When planning your honeymoon, a cruise holiday can be a great choice for couples who love to travel, and like some variety. Cruise ships come in all sizes and tour many different areas of the world, so you are sure to find one that is suitable for your needs, budget and wish list. The following is the first half of our general list of issues to consider when looking at a cruise honeymoon:
Locale: First you will need to decide what part of the world you both want to see on your honeymoon. Would you love to cruise among the icebergs in the Alaskan waters? Maybe the white sands and turquoise waters of the Caribbean or Polynesian islands are more your style. You can cruise the Mediterranean, the Panama canal, or the west coast of North America, just to name a few more choices.
Size of ship: Cruise options range from huge mega-liners with live theatre, multiple swimming pools, interior shopping malls and even ice rinks and climbing walls, to intimate smaller ships for only a few couples. Your tolerance for crowds, need for privacy and shopping and leisure needs are things to consider here.
Ship amenities: As mentioned above, cruise ships come with a wide array of amenity options. On the larger cruise ships you will find multiple restaurants, gym and squash facilities, interior atriums of many stories with lots of onboard shopping, libraries and lounges, disco and dance halls, live theatre shows, multiple swimming pools and waterslides, full spa services and much more. Smaller, more intimate ships will have at least one restaurant and possibly some amenities such as gym or spa, and lounge areas. If you and your spouse-to-be love a variety of choices and can tolerate larger numbers of people, then a mega-liner cruise ship offers a huge array of fun choices included in the price and would be a good option for your honeymoon cruise.
Crew/staff to passenger ratio: On a larger cruise, naturally you will find there are more passengers than crew, and while the service is usually fair, it is not normal to expect impeccable first-class attention as you would on an intimate, smaller cruise with a higher staff-to-passenger ratio. If top notch service is your first priority, be sure to choose a cruise honeymoon with a reputation for attentive staff, and a high crew-to-passenger ratio. Also note the ‘level of luxury’ comments in Part II.
Please see Part II for more considerations, and if money is an issue as you are planning your honeymoon, see Travel-like-a-pro.com for ways to save money on your travel planning - now and on all your future trips!
Shauna Arthurs is a writer/editor, and co-founder/owner of a network of web-based help sites devoted to helping people make and save money, including Travel-like-a-pro.com, home of the Travel Industry Secrets guide to never paying retail travel rates again!