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Dunit35
08-18-2010, 04:55 PM
I guess the males family pays for the honeymoon portion of a wedding. So, I want to avoid asking my father for help towards this. We have been together for a year now and we are getting married May 21, 2011. I'm on a budget for this, so where should we go? I have no clue as to where to take her. She has traveled to Europe and always talks about going overseas again. I don't think I can afford something like that. I was thinking Florida or somewhere near a beach. Maybe somewhere near a good lake. How much would an estimate be on a honeymoon like that?

Thanks for the help.

Bowser
08-18-2010, 04:56 PM
Do the Carribbean, or Jamaica. Prices are low right now for the entire region.

Baconeater
08-18-2010, 04:58 PM
We went to Lake Tahoe. I don't recall what it cost, and it was 17 yrs ago so it likely wouldn't be applicable now anyway.

WilliamTheIrish
08-18-2010, 04:59 PM
Bora Bora.

Coach
08-18-2010, 05:01 PM
First question is, what's your budget?

Second question is, what are both of your hobbies that you two can enjoy doing while on a vacation?
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sparkky
08-18-2010, 05:04 PM
Jerry Springer!!!!!!

seriously, congrats.
check on-line for places in southern Mo. or Northern Ark. for a cabin on a lake someplace that you can rent a boat for a few days too.

Peace and quiet for those "HORNEYmoon" moments and go out on the water for some fun.

good luck. just don't start off deep in debt over a honeymoon that's over in a week or two but debt that lasts for years. IMHO

Dunit35
08-18-2010, 05:06 PM
First question is, what's your budget?

Second question is, what are both of your hobbies that you two can enjoy doing while on a vacation?
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Budget? I have no clue, I've got a feeling that my budget is going to force us to go to a city and just stay in a decent hotel and enjoy the area.

She likes going to the lake, historical stuff.

FAX
08-18-2010, 05:08 PM
The El Conquistador Hotel in Puerto Rico.

Great suites, casino, beachfront, all kinds of activities ... spa, sailing, snorkeling, etc. Nice place. Not too expensive. Lots to do. Good shopping if you want to go full on tourist on the island.

FAX

Fish
08-18-2010, 05:08 PM
Olathe..? It's sunny this time of year...

Dunit35
08-18-2010, 05:12 PM
What about Miami? South Beach.

wildcat09
08-18-2010, 05:14 PM
I did the Dominican Republic a year ago. It was all-inclusive everything. It was amazing and I highly recommend it. I did all types of research and it was the best deal for the money.

FAX
08-18-2010, 05:15 PM
What about Miami? South Beach.

You can get to the islands just as inexpensively ... and have a much more memorable and enjoyable time, Mr. Dunit35. Seriously.

FAX

Bwana
08-18-2010, 05:16 PM
Belize

http://ambergriscaye.com/

Dunit35
08-18-2010, 05:22 PM
You can get to the islands just as inexpensively ... and have a much more memorable and enjoyable time, Mr. Dunit35. Seriously.

FAX

How can I figure out how much a flight+hotel would cost? Travelocity only goes forward 90 days.

This place is $630.

Catalina Hotel in South Beach?

I have no clue what I'm looking for (never flown before) and it's driving me nuts.

http://www.catalinahotel.com/

Shoot me some ideas.

MIAdragon
08-18-2010, 05:26 PM
What about Miami? South Beach.

Dude, dont do it.

Dunit35
08-18-2010, 05:28 PM
Dude, dont do it.

Why?

Its obvious that flights and hotels are the most expensive part.

If I can get that for under a grand (3-4 nights). I should be ok. Is that possible? Rather it be in florida or california. or wherever.

MIAdragon
08-18-2010, 05:29 PM
Key West is fun. Dont be shy man, it would really help if we knew when you're working with.

FAX
08-18-2010, 05:30 PM
How can I figure out how much a flight+hotel would cost? Travelocity only goes forward 90 days.

This place is $630.

Catalina Hotel in South Beach?

I have no clue what I'm looking for (never flown before) and it's driving me nuts.

http://www.catalinahotel.com/

Shoot me some ideas.

El Conquistador Hotel

1000 El Conquistador Avenue, Puerto Rico | 888-543-1282

http://www.elconresort.com/specials_and_packages/

Call them on the phone, Mr. Dunit35 (the number above). Tell them that you are planning a honeymoon and you want a package deal (flight, transportation from the airport to the hotel, hotel, etc.).

