5 of the Best Romantic and Honeymoon Cruises
Luxury ships, fine dining, tropical or Mediterranean islands, sunsets and snorkelling in sparkling blue seas make cruising the perfect holiday for romance. Whether you’re on a honeymoon, renewing your vows, or looking for a starry-eyed getaway, here are five top cruises to get you in the mood for love.
Ponant’s Treasures of Polynesia
This 11-day return cruise out of Papeete in Tahiti on luxe boutique ship Le Soléal takes you through French Polynesia. Here you’ll find stunning peacock-blue lagoons, tumbling waterfalls and lush, rainforest-draped islands provide the perfect backdrop for those lovey-dovey moments. Buy black pearls at Rangiroa, snorkel among the corals off pink-sand beaches at Fakarava, get castaway in the atolls of the Tuamotus, and spot dolphins on an excursion off Morea. There’s also a stop at spectacular Bora Bora, surely one of the world’s great honeymoon destinations.
Azamara’s Amalfi Coast to Greece Voyage
When it comes to the Mediterranean, few would argue that Italy’s splendid Amalfi Coast and Greece’s islands are its top romantic spots. This seven-night cruise on Azamara Journey brings you to both destinations on an idyllic journey that visits cliff-top Sorrento, gorgeous Capri with its Blue Grotto, and the flower-draped town of Taormina in Sicily. Then it’s onwards to Mykonos, with its whitewashed villages and windmills, and dramatic Santorini, one of the world’s most beautiful islands whose renowned sunsets provide an ultimate hand-holding moment.
Seabourn’s Caribbean Skies
Twelve days of luxury and pampering on board Seabourn Odyssey would be treat enough, but this cruise between Fort Lauderdale in Florida and Bridgetown in Barbados makes it even better by bringing you to the Caribbean’s highlights. Stroll the sugar-white beaches of the Dominican Republic, explore the grottoes of the British Virgin Islands and relax on St Kitts, St Barts, St Lucia and the romantic French territory of Guadeloupe. In Grenada, volcanic mountains, waterfalls and sandy beaches unfold.
Silversea’s Port Louis to Mahe
Enjoy your romantic moments but want some adventure as well? A 14-day journey on Silver Discoverer in the Indian Ocean might just be the honeymoon holiday for you. It begins and ends on those tropical islands where love is always in the air, Mauritius and the Seychelles, including three days at pristine Aldabra Atoll for snorkelling among turtles. In between, however, there are stops at remote, rugged Réunion and several ports in Madagascar, where you can explore national parks and spot lemurs and chameleons.
Uniworld’s Portrait of Majestic France
There are few more romantic destinations than France, and this river cruise supplies the fabled French good life, from wine and gastronomy to art and landscapes. The first half of the 15-day journey takes you along the Seine River, where highlights are strolling through medieval Rouen and Monet’s famous gardens at Giverny. A second river cruise brings you to the Bordeaux region’s Sauternes, Medoc and Saint-Émilion wine country. In between, Paris provides honeymoon moments straight from the movies.