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Old May 5th, 2008, 02:10 PM
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Hey everyone, my husband and I are trying to plan our delayed honeymoon for January and I'm not sure where we should go or which ship we should go on. Can anyone offer any suggestions for the best honeymoon for us? We are mid 20's and looking for a ship that has younger passengers, but is still nice and romantic too. We are not picky, just looking for nice beaches, fun nightlife and casinos! Thanks in advance for any replies =)
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Old May 5th, 2008, 02:45 PM
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Much of what you are asking for could be narrowed down for us if you tell us where you are comfortable cruising from. Give us that information and I am sure that you will get several great ideas!

It is hard to go wrong on any cruise, but some will suit you better than others.
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Well we live in NC, so I'm assuming the easiest spot for us to leave from would be Florida, however if we found a great cruise leaving from somewhere else, we would be open to it. (as long as the airfare isn't going to cost more than the cruise itself lol)
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My advice is RCI...You will have a well rounded group of ages onboard. The ship is lively all the time, and they are truly beautiful. If you take one of the Voyager Class ships, they will have a promenade, with shops, bars cafes, and parades on certain nights.

There is a rock climbing wall, the infamous flow rider, if you are sports minded. Beautiful pools, to do nothing if you that's what you want to do.

While the southern itinerary is my most favorite, it's very port intensive, with a free first day, or last day. Lots to see and do, but for honeymooners, it may cut into your alone time..

The western itin, will give you more water type adventures, jeep excursions,with Cozumel, Jamacia, Progresso Roatan, as some of your ports, and the eastern, has ports like St Thomas St Maarten, San Juan as options. Good luck, planning is half the fun!
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great advise as usual from Trip. RCCL is probably your best bet. If you just want to veg out on gorgeous beaches and do some shopping i would suggest an Eastern route, if you want something a bit more active with things like swimming with sting rays, climbing waterfalls, exploring Mayan ruins, amazing snorkeling then i would suggest a Western Route
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RCCL big ship cruising the Eastern Caribbean out of Miami or FLL and you can't go wrong !
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The Freedom Class Ships (Royal Caribbean Freedom, Liberty and Independence) are great ships but may not be the most romantic having 4,200+ passengers but they do offer more activities that you could ever want, including a flow-rider surfing simulator. We just finished a Eastern Caribbean on the Liberty (Jan 03 , Jan 17 , Jan 31 2009 sailings) and had a great time.
Ports Miami, Florida
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Labadee, Haiti
Miami, Florida.
I'd say the majority of passengers were in the 30-40 yr old, very few elderly and families.

Liberty of the Seas Western Caribbean (Jan 10 , Jan 24 2009 sailings) Ports: Miami, Florida
Labadee, Haiti
Montego Bay, Jamaica
George Town, Grand Cayman
Cozumel, Mexico
Miami, Florida.

Freedom of the Seas Eastern ( Jan 11, 2009)
Ports: Miami, Florida
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Miami, Florida.

Freedom of the Seas Western (Jan 04 , Jan 18, 2009)
Ports: Miami, Florida
Labadee, Haiti
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
George Town, Grand Cayman
Cozumel, Mexico
Miami, Florida.

RCCL's newest ship Independence of the Seas 8-DAY Eastern (Jan 10 , Jan 24, 2009)
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Labadee, Haiti
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

I think that the Serenade of the Seas (Jan 03 , Jan 10 , Jan 17 , Jan 24 , Jan 31, 2009) might be a little more romantic (2,500+ passengers) with their Southern Caribbean port intensive itinerary;
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
St. John's, Antigua
Castries, St. Lucia
Bridgetown, Barbados
San Juan, Puerto Rico.
We're booked on the January 17th sailing. The ship won't have the wow power of the Freedom class, no flow rider, Ice Rink, mall like Promenade, but the ship has a lot of good reviews and a lot of repeat passengers, large expanses of glass for great views of the sea, many rooms larger than other ships. Being port intensive there might not be a lot of interaction with passengers since there is only one sea day (ship should be mostly empty when in ports). It Leaves from San Juan which you can add days on your trip to explore in the begining or end.

A compromise between the two could be the Adventure of the Seas (Jan 04 , Jan 11 , Jan 18 , Jan 25, 2009) which is a Voyager-class ship (3,500 passengers) smaller than the Freedom, but still was some wow factors like a promenade, Ice Rink. The ship has a similar itinerary to the Serenade:
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Oranjestad, Aruba
Willemstad, Curacao
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
San Juan, Puerto Rico.

If you're looking to be entertained the Royal Caribbeans lead in this category with great shows and pool-side activities. It will probably come down to which date fits around your honeymoon.

Best wishes,

Mike
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