They will help you find a way to get your honeymoon in under budget.

Great place. The rooms are awesome. Giant gilded cages throughout the many beautiful lobbies housing enormous blue, green, and red parrots. (It's like a Spanish villa, kind of.) Your wife will never forget the experience.

FAX

Dunit35
08-18-2010, 05:42 PM
Fax, that place does look pretty sweet. But, unless I get an amazing discount...it's probably out of my range. $1500 just for the place is a bit much.

I'd like to keep everything under $1,500. This includes hotel, flight and spending cash.

FAX
08-18-2010, 05:46 PM
Fax, that place does look pretty sweet. But, unless I get an amazing discount...it's probably out of my range. $1500 just for the place is a bit much.

I'd like to keep everything under $1,500. This includes hotel, flight and spending cash.

If I were in your situation, I'd call them (or someplace nice like there) and ask them to make you a deal.

Can't hurt to try. You would be amazed at how eager some top resort hotels are to work with you. I have been.

FAX

Rain Man
08-18-2010, 05:49 PM
Here are my top three recommendations for various budgets, assuming a week on the ground and flying to any destination more than about four hours away. This is based on no real thought on my part.

Under $1000:

Hot Springs, AR
Las Vegas, NV
Branson, MO

$2000:
One of the cheaper Mexican resorts
Laguna Beach (may be a stretch)
Short Caribbean cruise (not Carnival, more of a married cruise line)

$3000:
Nicer Mexican resort
Hawaii
Charleston, SC

$5000
Some European city that she hasn't visited, preferably Paris or maybe Florence or somewhere in Ireland or Stockholm. Not one of those Mediterranean resorts with the topless sunbathing since that'll just make you sad.
Bali or Tahiti
Egypt if she's hardy

$10,000
Upscale cruise, either transatlantic with stops in Europe or Antarctic or somewhere in the South Pacific
Cape Town and African Safari
Great Barrier Reef and maybe throw Tasmania and Sydney in, or perhaps stop in Hawaii on your way.

$50000
Round the world cruise
Grand tour of Europe by luxury rail
RV tour of the US for several months

$1 million
Outer space
Jacuzzi suite at local hotel and multi-day orgy with a couple of Playboy models (and your wife, of course)
Weekend in New York to see a Broadway play about your romance that you wrote and produced.

PunkinDrublic
08-18-2010, 05:51 PM
Northern Nevada. It's never too early in the relationship to bring another woman into the bedroom.

FAX
08-18-2010, 05:53 PM
Nevada ... why not Las Vegas?

That might be good.

FAX

Baconeater
08-18-2010, 06:00 PM
Half of Lake Tahoe is in Nevada...just sayin'.

Param
08-18-2010, 06:20 PM
I guess the males family pays for the honeymoon portion of a wedding. So, I want to avoid asking my father for help towards this. We have been together for a year now and we are getting married May 21, 2011. I'm on a budget for this, so where should we go? I have no clue as to where to take her. She has traveled to Europe and always talks about going overseas again. I don't think I can afford something like that. I was thinking Florida or somewhere near a beach. Maybe somewhere near a good lake. How much would an estimate be on a honeymoon like that?

Thanks for the help.

Make it happen again. This is what you should save every nickel & dime for.

bevischief
08-18-2010, 06:21 PM
We stayed in KC down Crown Center for the weekend, we had no money go anywhere. Spent it all on the wedding reception... I bought 2 kegs and went on 2 more beer runs for kegs...
Good times...

Param
08-18-2010, 06:23 PM
I'd like to keep everything under $1,500. This includes hotel, flight and spending cash.

Oh boy...

cookster50
08-18-2010, 06:27 PM
Second question is, what are both of your hobbies that you two can enjoy doing while on a vacation?
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It's a honeymoon, I think they'll be boinking like rabbits.

LaChapelle
08-18-2010, 06:27 PM
It won't matter where
after you slip her that extra inch
inch and a half you've been saving back

Bill Parcells
08-18-2010, 06:29 PM
The DR. Dominican republic. Punta cana

Bwana
08-18-2010, 06:29 PM
Some European city that she hasn't visited, preferably Paris

:shake:

To each their own, but I thought the place was a shit hole. Dirty city and rude arrogant people. I see where it gets its less than steller reviews.

JD10367
08-18-2010, 06:32 PM
If you're getting married in May, weather is not a hindrance no matter where you choose to go.

