Selecting the Right Honeymoon – Cruise Part 1

Cruise Ship Couple

After spending months planning and preparing for that one day, you can finally leave for the ultimate vacation – your honeymoon! It’s that time to decompress after the wedding, and just focus on just each other. But there are so many options. How do you find what’s best for you and your partner?  Cruising is an awesome, cost-effective alternative if you want to have a fun-filled and exciting vacation, with low stress. Here are just a few cruising pros and cons…

Cruising Pros:

NCL

  • Mostly All-inclusive: Your cruise fare will include a large portion of the vacation expenses including accommodations, basic meals, & onboard entertainment.
  • Unpack Only Once: Cruising is definitely the easiest way to visit multiple destinations without the inconvenience, stress, and additional travel expenses.
  • Dining Dining Dining: Incredible dining has become a cornerstone of modern cruising. Most cruise lines have numerous dining options available, generally ranging from all the basics, including a complete buffet, and several fine dining options. Prepare to eat well and often!
  • Options for Everyone: Cruising includes entertainment to satisfy anyone. Choose from a variety of activities, daily shows, shopping, and numerous organized events. Many cruise ships also offer unique options such as rock-climbing, zip-lining, & water parks. There are also daily child and teen programs to entertain the little ones (if need be.)
  • 24 hours of Fun: The ship literally never goes to sleep. Most cruise lines offer extra options for night owls including casino, shows, dance clubs, bars, and 24 hour dining. You can choose whatever you want to do – without the curfew!

Cruising Cons:

Oasis of The Seas

  • Mostly All-Inclusive: Unless otherwise  specified, your cruise fare does not include, airfare, transfers, or shore excursions. Also, it generally does not include soft drinks and alcohol. Many do offer beverage packages that range from an additional $7-$50 per day, per person.
  • Required Gratuity: Most cruise lines charge an additional “gratuity charge” that ranges from $10-$20 per person, per day. You should check the cruise line’s website for tipping policy before booking.
  • Crowds & Waiting: Despite how large the new modern cruise ships are, you’re still limited on space. There will be hundreds and sometimes thousands of passengers wanting to do the same thing as you, at the same time. You may not always find a free table, deck chair, and will have to wait in line for food, activities, and embarking/disembarking. Patience will be required.
  • Plan Early or be Disappointed: If you’re planning to go on specific shore excursions, book early. You will only be in port for a limited window so naturally the space will fill up quickly. You can always book directly through the cruise line or you can find additional tour operators online. It’s always helpful to do a little research before the trip.

Planning your honeymoon should be fun and not add to the stress of planning your wedding. Your honeymoon will give you memories that will last forever. Hopefully these tips make choosing your vacation even easier.

Happy Planning!

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