Post # 1
Seriously, our Honeymoon has caused me more stress than actual wedding planning! We’ve been going back and forth over Honeymoon decisions for months. Originally we were going to take a cruise to Bermuda. Then we decided that we would prefer to go the all inclusive route so we scrapped the cruise idea and started working with a TA to plan an AI Honeymoon. Due to some health issues, Fiance really needs to fly first class which has totally destroyed our budget. We simply can’t afford to shell out close to $5k for our Honeymoon which is how much it would be for first class airfare and the resort. Now we’re back on the cruise idea but I can’t help but feel like we’ll be disappointed.
The cruise we’re looking into leaves from NJ on October 22nd. I worry that since it’s so late in the year, all of the pools will be closed and the water will be really rough. We’ve never cruised before and I would hate for our Honeymoon to be ruined because we’re both sea sick. We really want to be able to relax and enjoy married life but are cruises relaxing? It seems like they’re always go, go, go. My Maid/Matron of Honor just got back from a 12 day cruise and while she loved it, she said that she wasn’t sure if I would.
The price is right and I think we would have a good time regardless but I’d love to hear from some Bees who have experienced Honeymoon cruising. Were you happy with your decision? Do you wish you would have gone the all inclusive route? I’m really concerned with the fact that we have to pay for drinks (we like to drink). Did you go broke paying your tab?
Post # 3
I can’t speak for HONEYMOON cruising, but I’ve been on one cruise and will never cruise again. I felt like I was on a floating Walmart. The ship was just so… TACKY! (I would maybe make an exception for one of the new Oasis of the Seas ships that Royal Caribbean has but rooms on them are CRAZY expensive.) The drinks are expensive and weak. And most disappointingly, the food was AWFUL. I’ve always been under the impression that cruise food was a) neverendingly bountiful and b) delicious. The only meals I thought were decent were dinners; everything else was like hospital cafeteria food. I mean, one of the cheesecakes on the dessert buffet at lunch one day was like 10% cream cheese and had a layer of red Jello on top. Just, gross. It was nice to get off at the ports and just get away from the ship, which I frankly dreaded getting back on. I just was not a fan. I don’t know you, but your personality on the boards makes me think you wouldn’t care for a cruise either.
I did have fun in the casino, but gambling is fun no matter where you are.
We cruised in February and I can tell you the water was WAY too cold to swim in and we only got one day where it was anywhere near warm enough to lay out on the deck, and it was windy and still pretty chilly. (We went to the Bahamas, not Bermuda though.) One day in port the weather was so cold we just gave up and went back to the boat to get warm. I can’t say for sure, but it seems like October might be similarly cool.
My advice would be to pick a nice all-inclusive in an area that will be reliably warm that time of year and do that. Plus, the drinks are included so you won’t go broke getting drunk. LOL.
Post # 4
While I haven’t honeymoon’d yet, I’ve been on a few cruises… one to Canada in October that left from NYC. I can tell you that the waters were fantastic. You certainly won’t be able to use the pool though. They may not be closed, but it’ll be cold!! Where are you cruising to??
I have cruised on Royal Caribbean for all of my cruises and I would highly recommend them. The ships are clean and bright, the staff is friendly, and the food and entertainment are great. I understand that people have different opinions, but I wouldn’t cruise with any other line. The drinks can be expensive but if you are visiting multiple islands, there really isn’t a whole lot of time to spend on drinks. If you have a lot of days at sea, it might be different.
Hope this helps a little!! 🙂
Post # 5
If you just want to relax I would choose an all inclusive over a cruise. I have been on a cruise before and it was a lot of fun but I wouldnt say it was that relaxing. At every port we would go and do an excursion. Then once we were back on the boat wed go to dinner then to the casino or the club. Wake up the next day and do it again. The only time we were really relaxing was on our days at sea when we would just hang out by the pool or play shuffleboard.
If you leave out of NJ in October it will most likely be too cold when you are first leaving for use of the pool. Once you get out into the ocean it may be warm enough though.
Darling Husband and I went to an all inclusive for our honeymoon and realized it just wasnt for us. It felt really repetitive and by day 4 we were kind of bored. We didnt budget enough for several excursions so we mostly stayed on the resort. The food got old, the same pool got old and we were ready for a change. For our first year anniversary trip we are planning to go on a cruise. THe advantage is that you can choose to be low key if you want. WHen you go to the ports you have the option to just hang out on the beach instead of going off and doing something high intensity.
Post # 6
I have taken 1 cruise and I loved it. We left out of Florida, would that be an option for you? I think Jet Blue is having a spring sale right now. We went in March so I am not sure about pools being open in October. But check out the review section of cruisecritic.com. They have tons of information.
We took a 7 day Carnival and I had heard really mixed review, but we had an amazing time. I think its really what you make of it. If you want to relax, you can. If you want to party, you can. And if you want to just sight see at the ports, you can! On the days at see we just hung around the pool, ate leisurely meals, slept in, etc. We went to all the ports but I know some people like to explore for an hour or so but then come back to the ship before everyone else to enjoy some peace and quiet.
I thought the food was good. Its not 5 star meals, but considering they are cooking for a million people…I thought it was very good. There were tons of options and I always found things I liked. One night we paid extra for the restaurant on the ship, which I think was $30 for a 5 course, 5 star meal. On Versace china 🙂 Totally worth it.
Post # 7
@ohheavenlyday: Well thats sounds terrible! What cruise line did you go through?
@Mrs.GtoBe: We’re cruising to Bermuda and it would definitely be through Royal Caribbean. The cruise my Maid/Matron of Honor just got back from is on the same ship that we would be cruising on (Explorer of the Seas) and she said she loved it.
