Post # 1
Fiance and I were looking into vacationing locally for our honeymoon. We don’t have a lot of money and we thought it would be cheaper to go on vacation here, in the midwest, then go away. But the thing is, we’ve always lived here, and have never been on vacation together before. (Like never stayed in a hotel or anything).
A friend from work had mentioned that we look up vacations on Applevacations.com but nothing was cheap enough so I started looking in to cruises and found that we could go on a cruise for like half of our honeymoon (with airfare) for like $900. I think in comparison to some of the $100 a night hotels around here that’s a lot less than we might’ve spent before.
I started looking around though, and the Royal Caribbean Cruise lines look the most fun. Carnival is the cruise line offering the $200 a person deal for like 4 days to Mexico.
So, any suggestions? What cruise line have you gone and loved?
Post # 3
Fiance and I have travled Carnival Cruise lines. We love Carnival, we just booked a Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas for our Honeymoon. We wanted to get a Balcony Cabin and we spent $1400 and thats including all the taxes and the prepaid gratuities. We always have such a good time and theres always somthing going on for everyone of all ages to enjoy!!
Post # 4
Were going on a Carnival cruise for our honeymoon… They are known as the “fun ship!” tehe. Ours is expensive because it’s 7 days to the Bahamas in a suite but still half the cost of RCCL and NCL. Can’t argue with that.
Post # 5
Royal Caribbean is the only cruise line I’ve tried, so I might be biased, but they’ve been wonderful! I’ve been on 3 (Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean) and 3 different ships. I would definitely recommend trying to get on one of the newer ships- they tend to have the better entertainment, staff and food in my experience. Plus, a newer, bigger ship just means more to do! If you check out their “hot cruise deals” you can often find some great prices. Good luck honeymoon hunting 🙂
Post # 6
We have only done Disney Cruise line. Loved it not always just about kids. You go to Disneys private Island that has an Adults only section which when we went for July 4th weekend last year no one was at. Then on the ship there are adult only areas and things to do. Plus food is included in the price. Unless you want to do the other more fancier places on the ship to eat at. We did the 5 day cruise last year and went to Nassau, Key West, and Castaway Cay. We had one full day at sea which we used to go to the clubs at night so we could sleep in the next day lol. While at Nassau we did the booze cruise excursion which was 60 bucks for the day with unlimited drinks at a private beach location with snorkeling and food. Loved it and planning to go on a 7 day cruise again with Disney Cruise line in June.. This time for 7 days hehehe
Post # 7
I have been on Royal Caribbean and it was amazing. The ship was beautiful, the food was awesome, great entertainment, and lots to do! And I went on the Alaska route, with a ship that wasn’t even their “best ship” so to speak!
I would highly recommend it to anyone. The service was awesome!
Post # 8
My Fiance have been having this argument lately. We took a New England cruise on Carnival early in our relationship and it was my first ever cruise but I loved every minute. We went on the cheap, only getting an inside cabin and it didn’t matter to us because we found we weren’t in our room a lot. The food was great, activities plentiful, and a great overall experience. However, we’re planning to cruise again for our honeymoon and he is defiant on not taking Carnival again…saying it’s because he wants to try something different. We’re presently looking into RCCL Eastern Caribbean in July and prices are at their peak right now so I’ve cooled my searching for a while to see if they come down. I think if you can find a deal within your budget you should go for it…you only honeymoon once!!
Post # 9
i have only been on Carnival, but other people have been on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian and have loved them. I love going on a cruise and Fiance and i booked a 7 day Eastern itinerary cruise leaving from Miami. I think if you choose any of the lines you will have a good time. Just check out the different ports and see what sounds good to you and let that help you decide. If you are going this november, you can find some really good deals as it is a cheaper time to go, except during the week of thanksgiving.
I know you are limited on funds, but if you can, i would suggest going for longer than 4 days on a cruise. I say this because really you won’t get much time to enjoy the ship and there are so many things to do on the ship. Most of your trip will be spent at a port. You will probably wish you had a little more time if you go for just a few days.
Post # 10
I have been on Royal Caribbean and it was wonderful! By far, the best vacation ever.
We have booked a cruise on Norwegian Epic for our honeymoon.
Post # 11
I’ve been on Carnival twice & it’s super fun! The crowd is a bit younger than on other cruises is what I’ve heard. My Fiance has been on 10 cruises, so he’s been on a few different lines and he says that the crowd is definitely younger on Carnival, but the quality of food and ship is better with Royal Caribbean and some other lines. The food on Carnival is great to me though! We’re going on Royal Caribbean for our honeymoon in Europe, though. :o)
Post # 12
I’ve been on 3 cruises – 2 carnival and 1 (our honeymoon) Royal Caribbean. Royal Caribbean has been our favorite – the entertainment was better as was the food. They also had a lot of extras that carnival doesn’t have. The ship we went on had an ice skating rink, rock climbing wall and a surf simulator! However, we had a ton of fun on our 2 carnival cruises as well – I don’t think it’s possible to go on a cruise and not have a great time! If I were to have my choice, I would choose RC, but I know they tend to be more expensive than Carnival so if money is a deciding factor know you’ll have a great time on either ship. Now I want to go on another cruise….
Post # 13
I work on cruise ships and have been on most of Norwegian’s ships. I also cruised and will be switching to Royal. My Fiance has worked on Norwegian, Holland, Carnival and Royal.
Carnival is known as the fun ship. The average age will be younger and there will be a lot of alcohol. Not really known for their entertainment. But after my Fiance worked on other lines he said he would never go back to Carnival.
Norwegian and Holland fall somewhere in the middle. Holland is known for having older guests. With Norwegian, I have worked on the Sun Star Jade and Epic. The Epic is HUGE and has SO much to do and is really nice. The other ships all have certain good and bad things about them. What I think is lacking on Norwegian is places to party/dance. Some ships dont have great discos. NCL also has freestyle cruises which means you don’t have to go to the dining room at a certain time.
Royal is probably the nicest out of the lines we are talking about. That being said I went on one of their older ships and i thought it really wasn’t as nice as Norwegian. But their newer ships are gorgeous. And their shows are really good too. Another nice one is Disney but they are usually a little more money.
Cruise ships are great if the ports are good…. so look into that. You want longer ports. So see how long you are docked for. You dont want to have to get back on the ship from a private island at 2 pm… that would suck.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Post # 14
I just did a Carnival cruise and I have done Royal Caribbean too. I like the Royal Caribbean better. Seemed to have a nicer ship and better food.
Post # 15
@SleepingWithNuns: We did a little Mexican Riviera cruise on the Oosterdam with Holland America and LOVED IT! We got a great deal and had the best time. It was super relaxing, we had a cheapy interior room but it ended up being great because it was dark and quiet and we got great sleep. The food was wonderful, they had as you wish dining so you could go whenever and have your own table (FI loved this because he could then order as many entrees as he wanted and not be embarrassed!)… the casino was small but had everything you needed. The pools were nice and we never had trouble finding chairs. We did not do the boat’s excursions but instead just found things to do on our own – brought our own snorkle gear so that helped. We LOVED Puerto Vallarta… could have done without Cabo… but overall a great trip and we are both excited to do another one!
Post # 16
We’re also thinking about a cruise – multiple friends have been on cruises for their honeymoons, and had wonderful experiences. We’re probably looking at the Caribbean and from what I’ve been told, Royal Caribbean is the way to go.