Aft: toward the rear of a ship
It’s a blissful thought: hitting the high seas with your loved one after you’ve exchanged vows. Cruising can be an exciting, romantic and surprisingly affordable honeymoon option. Finding the right cruise for your getaway, however, takes a little bit of research and preparation. Here’s what to consider when selecting your own personal “Love Boat.”
The Ship’s Style
Cruise lines are a bit like people: Each has its own distinct personality. Some, like Carnival and Royal Caribbean, emphasize a high-energy, party-centric atmosphere, while others, such as Seabourn and Crystal, focus on a quieter, more refined experience. To see if their style is a good match for you, check out the line’s website.
The Itinerary Cruise
Cruise ships can take you almost anywhere on the planet—from the Caribbean to Antarctica—so explore all of your options before you settle on a route. When you’ve found a trip you love, go over the schedule carefully to see if the itinerary allows you enough time to travel comfortably to your ship’s departure point.
When booking your cabin – keep these things in mind:
- Don’t assume that you’ll automatically get a bed for two; make sure you’ve booked a queen- or king-size bed.
- You may want to look for a cabin with a bathtub or a whirlpool (standard cabins have showers only) and a private balcony.
Getting a Great Rate
Cruise lines offer travelers a host of discounts, so consider every angle when you’re looking for a deal.
- Start with your credit card—many offer discounts or points toward cruises.
- Look online; travel websites, such as Travelocity and Orbitz, offer lowest price guarantees.
- Contact any organizations you belong to, from AAA to your college’s alumni association, to see if they’ve snagged any special deals for members.
- If you’ve previously cruised anywhere in the world, you may be in for a repeat-passenger discount.
Be sure the cruise line knows that you are on your honeymoon—several lines (Carnival, Cunard, Princess) offer honeymooners a little something special. Bon voyage!