Just a century ago, cruises were the floating playgrounds of the rich and famous. Today, this exclusive, glamorous image has given way to a much more accessible, family-friendly one. The biggest cruise ships in the world are bursting with fun activities for all ages.
But what if you’re looking for a cruise that caters to the needs of couples? Rest assured there are plenty of romantic cruises you can book around the world: here are some of our top picks.
Finding your perfect couples cruise
From candlelit dinners to romantic strolls on the deck at sunset, couples cruises are the perfect way to spend quality time together. If you’re looking for romantic voyages, book a passage on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 from Southampton to New York for a legendary cruise you’ll never forget. In addition to the romantic on-board atmosphere, you and your loved one will always cherish the experience of standing on deck as the New York skyline comes into view.
MSC Cruises journeys to a variety of romantic destinations too, from the Caribbean to Mediterranean Europe. Or, for the couples’ experience of a lifetime, P&O world cruises are the perfect way to travel the globe and rekindle your passion for one another at the same time.
If your on-board experience is more important to you than the destinations you’ll visit, you may prefer to take an adults-only cruise. Planet Cruise has further details on adult-only cruise ships and amenities for couples seeking a child-free experience.
Elsewhere, Crystal Cruises is renowned for its excellent amenities and bewitching ambience – ideal for couples looking for a more boutique alternative to the larger cruise lines. For further tips and details, check out CruiseCritic.co.uk’s comprehensive list of the 10 best cruise lines for couples.
Wedding and vow renewal cruises
Whatever your age, a cruise is one of the most romantic adventures you can have as a couple. That’s why so many people plan to get married or renew their vows at sea. If you’re hoping to celebrate your union on a cruise, Cunard’s tailor-made celebration packages could be just what you’re looking for. Your intimate wedding or vow renewal will be officiated by the ship’s Captain and you’ll get to enjoy some of the best food and drink the high sea has to offer.
Alternatively, if you’re keen to get married or renew your vows with the whole family in tow, Royal Caribbean also organises wedding packages. You’ll get to take advantage of the ship’s family-friendly entertainment and, when you’re ready for some alone-time, hire an on-board babysitter to look after the little ones while you get to enjoy your cruise as a couple.
Whether you’re planning your couples cruise a year in advance or you’re looking for last minute deals, cruise offers are available all year round. So if you’re unable to book the cruise of your dreams today, don’t give up: simply keep checking for deals on a regular basis until you find the couple’s package you want.
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