Best Cruise Lines for Couples
Romance and cruising would seem to go hand in hand, particularly if you've spotted any of the cruise lines' advertisements showing photos of couples snuggling at the bow at sunset, or sipping orange juice on their private veranda in bathrobes, or even -- and this one we have a hard time believing -- spending time alone on a deserted beach with their mega-ship anchored in the background.
Advertisements notwithstanding, cruising can be one of the most romantic holiday options, but choosing the right cruise line and, even more specifically, the right ship within the fleet, can be a challenge. You don't want that sunset marred by crowds on deck, the romance of a dinner for two killed by the whiny kids at the next table or an intimate evening ruined by cramped cabins with minimal amenities.
For our top picks, we looked at criteria that we would deem universally romantic: ships that offer cabins with private balconies, great bathrooms and extra-special amenities;
1: Southern Caribbean Cruise
Sandy beaches, crystalline water, and stunning sunsets are just a few of the reasons why cruising to the Caribbean is always at the top of the list for a couples getaway. If you want to celebrate a special occasion, or perhaps just looking for an excuse to spend some quality time together, pack your swimsuits and embark on a nine-night journey around the Southern Caribbean with your sweetheart.
On a Southern Caribbean cruise from Fort Lauderdale, you’ll spend two relaxing days at sea before arriving in Oranjestad, Aruba. Spend a day swimming in the refreshing ocean at Aruba’s Eagle Beach and enjoying a good book on its long stretch of white sand.
2. Cruising with Viking
Known for its river cruise fleet, Viking Cruises ventured into the ocean cruising market in 2015, and it's already earned acclaim for its inclusive luxury ships and engaging, destination-focused itineraries. Viking Ocean Cruises appeal to active and intellectual adults who are interested in learning about the history and culture of the destinations they visit. The cruise line's six identical 930-passenger ships include attractive perks, such as shipwide complimentary Wi-Fi and verandas for all cabins.
The smaller size of Viking's ships allows them to access more exclusive ports throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean and South America. Standard cruise itineraries range from eight to 93 days, while the line's World Cruise options can last up to 161 days. As part of Viking Cruises' inclusive fare, passengers are also treated to one complimentary shore excursion in each port of call.
3. Cruising with Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity, the first to grow real grass and build a serious art collection, has long been one of the most innovative lines. These cruises draw couples, families, and groups who want style and comfort without luxury-line fares. The wide scope of daytime activities ranges from the educational (think technology classes) to the playful, such as water volleyball matches with ship officers. Impressive specialty restaurants include small-plate-style Qsine — which serves sushi "lollipops" — and the Lawn Club Grill, where you can sear your own meat.
During a couple’s cruise holiday, you and your partner will experience two of the greatest 21st century luxuries…time and space. Time to share with each other and space filled with everything you need to help melt the cares of the world away as you relax. Of course, all of the luxuries of modern cruising will be at your fingertips as you continue your romance or embark on the rest of your lives together. Many cruise lines offer packages that cater for romantic holidays and glorious wedding ceremonies alike and include everything a couple would want. Fine flowers, keepsakes, photography and wedding planners are all presented in packages designed to serve and satisfy. The experience is aimed at making sure a couple’s cruise runs smoothly, is set in amazing surroundings and gives plenty of time to be in each other’s company.