Cruise or an all-inclusive resort? This is a common question couples planning a honeymoon might ask. The answer depends on what exactly you are looking for. Each option has both good and bad points to them. Here are some things to consider:
Although a cruise may look cheaper than an all-inclusive resort there are many extra costs to a cruise that you may not have known about.
On a cruise, you have to pay for alcoholic drinks and even soda. Also port charges, tips, gratuities and transportation when you are at a port will not be included in your cruise ship price.
On the other hand, all-inclusive resorts include the cost of all food, drinks (including alcoholic drinks), taxes, tips and gratuities in the price. The only things not included in a resort would be things like spa treatments, parasailing, boat rides, etc. However, most resorts will list the cost of these so that you know how much you will have to pay to add these to your trip.
Another question is how do you want to spend your days? Do you want to sleep late and take things at a leisurely pace? Then a cruise may not be for you as there is a rigorous schedule to follow often involving very early port times.
Or do you like to have things well planned out for you? Then maybe you would like a cruise.
Do you feel claustrophobic or uncomfortable around crowds? If so, a cruise may not be for you. You will have a tiny room – often without a window (because a window cabin is so much more expensive) – and there will be hundreds of people with only a finite amount of space around the ship.
Here is where cruises really shine. If you want variety of scenery and different locations and experiences, a cruise may be for you because you will often visit three or more ports.
At a resort you will stay in the same place for the entire trip.
Just remember: On a cruise, although you get to go to different ports you will at least spend an equal amount of time on the ship traveling.
If you get any kind of motion sickness, a cruise would be a bad idea unless you get medications to prevent sickness.
Making the Decision
These are just a few things to consider when deciding if you want to go on a cruise or stay at an all-inclusive resort. I can’t say one is better than the other because it really just depends on what you want. So enjoy that honeymoon!