5 World’s Greatest Romantic Cruises
Romance and cruising would seem to go hand in hand, particularly if you’ve spotted any of the cruise lines’ glossy magazine advertisements: photos of couples admiring the bow at sunset, or sipping orange juice on their private verandah in terry clothes robes, or even spending time alone on a deserted beach with their mega-ship anchored in the background.
“Baby let’s cruise, away from here”
Cruising can be one of the most romantic vacation options, but often, the onboard ambience and lifestyle contribute more to the feeling of “amore” than an occasional sunset. Choosing the right cruise line and, even more specifically, the right ship within the fleet, can be a big challenge.
So, in this article, we gathered these 5 World’s Greatest Romantic Cruises!
The newest ship in the “Love Boat” fleet is big and bold but with intimate areas that include the hushed Crown Grill steak house and an adults-only sundeck. The captain himself oversees—and conducts—all vow renewals. Feast on a four-course champagne-and-lobster-tail dinner on your cabin’s private balcony.
It’s both a sailboat and cruise ship, and it features a hybrid blend of cruise traditions and utterly romantic vistas. Carrying just 310 passengers, the ship’s onboard ambience is relaxed and its itineraries focus on ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Baltic that are often too small to appeal to massive ships. Most suites are simply two standard cabins opened up and joined together, but having two bathrooms is generally a boon for marital bliss.
Newly operated by the Pacific Beachcomber resort company, this upscale ship — named for the famed French Post-Impressionist — celebrates the islands with tropical décor, French/Polynesian cuisine, and spa treatments that use local ingredients like Hei Poa, or red flowers. Be swaddled with your loved one in a traditional cloth in a Polynesian love blessing ceremony performed by Les Gauguines.
Celebrity’s newest ships are sophisticated and hip, and cater to couples on adult getaways, rather than families on holiday. Plus, there are plenty of onboard spaces tailor-made for parties of two – from wine bars to multiple-specialty dining venues, double pool loungers, and top-deck lawns perfect for picnicking. AquaClass cabins and suites create an oasis of calm on the bustling ships with massaging showerheads, complimentary spa-oriented bath and body products, and upgraded bed linens. Plus, couples can seek further R&R with complimentary use of the AquaSpa Relaxation Room and Persian Garden, and exclusive specialty restaurant, Blu.
Two intimate 112-passenger ships offer a casual yacht-like atmosphere but with top-flight cuisine and service. Passengers love the quiet nooks — where it’s just you, your love, and the sea. Spend the night under the stars in a Balinese daybed for two.
In choosing our top picks, we looked at criteria that we would deem universally romantic, whether your definition of romantic is a party-all-night ship or ultimate pampering and luxury. We hope we helped you out in planning a dream romantic vacation on a cruise.
Pro Tip: If you’re planning to try one of these 5 World’s Greatest Romantic Cruises, make sure to do your research first; also try looking to book your flights using online travel agencies as they tend to, on average, reduce airfare costs by about 43%, a few good ones being Flighthub.com, Travelocity.com, JustFly.com or Expedia.com.