Post # 1
So after posting about our ‘free’ trip to Hawaii, we decided that the $1,400 flight would def. break the bank for us. Plus we’d have to pay for food, etc. while in Hawaii.
While it’s an amazing opportunity, FI’s heart wasn’t into it, and when I told him the price of the flight, he said hell no.
SO, we have decided a cruise will be better, because it’s all inclusive, and we can spend little money to do a mini-moon. Maybe next year will be Hawaii, and our 5 year will be Ireland. Shucks.
So here’s the question, should we do a 4-day or a 7-day cruise to Mexico? 7 days seems soooo long to be cooped up on a cruise ship, especially because neither of us has done a cruise before. Any advice?
Post # 3
cruises aren’t totally all-inclusive. you’ll have to pay for alcohol and sometimes tip for every meal. excursions are extra too, so if you want to get off the ship and do something other than walk around the port the expenses will add up. i would factor in all of those costs and figure out what your budget is.
Post # 4
I voted 7-day, 4 day cruises feel really quick because the last day you basically leave the ship at 10 am. I’ve never actually gotten bored on a 7-day cruise, the ships are so huge now that you can find something to do. It also depends on your budget. Kitzy is right, alcohol is not included and you have to tip your stateroom attendant, waiter, etc..
Post # 5
Yeah you have to tip basically everybody when you’re on a cruise. And as kitzy said you probably will have to pay for those day excursions, which I couldn’t imagine NOT doing. If you can afford it though, i would recommend the 7 day trip.
Post # 6
I always find the first day and the last day of a vacation are kind of throwaways because of travel, getting settled in, etc. I’d go for the 7-day so you have more real R&R time.
Post # 7
Thanks girls. It’s not really about the money, it’s just what we get for the money. Yes, we’re getting a condo ‘for free’ in Hawaii, but I’d rather use that same amount of money for sooo much more. I plan on sneaking on booze in water bottles (rum) and getting a soda pop pass, so that’ll handle alcohol. The shore trips..we’ll probably pay a cabbie in each spot and pay them a certain amount to take us to places.
The 7-day is probably the best bet. You’re right, @linguo42, I think 4 days will be enough to get used to being on a ship!
My Bridesmaid or Best Man has been on a few cruises and she doesn’t think 4 days is enough. So the 7-day it is!
Post # 8
There are TONS of things to do on a cruise ship. Every day they give you a new schedule of activities. You can take cooking classes, dancing classes, wine tasting, art, ice skating…everything your heart could possibly desire. Plus, you can get off the boat and browse at every port of call! Go 7 days! It’s worth it!! Just expect to come back 10 lbs heavier!
Post # 9
Definitely 7 days…it totally doesn’t feel too long. They plan a different show or entertainment for every evening, the menu is varied, and they stop at different ports.
Post # 10
@KendraJ: Haha! I plan on eating as much as I possibly can! I love that the food is free! My Bridesmaid or Best Man said that the food is actually really really good. After dieting before the wedding, that’s all I’ll want to do 🙂
Post # 11
I voted 7 day. Believe me, 4 days is NOT long enough to see and do all that you want. My Fiance and I just book our honeymoon this past weekend. We are doing a 7 night Southern Carribean Cruise and we are going to 6 ports. Yes, there are things such as drinks, excursions, and tips that you have to pay for, but the drinks aren’t that expensive (at least with Royal Carribean), and the excursions are affordable. It’s totally worth it!
Post # 12
I think the seven day cruise is much better idea than a four day. It takes a couple of days to just get into the relaxation mode.
On cruises, you can spend a lot of money or very little, it just depends. Alcohol can add up, so just be careful. Also, on some lines the tipping is included in your account. On Carnival, it ends up being $10 a day, but I think it is worth it, because the workers really can make it a wonderful experience for you. Don’t waste your money on all the photos, because they will charge a lot of money on those. if you would like a photo get one from when you get off at one of the ports as they are smaller and usually fun. You will have just had a lot of formal photos at your wedding, so you don’t need those from the ship too. And you don’t have to do an excursion at every port. Many ports will have a lot of fun things that you can do without going on an expensive excursion. Check out cruisecritic.com to find out about the ports and what you can do there.
Oh and not sure about your registry, but you can always do a honeymoon registry where you can include for things that you may want to do on the cruise and people can pay money toward that.
My fiance and I are planning to go on a cruise in the eastern caribbean. I think for the money, it’s a good deal and being on a cruise ship is so much fun, yet very relaxing!