Hawaiian Cruise Honeymoon
Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day! Or, it’s what gets in your head EVERY SINGLE TIME you think about your honeymoon…
Throughout my youthful daydreaming, I always thought I would want to honeymoon somewhere active, with lots to do and see. While I do enjoy travel like that, in recent years I have come to anticipate my honeymoon differently—my top priority now is spending time lounging with my new husband. So when Benjamin and I began to talk about what we might do, I presented the most basic of all honeymoon ideas: Hawaii!
It may be predictable, but it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular destination. Obviously it’s unbelievably beautiful, and it’s still within the US, so actual travel is less of a hassle. (Benjamin and I have traveled quite a bit abroad, and while I LOVE that, we wanted our honeymoon to be as stress free as possible.)
Being teachers, we’d like to utilize our Christmas breaks, and I love the tradition of leaving on a honeymoon right after the wedding. As we looked at various hotels, however, another cliché reared its expensive-ass head: Christmas/New Year’s is prime tourist time in Hawaii. The hotel prices for that week—especially compared with the weeks adjacent—made me want to weep. Weep, I tell you.
Enter the idea of a cruise. I know sometimes people have strong opinions about cruises, but I’ve been on several (my mum really enjoyed them when I was growing up), and I’ve always had a great experience. They’re also often surprisingly affordable! We were browsing trips departing from Honolulu when I noticed an LA port option. A two-week cruise sailing from Long Beach, California (near where my parents live) was only a fraction more than a week-long trip plus airfare to Oahu.
Great honeymoon destination, or greatest honeymoon destination? | Image via Princess
So, we’re doing it! There will be a lot of time at sea, but we are actually really excited about being forced to unplug and decompress from the craziness of the wedding together. We will spend a day each on four islands, as well as a stop in Mexico, and celebrate both Christmas and New Year’s on vacation (with copious amounts of delicious food and adult beverages, naturally). Meanwhile, my students will be taking their final exams (LOL). We’re so excited to honeymoon in such a beautiful place, and come back to school in the new year rested and relaxed.*
Tell me about your honeymoon plans! I LOVE hearing about this stuff.
*and 10 pounds heavier, let’s be real