Now that the wedding date is set, the dress is purchased and the table settings have been designed, it’s time to really get down to business – planning your honeymoon.
If it’s relaxation and luxury you’re after – complete with a heavy dose of romance of course – allow us to share our tailor-made guide to honeymoon cruising. We’ll guide you through everything, from how to book, what to look for and why to consider a honeymoon cruise in the first place. We have a feeling you won’t need much convincing.
Why cruise for your honeymoon?
After all the stress that typically comes with wedding planning, the honeymoon is supposed to be your recovery period – a time to kick back and relax without the worry of seating charts and catering orders.
Cruises make for the ultimate stress-free holiday and can be as carefully planned or impulsive as you like. Once you’ve booked, all you need to do is show up, find your muster station and then the rest is up to you. You don’t even have to get off the ship if you don’t want to, instead opting to stay onboard and nab that coveted spot beside the pool.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, you can plan each and every moment of your trip to a T, from onboard activities to art classes and in-depth city tours at your favourite ports. It truly is up to you.
What to consider when planning your honeymoon cruise
Now that you’ve chosen a cruise holiday for your honeymoon, here are some important things to consider before booking.
Cruise ships aren’t one size fits all. They’re all big, yes, but across lines that’s about all they’ve got in common. There are adults-only ships, ships specifically for gay and lesbian cruisers, luxury cruises, laid-back cruises, tall ships, small ships and everything in between. It’s all about what kind of holiday you’re after.
Before booking your honeymoon cruise, you’ll want to consider just what you and your spouse want from your holiday, and in turn, from your ship. An endless list of onboard activities, spas, top poolside retreats, celebrity chefs, or even just a quiet afternoon in the library. Cruise ships offer any and all holiday types. There are massive liners like gargantuan Harmony of the Seas, complete with ziplines, robot bartenders and waterslides, or Seabourn’s smaller ships that may offer a more intimate experience, but definitely don’t skimp on the luxury.
You’ll also need to think about what kind of room you want. Don’t be afraid to splurge here – if ever there was an appropriate time to go over the top, this is it. Spring for an Explorer Suite with a wraparound veranda on one of Viking Cruises’ longships for the ultimate in-room dining. Another popular honeymoon option is a Suite Class cabin with Celebrity Cruises®, equipped with private butler service and access to exclusive wining and dining areas of the ship. This is a celebration, after all.
Next up comes the destinations. This part of the planning process is only really important if you actually want to get off the ship – some people prefer to stay beside the pool and take advantage of the discounts offered at the spa. If you do want to debark and do some exploring however, there are more than enough opportunities to do so.
If you’re a city slicking couple, call in at bustling Asian ports with high rises dotting the skyline, or go ultra-romantic with a cruise down a European waterway. Another way to up the romance factor is by taking a cruise with overnight stays in port on the itinerary. This will allow you to spend more time at the beach, enjoying a late night dinner on the waterfront with your other half.
How to book
Once you’ve nailed down your ship and your itinerary, the only thing left to do is get to booking. Don’t be afraid to flaunt your status as a soon-to-be newlywed, either, as some lines have been known to throw in an extra perk or two – think champagne and sweet treats upon arrival. Certain lines even offer honeymoon cruise deals and packages, allowing you or your wedding guests to purchase celebratory treats for you to enjoy onboard.
Booking time is also when you can sort out drinks packages and shore excursions – this goes back to knowing what you want from your cruise. If a cocktail beside the pool sounds like honeymoon heaven, go the extra mile with unlimited alcoholic drinks. But if you still need a little time to think, you’ll be able to add on extras as you go, so don’t let the honeymoon planning get in the way of cake tastings or suit fittings.
What to do onboard
The beauty of a cruise ship is that there’s really no end to what you can do onboard, especially if you’re a newlywed. There are couples’ spa treatments, cooking classes and adults-only relaxation areas. You’ll want to book the activities early, as they tend to fill up fast.
Most ships will also include a speciality restaurant of some variety, where you can book a table for two in advance for the ultimate romantic experience. If you don’t fancy leaving your cabin then room service is almost always available, sometimes at no cost to you. It depends on the line and what you’re ordering, though breakfast in bed or out on your balcony is pretty standard under the complimentary umbrella.
Like we said, there’s really no better way to honeymoon than a cruise. Luxury, romance, culture – all your boxes are ticked here, and then some. If you’re convinced, check out our guide to the best honeymoon cruises to get you started.
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