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The Best Cruise Ships for Couples

A cruise vacation is a great option for a romantic getaway. Choosing the right ship will guarantee the onboard ambiance you desire and a trip to remember long after the voyage is over.

Romance and cruising are a perfect combination of blue skies, azure seas, heavenly sunsets and destinations to dream of. Spending quality time with your special someone will be further enhanced on a cruise ship specially designed to suit the needs of couples.

Considerations when choosing a romantic cruise include:

  • Pampering or party style
  • Cabins with great amenities and balconies
  • Private dining options
  • Cosy ship corners
  • Venues for late night entertainment
  • Areas for relaxation on deck by day or night

Here is a brief overview of some of the most popular cruise lines and ships built with romance in mind.

Princess Cruises: Crown Princess, Emerald Princess, Ruby Princess

These vessels follow in the tradition of the original Princess Cruises “Love Boat”, and romance remains a major focus.


  • Suites with large balconies, comfortable sitting areas and plenty of closet space
  • The choice of traditional or private dining
  • The romantic balcony breakfast option
  • “Movies Under the Stars” with cushioned loungers and wool blankets
  • The “Sanctuary” shaded hideaway retreat
  • Spa and massage options

Caribbean Princess The Sanctuary

P&O Cruises: Arcadia

The Arcadia is an adults-only vessel, offering wedding packages and fine dining.


  • The option to upgrade your suite to include whirlpool baths.
  • The Viceroy Room, perfect for weddings
  • The East Bar, ideal for wedding receptions
  • Champagne and chocolates on arrival
  • Special his ‘n’ hers toiletry sets

P&O Cruises Arcadia

Paul Gauguin Cruises: Paul Gauguin

This ship was purpose-designed for romantic visits to the South Pacific year-round.


  • Small and intimate; only 332 passengers
  • Remote island destinations perfect for romance
  • Inspired tropical cabin décor
  • Balcony cabins available
  • Butler service in some staterooms and suites
  • The romantic La Palette Lounge
  • Many onboard features included in the fare price

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Crystal Cruises: Crystal Serenity

This ship, although large, provides intimate luxury including plenty of penthouse suites.


  • All penthouse suits have verandahs
  • Marble baths with jacuzzi
  • Order off the restaurant menu for enjoying a meal on your private verandah
  • The Sunset Bar with private nooks for sunset-watching
  • Spacious terraced decks for intimate couples

Crystal Cruises Crystal Serenity Cruise Penthouse

Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Jade

The Norwegian Cruise Line philosophy of freestyle dining is perfect for finding a table-for-two. The jewel-class ships are a desirable combination of romance and activity.


  • The best suites, known as Haven suites, are located in a private-access area
  • Haven suites whirlpool tub and picture window
  • Separate living and sleeping rooms
  • Butler service
  • Adults-only pool
  • Bliss Ultra Lounge canopy beds
  • Asian style pool with hot tub

Norwegian Epic Cruise Ship Haven

More romantic cruise ship options

There are a lot of cruise ships that favour romance over flashy diversions. Other favourite lines worth investigating include both small and large vessels. Windstar Cruises; SeaDream Yacht Club; Celebrity Cruises; Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Seabourn are all dedicated to providing cruise facilities that will ignite romance and secure your relationship with your loved one.

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Robert Grant

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