By Anna Lynn Sibal
Most newlywed couples start off their new life together by going on a honeymoon trip. Going on a honeymoon trip gives the newly married couple a chance to spend time alone together and explore for the first time the added intimacies granted to them by their marital status in a more romantic setting. Honeymoon trips are always cherished because once the day-to-day rigors of married life set in, the time that couples would be spending with each other the way they did on their honeymoon trip would become few and far between.
Going on a cruise is a popular choice among newlyweds for their honeymoon trip. And why not? Being alone with your loved one, lulled by the constant motion of the ship over the sea under a starlit night always makes for an awesome romantic moment. Honeymoon cruises also allow couples to go to many destinations with less fuss and hassles.
But inasmuch as going on a cruise seems ideal for couples to spend their honeymoon, preparing for a honeymoon cruise also takes time and effort. Just like planning any vacation, the would-be honeymooners should determine where they are going for their cruise and when they would be taking it at least six months before the date they have in mind. Booking ahead considerably lessens whatever problems the couple may meet at the start of their journey. It can also make them eligible for some discounts.
Tropical cruises are the most common cruise of choice among honeymooners. Since May and June are the wedding-est months in the Western world, the sand, the sea and the warmth of summer are elements that appeal to the romantic sensibilities of most newlyweds.
Booking the honeymoon cruise in advance also enables the couple to prepare financially for their trip. The costs for a honeymoon cruise can be charged directly to a credit card. Travel agencies also present options for honeymooners to pay for their trip in monthly installments before the actual journey. The couple should also take note that if they are getting a honeymoon package for their cruise, the cost of the package is always an add-on to the standard cruise fare. Inclusions and amenities also vary depending on the type of honeymoon cruise package the couple opts for and the cruise line offering it.
The couple should also make sure that their personal documents are in order before going on their honeymoon cruise. If the bride is intending to change her name, she should make sure that her new name is reflected on her passport and her ticket to the journey before she and her husband leave. It is very important for the names on the passport and the ticket to match. If it is not possible for her to make the necessary changes to her passport, she will have to make do with using her maiden name for a while more. The couple should also bring documents like their marriage certificate and their birth certificates in case verification is needed.
Honeymoon cruises are perfect romantic getaways. It is an experience that the married couple can cherish for the rest of their lives.