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Apr 4th, 2008, 10:21 AM
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General Cruise Question

My fiance and I are planning our honeymoon and are deciding on an all-inclusive resort or a cruise. he really wants a cruise, but we'd be going during spring break of next year because i am a teacher and can't take off any week but that. what will we face with a crowded ship? should we still do the anytime dining or could we potentially have a long wait? will the pools be crowded? etc. I have never cruised before. We usually go to St.John and do quiet relaxing vacations but wanted something alittle different this time. Any info would be great- this is all new to me! Thanks!
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Apr 4th, 2008, 10:42 AM
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A couple of thoughts --- how much time do you have? Cruises don't always sail weekend to weekend so you would need to find one that fits your school schedule.

Not every ship has anytime dining, but of the ones that do, such as Princess, I would not expect that you would have a long wait and they sometimes give out those beepers like the restaurants do if there is a line.

At spring break there are likely to be a lot of kids on the ship. The more expensive lines and longer cruises may have fewer kids but more old folks. I would expect the pools to be quite crowded but there is almost no time that they aren't.

If you are a young couple and are looking for a vacation with a lot of activities for twenty- or thirty-somethings, you might be happier with the all-inclusive.

We love to cruise, but we are a middle aged couple with grown kids and we are not on our honeymoon or looking for late night entertainment - and we try not to cruise when the ship is full of families with young kids.

Visit the message boards at cruisecritic.com and you will find tons of information specific to each cruise line, ship, and destination.
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Apr 4th, 2008, 03:50 PM
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If it is up to me, it would be a cruise. The all inclusives (Mexico, Cuba etc) are all packed with kids during spring break.

For a younger couple, Carnival is the "fun" ship. But you will like the Princess as it is more upscale and is more "romantic".

The big ships are just that - HUGH.
With 3000+ passengers, you will not feel crowded one bit (maybe at disembarkment time) I remember meeting people on the first day and never see them at the ship again and then there are people that I run into daily.

There are a lot more things to do on a cruise when compare to an all inclusive. You can always find quiet relaxing places ashore or even on the ship.

One thing to consider, cruise will be more expensive. Drinks are not included and there are a lot of little fees here and there.
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Apr 9th, 2008, 07:36 AM
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The cruise we were looking into was the Caribbean Princess Classic Caribbean Cruise. The ports include Barbados, St.Lucia, Antigua, Tortola, and St.Thomas (we'd go to st.john that day). It runs sunday to sunday which would give us saturday to travel down to san juan.

we were surprised to find that the cruises would be more expensive than the AI's but that is definately what we're finding!
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Apr 13th, 2008, 01:30 PM
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Cruises are more expensive than all inclusives as most ships are more classy (and offer better services) than your avergae all inclusives. Most all inclusives are run down and even the 3 or 4 star locations will have exposed live wires (safety hazard) among other things. I have since give up on all inclusive despite the bargin. I am a social drinker and all inclsuive seems to encourage heavy drinking.

Your choice is a good one considering the stops and it is a very popular route. You can use the ship's shore excursion or try to book your own. If you are adventurous, book nothing, go on shore and wander. It's cheaper and it is free to explore. You can go back to the ship to eat and drink and go on shore again. You don't have to spend "extra" money if you don't want to.

I know people who go on cruises, don't book shore exccursions and don't spend much money on drinks.
Find out what is extra and what is incldued and plan your spending.

If you have never cruise before, you will love it. Once you have been on a crusie, you will not want to go back to an all inclusive again.

Yes, it is a bit more expensive but it is worth it.

If you are really into saving money, pick Western routes leaving from Florida. It should be quite a bit cheaper.

Princess is a good line we travel lots on the Princess. It should not disappoint.

Good luck!
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Apr 13th, 2008, 07:12 PM
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Eschew has given you some good advice. I actually think a cruise can be cheaper & more fun than an AI.
Firstly, all meals + extras & room service is included. Secondly, evening entertainment (save for the casino) is included. Thirdly, there are scads of included daytime activites so one should never be bored. Fourthly, if the weather is inclement you don't have to worry about what to do. Fifthly, no need to do the ship's excursions on Carib ports.
Do your homework by going to cruisecritic as mentioned. Go to Rollcall and sign up for the Meet & Greet & you will find people on-board that you have 'met' on the CC board.
Enjoy your honeymoon, and do report back & tell us your findings.
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Apr 21st, 2008, 07:10 PM
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Thanks so much for all of your input- we are still up in the air but will be deciding this week on the cruise vs. all-inclusive. I'm sure we will love any vacation we go on- i will definately post a trip report if we can ever decide!
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Apr 23rd, 2008, 06:01 PM
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I just got back from a Royal Caribbean cruise.

It was bad.

Go with the all-inclusive.
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