Honeymoon at sea

Say ‘I Do’ then cruise to the Big Blue!

Top tips for a honeymoon on the high seas from e-travel

When the wedding is all over and guests have all scattered to the four winds just like the pretty confetti that fluttered in the breeze on that special day, newlyweds often hit the post wedding anti-climax phase. To keep that rush of adrenaline and sheer happiness going, a holiday of a lifetime is the perfect way to start married life and wedded bliss. A cruise is a great way to hit many destinations in one trip, without wasting time in transit or worse, at the baggage check. Plus, you only have to unpack once! From top-deck picnic lawns and sky-skimming viewing pods to planetariums and vertical-drop water slides, cruise ship design has reached a whole new level as shipping companies go to extremes to rule the waves and be the best at sea. This is in addition to increasingly extravagant ship attractions, such as aerial viewing pods, sky-diving simulators, rock climbing, ice skating, water slides and even hot-air ballooning over Antarctica.

Cruise holidays are normally all inclusive to include accommodations, excellent cuisine, exciting entertainment, and a huge range of activities. There are more than a dozen major cruise lines with over 100 ships at sea with sailing itineraries from the Caribbean and Mediterranean or broaden your horizons even further to destinations such as Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, The Middle East and Far East. Ships range in size from 100 passengers to more than 5,000 so there are a lot of considerations when planning the best honeymoon cruise for you. Top tips from e-travel are as follows:

Choose the right ship and theme for your honeymoon cruise
The ship and type of cruise matter just as much as the destination and you should decide whether you'd like a smaller ship, which might mean fewer amenities, or a large ship, with lots of options. Whatever you decide you'd like, researching ahead of time will mean no surprises. e-travel offer a wide variety of cruise packages on Cunard, Princess & P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, MSC Cruises, Silversea Cruiseline, NCL, Carnival, Holland America and Hurtigruten.

Choose the right destination
Irish Honeymooners generally choose to cruise either in the Mediterranean or Caribbean with Eastern or Western routes. Caribbean Cruises generally depart from Miami and Fort Lauderdale and most of the Mediterranean cruises go from either Barcelona or Rome but the actual cruise port can be quite a distance from the airport in most cases so if you are not a seasoned traveller it is advisable to book a fly cruise package which includes transfers to and from the ship. e-travel have some of the very best fly cruise packages available at the moment including a 9 night Western Caribbean Cruise from €1029 pps or Mediterranean cruises available from €699 pps. For those looking for something different, check out a Panama Canal cruise, California and Pacific Coastal Cruise, Australia and Tasmania cruise, South America and the amazing European and Russia River Cruises.

Cruise and Stay
This offers couples the best of both worlds with some of the honeymoon on land and some at sea. This is very popular amongst Irish newlyweds looking for a trip of a lifetime. E-travel can organise cruise and stay packages all over the world. Orlando with Eastern Caribbean cruises are available from €1249 per person which includes 7 nights in Orlando and 7 nights on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas cruising around the Eastern Caribbean. This includes return flights to Orlando. Cruise and stay honeymoons can be tailor made to include so many different destinations, itineraries and ships. The world is literally your Oyster!

Don’t be shy
If your cabin steward, dining staff, and even the captain know that you're on your honeymoon cruise, you're likely to see little touches added for romance. Additionally, staff can help you cater your cruise so that it's as romantic as you'd like it to be.

Put it on the list
Many couples now add travel vouchers to their wedding lists. What gift could be more perfect than contributing to a trip of a lifetime for a newlywed couple? e-travel offer holiday vouchers so that dream honeymoon can be a reality.

Cruising is still one of the best value holiday options on the market today considering the all-inclusive pricing structure. Our award winning team offer expertise and advice, early booking discounts, onboard credit, champagne in your cabin and lots more!

e-travel Cruise department can be contacted on 01 4081999 or www.e-travel.ie