For most newlyweds, it is the bride that takes on the vast majority of wedding details. After all, she has probably been planning that wedding since she was a little girl. However, when it comes to the honeymoon this is truly a couple planning event that you both will want to get right. One of the most popular honeymoon options is to take a relaxing cruise. The best cruises are ones that have many inclusive features, which means once you check into your suite all you have to focus on is having a good time. Veteran cruise ship passengers (and you’ll meet plenty!) have all the routines down pat. If this is your first cruise then you might appreciate these helpful tips. Best of all, they work whether you’re on your honeymoon or not!
Pick The Best Boat – A specific honeymoon destination can conjure up all sorts of romantic images but in the realm of cruises the destination should really be your second concern. You primary concern should be picking the best ship for your vacation. If you’re on a honeymoon headed for the Caribbean it might not be a good option to go with a Disney or other family oriented cruise. Rule of thumb: if the ship features costumed characters roaming the decks wait until you have kids. Take your time to shop between the cruise lines and see what all the amenities are available. It’s hard to imagine any port will be a disappointment so make sure your ship is all it can be. As for booking, you’ll save either booking early or booking at the last minute. For a honeymoon, you definitely want to book early to make sure you get your pick of a cabin.
Plan Out Your Days – One thing you’ll probably hear a lot on your cruise is that there is so much to do. You’ll both have your favorites but when it comes to booking specifics like spa sessions it’s best to do those right when you get on board and then plot the rest of your itinerary around those. The spas appointments will fill up fast. The same can be said for those specialty restaurants that are one board. As the concierge where to go and they’ll be happy to point you in the right direction. When it comes to off boat excursions be selective. If there is a jaunt that appeals to your “must see” tastes like a helicopter tour then make it happen. On the other hand, there are some group excursions which could have you “stuck” on a bus or going to places you don’t want to go. Nothing wrong with exploring a destination on your own or booking a private car service to take your around.
Do Your Prep Work – Heading off on a honeymoon means you’ll need to “button” up the home front. Pay your bills, put a hold on the mail and make sure the pets are in a comfy kennel. That takes care of all the busy work. Next you’ll want to make sure you pack you own toiletries. Yes, they’ll have everything you need on a cruise ship but they might be a bit more expensive. Pack light for your cruise and consider travel insurance. Two important tips to bring you extra piece of mind.
Fire Up the Romance – For a trip to someplace like Barbados on a Iglu honeymoon cruise romance will definitely be on the agenda but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take extra steps to create enhanced romantic moods. Think about spending extra for a cabin with all the perks like a balcony overlooking the sea or a built in spa tub. Don’t think that this is just the place where you’ll be sleeping and changing clothes. You are on your honeymoon, right? For onboard dining you’ll be assigned a group table that will be your seating for the duration of the cruise. There is nothing wrong with making new friends. However, if you prefer for a more intimate table for two ask the maitre d’ for that hook up as soon as you get on board. A phone call to the dining room will do the trick. You might also consider staying on board one day when everyone else heads ashore. You could find that it’s like having your own private cruise ship with terrific access to all the goodies!