The whole pool thing sucks but it’s not really a deal breaker since I doubt we would swim anyways (public pools skeeve me out) but I would like for it to be warm enough to possibly get some sun on this pasty skin! It should still be pretty warm in Bermuda so I guess I could always get my sun there.
We would be at sea for 3 days and in Bermuda for 2. My Maid/Matron of Honor and her Boyfriend or Best Friend were actually able to smuggle liquor onto the boat which saved them a boat load of money. She said they bought a soda package on board and drank their smuggled liquor from home until it ran out. If we opt to go the cruise route, we definitely plan to attempt to bring some on board.
Post # 8
if you’re going in october, you’re rolling the dice on hurricane season too.
Post # 9
Oh ya, forgot to mention that we did smuggle alcohol on board 🙂 We brought some when we first arrived and then we snuck it on again at a couple ports. They do check your bags though, so you need to get creative 🙂
Post # 10
Well, if you can smuggle liquor, that might help, but they go through your suitcases when they load them on the ship! And, I might add, in the process of doing that, they ripped the waist-sash of a brand new dress I had not even worn. Just completely tore it from the dress on one side! No idea how they managed that. But if you can sneak it past them, more power to you.
We went through Carnival. NEVER AGAIN. I’ve heard better things about Royal Caribbean though, so if you do choose to cruise and go with them, you will probably have a better experience. FH has been on Carnival cruises before and swore they were great, so either he’s just crazy or they dropped the ball on this voyage. LOL.
Post # 11
I loved our honeymoon cruise! We did the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas, and I’m very happy with our decision. I’m usually someone who always has to be doing something and always on the go on vacation, but since we were just so exhausted from the wedding, it was nice to just get to relax. Plus, there was always something to do if we wanted to keep busy since it’s such a huge ship (golf course, ice skating rink, zip lining, flow rider, etc). I liked that there was no set schedule, if we didn’t want to do something that day we could always just chill and do it the next day. We went in early March so it was pretty chilly in the shade, but if we sat in the sun it was fine. We aren’t drinkers so we didn’t have the problem of the huge tab, but we booked through a travel agent and since she was unable to get us a discount for the ship we got $240 to spend on board. We actually had trouble spending all of the money! And we bought some big things, like a watch (we both forgot ours), we went to a lot of the restaurants that you have to pay extra for, and we did buy a couple of drinks.
Post # 12
@PitBulLover: I kind of feel like the AI may get old for us too. I love that everything is included but I feel like we would get bored just swimming and eating for 5-7 days. We decided that whichever route we decide to take for our Honeymoon, we’ll do the other for our first anniversary. By then we can easily save enough for the AI with first class airfare!
@Bostongrl25: Part of the reason we’re considering the cruise is because it leaves out of NJ. We would have to buy first class tickets to get to FL which is an added expense. I also kind of want to spend a day or two in NYC after we get back since Fiance has never really been.
Post # 13
Didn’t go on a cruise for our honeymoon, but have been on two cruises in the past. Royal Caribbean and Carnival. I loved them both. But they were both active vacations. Walking a lot at the different islands, doing activities on board…So I will say that if you are looking to simply relax, than I would recommend an island, not a cruise. We did the all-inclusive in St. Thomas for our honeymoon and really did get to relax. Are there any other all-inclusives you can find that will fit your budget?
Post # 14
I’ve been on two Carnival cruises and I believe 4 Royal cruises. I’m not a fan of Carnival anymore, but I love Royal. We are actually thinking of doing a cruise the year after we get married, and just doing something within a 10 hour drive for our after wedding trip (we want to bring the dogs).
Now, I did an all inclusive resort in January – a Marriott resort in Jamaica. While it was nice, I really don’t think it was for me. Maybe it was just this particular resort, but after 10pm, everything but the one sports bar closed. Room service was only until 11, and if you were hungry after, you were lucky to get a bag of chips or some peanuts at the bar – that was it. There was little entertainment, so during the day it was just relaxing – which was nice. It’s nice have drinks included, but I still prefer the cruises – so much more to do, and I’m not stuck in the same place day after day.
We’ve traveled on 3 different Royal ships – including one of the smaller ones, and the others were the largest at the time (the ones under the Oasis). All were beautiful, but I must say, the smaller ships you did feel the waves. I’ve cruised in March/April and the summer months, never the fall, but I definitely enjoy it.
Post # 15
@Bostongrl25: How were you able to hide the booze?
@artbee: That sounds great! Our TA is looking into the cruise now. I wonder if she can score us some onboard credit? That would be pretty sweet!
@ohheavenlyday: That totally sucks about your dress! I would definitely be pissed. I’ll need to ask my Maid/Matron of Honor how they got the liquor on board and try to do the same.
Post # 16
We went on a honeymoon cruise in September. We LOVED it. We used Celebrity and opted for the Aqua Class. We had a bottle of (cheap) champagne in our room upon arrival and had bottled water and fresh peach tea delivered daily. When you come back from an excursion they stand outside with punch, icewater and iced towels for your enjoyment as you get back on the ship. I noticed that no other cruise line did that at our ports (there were only Carnival and Royal Carribean there at the time).
I would highly recommend using cruisecritic.com. They compare cruise lines for you and have an active forum where you can ask questions. Make sure you find a cruise line that will suit your needs. My husband and I aren’t party animals so we wanted a cruise line that had a more relaxing environment where we would feel pampered.
Ha. I sound like a rep for Celebrity. 🙂 Point being, we had a wonderful time and plan to do it again.