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Honeymoon cruises: An option with many possibilities

Cruise ship in Vancouver
Cruise ship in Vancouver

There are so many options to consider when booking your honeymoon, but you are already in the middle of a lot of hectic wedding planning. If you can’t figure out where to go, and the last thing you want is more planning, a cruise might be the right choice for you.

Don McCann, president of Cruise Escapes in Dallas, had a lot to say on the perks of booking a cruise for your honeymoon.

“Cruises have all the elements of a romantic resort vacation, but you visit multiple destinations and a cruise is hassle-free since most of the arrangements are all finalized and paid in advance.”

To make planning a honeymoon cruise even easier, you can use a travel company to book it for you. One that specializes in cruising can tell you the ins and outs of different companies and types of ships, to help find the fit for you.

Best of all, McCann said, is that their services are free to you. The planning by Cruise Escapes is paid for by cruise companies, so there is no cost to the guest.

It’s pretty easy to find romance on a cruise ship. There is fine dining and after-dinner shows only steps from your room every night. There are multiple pools on most ships, as well as features like “adults-only deck areas, or couples massages in the spa” McCann points out, so relaxing is never a problem.

Don’t forget the shore excursions where couples can bond over once-in-a-lifetime adventures like swimming with dolphins or zip-lining through the rainforest treetops.

It is best to start looking at honeymoon options early in your wedding planning process though. “The further in advance, the better the selection,” says McCann. “Generally 9 to 12 months in advance [is ideal] for the best availability and price.”

A cruise planner can help you find what destination is right for you, but as for McCann’s favorite locale? He says it’s between “Tahiti and the Greek Isles. The waters and beaches in Tahiti are beyond words, while all the ruins and history, combined with the islands’ beauty, make the Greek Isles spectacular!”

Although some travelers are hesitant to book a cruise right now, because of the mishap with the Carnival Triumph, McCann insists that is a very rare occurrence and it isn’t affecting the industry overall.

“While Carnival itself has seen some drop in demand, and therefore rates," he said, "the industry overall did not. Cruising remains the highest in customer satisfaction and most travelers realize that this was a very unusual event.”

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