Many cruise enthusiasts enjoy the vibrant, party atmosphere they encounter on their favorite ships. But while raucous cruises with strong drinks and exciting nightclubs are abundant, there are also plenty of laid-back, romantic options aboard Princess Cruises® for those who prefer sweet nothings over loud parties.
Follow these cruise-based suggestions to get those butterflies going:
Best Island Visits For Vacationing Couples
The islands you set foot on are just as important as the cruise ship itself, so be sure to choose an itinerary that includes several romantic destinations. The white sands of the Caribbean’s finest beaches have long attracted honeymooning couples, with Travel + Leisure ranking St. John among the most romantic islands in the world. Other romantic Caribbean destinations include Ochos Rios, Grand Cayman, and Grenada.
Your island hopping activities will largely depend on where you decide to set sail. While exploring Jamaica, you and your spouse can take in a magnificent view from Blue Mountain while tasting local coffees. Beachside relaxation is also a great option — and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Grenada’s beautiful Grand Anse Beach.
No matter which islands you explore, you can easily infuse romance into every aspect of your cruise vacation. Simply invest in a honeymoon celebration package. The standard package includes champagne, engraved champagne glasses, long-stemmed roses, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. These simple touches can turn an already wonderful cruise into a truly spellbinding experience.
Available as part of your deluxe romance package, a couple’s massage at the relaxing Lotus Spa® combines romance and relaxation into one enjoyable experience. By inducing a state of deep relaxation, a full-body massage can lead to significant releases of feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine, as well as oxytocin, which is often referred to as the cuddle hormone.
Take in a Sunrise or Sunset
Sunsets have long been associated with romance, and with good reason; their sheer beauty forces you and your sweetheart to stop and closely observe your surroundings — and your response to those surroundings.
Sunsets are best shared, and where better to take in the astounding beauty of the setting sun than on a luxurious ocean cruise? Enjoy the view from your stateroom, over a delicious multi-course meal served on your balcony with Princess Cruises’ exclusive Ultimate Balcony Dining, or as you sit on your favorite deck chairs, hand in hand. And with Princess More Ashore Late Night calls in select ports, you can even enjoy the twilight on shore and sample of the nightlife.
Date nights over dinner may be common in your everyday life, but how often do you and the one you love most truly leave your comfort zone and try something exciting? On a cruise, you have the opportunity to do so every day. Book a table for two at a swank restaurant and embark on a gastronomical adventure together. From gourmet sushi to Creole creations, you and your spouse can tackle a variety of new culinary styles. If you prefer comfort food, no worries — steak and potatoes are just a meal away. If you have booked a Club Class Mini-suite, you can take advantage of Club Class Dining, which offers exclusive menu options, table-side preparation, and dedicated wait staff that will quickly respond to every request.
There’s nothing like an evening of dancing to get those good feelings flowing. Even if you have two left feet, you’ll have a blast reliving those wedding dance floor antics. Depending on where you sail, you can perfect your technique while taking line dancing, salsa, or ballroom lessons. If you and your favorite dancing partner prefer to do your own thing, feel free to take a spin amongst the dazzling lights and pulsating rhythms of your cruise’s onboard nightclub.
Whether your idea of a romantic evening involves champagne, a massage, a spectacular sunset, or all three, you can experience it all during your next cruise vacation. The pressure-free cruise atmosphere will allow you and your sweetheart to let go of your worries and embrace your passion-filled relationship, all while cementing your bond as a newly married couple.
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