What do you mean by "historical stuff"? That could cover a lot of areas.

What other hobbies/interests? Theme parks? Cruises? Does she like sunning on the beach? Looking through museums? Shopping? Or is this just going to be a lot of :hump:ing? These are all factors.

DaFace
08-18-2010, 06:34 PM
With a budget of $1,500, you're gonna burn a lot of it in airfare alone, so if you happen to have anywhere you want to go that could be done in a drive, that'll save you a lot. Just a thought.

Bwana
08-18-2010, 06:35 PM
What my wife and I did is take a local honeymoon up at Flathead lake and waited for winter to go to Hawaii. You may want to consider something like that. It would give you a lot of extra time to save up some extra money and do it up right.

Just a thought......

Param
08-18-2010, 06:35 PM
:shake:

To each their own, but I thought the place was a shit hole. Dirty city and rude arrogant people. I see where it gets its less than steller reviews.

It's definitely not the cleanest city in Europe, but I definitely never experienced the rude arrogant people. To each his own.

Bill Parcells
08-18-2010, 06:35 PM
:shake:

To each their own, but I thought the place was a shit hole. Dirty city and rude arrogant people. I see where it gets its less than steller reviews.


Definitely agree with that. they should be kissing our asses STILL! god knows how many Americans are buried in France saving their asses over the past 100 years.

Param
08-18-2010, 06:37 PM
With a budget of $1,500, you're gonna burn a lot of it in airfare alone, so if you happen to have anywhere you want to go that could be done in a drive, that'll save you a lot. Just a thought.

With a budget of $1500 all I can think of is a car. That's just not a lot of money.

BigRedChief
08-18-2010, 06:37 PM
Belize

http://ambergriscaye.com/Went on a cruise two weks ago to Belize/Isle of Rotan/Cozmel out of New Orleans. Highly recommend a cruise. You can drive down to New Orleans and take a cruise for $1500

wildcat09
08-18-2010, 06:41 PM
The DR. Dominican republic. Punta cana


This, this and this.......

I stayed at the Excellence. The name says it all.

BigChiefFan
08-18-2010, 06:41 PM
Look up all-inclusive. That's the only way on a $1500 budget.

Saul Good
08-18-2010, 06:42 PM
A cruise is cheap. Getting there is the expensive part.

From what you described, why don't you go the opposite direction and go to Vancouver? It's beautiful. The beaches are nice, and the scenery is beautiful. You can go whale watching, check out the wharf, and go hiking in Whistler. It's a very international city, so it feels like you are farther away from the states (has a Hong Kong feel to it, actually.)

Bwana
08-18-2010, 06:43 PM
Went on a cruise two weks ago to Belize/Isle of Rotan/Cozmel out of New Orleans. Highly recommend a cruise. You can drive down to New Orleans and take a cruise for $1500

Nice! How did you like it?

Param
08-18-2010, 06:43 PM
Went on a cruise two weks ago to Belize/Isle of Rotan/Cozmel out of New Orleans. Highly recommend a cruise. You can drive down to New Orleans and take a cruise for $1500

A drive and cruise is probably the best option with that budget. I'd focus on though saving more money.

Bill Parcells
08-18-2010, 06:44 PM
This, this and this.......

I stayed at the Excellence. The name says it all.

and el presidente beer is the shit! ice cold! lol..they give you a napkin when they hand you a beer.

bevischief
08-18-2010, 06:44 PM
The local bar and hotel...

JD10367
08-18-2010, 06:45 PM
With your location as "Oklahoma", I went to Travelocity and plopped in Oklahoma City, departing to Fort Lauderdale on that Saturday 5/21/2011 and returning on Sunday 5/29/2011. Price came up starting at $270pp which is pretty decent.

Carnival has an 8-night cruise, Oceanview cabin for $809pp, goes to San Juan, St. Thomas, British Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas.

There are also shorter 4- and 5-night cruises, if you want to go cheaper and spend a few days on the beach.

rambleonthruthefog
08-18-2010, 06:55 PM
didn't read the whole thread, but my wife and i got married in july and honeymooned in alaska. was a great decision. some of the most beautiful country in the world. cold weather in the evenings perfect for getting close. an excuse to go somewhere in the world i'd always wanted to go.

sedated
08-18-2010, 06:57 PM
a lawyer

Gracie Dean
08-18-2010, 06:58 PM
Royal Caribbean cruise to Western Caribbean~

best EVER

wildcat09
08-18-2010, 07:03 PM
and el presidente beer is the shit! ice cold! lol..they give you a napkin when they hand you a beer.


