Travel insights from Jenna Buege, associate editor of The Compass
Between the gentle crashing of waves, downright incredible sunsets and the faint smell of salt in the air, there’s something undeniably romantic about the sea. And when you combine these things with incredible ports of call and endless entertainment, it becomes clear that cruises are a great option for travelers who are looking to spend some quality time with their S.O.
While each cruise line has something sweet to offer, here are several romantic experiences for lovebirds to consider as they daydream about their next big adventure out on the water.
Movies and Adults-Only Retreats on Princess Cruise Lines
Finding opportunities for romance aboard Princess Cruise Lines is easy thanks to secluded spots and adults-only areas, perfect for couples who are looking to relax and recharge. The Sanctuary — the cruise line’s adults-only tranquil retreat — whisks travelers away to a private getaway where they can indulge in signature beverages, light meals and tension-melting massages. And to add to the luxurious vibes, each guest at The Sanctuary can rest easy knowing that the Serenity Stewards (private butlers) are there to tend to their every need.
As the sun begins to set, travelers can spend the evening with the person they love beneath a sky full of stars at Movies Under the Stars®, Princess Cruise Lines’ open-air movie-watching experience. Cozy lounge chairs and complimentary fresh-popped popcorn set the scene as couples cuddle up, ready to be swept away by the action of the big screen.
Breakfast in Bed and Couples Massages with Carnival
Couples aboard Carnival Cruise Line can start their day off right (and with a touch of romance) with breakfast in bed. This complimentary service (with an upcharge on select items) is available from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. with menu items that range from fruit and cereal to baked goods and yogurt. To wash it all down, travelers will find early-morning staples like coffee, tea and milk in addition to mimosas and bloodies for those who prefer to kick things off with a bang.
Another great option for romance onboard Carnival is the cruise line’s long list of couples massage treatments. Whether planned in advance or given as a surprise, sweethearts will find their worries drifting far, far away as they relish a 50, 75 or 100-minute session. From deep tissue and Swedish massage to aroma stone therapy and salt scrubs, nothing says “I love you” like a day at the spa.
Professional Photos and Spectacular Sunsets with Royal Caribbean
Vacations are always good for a photo op, and on Royal Caribbean, romantics can take things to the next level when they work with a professional photographer. With over 40 photo opportunities onboard — and several others upon embarkation and at ports of call — travelers can work with Royal Caribbean’s professional photographers to turn any moment into a lasting memory. Or, for something more official, couples can book an hour of private photography which makes for the perfect excuse to get dolled up and have fun together posing the day away.
Of course, one of the dreamiest aspects of sailing is watching the sunset shimmer across the sea. And while the painted sky looks magical from nearly any angle, travelers can get the best view from atop North Star, a glass-enclosed ride that dangles sailors high above the ship offering incredible 360-views of the surrounding scenery. Now that’s picture-perfect.
About the Author
Senior Editor for VAX VacationAccess and world explorer, Jenna loves writing about all things travel. When she’s not busy creating content, she spends her time exploring the great outdoors, cuddling with her two black cats and researching her next big (sometimes strange) adventure.
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