Ahh, it’s snowing outside. And I’m thinking about honeymoons. Researching has been an enlightening experience. Some of the contenders:
Cruise with Royal Caribbean
- Pros – We’ve both been on a cruise with Royal Caribbean and loved it. Hands down, if you are looking for a honeymoon that involved little thought, stress, and planning, cruises are the way to go. You get to stop at numerous ports of call, like Cozumel, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Labidee (Royal Caribbean’s private island). Food and your room is included in the price, and you can even schedule your flight and transportation from the airport to the pier – so you show up and enjoy your stay! Bar drinks aren’t included, but you can allot that throughout your stay.
- Cons - We can really only afford the interior stateroom or the one with an ocean view, not a balcony or a suite. The beds aren’t that comfy, and there ARE lots of things to do….but that means LOTS of people. Everywhere. Plus, while it’s great that we know what to expect and are happy with the quality, we have been on one before and may not have the thrill of a totally new experience.
Time share in Myrtle Beach
- Pros - A family friend offered to let us rent their time share for our honeymoon. It’ll be inexpensive and an awesome opportunity, and we could literally splurge on any dinner we wanted, a boat tour, and a day at a spa or something. The weather is supposed to still be decent through October, but that means there likely would be fewer people. Nice and secluded!
- Cons – We’d have to do a lot more research to find restaurants and things to do in the area. We’d have to order in food or cook on our own, except for the meals we wanted to go out for. It wouldn’t be a tropical honeymoon – while it would be still warm, it wouldn’t be swimming weather. At least for me. Michael’s a freak of nature, so he probably would.
All-inclusive resorts at Riviera Maya, Mexico and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- Pros – We have two friends who recently got married and went to Mexico and stayed at Palace Resorts. The prices are good, everything’s included, there are lots of excursions, and there are honeymoon suites available at no extra cost! Jacuzzi in the room, a balcony that offers a perfect view of the ocean, unlimited drinks and food? Plus, they give you a $,1500 credit to use for spa treatments like massages, excursions that aren’t included in the overall price, etc. Seems like an awesome option to me.
- Cons - Transportation from the airport to the hotel isn’t included, so we’d have to arrange that ahead of time. One of the resorts sits right on the beach but only has two restaurants (plus a buffet and 24-hour room service), while another has seven restaurants but doesn’t sit on the beach.
**I also found about nine other all-inclusive resort options through Apple Vacations. One of my friends just recently stayed at a Riu resort in Mexico and loved it, and she used Apple Vacations to book it. All of these options seem to offer free use of jacuzzis and snorkling equipment, have several restaurants, and have other excursions that you can do. They also include vacation protection and transportation from the airport to the hotel.
*sigh* Can we just go now? Just kidding. I love the snow but will be uber ready to hit someplace warm in October!!!