Hell yes.......that beer is a great chaser after mammajuana (sp?) shots

Bill Parcells
08-18-2010, 07:19 PM
Hell yes.......that beer is a great chaser after mammajuana (sp?) shots

I drink that dominican rum when Im down there..lol..I call it liquid viagra ROFL

Rain Man
08-18-2010, 07:50 PM
On a $1,500 budget, I'd go for one of the following:

1. Caribbean cruise for however many days you can. Whatever the cruise cost is, add one-third more for "incidentals".

2. Laguna Beach, CA, for probably four days, maybe five.

3. You might be able to do a Mexican resort in that range.

ChiefButthurt
08-18-2010, 07:58 PM
It's a honeymoon, I think they'll be boinking like rabbits.

Yeah sure they will. :rolleyes:

BigRedChief
08-18-2010, 08:32 PM
Nice! How did you like it?Fantastic. Stay in your hotel and have the hotel take you around to all the different countries. Clean your room twice a day. Always something going on.Never boring.

Belize= 2nd largest coral reef in the world.
Isle of Rotan = Canyons of coral you can snorkle around in.
Cozmel" All inclusive beach with all kinds of Big Boy water toys.

Dunit35
08-19-2010, 04:33 PM
With your location as "Oklahoma", I went to Travelocity and plopped in Oklahoma City, departing to Fort Lauderdale on that Saturday 5/21/2011 and returning on Sunday 5/29/2011. Price came up starting at $270pp which is pretty decent.

Carnival has an 8-night cruise, Oceanview cabin for $809pp, goes to San Juan, St. Thomas, British Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas.

There are also shorter 4- and 5-night cruises, if you want to go cheaper and spend a few days on the beach.

What all is usually included on a cruise? Do we pay for our own meals and stuff?

BigRedChief
08-19-2010, 06:27 PM
What all is usually included on a cruise? Do we pay for our own meals and stuff?The only cruise site you'll ever need. They are real helpful with noobs. Meals and drinks are included. No alcohol though. And its expensive on board.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/

unlurking
08-19-2010, 07:11 PM
vacationstogo.com > 90 day ticker

Best deals on cruises are as they are trying to fill suites near departure date.

JD10367
08-19-2010, 07:18 PM
The only cruise site you'll ever need. They are real helpful with noobs. Meals and drinks are included. No alcohol though. And its expensive on board.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/

Yup. I have the same screen name there. First cruise was December of 2005 and in less than 5 years I've now been on 8, with three more booked. Been to Alaska, Hawaii, the Mediterranean (western Italy), northern Europe (Oslo, Bruges and Amsterdam), and four trips to the Caribbean (Cozumel twice, Belize twice, Ocho Rios (Jamaica), Grand Cayman, Nassau (Bahamas), Key West, maybe somewhere else I forgot about, LOL.

The thing I like about cruises is what I like about going to Disney World: it's a separation from reality. You get on board the ship, and you don't think about anything else. They feed you, put on shows for you, provide a casino and bars and pools, and take you to foreign countries where you can do stuff on shore. They're not perfect, by any means, but they're pretty cool.

Bwana
08-19-2010, 07:25 PM
Fantastic. Stay in your hotel and have the hotel take you around to all the different countries. Clean your room twice a day. Always something going on.Never boring.

Belize= 2nd largest coral reef in the world.
Isle of Rotan = Canyons of coral you can snorkle around in.
Cozmel" All inclusive beach with all kinds of Big Boy water toys.

Outstanding!

Pioli Zombie
08-19-2010, 07:29 PM
We went to Lake Tahoe. I don't recall what it cost, and it was 17 yrs ago so it likely wouldn't be applicable now anyway.
Somewhere there is a 20 year old guy with PTSD and having flashbacks of being fucked up the ass at a resort.

Bwana
08-19-2010, 07:32 PM
Somewhere there is a 20 year old guy with PTSD and having flashbacks of being ****ed up the ass at a resort.

Dude

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyMSSe7cOvA

munkey
08-19-2010, 07:37 PM
hmmmm....http://www.nyssacity.org/

Dunit35
08-19-2010, 07:50 PM
The only cruise site you'll ever need. They are real helpful with noobs. Meals and drinks are included. No alcohol though. And its expensive on board.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/

I'll have to check that site out. Thanks. On a side note, alcohol going to cost a fortune?

