From romantic getaways to grand adventures, it’s no secret that couples love to holiday together. It’s a chance to relax, bond and fall even more in love. While tropical getaways are a treat, couples cruising is the next big trend in travel. And no, there’s not a screaming child or Disney character in sight.
To get you inspired we bring you six of our favourite cruise lines catered towards couples. From luxury ships to exotic destinations, you’re guaranteed to fall head over heels.
Let’s face it. No couple wants to be hassled by squealing children while they’re trying to enjoy a romantic afternoon by the pool. With Silversea children are a rarity. It’s not that they aren’t allowed on board, it’s more that they’re not encouraged. With boutique ships, fine food and European-style service, Silversea is all about uninterrupted dinner dates and adults only experiences.
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Consistently popular with couples, Norwegian Cruise Lines adopts a “freestyle cruising” experience designed to create an intimate atmosphere. There are no fixed dining times or pre-assigned seating which means if you want to enjoy dinner date after dinner date, you absolutely can. From “Rock of Ages” to “Million Dollar Quartet” Norwegian is renowned for its stage shows, which means there’s plenty of razzle dazzle on offer if you feel like a night out.
Princess doesn’t harbour a reputation as the “Love Boat” of cruise lines for nothing. They’ve mastered the art of at-sea romance, with perfectly crafted experiences like Ultimate Balcony Dining. You’ll be treated to a four-course meal, personal waitstaff, lobster, steak and plenty of Champagne. Bottoms up, because no one has to drive home. You can also opt for a Balcony Breakfast, complete with croissants and mimosas. If a cosy night in is more your idea of a dream date you’ll love Movies Under the Stars, an outdoor cinema experience projected from the pool deck.
Famously luxurious, Celebrity is the crème de la crème of couples cruising. Ships are designed with lovebirds in mind which means you’ll find plush beds, date-worthy wine bars and intimate dining venues. Not to mention sunbeds built for two and hammocks with more than enough space to accommodate a loved-up duo.
Is it just us, or is love heavily influenced by the stomach? What better way to tantalise your other half than by whipping up delights at one of Oceania’s Culinary Centre Classes? Led by revered head chefs, these workshops cover cuisine from across the globe. There are also some incredibly romantic at-sea experiences on offer, including La Reserve by Wine Spectator, an elegant night of gourmet fare paired with fine wine,
Paul Gauguin Cruises
Sailing French Polynesia throughout the year, Paul Gauguin sets the scene for romance with a stunning South Pacific backdrop. Imagine stealing a kiss as Bora Bora pulls into view, or enjoying a chilled glass of Champagne as the sun sets over a deserted island. If you’re an active couple you’ll love the endless array of water-based activities on offer, from stand-up paddling (hello upper body workout) and kayaking to diving in kaleidoscopic coral reefs. Fancy getting dropped off on a deserted island and spending the day swimming, snorkelling and sun bathing? You’ve got it.