(Closed) pros and cons of cruises?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Make sure you research your cruise line very carefully; many of them have horrendous labor practices.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We cruise Carnival. It is somewhat all inclusive. Included in your price: All you can eat!! Seriously! All you can eat! there is a buffet all day long, and the sit down dinner is included as well. Grututiy is included. As for drinks you have three choices that are included in your price: water, lemonaide and tea. For $40 you can buy a soda pass which allows you to have unlimited soda on the ship. Alcohol will cost though.

When you go to the fancy sit down dinners, they are all you can eat. I got two entres just about every night. The steak was so good that I couldn’t pass it up. The nights that they had shrimp and crablegs as entres I wanted them too, so I got both and it’s all included!

The alcohol is expensive, and the mixed drinks are weak! I don’t drink on the normal day, or even weekend for that matter, One night after about 8 mixed drinks I was going to be sick from the taste of strawberries and not from alcohol.

I LOVE cruising! LOVE!!! As for Carnival, there is something going on all the time. We get into the cornhole tournaments, play volleyball and mini golf. The shows are wonderful. The comedy shows are pretty good too!

The only thing I don’t like is that it’s all scheduled. I don’t want to have to get up early just so I don’t miss time to be on an excursion..

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

i have been on two cruises. We went on a cruise for our honeymoon. Our cruise sailed from baltimore to the caribbean. 10 day cruise. Five of those 10 days were days at sea. I was really sea sick. In my opinion, there is only so much you can do on a boat. I was ecstatic once we hit land. I was so sick of trivia games and bingo.

But, that’s not really my cup of tea. My first cruise was 8 days and we went to 6 islands. I loved it. We were barely on the ship. It’s a good way to see different islands in one trip.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

pros: tons of food, entertainment, good mix of relaxation/sight seeing 

cons: alcohol is expensive and not included, potential for sea sickness

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Can I just say… I LOVE CRUISES!!!!  I’ve probably been on about 10 of them…

I found that my favorites so far were Celebrity and Royal Caribbean.  The caliber of food and service are so much better on these cruises.  I’ve been on several Norwegian cruises, and they just don’t compare (IMO).

Pros: Somewhat all-inclusive (alcohol and soda packages are not), meeting new people everywhere you go and seeing them around the ship, entertainment is planned out for you daily on itineraries, ability to dock at several pretty places all during one cruise, you get to dress up some nights and take professional pictures that you can purchase on the ship!, 24-hr room service just like a hotel

Cons: Can be rocky at times(though you may not realize if you’ve had a good amount to drink Tongue Out), rooms are be extremely claustrophobic and tight, especially if you opt for a room with no windows, set times that you dock/depart at so you have to plan accordingly when exploring on land, a lot of restaurants on the ships offer you “special dishes” that you have to pay more for (ie. filet mignon or lobster).. therefore not all the food is all-inclusive

 

I’m excited for you & your boo..! 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

I’ve been on probably 20 cruises with all different brands.

Pro:

Lots of ports crammed into short amount of time

Inclusive food, and usually delicious

Lots to do to stay entertained

 

Con:

People are EVERYWHERE, you cannot ‘escape’… constant feeling of cattle call.

Drinks are wildly expensive

If it rains one day, your port of call will be ruined

Potential to get sea sick

Only getting a few hours in each port

Constantly moving with deadlines/timelines (dinner, arriving and leaving ports, etc)

 

 

Honestly if you’re already in Cancun I’d just hop over to another all-inclusive, probably one closer to Playa del Carmen so you can ferry over to Cozumel.  I don’t think we’ll be doing another cruise again any time soon.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

@newname_99:  Most cruise ship doctors will have a magic injection that will cure your sea sickness if it is really bad. But there are also lots of other rememdies and products out there. Some you take/use before the cruise the starts other when and if sea sickness occurs.

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

@newname_99:  Are you from the US?

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

I went on a Honeymoon cruise, and it was both of our first time.  But we have both travelled extensively, but we HATED cruising, and will never go on another again (unless we are ++ old)

Pro: 

-Cheap

-Mostly all included

-We felt like we were the smartest, thinnest, most cultured people in the world.

Cons:

-You don’t actually see any of the countries you go to.  Like when you pull up to Roatan, Honduras you are hit in the face with US chain restraunts like Burger King, Starbucks etc.  Hardly a picture of the true local environment

-No local food on the boat.  If I go to Mexico, I want to be able to eat some Mexican on the boat, since I will only be there for 5 hours.