Rain Man
08-19-2010, 09:06 PM
vacationstogo.com > 90 day ticker

Best deals on cruises are as they are trying to fill suites near departure date.


Yeah, that's a great cruise site if you're trying to compare between cruises, find good sailing dates, etc. They added a custom search feature that's really nice a while back. When I went to Alaska I monitored that site constantly to find the best deal on a cruise to get me back from Alaska to Vancouver.

BigRedChief
08-19-2010, 09:52 PM
I'll have to check that site out. Thanks. On a side note, alcohol going to cost a fortune?Supposely cruisecompanies only break even with the room rentals. They make their profit on the alcohol and pictures.

Count Zarth
08-19-2010, 09:53 PM
Go camping. More private.

HoneyBadger
08-20-2010, 03:43 AM
If you go on a cruise, you could always bring your own alcohol onboard. It would save you some money.

Oucho Cinco
08-20-2010, 04:18 AM
Without a doubt Hawaii is the place to go. Doesn't really matter what time of the year you go, it's always great.

Air tickets run between $700 - $1500 each. Motels run $180 and up depending on what you want to pay. Food can be had reasonably if you don't go to the big name spots. Always MCD and other fast food places. Picking which Island is the big thing. Big Island is great, Maui is as well. Kauai is probably the best, and maybe the least expensive, Oahu is full of history from the attack in WWII.

I've been there a few times and will be going back for one of our 5 year anniversaries. If you have ties to military I understand there are some deals you can get, not sure of what ties you have to be lined up with but the Army, AF, Navy and Marines all have bases and some of them have lodges you can get hooked up with for less than 1/2 of what you pay at the beach motels.

We've been to Jamaica, good but not like Hawaii. Puerto Rico also good but they don't like tourists much if you get to the wrong areas.

I think I saw someone recommend an abbreviated honeymoon and save for a big one. I don't think much of cruises, I'm prone to motion sickness as is my wife. If you have motion problems I'd also rule out a deep sea fishing expedition!

JD10367
08-20-2010, 06:30 AM
If you go on a cruise, you could always bring your own alcohol onboard. It would save you some money.

Uh, no. They're not stupid. They check your stuff. And if you buy onboard at the duty-free, you can't get it until you get back to the home port.

Drinks are not outrageous, considering you're floating on the ocean and they've had to cart everything onboard. Your average fru-fru pina colada will run you around $7-8 more or less, I think beers are a little cheaper. Stay away from souvenir glasses. The biggest problem is that you don't pay as you go, so people drink up a storm and then get hit with a $500 bar bill. I keep all my receipts as I go and keep a tab of what my bill is going to look like, so when I settle up at the end of the cruise I don't have a coronary.

Cruises used to be ultra-expensive, all-inclusive, and only for the wealthy. Cruise lines have learned to tone down the room prices and try to nab more "a la carte" cash for drinks, photos, souvenirs, shopping, gambling, and shore excursions. You also don't get free soda, but coffee, iced tea usually, and juice at breakfast are free. (If you drink a lot of soda you can buy a soda card for the week, usually around $35-55, which is cheaper than buying it by the glass daily.)

Phobia
08-20-2010, 06:35 AM
Looks to me like you have about 7 months to get out of this, dude. That's plenty of time to escape.

HoneyBadger
08-20-2010, 02:12 PM
Uh, no. They're not stupid. They check your stuff. And if you buy onboard at the duty-free, you can't get it until you get back to the home port.

Drinks are not outrageous, considering you're floating on the ocean and they've had to cart everything onboard. Your average fru-fru pina colada will run you around $7-8 more or less, I think beers are a little cheaper. Stay away from souvenir glasses. The biggest problem is that you don't pay as you go, so people drink up a storm and then get hit with a $500 bar bill. I keep all my receipts as I go and keep a tab of what my bill is going to look like, so when I settle up at the end of the cruise I don't have a coronary.

Cruises used to be ultra-expensive, all-inclusive, and only for the wealthy. Cruise lines have learned to tone down the room prices and try to nab more "a la carte" cash for drinks, photos, souvenirs, shopping, gambling, and shore excursions. You also don't get free soda, but coffee, iced tea usually, and juice at breakfast are free. (If you drink a lot of soda you can buy a soda card for the week, usually around $35-55, which is cheaper than buying it by the glass daily.)

