Cruising & Honeymooning

Every winter since Ryan and I have dated, we’ve taken a trip down to Ft. Lauderdale in December to escape the D.C. winter weather.

Unfortunately, not every trip has been warm and we’ve ended up walking on the beach for an hour or so before seeking warmth indoors.  Despite the unpredictable weather, we’ve enjoyed getting away from work, unwinding, and spending quality time together.

This winter we’re going back down south but it will be different

Did you know… Approximately 1.4 million U.S. couples honeymoon every year

Did you know… 99% of couples who host a traditional wedding honeymoon

Did you know… Honeymoons comprise a $12 billion-dollar-a-year industry

Did you know… Couples spend an average of $4,466 on their honeymoon- that’s 3X as much as the average U.S. adult spends on a vacation

Did you know… The average honeymoon lasts 8 days

Did you know… 10% of newlyweds go on a cruise for their honeymoon

Did you know… The most popular U.S. honeymoon destinations include: Hawaii, Florida, California, Nevada and the most popular overseas destinations include: Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Italy, St. Lucia, France, U.S. Virgin Islands

Did you know… 40% of honeymooners stay at a resort, 27% stay at a large hotel, and 10% stay at a small hotel

Did you know… Only 1 in 4 couples go on their dream honeymoon

Did you know… 48% of honeymooners log on Facebook while they’re away

[all statistics above were found on]

Do you know why this year will be different? Because we’re going on our honeymoon!!!

Last night, Richard from Royal Caribbean provided me with all the in’s and out’s of cruising.  We talked numbers, discussed room options, dining times, and all the mind-blowing activities on board the ship…  An hour later, our honeymoon was booked and our plane tickets were purchased!  We’ll be cruising around the eastern Caribbean seas for 7 nights on the Allure of the Sea! 


We’re flying down to Ft. Lauderdale a day early and returning home a day after the cruise docks [built-in buffer time if anything gets delayed] so technically we’re continuing our annual tradition of a Florida winter getaway 😉

I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it!



Question:  If you’re married, did you go on a honeymoon? Where’d y’all go?  If you’re not married, where would you like to honeymoon?

Question:  Have you ever been on a cruise?  Neither Ryan or I have been on a cruise so we have no clue what to expect other than a week full of fun in the sun!



Filed under Family, Travel, Wedding

6 responses to “Cruising & Honeymooning

  1. How fun!! I have never been on a cruise, but I want to! We went to Hilton Head and Savannah, GA on our honeymoon!

  2. you are SO CUTE!!! I went on a cruise with my family in high school and it was so fun 🙂

  3. Oh, yay for a cruise! i’ve never been on one but i’ve heard lots of good things. and i’m going to australia or new zealand for my honeymoon…whenever that will be.

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