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

Infinity pool onboard Viking Orion

Love is most definitely in the sea air at this time of year and we’re turning our attentions to the most romantic cruises on offer for the year ahead. While Valentine’s Day may look a little different for many of us this year, it’s the perfect time to book ahead and start planning your next trip away with your loved one.

From meandering rivers to paradise islands, here are some of the most romantic cruises to book right now.

10 of the Most Romantic Cruises

Viking Longships Seine Class, Paris

Paris & the Heart of Normandy Cruise – Viking Cruises

It wouldn’t be a round-up of the most romantic cruises without a stop in the city of love, would it? Viking’s brand-new ships, custom built to navigate the Seine River in the heart of Paris, will offer guests breath-taking views of the most romantic city in the world with the Paris & the Heart of Normandy itinerary. Docking in the centre of Paris adjacent to the Eiffel Tower, guests can stroll along the Champs-Élysées, visit the Wall of Love, or even steal a kiss at Pont des Arts. 2022 prices start from £1,945 per person.

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Hawaiian Islands Cruise – Princess Cruises

A honeymooners hotspot, Hawaii has long been a favourite for a romantic retreat. Princess Cruises 15-Day Hawaiian Islands Cruise offers an intoxicating mix of island adventure and carefree cruising. You’ll venture to four dazzling islands — including a full day and late evening in Honolulu to see the sights and experience its famed nightlife or a romantic dinner for two. And there’s so much to do while you’re at sea, like enjoying live entertainment, world-class cuisine, island-inspired activities and endless ocean views. Interior room on Ruby Princess departing December 2021 from £1,099 per person.

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Italy, Croatia and Greece – Celebrity Cruises

Departing from Venice, what could be more romantic than the two of you gliding through Venetian canals aboard a private gondola? Stops in Spilt also offer opportunity for a romantic stroll through the historic old town, while a visit to the private home of chef Ms. Vlasta Mandic in Montenegro serves up an indulgent couple’s culinary experience. Meanwhile, on boar Celebrity Infinity, The Retreat Sun Deck and The Retreat Lounge provide ample opportunity for intimate drinks overlooking stunning ocean views. Inside room from £899 per person.

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Greek Odyssey – Viking Cruises

Greece is one of the most romantic countries on earth, with beautiful beaches and picturesque towns, there’s a reason the county has long been popular with honeymooners. Viking’s 11-day Greek Odyssey itinerary includes an overnight stay in Athens, offering breath-taking views of the Acropolis and allowing guests to discover the romance of the Plaka District. The cruise also calls in the fabled island of Santorini, where guests can witness the charm of white-washed towns and spectacular beauty of it’s stunning beaches. Stops in the cosmopolitan port of Volos; Thessaloníki, the second largest city in Greece; the Old Town of Rhodes; and Crete ensure this is a romantic Greek getaway not to be missed. Prices start from £3,590 per person.

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Luxury Around the World Cruise – Oceania 

There are few things as romantic as leaving behind the humdrum of everyday life to embark on an epic adventure with your loved one. Throw in optimum luxury on-board and the 180-day Around the World cruise from Oceania is sure to set hearts racing. Offering guests unprecedented opportunities to witness the splendour of Antarctica first-hand with three full days cruising in Admiralty Bay, Paradise Bay and Half Moon Island, the itinerary provides access to more than 60 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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Eastern Caribbean Islands

Romantic Caribbean Cruises – Princess Cruises

With white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and private islands, few places offer as much romance in abundance as the islands of the Caribbean. Exciting adventures await aboard Caribbean Princess, as she sets sail with a multi-million-dollar array of luxurious enhancements. From staterooms that offer a more restful sleep, to endless tempting new dining options, you can indulge and relax to your heart’s content. Princess Cruises’ Dream With Us sale is currently offering amazing prices on their Caribbean itineraries, included a 7-Day Eastern Caribbean cruise for £549.

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Antartica coastal ice sunset, Viking Cruises

From the Arctic to Antartica – Viking Cruises

Couples often say they would travel to the ends of the earth for each other, well now they can do it together as Viking’s From the Arctic to Antarctica itinerary sails from the far north to the southernmost continent. Starting in Tromso, Norway, guests will witness the stark beauty of the Arctic Circle before sailing past rugged peaks and quaint fishing villages to Scotland’s Shetland Islands and Ireland’s shores. After crossing the equator, the ship visits Rio de Janeiro, blessed with a stunning setting so unique that UNESCO gave it World Heritage Site status, and Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, before arriving at the ‘Last Continent’, Antarctica, where guests will be amazed by untouched nature and wildlife found nowhere else in the world. Prices start from £27,995 per person.

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Pharaohs & Pyramids – Viking Cruises

Hot air ballooning is one of the oldest and most peaceful forms of air transportation in the world and one of the most romantic ways to fly. Guests booked on Viking’s Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary can take to the Cairo sky in a hot air balloon and witness spectacular sunrise above the Nile’s west bank in Luxor, Egypt. You will soak up breath-taking scenery as you glide over tombs, the historic Nile River and the fertile valley bathed in sunrise. From £4,665 per person.

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Romance Packages with Norwegian Cruise Line

Embark on one of Norwegian’s world-class cruises and amp up the romance onboard with one of their bespoke couple’s packages. From weddings at sea to private vow renewals, via honeymoon cruises and anniversary trips, Norwegian’s Romance Packages provide a heartfelt upgrade to the cruise of your choice.

Norwegian’s Ultimate Romance Package includes:

  • Sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries in your stateroom upon embarkation
  • Canapés delivered to your stateroom one evening
  • Classic Dozen Red Roses
  • Breakfast in bed on two days of your choice
  • Romantic dinner for two in Cagney’s with a complimentary bottle of red or white wine
  • Two 25-minute half-body Swedish Massages
  • Tea service in your stateroom on the afternoon of your choice
  • Romantic dinner for two in Bistro with a complimentary bottle of red or white wine
  • Two 8×10 Professional Portraits

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Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn – Viking Cruises

Venice’s meandering canals, intimate bridges and gothic architecture provide the ultimate romantic backdrop on Viking’s Adriatic & Mediterranean Sojourn. Guests can experience the ultimate romantic evening as they sail along enchanting canals in a private gondola, enjoying the sights of this magical city after sunset. What’s more, after an evening under the stars, married couples can declare their love and commitment to each other with a vow renewal ceremony on board Viking’s river and ocean ships. From £7,999 per person.

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