Really? Every cruise I've been on I take a couple bottles in my bag and have never had any problem.

El Jefe
08-20-2010, 02:13 PM
Go camping. More private.

I guess you haven't read Bwana's thread "Bad bear"?

CaliforniaChief
08-20-2010, 02:16 PM
OTWP#58 is scouting out the Quad Cities with the wife. PM him and ask him about the romance factor of Bettendorf.

Dunit35
08-23-2010, 05:26 PM
Just talked to a rep on cruises.com

Here's the info she discussed with me.

7 night cruise Bahamas
Cabin (2nd) $1,927 for 7 day cruise (balcony cabin)
Oceanview cabin $1,647 for 7 day cruise
Interior cabin $1,507 for 7 day cruise

4 day cruise key west to Cozumel
Fly to florida
Oceanview cabin $952. With airfair $1,863 $350 per person on airfair
Interior cabin $782
Oceanview suite $1,302
Includes all meals, entertainment, 24 room service.
Shore exclusions not included.

How are those prices? That's with our military discount. Obviously, the 7 day is out of the question.

Dunit35
08-28-2010, 10:36 PM
Booked a 4 night cruise from Miami-key west-cozumel, mexico today. The total was $778 without flight. Now I get to figure out how to pay for the flight which is around 350 a person round trip and spare cash for the cruise. I'm pumped about it and it should be fun. They've got a few shore excursions such as swimming with dolphins, hanging with dolphins, ATV rides, snorkeling and a few beaches (open bars). They all range fom $60-120 a person.

Bwana
08-29-2010, 07:48 AM
Booked a 4 night cruise from Miami-key west-cozumel, mexico today. The total was $778 without flight. Now I get to figure out how to pay for the flight which is around 350 a person round trip and spare cash for the cruise. I'm pumped about it and it should be fun. They've got a few shore excursions such as swimming with dolphins, hanging with dolphins, ATV rides, snorkeling and a few beaches (open bars). They all range fom $60-120 a person.

Good for you, I hope you two have fun.

crossbow
08-29-2010, 08:51 AM
I did the Dominican Republic a year ago. It was all-inclusive everything. It was amazing and I highly recommend it. I did all types of research and it was the best deal for the money.

I went there last January. It rocked. Good food, endless drinks, great weather, clean beach, friendly staf at hotel.

The Pedestrian
08-29-2010, 09:06 AM
Bah! Florida? Caribbean? Those are vacations before marriage or after the first kid(s). You only get one first honeymoon...after that, you've been there and certain things are just protocol.
Go out to the Pacific Southwest. Something like New Zealand, where they've got a beach and a mountain view--not to mention the Great Barrier Reef. Now that's a little place neither of you will forget.

STEP
YOUR
GAME
UP!

Bwana
08-29-2010, 09:22 AM
Bah! Florida? Caribbean? Those are vacations before marriage or after the first kid(s). You only get one first honeymoon...after that, you've been there and certain things are just protocol.
Go out to the Pacific Southwest. Something like New Zealand, where they've got a beach and a mountain view--not to mention the Great Barrier Reef. Now that's a little place neither of you will forget.

STEP
YOUR
GAME
UP!

Links for vacations to New Zealand in his price range?

Dunit35
08-29-2010, 09:27 AM
Links for vacations to New Zealand in his price range?

No kidding. I booked a place that I could afford without going in debt beyond our honeymoon. My income tax return will hopefully pay for the flight and the rest I'll save for.

Rain Man
08-29-2010, 03:57 PM
Booked a 4 night cruise from Miami-key west-cozumel, mexico today. The total was $778 without flight. Now I get to figure out how to pay for the flight which is around 350 a person round trip and spare cash for the cruise. I'm pumped about it and it should be fun. They've got a few shore excursions such as swimming with dolphins, hanging with dolphins, ATV rides, snorkeling and a few beaches (open bars). They all range fom $60-120 a person.


Good move. You'll enjoy it, I bet. My advice would be to get the interior cabin and use your money for other stuff. The cabin is pretty much just for sleeping, so you don't really need a window.

What cruise line are you taking?

Dunit35
08-29-2010, 04:51 PM
Good move. You'll enjoy it, I bet. My advice would be to get the interior cabin and use your money for other stuff. The cabin is pretty much just for sleeping, so you don't really need a window.

What cruise line are you taking?

