Those that value the low-maintenance and affordability of a cruise vacation may not venture to think about cruising as a romantic getaway, but adding romance to your next cruise is easy. Imagine sailing the open seas, wind in your hair, sun on your face, and arms around your sweetheart as the sun sets slowly over the horizon.
Not bad, right?
When should we travel?
To avoid the crowds and families with small children, on a longer itinerary (7+ nights) or during parts of the year that children are in school like early September.
What cruise line should we take?
Finding the right cruise line is also important. Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line offer large ships with an abundance of passengers, entertainment, and onboard activities, but you may not get that relaxing ambience you’re hoping for. Try looking for smaller ships, or lines that provide a calm atmosphere and target a more mature cruiser; lines such as Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, and Holland America Line. Cruise Diva also has a list of some of the top romantic cruise ships you should check out.
What on-board amenities do we need?
Whatever cruise line you decide on, book a balcony stateroom and have room service (included!) bring you breakfast on your verandah in the morning. Or reserve a suite that will treat you to a whirlpool tub, fresh flowers, luxurious toiletries and upgraded bedding, bath robes, personalized service and concierge there to serve your every whim.
If you can’t move up to a balcony or suite, look for a cabin location in the extreme aft or bow of the ship or on a deck with fewer cabins that will give you more privacy. Pro tip: You can usually get a good deal on some of these rooms if you book outside the actual cruise line. For example, CruiseNow.com offers some great deals on cruises and has videos that will walk you through all the details about the ship.
Where should we go?
What destination you choose is completely up to personal preference. Some might see sipping fruity cocktails on a secluded beach as ideal; while others would rather spend time exploring art and history museums in Europe. Find an itinerary with more days at sea as this will allow you privacy and time together without the fear of missing a port of call. Some of the favorite romantic cruise destinations are Venice, Alaska, New Zealand and Hawaii.
What should we do in the ports?
When you decide to spend time in port, there are plenty of ways to take your romance onshore. Go horseback riding on the beach, lie in a hammock in the surf or rent a private cabana on the beach complete with a personal masseuse. Arrange a private sightseeing excursion or private driver, take a gondola ride or helicopter tour. Virtual Tourist is a great place to go to get advice from real users on things to do in different areas.
What should we do onboard?
Back onboard, a cruise ship is full of ways for couples to spend quality time together. Bring some decorations from home or favorite photographs of you together, arrange them in your cabin for your own private celebration. Or plan ahead and order a romance package from the cruise line which includes chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, or wine and cheese, delivered directly to your stateroom on the night of your choosing.
Get dolled up for the formal evening in the dining room, or make a reservation for an intimate dinner in the ship’s specialty restaurant. Take advantage of the complimentary room service, take a stroll in the moonlight, bring a blanket and star gaze from the upper decks of the ship, take a steamy tango lesson, or get couples massage in the onboard spa.
When looking to spend time with your one and only, cruising can be one of the most romantic and effortless ways to travel while offering a better value for your dollar.
Dating Symbol’s guest author today is Erin Leigh, a blogger and writer for Hope Paige which provides stylish medical ID bracelets.
Editor Note: – You might like to check out some other great ideas for romantic travel right here.