- 8 years ago
- Wedding: March 2013
thanks for all the info everyone!
thanks for all the info everyone!
Pros: Eat any and everything you want. See a lot of places in a short time.
Cons: Cost of alcohol. Seasickness. Cost of excursions. Operating on someone else’s schedule, or you get left. Inability to experience most places for more than a few hours.
I went on a cruise in April and I didn’t think the drinks were any more expensive than they would be if you purchased them out at a bar. (Although I do live in a more expensive area so I may be jaded). We had a really great time and loved all the ports. We didn’t get sea sick, although the seas were really rough most nights.
I wouldn’t have wanted a cruise for our honeymoon because there really isn’t any privacy. There were way too many people for a romantic vacation IMO.
Definitely check out cruise critic. It is the best.
We cruised with Carnival two years ago and loved it. I got a little seasick and had some issues sitting in one of the dining rooms for breakfast, but other than that, it was awesome. The food is good and all you can eat (unless you go to the special restaurants); our ship had soft serve ice cream EVERYWHERE. I was in heaven. You meet some cool people–we’re still friends with two of the three other couples at our dinner table (you sit at the same table with the same people every night). The staff we dealt with were awesome and lots of fun.
The alcohol is kind of expensive. You get a running total about halfway through, which will include gratuity per person, per day (so if you have 2 people on a 5-day cruise, it’s $100), so don’t panic, haha. I think we spent maybe $150 or $200 with the gratuity, but we don’t drink much anymore. We booked a couple of excursions beforehand with the cruiseline and then one last minute on one of the islands, and another through a third party company because their dolphin excursion was better than Carnival’s. The only bad part was that we both got really sick the day of that one, and because we didn’t buy trip insurance and the excursion was not through Carnival, we lost over $400 because we were quarantined to the ship. I will say that the poor Carnival employees at the desk handled my sobbing quite well (they let us use their phone to call the company, tried to talk with the people from that company, telling them that we could not leave the ship etc., offering me tissues, asking if there was anything they could do to make it up to us, asking if I was going to be okay).
Our Honeymoon will be a cruise this Saturday!! I’ve been on 7 he’s been on 1. We’re not huge drinkers so our bill isn’t going to be too bad. I LOVE cruising. You get more bang for your buck. It’s so hard for me to do a land based vacation and certainly not for a week. We’ve been to Atlantis and that place was WAY more expensive without food for 4 days than a week long cruise with food and non alcoholic drinks included. I like the activities and people watching and whatnot. If I don’t want to do anything but sleep all day I can!! If I want to be on the go, then I can!
I’ve cruised both Royal Caribbean and Carnival — Royal Caribbean was WAY nicer, with much, much better food. Carnival was all satisfactory, but we were incredibly tired of the food by the middle of the week — and definitely a ton of kids.
Personally, I think I’m over cruising. I hate being trapped on the boat in your tiny cabin, and there are a ton of things happening but it’s not necessarily things you want to do. I would much rather stay somewhere for a week on solid ground. AND both times it has ended up costing substantially more than we budgeted or thought it would be.
OP if you do decide to cruise, ditto what PPs said-cruise critic is a must- sort of like trip advisor for the cruise industry. http://www.cruisecritic.com/
Pros: Cruises are easy. Meaning- if you want to see several locations, you don’t have to pack up/check into a new hotel, etc.
Cons: Can be crowded. Seasickness is a possibility. In a lot of the ports, you don’t have much time there/don’t get to see much of the town. If I had visited Belize on a cruise, I never would have gone back- ports aren’t always in the best areas of town, so it’s up to you to get out and explore more.
I think people either love cruises or they hate them. I personally don’t like them. I enjoy the food (who doesnt??) but I hate feeling so cramped. There is a huge lack of privacy as well. Plus, depending on when/where you go and what cruise line you use, there tends to be a lot of kids, which is not what I’m looking for as a 20something wanting to relax.
On the other hand, my SO LOVES them. He likes to jam as many locations into one trip as possible, so its ideal. He also eats like a horse, so also ideal. He enjoys “making friends” and chitchatting with other people he meets.
All in all, it just depends on what kind of person you are!
Man, I didn’t notice kids at all on our cruise. We also spent almost no time in our cabin (why would we?), so that didn’t bother us at all. Us and the other two couples were down on the bottom deck, and the other couple at the table were up on the very top and kept mentioning opening the balcony doors and sitting on the couch. They were really confused when we were like, “Doors? Balcony? Couch?” We were thinking of doing a top deck cabin for our Honeymoon, but it’s not worth it if you’re never in your room.
From Cancun? What company runs that ship? I don’t know of any big companies that run them out of Cancun. Ditto cruisecritic.com for reviews on ships, intineraries, and ports of call.
Pros: don’t need to carry around money on the ship just in port, great way to experience a few different ports at once, no need to pack and unpack at each port, no need for a Dear Daughter, relaxed atmosphere unless you choose a party ship, for me it’s worry free once I check in the first day, lots of entertainment to pick from
Cons: not enough time in ports if you like a place (usually only time for one or two activities), sea days can be terrible, in fact the sea can be rough depending on the season (even though it’s usually not too bad; I get seasick really easily but on the cruise ships I usually don’t have a problem), charges for lots of little stuff like pictures and alcohol, entertainment quality varies from ship to ship and longer itineraries tend to have better entertainment
I have been wondering the same thing as a first time cruiser. We booked our 3 day disney cruise and I am kind of nervous because I do get car and sea sick. But a lot of reviews said that Disney has such advanced stabilizers that people who usually did get sick said they didn’t feel a thing even when their was a storm. So I am hoping for the best! I will say when booking I felt 3 days was as much as I could take on one.
I have never been on a cruise. I like to travel independently, explore new places, and have plenty of time to myself / with my travel companion(s).
We just got back from a safari. The wildlife was amazing, but I was SO TIRED of eating my meals with a group of people all the time. There is not really any other way to visit the African bush, so we were stuck with that “group tour” feeling. It was worth it for such an amazing experience, but I imagine a cruise would have the same issue without the upside of seeing amazing wildlife.
@ElbieKay: Most cruise lines have anytime dining where you can eat whenever you want and you don’t have to sit with a group of people. Back in the day you were assigned a table and that’s who you ate with EVERY NIGHT but now you can choose to eat with a group or by yourselves. So we just stroll up around our usual dinner time and ask for a table for two just like a restaurant back home.
Cruise critic is your friend.
I have been on Royal Caribbean and Princess -would recommend either but espcially Princess. (Bonus; alcohol was not that expensive on Princess, despite it being more luxurious)
Ideally, cruise would be part of my honeymoon but maybe not all of it. Privacy can be an issue. But it’s a fab, cheap way of seeing lots of places. Food is amazing and it’s romantic in the evenings, there’s a good mix of actvities and people……..aw, I just want to go on another cruise now!
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