Sometimes a holiday should be about just one thing – romance. And where better to spend time with your loved one than on a cruise? We have selected 10 fantastic romantic cruises that are guaranteed to set hearts racing
1. Romance on the Rhine with Titan
What could be more dreamy than a river cruise through the heart of Europe? Titan’s Rhine Discovery, an eight-day cruise on Uniworld’s stylish River Ambassador, takes in the romantic spirit of the Rhine, with relaxing walking tours, a wine tasting session and a visit to the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg. This enchanting cruise costs from £2,549 per person departing on 7 or 14 July and includes flights, seven-night full board accommodation, excursions and Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service.
2. Propose with Princess Cruises
Struggling to find the right moment? Princess have done all the hard work for you, so you can pop the question to your unsuspecting partner with a personal video proposal shown on your ship’s giant outdoor screen. They will organise champagne, roses and chocolate covered strawberries, an engagement portrait session, photos of your proposal and even a couple’s massage in the Lotus Spa. Let’s hope she says yes! Golden Princess sails a 14-night round trip from Los Angeles to Hawaii on 13 March with prices from £1,587pp.
3. A real adventure with Oceania Cruises
If romance for you means exploring new places together, Oceania has a wonderful Panama Canal transit through the many locks of this magnificent waterway on board their 650-guest mid-sized luxury cruise ship, Regatta. Departing on 20 April the ship sails from Miami through the Caribbean Sea, calling into the Cayman Islands and Colombia, before transitting the Canal on 26 April, then continuing the sailing through Central America, making port calls in Costa Rica (Puntarenas) and Guatemala (Puerto Quetzai) and four port calls on Mexico’s west coast before arriving into San Francisco on 9 May. The sailing costs from £2,539pp and includes return flights from the UK, all meals, bottled water and soft drinks.
4. Italian sunsets with MSC Cruises
Travel from Venice to Greece, Turkey and Croatia and soak up some sun while taking advantage of MSC’s Romantic Sunset Package for £68.40. It includes a bottle of Champagne Moet & Chandon Brut with souvenir flutes that you can keep and chocolate covered strawberries served in your cabin. The seven-night cruise on board MSC Divina leaves Venice on 13 April and costs from £499pp.
5. Love songs with P&O Cruises
If it’s a short but sweet getaway you’re after, P&O have lots of short break cruises going to Zeebrugge (port for Bruges). Prices start from £249pp, departing from and returning to Southampton. And departing on 18 May, a three-night cruise on Aurora features world-famous tenor Russell Watson, calling at Zeebrugge and St Peter Port. Prices start from £379pp.
6. Get married on board with Cunard
What could be more romantic than watching New York emerge from the horizon after a week sailing west across the Atlantic aboard the most magnificent ocean liner ever built, with just you and the ocean as far as the eye can see? And, due to the time difference, there’s an extra hour on five out of the seven days, so you’ll have 25-hour days to enjoy with your best beloved. Take advantage and get married on board, from just $2,625. Queen Mary 2 is crossing the Atlantic from Southampton on 26 April with prices from £949pp.
7. Caribbean spa with Celebrity Cruises
Whisk loved ones away for a romantic break in the Caribbean and relax amidst crystal blue waters, stunning sunsets and white sand beaches. Celebrity Cruises has a Eastern Caribbean fly/cruise on 23 February from £1,523pp on board Celebrity Reflection where couples can relax at the AquaSpa by Elemis and Sensory Salon and enjoy treatments such as Egyptian Ceremony of Milk and Ginger and Asian Ceremony of Stone. Unwind in the adult-only solarium with a heated seawater pool and full service gym and studio offering a range of classes including yoga and Pilates. The price includes flights from London Heathrow, transfers, and a seven-night cruise departing Miami (Florida) and calling at San Juan (Puerto Rico), Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas) and Philipsburg (St. Maarten) before returning to Miami for the flight home.
8. Relax on the river with Avalon Waterways
Avalon Waterways offers an enchanting seven night ‘Romantic Rhine’ luxury river cruise aboard its state-of the-art cruise ships with departures from 7 April. Highlights include a canal cruise in Amsterdam before sailing through the remarkable Rhine Gorge to view the legendary Lorelei Rock, the medieval town of Rudesheim, and guided sightseeing in Cologne to see the Gothic cathedral. The seven night cruise aboard Avalon Affinity is priced from £2,039pp for a departure on 29 April to include return flights from London Heathrow, free door-to-door home pick-up service within 75 miles of airport, all transfers, full board deluxe cruise plus complimentary regional wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner, a range of sightseeing, all gratuities and a professional cruise director throughout.
9. Get away from it all with Aqua Expeditions
Gilding along the Amazon River you’ll see far more animals than people with a Aqua Expeditions’ seven-night cruise. It’s a luxurious and comprehensive Amazon journey on which you can experience the river’s three powerful tributaries: the Marañón, the Ucayali, and the Puinahua as well as several hidden black water lakes. Combine this cruise with a pre-departure or post-cruise Peru tour of Machu Picchu, Lima and Cusco and you have the makings of an unforgettable holiday. Aqua Expeditions operates every week of the year with prices from $2,685.
10. Sheer luxury with Hapag Lloyd
You can’t get much more elegant that Hapag Lloyd’s Europa, and a cruise from Dubai to Malta is the perfect way to kick back and be thoroughly pampered on this beautiful ship. Immerse yourself in history and visit the legendary rock-carved city of Petra or explore the souks in Oman where the scent of frankincense fills the air and the magnificent mountain scenery impresses visitors with its barren beauty. Prices for seven days start from £7,766pp but book before Valentine’s Day to take advantage of an early booking discount.