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Cassi Posts : 11 Registered: 8/21/07
Cruise
Posted: Apr 7, 2008 9:26 PM

We are thinking about going on a western carribean cruise for our honeymoon. Neither of us has ever been on a cruise before so we are a little unsure what cruise line to use and if it is even a good idea. I have always wanted to go to Jamaica for my honeymoon and so I thought that a cruise would be perfect because we could stop through Jamaica. We also want to swim with the dolphins at one of the stops. I have looked up a few cruise lines and both Royal Carribean and Carnival have a cruise that stops through Jamaica with the departure date that we want. Help Please!

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jetsetter Posts : 13 Registered: 1/24/08
Re: Cruise
Posted: Apr 7, 2008 10:28 PM Go to message in response to: Cassi

A cruise is a great way to explore a different place almost every day, however, keep in mind that you will have drinks (soft drinks, alcohol, specialty coffee), excursions and gratuities for waitstaff, maitre 'd, and cabin steward to pay for, as these are not included.

An All-inclusive resort in Jamaica would include all drinks, meals and gratuities just not excursions.. you could also choose a couples only resort.

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lil1one Posts : 312 Registered: 2/13/08
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Posted: Apr 8, 2008 9:51 AM Go to message in response to: Cassi

I haven't been to Jamacia but I've been on the Carnival Glory -western Carribean 7 day cruise. I was great. My fiance and I are going on a cruise for our honeymoon . I think a cruise is great you will love it. visit cruisecritic.com and you will get loads of information about cruising.

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auntofthebride Posts : 9,354 Registered: 4/2/06
Re: Cruise
Posted: Apr 8, 2008 1:32 PM Go to message in response to: Cassi

Dear Cassi,

Here is my suggestion. Ask your friends for a recommendation of a good local travel agent who specializes in cruises. Then, have a chat with that person.

Ask about total cost, which includes all the "hidden" charges such as port charges, fuel surcharge, etc. You want a bottom line estimate of what it will really cost.

Then, talk about amenities on the various ships. What kinds of staterooms? What other activities are there? Ask, also, about ambiance. Is this a Singles Floating Fornicators Cruise? Lots of kids? Senior Citizen City? A travel agent will know.

If you have an in-depth talk about cruise options with a good, experienced travel agent, I think you'll come away knowing if this suits your needs or not.

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Re: Cruise
Posted: Apr 8, 2008 1:36 PM Go to message in response to: Cassi

I love cruises!  Royal Carribean is the cruise line I normally use, though my parents swear by Carnival.  Both have their benefits and drawbacks.  It's important to talk to a travel agent, as they can help you make the right decision for which cruise line, which boat, etc.  Have fun!

Valerie

Wedding Date:  September 27, 2008

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Beachwed Posts : 782 Registered: 9/19/06
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Posted: Apr 8, 2008 1:49 PM Go to message in response to: Cassi

I've done both kinds of trips, a cruise and just staying on an island in an all-inclusive resort. Both have great perks, it really depends on what kind of person you are!

We went on a carnival cruise and absolutely loved it, but I have heard even better things about Princess and Royal cruise lines. The hidden costs are beverages, you can buy a card that gets you free soft drinks but you will have to pay for alcoholic drinks. The plus side of a cruise is you have plenty of time to relax on the ship, amazing food, but you also get to meet a lot of people and explore 3 or 4 incredible islands.

This can also be a downside to some, some people want a secluded vacation where they can be alone. With a cruise, you will be surrounded by people all the time (which can be fun though too!)

Honestly, I am glad we did our honeymoon at an all-inclusive resort and we did the cruise for a different trip.  That was our choice though, we wanted a trip with no kids around and an opportunity to be alone, which we could do on the beach and at different restaurants just by booking later times. Then the cruise was perfect for a "fun" trip for us, we wanted to meet people and do a lot of exploring.

It all depends on what kind of honeymoon you want, if you just want to relax and be alone or if you want to do a lot of exploring and meet some great people. I'd talk to a travel agent, figure out costs and which one fits your personality.  You really can't go wrong either way, you'll have an amazing honeymoon! 

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auntofthebride Posts : 9,354 Registered: 4/2/06
Re: Cruise
Posted: Apr 9, 2008 1:28 AM Go to message in response to: Cassi

Ladies,

I've got to tell you about a really different cruise line: Cruise West.

They specialize in small-ship cruises. On our cruise last year, there were only 68 passengers, and 32 crew members. We were in Alaska, outside Juneau. The emphasis is on getting in close to see wildlife.

This cruise line is not for everyone. I would not recommend anyone with young children go on this cruise line. There are no discos, casinos or swimming pools on these ships. However, the passengers all get a lot of personal attention and we had a very good time.

I don't know if I would recommend Cruise West for a honeymoon, as you are almost never alone. The cabins were small. We were  only in our cabin to sleep and bathe, as there was so much interesting stuff to see outside. (Bears, lots of whales, moose, bald eagles, etc.)

We enjoyed very minute, and I would go on another cruise with them in a heartbeat!

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coastiebride Posts : 1,365 Registered: 3/26/07
Re: Cruise
Posted: Apr 9, 2008 2:13 AM Go to message in response to: Cassi

remember that a cruise in;t always going to save you money. I would suggest flying into TX or Fl to cut time on sea time so you can see more places rather then take a ship out of SC or NY not to mention TX and Fl especially miami has the newer ships. You will spend more time out to sea then at port calls if you dont i made that mistake a few years back! You also have to think about tips, you have to tip everyone! and it becomes very expensive! Now if you still want to go i have done both carnival and royal and i really like royal 10 times over carnival was great if you have young kids. but i was able to relax on royal and found places for adults only and there wasn;t as many kids either which was nice, and i love the food! if you want to get a spa treatment find a port call you dont want to go into town for a get one done then, its much cheaper that way then have a spa day at sea

 Lets not all get caught up in our wedding. Remember we should not only be planning for a our wedding but more so we should be planning for  our marriage. More so then fighting over shades of peach, tuxs, cake flavors and only god knows what else. Because the next morning it is over, guests are gone the flowers have died the cake well lets face it 1/2 of it was tossed out. Cinderella is still a maid, the limo is now a pumpkin And there is life to face ok after wild crazy monkey sex for 7 nights straight, lets not kid out selfs there are priorities After its all gone there's still bills to pay and a job to go back to

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