-The day trips are ++ expensive if booked with the cruiseline

-The day trips are another “sanitized” version of local sights

-You are only in each port a few hours

-There is the same crap for sale at each port.

-There are people everywhere, there is no just laying anywhere private

-The pool is teeny

-Mainly buffett style food (barf).

-Booze is expensive

 

So I am probably not the best person for cruising advice.  I know lots of people LOVE them.  We just aren’t those people.

 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

obsessed with cruises. royal caribbean specifically. were cruising for our Honeymoon in september! go on one every year. fan.tab.u.lous! from my end, i have no cons at all. but i dont get sea sick. i do get car sick. but being on the large ships ive noticed nothing. they do have bracelets and little ear stickers (not sure what theyre called) that get placed behind your ear like a bandaid and i hear they are miracle workers. cure any motion sickness at all. royal caribbean the food and activities are included. gifts, liquor and excursions are not. but the food is fantastic. and endless! paying for alcohol i suppose can suck if youre a huge drinker. but Darling Husband and i are not. we  usually buy a drink each at night during the shows only. the days at sea i love, it feels nice to sleep in and not feel guilty. RC offers plenty plenty to do on the ship. and the island days are lovely! there are formal nights too. fun to dress up 🙂 i noticed the PP above me mentioned people everywhere… ive never thought there were people all over. we’ve always been able to find spots on places like 7 mile beach etc, chairs are always available, spots at dinner etc. and ive been to roaton honduras… i definitely have not seen a burger king there ever. when you get off the ship its 100% honduras. local food. local drinks. and lots of culture. honduras is pretty poor and not up and running. i have seen a BK in cozumel when we were on an excursion. booking excursions through the ship can be expensive but you can find them with the locals for cheap cheap. depends on the type of person you are and whats more important, time or money etc. it is what you make it! i think for me im terrified of going to resorts because trip advisor has such harsh reviews and id be terrified of boredom without being able to venture out and shop etc. PM me for any questions! cruisecritic.com is a great site as well!

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@newname_99:  If you pick a luxurious cruise then I am sure you can get everything included.

Of course cruises vary from pretty crappy to practically royal. You need to do your homework.

Pros – you can see more places, you don’t have to pack everything each place you go to.. you wake up in a new place, you’re basically in a floating city w. lots to do, shopping, entertainment, yummy restaurants

Cons – possible seasickness, you’re stuck on a boat for a lot of the time, you don’t have much time in each stop, cabins can be small

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Cruises are an awesome way to feel pampered… equivalent on land would be a frickin fortune !!

Mr TTR and I will be doing a Cruise as the second part of our Honeymoon… cannot wait.

The main thing to know about Cruising is it is a whole other vacation / atmosphere / way of life… you do need to therefore do some research on it to learn what-is-what and how things work (each Cruise Line is slightly different… be it for Cabins, Food, Entertainment, Drinking, Excursions etc)

There are your base costs… costs per person for the cabin… and then the extras (can look like an All Inclusive Holiday, but it isn’t).

Extras usually mean… Fees & Taxes – Airfare & Transfers – Hotels on Land (Before and After… a good idea if you are coming in from afar or from a COLD Winter Climate to a Southern one… incase of Weather Delays / Flight Cancellations) – Gratuities & Tips – Shore Excursions – Specialty Dining – Alcoholic Drinks – Pop, Bottled Water & Highend Coffees & Teas – Some Onboard Workshops – Souvenirs

As a general rule of thumb when budgeting Mr TTR and I say that there is an “invisble person” in each cabin… that accounts for the extras charged.  So if your cruise is $ 1000 per person ($ 2000) add on another $ 1000 for the Extras Onboard (PLUS Airfare & Transfers)

It isn’t a cheap holiday by any means, BUT it can be truly an amazing experience !!

If there is a downside, it is that the visits to each Island is so short… but if you do some exploring on your own (vs taking a Ship Excursion) you can see what any place is like, and make a quick evaluation if it is an Island you might want to visit again in the future for a longer vacation.

As others have said, by far one of the best resources on the Internet to learn EVERYTHING imaginable about cruising is cruise critic.com (they are the sister website to TripAdvisor)… you can learn sooo much there about Destinations, Cruise Lines, even specific Ships.  And they have DISCUSSION BOARDS where you can chat with other cruisers and ask specific Questions and get great help… and insider tips on how to get the most out of your cruise, save money, get the best cabins etc.  Wouldn’t cruise without checking in with CC first.

Hope this helps,

 

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