Ask the Wedding Babe: Cruises vs. All-Inclusive Honeymoons
this week’s wedding babe q/a offers an evaluation of a common honeymoon planning question: whether or not to choose a cruise or an all-inclusive resort.
Q – My fiancée wants to go on a cruise for our honeymoon, but I get sea sick and don’t want to be stuck on a boat for a week. What should I do?
If sea sickness is your primary concern with taking a cruise, there are some preventative measures you can take, in the form of over-the-counter armbands, patches and pills designed to prevent motion sickness. Ask your local pharmacist or doctor for some recommendations. Oftentimes, one of these solutions will allow you to enjoy the cruise without any problems. (I actually suffer from motion sickness on airplanes and cruise ships and do very well when I take over-the-counter medication to prevent it.)
However, if those remedies don’t work for you, or your motion sickness is severe, it sounds like a cruise may not be the right trip for you. And no one wants to feel miserable on their honeymoon.
If your fiancée loves cruises to tropical locales, I’d recommend checking into all-inclusive resorts in your destination of choice instead. In my opinion, these resorts are often like cruises on dry land. Although you’ll be stationed in one island or country (instead of potentially seeing several islands or countries on a cruise), you’ll have plenty of time to explore the resort and the surrounding region beyond during your stay. All-inclusives offer many of the same perks as cruises, such as luxury accommodations, a variety of gourmet dining options, services and activities, all for one flat, per-person rate. And like with cruises, you can make your trip as active or relaxing as you want, by hanging out on the beach or by the pool all day or venturing out on shopping trips, boat rides, hiking trips and helicopter tours at your leisure.
All-inclusives may also save you money, in some cases. For example, alcoholic beverages are often included in the per-person cost of the stay (which isn’t typically the case with cruises). And we all know how quickly a liquor bill can rack up on vacation. Activities such as golfing, bicycle rental and snorkeling, which you’d pay for separately on other trips, are also often included. You’ll likely also spend less by dining on property and enjoying its entertainment options, rather than securing transportation and seeking out meals and entertainment elsewhere. Sometimes, staying around the resort may also be one of the safest options, depending on the current situation in your destination.
Whatever you decide, make sure that the trip is something you’re both excited about and can enjoy together. Remember: Wherever you go (or how you get there) isn’t as important as being together to celebrate your new marriage. Have a great honeymoon!
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