After getting married, my husband and I wanted to go on a honeymoon but debated about where exactly we wanted to go. I’m usually a very indecisive person so choosing just one destination out of the whole entire World gave me a serious headache.
We knew that there were a few things that we wanted on our honeymoon. Here’s a few on that list:
- Visit somewhere we have never been. (Why keep going back to the same place when there are many other places to visit?)
- No matter where we went, we wanted it to be all inclusive. We wanted to know how much the trip would cost before we went.
- There had to be a beautiful ocean and somewhere that provided Scuba Diving. Q is all about scuba diving so that was a MUST.
- We wanted an extended honeymoon – at least 7 days.
The research began.
We looked at every all inclusive place that I could find online. The one major thing stopping us was the price. Most of the all inclusive resorts were charging at least $3000 per person. That wasn’t including airfare for us to get there. I couldn’t justify paying that much for our honeymoon. We wanted all inclusive but I quickly came to the assumption that it was going to cost tons because of the endless alcohol that you were offered. If Q and I drank lots and lots, it might be worth it but we don’t. We enjoy to have a few drinks but not all of the time or in excess. (Ugh, I must be getting old.)
One day, Q said, “Why don’t we go on a cruise for our honeymoon?” Within minutes, we had agreed that was what we wanted to do. Now came the task of decided when and where which was actually extremely easy. We knew we wanted to cruise with Carnival. We have cruised with them before and had such a great time that we knew it was a solid choice. After searching their site, we found a cruise out of Miami that was just what we wanted. (I’ll go more into the details of my cruise later.)
Here are the reasons we chose a cruise for our honeymoon opposed to a resort.
- Booking a 7 day cruise is much cheaper than staying at an all inclusive resort for 7 days. It didn’t make sense for us to go to the all inclusive resort since the majority of the “perks” were free alcohol all of the time. We would be paying for lots of alcohol that we wouldn’t even be drinking.
- Our cruise was allowing us to make many stops to different islands all for one low price. On our 7 day cruise, we were going to 4 different locations. There is no way that we could have made that possible by going to a resort.
- Everything is paid for on the cruise which was one of the must haves on our list. There are things that can be added on during the cruise but they can be paid before the cruise. Some of the add-ons include drinks and excursions.
- Adding on to the everything is paid reason – I love that not only is our meals paid for but we can eat at any time! We aren’t stuck to only eating during specific times. Our eating schedule is whack, we eat at different times every day so being stuck to only eating at 6pm every night is a drag. Carnival offers lots of great options to snack on through the day such as pizza and sushi!
- Since Q is an avid diver (and I am not), we wanted to be able to choose a variety of activities that we would both enjoy. There is an endless amount of excursions to choose from varying from diving to swimming with dolphins to nature walks. The world is your oyster – literally.
- Unlike other vacation spots, cruises really make you unplug from the World. Some might not like that but it’s something that I need. I work on my computer 8 hours a day, I’m always staring at my phone, my tablet doesn’t leave my side. As much as I love being plugged in and connected, it’s absolutely necessary to step away from it and just relax. If you’re in absolute need of the internet, Carnival does offer wifi services and a computer lounge to get your fix.
- The cruise ship offers all sorts of entertainment and there is really something for everybody. On our last cruise, we attended a comedy show, watched an illusionist, partied on the lido deck, danced with our servers, gambled the night away and watched the sunset from our room. No matter what, there is always something going on!
- Soaking in the sun had to be part of our honeymoon. I love that on days that we aren’t on an exotic island venturing around, we can hang poolside on the cruise ship.
What are your thoughts? Would you cruise for your honeymoon?