Julie Peasgood is a travel expert, TV presenter and Contributing Editor for Cruise International
Q. We’re planning our honeymoon and love the idea of a cruise, but we want it to be as romantic as possible. What would you recommend?
Cruising is very romantic, so your honeymoon choice is excellent. There are several ways to enjoy some privacy: top tip is book a stateroom with a balcony. You can savour meals, with uninterrupted views of the sea, and indulge in private cocktails on moonlit nights. Many ships offer intimate tables for two in their restaurants, so be sure to inform your maître ’d that you’re newlyweds.
Regent Seven Seas provide all-suite, all-balcony ships along with fabulous food and the most inclusive fares of the luxury lines, and both Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line offer special honeymoon packages with everything from champagne and chocolates to roses and alfresco massages. Snuggle up under a blanket for ‘Movies Under the Stars’ on board Princess, or relish peace and privacy in NCL’s sophisticated The Haven, a ship within a ship. MSC offers this facility with their stylish Yacht Club suites, complete with 24-hour service and a butler. Viking Ocean Cruises’ ships all have beautiful Nordic-inspired spas and free thermal suites to unwind in, with destination-driven itineraries and a ‘no kids under 16’ policy. Sea Dream Yacht Club offers luxury and outstanding service, and Azamara tuck you up with their ‘Nights in Private Places’ package: the aft spa deck will be all yours for a night, with the delights of a candlelit dinner and thalassotherapy pool, before you drift off to sleep in blissful peace and calm.