I took the interior room for that purpose. They upgraded me to a porthole room with 2 small windows for free. We are taking Carnival ships called Imagination. It looks like we missed out on the steakhouse menu.

keg in kc
08-29-2010, 04:57 PM
I would say "save the money for divorce court" but I see I'm too late!

BucEyedPea
08-29-2010, 05:07 PM
Cairo's nice. Steamy sex in a stone Sarcophagus underneath the massive weight of a giant pyramid in a desert is to die for. :D

JD10367
08-29-2010, 05:08 PM
Good move. You'll enjoy it, I bet. My advice would be to get the interior cabin and use your money for other stuff. The cabin is pretty much just for sleeping, so you don't really need a window.

I disagree. Interior rooms are very claustrophobic. I could never stay in one. I need a window (even if it's only looking out into the shopping area, e.g. the Promenade rooms on the Voyager-class RCCL ships).

JD10367
08-29-2010, 05:11 PM
I took the interior room for that purpose. They upgraded me to a porthole room with 2 small windows for free. We are taking Carnival ships called Imagination. It looks like we missed out on the steakhouse menu.

Not sure what you mean by this. If they have specialty restaurants onboard, I'd be shocked if they're all full-up already. Frankly, though, I don't think spending additional money for specialty restaurants is really necessary for the most part. You've already paid for the dining room food and the buffet food, and the dining room--while not what it used to be when cruising was only for the rich--is still a pretty swanky experience. Basket of rolls, appetizers, salads and soups, entrees, desserts, three waiters who even scrape the crumbs away from in front of you... it's a lot better service than most people are used to and the food's pretty good.

luv
08-29-2010, 05:15 PM
I'd say call a travel agent for some prices of what's in your budget and what's just above your budget. Then, go and research how much it would cost if you were to pay for things like air fare, hotel, dining, etc by booking things yourself. Also look at that destination's tourist page to see if they have an discount/specials/coupons. Sometimes, you'll find that you can afford something by booking it for yourself rather than going through an agent. It takes a little time and research, but it could be worth it. If you're willing to pay someone else for the convenience of not researching it for yourself, then book a package through a travel agent.

If you're thinking tropical, cruises are usually nice and fun, and can be fairly inexpensive depending on the time of year.

JD10367
08-29-2010, 05:34 PM
I'd say call a travel agent for some prices of what's in your budget and what's just above your budget. Then, go and research how much it would cost if you were to pay for things like air fare, hotel, dining, etc by booking things yourself. Also look at that destination's tourist page to see if they have an discount/specials/coupons. Sometimes, you'll find that you can afford something by booking it for yourself rather than going through an agent. It takes a little time and research, but it could be worth it. If you're willing to pay someone else for the convenience of not researching it for yourself, then book a package through a travel agent.

If you're thinking tropical, cruises are usually nice and fun, and can be fairly inexpensive depending on the time of year.

In terms of the actual cruise price, nowadays you pretty much get the same price everywhere. The cruise line, Travelocity or the like, a TA, a cheap cruise website... they'll all be around equal, I bet. An agent might score you a cheap bottle of champagne or a $50 onboard credit, though.

Dunit35
05-15-2011, 07:53 AM
Do you really need to schedule a shore excursion to be able to leave the ship?

Okie_Apparition
05-15-2011, 09:05 AM
You're gonna make the ground move on your wedding night 5/21/11

Rain Man
05-15-2011, 09:53 PM
Do you really need to schedule a shore excursion to be able to leave the ship?

No. No need at all. You can wander around on your own. You just have to be sure that you don't miss the ship coming back.

Buehler445
05-15-2011, 09:58 PM
No. No need at all. You can wander around on your own. You just have to be sure that you don't miss the ship coming back.

This. If you've got a good excursion destination, do it.

Chiefs Pantalones
05-15-2011, 11:06 PM
My fiancee' and I are getting married June 11 then we are off to Jamaica for 10 days!!!

Is it wrong to play the Chiefs "we're gonna beat the hell out of you!" song for one of the before wedding songs while everyone is getting seated? lol

Dunit35
05-28-2011, 09:57 PM
Flight was $800
Cruise was $800
Spending was around $800

and it was all worth it. The cruise was awesome as was the beach excursion we took.

cdcox
05-28-2011, 10:02 PM
:thumb:

Arsonist
05-28-2011, 10:12 PM
My wife and I went on a cruise for our honeymoon and we loved it! Great food and there's always something to do