the morning and then leave at night, around 6 or 7, so you really don’t get the chance to go out to dinner or experience any local nightlife.  But, if you are one that loves cruise ships and loves having everything planned out for you, it’s definitely a good way to see a lot and jam a lot in in a short amount of time.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I did a mediterranean cruise a few years ago with my family.  We went with MSC cruiselines (you can book through Sunquest vacations)  We booked about a year in advance and got a great early booking bonus and free wine for the cruise.  We started in Italy and went to Monaco, Spain, Malta and Tunisia with 1 full day at sea.  The only thing I hated was the day at sea because there was way too many kids to enjoy the pool.  But like others say, depends what you want, it is busy, up at 7am sometimes to actually see the countries, but great way to see many countries.  The food on the ship was amazing.  The great thing we did was added a night in Rome before the cruise and did a tour.  But then we added 2 weeks stay in Italy after the cruise, since the flight was included in the package (we went to my Dad’s hometown so of course we didn’t have to pay for hotels etc)

We aren’t doing Europe for our honeymoon mainly because its still cold in May and we want beach, otherwise we’d be there.  I’d pick the cruise over Hawaii.  We looked at Hawaii but decided against it, Kmart across the street from our hotel does nothing for us ๐Ÿ™‚  We’re scared it would be too similar to Florida, which we’ve both been a ton of times.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would highly recommend it. My fi and I did a  7 day Mediterranean cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line, 2 years ago.  We departed from Barcelona and visited Italy and France. It was awesome.  We did excursions at each stop (5 total) and really enjoyed ourselves.  The cruise left from Barcelona so we stayed there for a week after we returned from the cruise.  I would recommend extending your trip by staying at the departure port before or after the cruise.

Also, we went end of August into September, and it was hot and honestly, comparable to a heat wave in NYC, nothing we couldn’t handle. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

we are doing the Greek cruise through Norwegian. It will be my hubby’s first cruise and my second. We will only have 2 days at sea total, but we’re excited about getting out and seeing the sites, so we’re not really the “lounge” type anyway. We are arriving in Venice 2 days before the cruise leaves, and leaving Venice 3 days after it returns, so we’ll have plenty of time to rest up before the cruise, and a few days to take in Venice when we return (he’s already been to Venice once). I can’t wait! We’re doing a Honeymoon registry so we can get upgrades on our cabin and do excursions on each island.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

we were advised by our honeymoon travel agent not to go on a mediterranean cruise for our honeymoon for exactly the reasons meantioned above. its very busy and you need your honeymoon to relax and wind down from the craziness. he also said the cruiselines and ships are not the same as the ones in the caribbean where you can stay on the boat all day if you feel like it and have just as good a time. he told us the ships are not as lux and there aren’t the same kinds of acitivites, resturant choices etc on board and that everyone gets off in every place, and therfore, any on board activities (casino, pool) closes down when the ship is docked.

we definitely plan to do it eventually but ended up going to Greece for 10 days for the honeymoon and it was amazing. great mix of relaxation, history, beach, luxury etc.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

oooh – sounds nice! We are leaving almost a month after our wedding (I teach and wanted to wait until classes were over to avoid “loose ends”, so we’re leaving in mid-June and will be gone for 2 weeks). I was pretty much hoping for some relaxation on the ship, lots of sightseeing and history (and eating) at the ports, and tons of adventure. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We JUST booked our Honeymoon- and we got an AMAZING deal through AAA for a 7 day Mediterranean cruise leaving from Barcelona and stopping at several points in Italy. It is with Norwegian Cruise line on the Epic (BRAND NEW boat – just came out in July). Check it out- we are uber excited :)… leaving May 22 (about two weeks after our wedding date).

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

^ ha ha – we looked into that one! I need to call my Norwegian guy and get my AAA discount!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@bunnyfoofoo: Yes!!! Do it – so worth it! We got a room upgrade, too! Are you looking at the same dates? We are so happy and excited… it is so perfect: new ship, upgraded room, awesome location, perfect length! ๐Ÿ™‚

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