A cruise can be ideal for a romantic getaway and, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we list 10 itineraries to set your pulses racing
6. Paris, France
An eight-day Paris and Normandy river cruise from the City of the Light through Normandy’s countryside and back is an idyllic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Explore the region’s charms, such as Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard, the medieval capital of Rouen and Monet’s home in Giverny, while enjoying all-inclusive luxury with Uniworld. For an unforgettable experience in Paris, you can sail along the Seine and enjoy a panoramic tour from the water, with a stop at the stunning 17th-century Luxembourg Gardens. Follow in the footsteps of artists, writers and philosophers as you meander hand-in-hand along the narrow streets and take in its majestic architecture. Departs 22 April, from £3,799pp (uniworld.com).
7. Venice, Italy
Share plenty of romantic moments in captivating Venice, with its picturesque canals, winding lanes and wealth of fine dining restaurants to savour. Viking Ocean Cruises’ 13-day Mediterranean Odyssey offers two days for you to uncover La Serenissima’s hidden piazzas, lagoons and quaint shops that sell its world-famous glassblown ornaments. Don’t miss out on taking a romantic gondola ride with your loved one through the iconic Grand Canal, where you can have a unique perspective of the city’s beautiful architecture and passages from the water. From Venice, other calls include Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia, Corfu in Greece and Italy’s Naples, Rome and Florence/Pisa. Departs 15 November, from £3,9405pp (vikingcruises.co.uk).
8. New York, USA
There is so much to see and do in the City That Never Sleeps and if you’re the type of couple who loves to embark on a jam-packed adventure, New York is the place for you. Check out its numerous museums, from the world-famous Museum of Modern Art to military-themed Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, and enjoy the cosmopolitan hustle and bustle by wandering through its neighbourhoods. For panoramic views of the iconic skyline, head up the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Center and, of course, there is the incredible shopping too. Cruise Direction’s 14-night Iceland, Niagara Falls, New York & Classic Transatlantic cruise-and-stay package departs from Southampton for two days in New York and includes a stay in Niagara Falls in Canada before flying to Iceland to complete this incredible holiday. Departs 18 November, from £2,089pp (cruisedirection.co.uk).
Breathtaking natural beauty and gorgeous sunsets can be found on Hawaii, making it ideal for an exotic romantic getaway. Imagine snorkelling together among colourful fishes, lounging on idyllic white-sand beaches and sharing a boat ride to explore the stunning rugged coastline. Holland America Line’s 16-night Circle Hawaii cruise departing Vancouver in Canada offers a fabulous itinerary that calls at Hilo, Honolulu Lahaina and Nawiliwili Kauai, so you get the full experience of Hawaii. Tours of pineapple plantations and surfing beaches, plus hula shows, luaus and high-energy discos await. Departs 1 October, from £1,700pp (hollandamerica.com).
10. Arabian Gulf
For the perfect blend of old and new, embark on a seven-night cruise that takes in gems such as Dubai, Sir Bani Yas Island, Bahrain, Doha and Abu Dhabi. There are plenty of things for a couple to do together – indulge in a shopping trip in malls that house the biggest names in fashion, take a thrilling dessert buggy ride or simply enjoy your favourite drinks with a stunning view from the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at 828 metres tall. Bolsover Cruise Club offers this seven-night adventure with MSC Cruises, sailing on board MSC Splendida. Departs 4 March, cruise only, from £429pp (bolsovercruiseclub.com).
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