There’s something about the sea that lends a romantic air to any vacation. Maybe it’s the fact that you and your better half can sail off into the sunset night after night, or maybe it’s the ability to discover multiple locales while enjoying intimate meals, couples spa treatments and spacious cabins. Whatever the reason, cruises offer an inspiring setting for igniting romance. Whether you’re sailing to celebrate a honeymoon, an anniversary or just a few days of alone time, you’ll find the romance you’re seeking on these 14 cruise lines.
14. Costa Cruises
Costa Cruises may lack the luxurious amenities and refined atmosphere of other cruise lines on this list, but it’s still a viable option, especially for couples on a budget (it also makes an appearance on our Best Cruise Lines for the Money ranking). Pamper your significant other with a treatment at the Samsara Spa or plan a candle-lit dinner at the specialty Club Restaurant. Afterward, enjoy a Broadway-style show at the theater on board your ship.
13. MSC Cruises
Whether you’re sailing to celebrate your honeymoon or just craving a change of scenery, you’ll be in good company: MSC Cruises offers a Lovebirds Package specifically designed for amorous duos. Opt for the package and you’ll enjoy extras like fresh fruit, canapé trays and Champagne in your cabin or suite. For even more pampering, consider purchasing one of the Aurea Spa packages, which allows you to take advantage of perks like complimentary personal spa consultations and unlimited access to the thermal spa for the entirety of your trip.
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On a Carnival Cruise ship, you’ll have plenty of space to snuggle up outside.
12. Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival is ideal for young couples who consider water slides, deck parties and a wallet-friendly price tag paramount for a fun and romantic getaway. Though you and your mate may have trouble finding some peace and quiet, you can steal away to a few adults-only spaces, like the spa and the Serenity Adult Retreat area. At this child-free zone — only available on select ships — you can savor the quiet scene while sipping drinks from beneath the shade of an umbrella.
11. Norwegian Cruise Line
No need to suffer through unwanted mingling with table mates; you can enjoy intimate dining with your significant other thanks to Norwegian’s “Freestyle Dining” option. For even more privacy, consider splurging on a suite in The Haven by Norwegian (only available on select Norwegian ships). Since these accommodations sit at the top of the ship in a secluded enclave, it feels like you’re staying in a hidden resort within the ship — perfect for extravagant in-suite dining and secret canoodling.
10. Princess Cruises
While Princess does offer its fair share of onboard children’s activities, the cruise line doesn’t neglect the needs of couples searching for a bit of romance. During the daytime, make the most of The Sanctuary, an outdoor spa-inspired haven with massages, umbrella-laden drinks and an attentive staff. Come nightfall, snuggle up with your sweetheart for a Movies Under the Stars poolside film screening.
9. Royal Caribbean International
No need to worry about making a Royal Caribbean voyage romantic: The cruise line does it for you with its Romance Packages. Enjoy a welcome bottle of sparkling wine upon boarding the ship, plus roses and pre-dinner canapés. During the day, retreat to the adults-only Solarium pool for a break from the crowds or book a couples massage at the Vitality Spa.
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Indulge in a couple’s massage aboard the Holland America cruise line.
8. Holland America Line
While you won’t find too many raucous pool parties aboard a Holland America cruise, you and your better half will still find plenty to do (even if you don’t fit into the 50-plus age group). When you’re not sitting in on an art seminar, cooking class or mixology demonstration, steal away to the Greenhouse Spa & Salon for side-by-side pampering or make it a date night with a meal at one of the cruise ship’s specialty restaurants.
7. Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity offers all the ingredients required for a memorable getaway. Treat your better half to a meal at one of the ship’s specialty restaurants like the Tuscan Grille or Murano (restaurants vary by ship). After dinner, tempt Lady Luck with a round of blackjack at the onboard casino. Not in the mood to try your hand at table games? Learn how to waltz with Celebrity’s Let’s Dance series, or leave the waltzing to the professionals and enjoy a Broadway-style show instead.
6. Disney Cruise Line
Don’t let the name fool you: Disney cruises aren’t just for kids. Each of the cruise line’s four ships features secluded adults-only areas, like the spa and Quiet Cove Pool. You’ll also have access to upscale, child-free restaurants and lounges, like Remy and Palo. You’ll still find your fill of Disney-themed entertainment and character meet and greets, but the whimsy is as charming as it is subtle.
5. Oceania Cruises
Oceania offers a few key advantages for seafaring duos, but perhaps the most attractive is its absence of programming for children; expect a mostly kid-free ship, even during the holiday season and summer months. Though the cruise line doesn’t offer much in the way of youth activities, Oceania boasts its fair share of facilities for adults, including an art studio, a Canyon Ranch SpaClub and an onboard casino. If you and your sailing partner consider yourselves gourmands, you can sign up for cooking classes, or enjoy the fruit of someone else’s labor and reserve a table at one of the cruise line’s specialty restaurants, like Polo Grill.
4. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Time it right and you likely won’t encounter too many youngsters on a Regent Seven Seas vacation: The cruise line only provides kid-focused activities on select holiday and summer sailings. Apart from a largely child-free atmosphere, Regent boasts suite-only digs (the majority of which come equipped with balconies) and a Canyon Ranch SpaClub on every ship. After a rejuvenating couples treatment at the spa, venture to one of Regent’s specialty restaurants, like Compass Rose or Signatures, and enjoy an extravagant meal for two.
3. Azamara Club Cruises
Thanks to Azamara’s smaller ships and limited occupancy of 694 passengers, couples won’t have to search too hard for a place to enjoy some seclusion. Azamara strives for elegance thoughout its ships; whether it’s at the Prime C steakhouse, the Cabaret Lounge or at the sophisticated poolside soiree (think linen-draped tables, boutique wines and live music).
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A romantic night of dancing is in store for couples who book a vacation with the upscale Cunard cruise line.
2. Cunard Line
Thanks to Cunard’s upscale amenities, personalized service and sophisticated atmosphere, the cruise line attracts wealthy couples 50 and older. This refined ambiance especially lends itself well to special occasions or anniversaries. Book a Princess Grill or Queens Grill suite and enjoy an ample amount of space, plus individualized concierge services. For more one-on-one time with your paramour, slip into your formal wear and waltz the night away at one of the themed balls.
1. Crystal Cruises
If you want to treat your loved one to a luxury cruise, consider sailing on one of Crystal’s ships. Though it’ll cost you, the line’s VIP treatment is sure to impress your better half. Take in the views from the 360-degree Promenade Deck, or book a couples massage in the Crystal Spa. When you’re in the mood for an intimate dinner for two, you can make reservations at one of the ship’s specialty restaurants: Prego or Silk Road & the Sushi Bar. Foodies will be especially pleased to know that Silk Road serves dishes created by celebrated chef Nobu Matsuhisa (of the acclaimed Japanese international restaurant chain, Nubu).
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