(Closed) Planning Honeymoon Cruise, help and thoughts………..

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Carolyn72: i love, love, love cruises! i’ve been on a few and the only cruise line i’ve ever been on is celebrity. i’d always heard that they were an awesome cruise line, but after going on their ships, i would definitely reccommend going through them! they have amazing service, reasonable pricing, and very nice ships! good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’ve been on Carnival, Celebrity & Disney.  I liked Carnival over Celebrity overall, but I liked Celebrity’s food & restaurant set up better than Carnival.

I’ve always booked right through the cruise line website.  They really aren‘t much more than booking through a travel agent or other travel website.  I’ve stayed in both suites & balcony state rooms.  I highly recommend getting at a balcony.  I loved sleeping to the sounds on the waves at night.  There is always so much to do too, the shows are usually pretty good.  I mean it is a cruise ship after all, not Broadway.

 

i got my mom, grandmother and FI’s mom hooked on cruising.  its just nice to have everything included.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Carnival Cruise Lines all the way!!!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I think it really depends on your personality. From my experience I find the Princess and Royal Caribbean lines to be the best. Both are more family oriented while Carnival is mostly people in their 20s and 30s. I’ve never been on the Carnival line but I hear that the food, etc. isn’t as nice as it is on other lines. It also has the reputation of being rather a party boat (I’ve frequently heard it referred to as a “booze cruise”). Holland America, from what I’ve heard, is generally patronized by people who are retired so maybe it’s more peaceful?. So, from what I gather and from my own experiences, if you want a more relaxing atmosphere go with a line other than Carnival. If you are into partying, go with Carnival.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have been on Carnival twice and had a great time. PP said Carnival food isn’t as good as others, but i have always enjoyed it. And depening on when you go, the age range may be different. i went in October 4 years ago and there were a lot of older couples and here we wanted to hang out late and dance and hardly anybody was out.You just never know who else will be on there.

For our honeymoon we are going to take a Carnival cruise leaving from Miami and going to Half Moon Cay(private island in the Bahamas), St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk. Looking forward to all these ports, especially San Juan. There are also lots of cruises that leave from San Juan and go into the Southern Caribbean. Happy hunting!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@calico61979: Thanks for the different perspective! Maybe I’ll have to cruise Carnival afterall!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’ve only done Carnival and we’re doing our wedding aboard the Carnival Pride in Baltimore. We highly recommend them. We love that they’re expanding up the east coast because with what we save on airfare flying to Florida, we can use to upgrade our cabin.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

They’re now doing year round cruises out of New York and summertime out of Boston. The New York cruises go to the Bahamas and the Bostonian ones go to Canada. Baltimore was most convenient because I’m from that region and then my family wouldn’t have to travel very far. So we’re having a hometown, destination wedding 😀

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@CMSnails: All I am saying is don’t count it out. There are lots of different cruises and I pick mine for the itinerary. We looked at doing a Norwegian one this time around, but I was more interested in going to Grand Turk rather than Nassau. 

the last time I went on a cruise was right before Labor Day and there were lots of big families and I think there were more people than should have been. It was crazy. I said never again. So I don’t think I want to do a cruise in the summer, but really want to do a cruise in January or February.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@calico61979: That’s a good point about picking the right season to go.

Oooh! I also forgot to add that going on a small ship vs. a large ship can make quite a bit of difference as well. Larger ships generally have more amenities but feel like a shopping mall in boat form (in my opinion) whereas smaller ships feel more intimate (but usually have less to do).

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I have been on two Royal Carribean cruises over in Europe, one for 1 week and one for 2 weeks.  I have no complaints but just know that they send some of their older boats over there so you’re not going to be on the newest boat- they werent bad but nothing like the new floating cities they have in the Carribean. If you pick a RC one DM me for deets- I can share which ones we went on and excursion choices.

Cruising is your best bet for seeing a lot but with a low cost and no stress.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve done Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Princess, and Holland America.  I can definitely say that Carinal is much more of a ‘party ship’ than any of the others.  If I’d only been on Carnival, I’d say it’s very nice and have no complaints, but since I can compare it to the other lines, I gotta say that it’s just not as nice.  The food is fine, but it’s not as good as it is on RC, and the staff is nice, but no where near as friendly as on RC, and the ship itself is adequate, but not as nice as a RC ship, in general.  However, I think a bigger factor in all of that is where and when you cruise.  If you’re going over summer or spring break, there will be a lot more kids and party people.  You will find more party people on the Caribbean cruises than on European or Alaskan ones.  

So, it just depends on what atmosphere you’d prefer.  We are doing a honeymoon cruise on RC because we want a ship that has all the fun and party options available, but we don’t want it to be all crazy parties all the time.  Wherever you go, there should be plenty of amenities and activities available, and you can always just spend time in your room, so you should have a good time on any cruise line.  Let me know if you have questions about any specific lines/ itineraries / locations, etc.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I just came back from a 5 night Carnival Destiny cruise on Saturday, it was alright. I have sailed on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess and Norwegian prior to this, and I am not so sure I would be so excited to sail on Carnival again. I am hooked on Princess and Norwegian that is for sure. I thought the food was better, the entertainment was better, the private islands were much better and I just had a more enjoyable experience.

A cruise is what you make of it, honestly. You are in a floating hotel and what you do is up to you.

Princess has a way of spoiling honeymooners though, I will say that.

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