Honeymoon for 20 somethings

Jan 9th, 2009, 07:55 PM
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Honeymoon for 20 somethings

We are planning to give my son and his fiance a cruise for their honeymoon in September. Which destinations would be least likely to be impacted by bad weather/hurricane, and which line/ship is best for young couples? They enjoy about anything - beaches, snorkeling, casino's, etc.
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Jan 13th, 2009, 01:36 PM
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You might want to consider a cruise in Europe. The weather there is still lovely in September (warm enough for swimming in much of the Med) and weather will not be an issue.

Otherwise, the cruise lines try to avoid weather in the Caribbean by sailing around it, but this can mean more sea days and more missed ports. It might be a good time to try a cruise from New York City to the Bahamas, but even these can hit bad weather in September, when hurricanes are most likely.

You could also send them on a cruise in Pacific Mexico, but if you're starting out from the East Coast, that's less practical. In that case, I'd take a second look at Europe since flight prices are on the way down.
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Jan 13th, 2009, 05:31 PM
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Hi, I live in Ft Lauderdale, FL, Hurricane Central. And one thing you cannot predict if a Hurricane. But cruise lines want to make sure everyone is happy, so they will do there best to steer clear of a storm. Most major cruise lines will be able to go into any port in the Caribbean, so it might mean skipping a port for another.

Hurricane season runs June through November. A heck of a long time, trust me. But do not let this deter you from going on a cruise.

If you need to go in the summer and want to avoid this all together, then go to Alaska. From May till early Sept, there are tons of ships up there and the cruises are breathtaking.
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Jan 14th, 2009, 03:22 AM
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You don't mention your location or anything about your budget. Nevertheless, I do not think anything can beat a cruise in French Polynesia on the Paul Gauguin for honeymooners.
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Jan 14th, 2009, 05:57 AM
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A nice cruise I did in September was out of Brooklyn and back up the New England coastline and to a few ports in Canada-Halifx and St. John on the Caribbean Princess. Another nice one is Holland American Maadam ship from Boston to Montreal.
Not sure where they would be coming from so that would make difference. I live on the East Coast of the US so this was a good one for us.
Weather in Sept. was perfect for us,but then there are storms up the east coast,but not as likely as the Caribbean
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Jan 16th, 2009, 08:03 AM
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Thanks for the info. A European/Med cruise sounds perfect for Sept, but I checked and they would not be able to catch a flight from the midwest on Sunday in time to catch any of the 7 day cruises, so I think we are looking at a Caribbean or Mexico cruise.

Does anyone have any experience on a Mexican cruise that would be best in September? (we have only gone on Caribbean cruises, and that has been quite awhile as we now prefer to stay on island)

Our son has been to Alaska a couple of times fishing and I think Alaskan cruises usually have much older passengers. So I don't think they would it enjoy it as much.

Any input on a nice fun Mexican cruise for Sept would be appreciated.
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Jan 16th, 2009, 10:03 AM
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Not all the passengers on Alaska cruises are older, though that's certainly the general demographic. That might be an option; the last Alaska cruises of the season are usually in September.

The only 7-day Mexico Pacific cruises are on Princess and NCL, and of the two I think your kids may enjoy Princess more. It's a tad more upscale.

It's common---and even strongly recommended---that you arrive for a European cruise the day before and spend one night in your embarkation city. If you plan for that, I think you may find more European cruises work for you. You don't say where in the Midwest they are coming from, but American, for example, has seasonal nonstops from Chicago to Rome; NWA has some European flights from Minneapolis.

My parents fly from Tulsa, OK, and even there you can get an early morning flight to Chicago, Dallas, or NYC that will allow you to get to virtually any European city by noon the next day.

Most European cruises embark in Barcelona, Athens, Venice, and Rome, but you can also sail from Southampton or some other port near London in the UK (though most of these cruises go to the Baltic). If you expand your search to include MSC Cruises and Costa (both Italian lines that sail mostly mid-sized ships in the Med), there are other choices of Italian ports or sometimes even Amsterdam.

If they overnight at a modest hotel at Heathrow or Gatwick airport (London has the most flights of almost any city), it will be easy to get an early-morning connection to get them anywhere in Europe before noon the next day. And since the pound is actually down right now against the dollar, you can do this add on for not much more than $200 (allowing a cheap hotel room and a modest meal).
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Jan 16th, 2009, 12:49 PM
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The problem with the European/Med cruises is that the 7 day cruises only depart on weekends, and they cannot fly out until Sunday, thus missing the departure time. Which leaves us with Mexico or Carribean cruises.
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