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Ask the Wedding Babe: Cruises vs. All-Inclusive Honeymoons

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

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.

cruise vs all-inclusive honeymoon

Is a honeymoon cruise right for you?

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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Where are you heading for your honeymoon? Tell us how you made your choice in the comments section below.

Can I Play Golf on My Honeymoon?

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
Honeymoon golf. Is it allowed?

Honeymoon golf. Is it allowed?

“Can I hit the links during my honeymoon?” This is probably one of the most common questions we get asked by grooms – and I really can’t blame them for asking. Most couples travel to warm, waterfront locations for their honeymoon – locations with plenty of golf courses nearby. For golfers, it’s only natural to want to get out and test your skill against the local challenges. However, suggesting a golf outing to your new wife can be tricky.

Here are a few things to think about before you book that tee time:

Marriage is, after all, about compromise

We recently polled ten of our Twitter and Facebook friends on the topic and the vote went 9-1 in favor of the groom being allowed to play as long as there was another daytime activity that the bride would want to do solo. We couldn’t agree more with this stance. Making compromises is a huge part of any healthy marriage.

Is she a golfer?

If the answer to this question is yes, you’re in the clear. Try setting up a tee time for the both of you. Most courses will have clubs that can be rented for a small fee. The only negative side to this is that you’re probably going to have to let her win… ahh who am I kidding, she’d probably beat you anyway!

Be smart

If you do happen to find yourself on the golf course, use your brain. While getting to play is a nice addition to the honeymoon, you must remember that it is your honeymoon. Only play nine holes,  don’t get drunk and be home when you say you will be. This is just good ‘ol fashion common sense, guys.

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So what do you think? Should the groom be able to play golf on his honeymoon? Yes? No? Only if the bride is a golfer as well? Let us know in the comments section below.

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