13 of the best cruises for couples of all ages

The most romantic cruise lines to set sail with into the sunset.

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With the wide open ocean in sight, the sea breeze blowing through your hair and an exquisite state room booked, cruises are the epitome of romance.

But let’s not forget the other perks. You can look forward to lazing about in your swimwear all day long and finally enjoy date-night without being bothered by family or friends. With your cruise package paid for, you don’t have to worry about blowing the budget on unexpected purchases or expenses.

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, spoiling your other half or you just want a remote escape where you can stare dreamily into each other’s eyes (and the ocean), there’s a cruise for you.

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1. Celebrity Cruises

Dive into a vacation fit for a celebrity with this cruise line.

The Celebrity Cruise fleet incorporates modern design with high quality pampering and dining experiences to deliver elegance and luxury throughout your journey.

  • Ideal for: Couples in their 20s and 30s.
  • Most romantic cabins: AquaClass, where you’ll get priority seating at specialty restaurants and spa perks.
  • Special touches: CelebrityLife activities like cooking and dance classes, unique onshore excursions, wine workshops, professional photography and celebration packages.
Go to Celebrity Cruises via Cruise Direct website

Princess Cruises

2. Princess Cruises

Cruising with Princess is more than just a vacation: it’s a holiday filled with enriching and luxurious experiences.

Princess Cruises have won of the hearts of millions of travellers with their luxurious and modern interiors, unique and enriching experiences, high quality dining options and their continuous ability to provide the ultimate in elegance and luxury in everything they do.

  • Ideal for: Couples in their 20s and 30s.
  • Most romantic cabins: Mini-suites for the ultimate in views, luxury and amenities.
  • Special touches: Onboard renewal of vows, engagement, honeymoon and anniversary packages, room decorations, onboard deliveries of wine and chocolates, enrichment programs, destination-themed activities and the chance to see festivals worldwide.
Go to Princess Cruises via Cruise Direct website

Royal Caribbean cruises

3. Royal Caribbean

With more than 260 romantic destinations to sail to, you and your other half will be lazing on a tropical beach with a cocktail in hand in next to no time with Royal Caribbean.

This cruise line understands that not all couples want to remain poolside for their entire trip. It offers a number of adventurous and relaxing activities including rock climbing, onshore excursions, private FlowRider surfing lessons and a couples massage.

  • Ideal for: Couples in their 30s, 40s and 50+.
  • Most romantic cabins: Balcony suites and oceanview rooms.
  • Special touches: Onboard deliveries of roses and wine, decorated room upon request, breakfast in bed, anniversary packages and onboard weddings.
Go to Royal Caribbean via Cruise Direct website

Holland America Line Cruise

4. Holland America Line

Enjoy exciting experiences with your other half such as cooking classes or movie nights under the stars when you cruise with Holland America Line.

If you’re looking to do more than just relax onboard, Holland America Line offer everything from wine making classes, to live cooking shows, photography and editing workshops and live music.

  • Ideal for: Couples in their 30s, 40s and 50+.
  • Most romantic cabins: Spa staterooms for the proximity to luxury spa treatments, special cabin amenities and the views.
  • Special touches: Nightly pillow turn-down and gifts, breakfast in bed, all-day room service, onboard delivery of gifts like chocolate, flowers and wine.
Go to Holland America Line via Cruise Direct website

Carnival Cruises

5. Carnival Cruises via Cruise Direct

Couples celebrating can take advantage of Carnival Cruises’ special occasions packages which include wedding and vow renewals onboard.

Even if you’re.not on your honeymoon, don’t worry. Carnival can still provide that picture-perfect romantic itinerary complete with door decorations, flowers, gifts and specialty cakes.

  • Ideal for: Couples in their 20s and 30s.
  • Most romantic cabins: Balcony state rooms for the view or suites for the VIP check-in service.
  • Special touches: Serenity adults-only retreat, Spa Carnival.
Go to Carnival Cruises via Cruise Direct website

Norwegian Cruise Line

6. Norwegian Cruise Line

Couples celebrating can take advantage of Norwegian’s special romance packages which include vow renewals onboard.

The sizeable ships cater to the different types of couples out there whether you’re down for a day in the water park or sports complex, relaxing in the adults-only sanctuary or dancing the night away in the multiple bars, lounges and onboard night club.

  • Ideal for: Couples in their 30s and 40s
  • Most romantic cabins: Courtyard penthouse with balcony
  • Special touches: Couples massage, oceanside seating at the French bistro, romance packages and outdoor movies
Go to Norwegian Cruise Line via Cruise Direct website

Celebrity Cruises

7. Celebrity Cruises

Dive into a cruise holiday fit for the celebrity you are with this line.

The Celebrity Cruises fleet incorporates modern design with high-quality pampering and dining experiences to deliver elegance and luxury throughout your journey.

  • Ideal for: Couples in their 20s and 30s
  • Most romantic cabins: AquaClass, where you’ll get priority seating at specialty restaurants and spa perks
  • Special touches: CelebrityLife activities like cooking and dance classes, unique onshore excursions, wine workshops, professional photography and celebration packages
Go to Celebrity Cruises via Cruise Direct website

A couple drinking juice near a cruise deck

8. Regent Cruises

With an all-inclusive itinerary, couples can relax and enjoy the luxurious journey from start to finish.

Once you’ve discovered the all-suite, all-balcony ships, gourmet cuisine and open bars on offer across the ship, the only tough decision you’ll have to make is where to go.

  • Ideal for: Couples aged 50+
  • Most romantic cabins: Distinctive suites that include a personal butler and in-suite caviar service
  • Special touches: Unlimited offshore excursions, Gourmet Explore Tours, cooking classes, tables for two, couples massage and private personal trainer sessions
Go to Regent Cruises via Cruise Direct website

Dinner on a cruise

9. Azamara Club

Get up close and personal with your surroundings with smaller, more intimate ships.

With itineraries specifically tailored for a romantic journey, Azamara knows how to up the romance factor. Ships often stay overnight in a destination so you can take in a new city after sunset.

  • Ideal for: Couples aged 50+
  • Most romantic cabins: Club Ocean and Club World Owner’s Suites
  • Special touches: Ballroom dancing, tables for two, after-dinner excursions, Nights in Private Places package
Go to Azamara Club via Cruise Direct website

Balcony bed / chair in Viking Ocean

10. Viking Ocean

Spend your days seeing the sights and your nights in search of the Northern Lights.

Intimate ships, adults-only, complimentary shore excursions and a private veranda in all rooms are just some of the top-class features that help make your cruise a romantic getaway for two.

  • Ideal for: Couples aged 50+
  • Most romantic cabins: Explorer Suites
  • Special touches: Cooking classes, wine tasting, resident classical musicians, Nordic-inspired spa, afternoon tea, infinity pool and dinners for two in the Italian restaurant
Go to Viking Ocean via Cruise Direct website

Couple having a drink in Cunard

11. Cunard

Sail back to the romance of a golden era of cruising.

There are few things more romantic in the cruising world than a transatlantic journey on the iconic Queen Mary 2. You can relive all the glamour and excitement of an age gone by, all while enjoying the upscale amenities and personalized service Cunard is known for.

  • Ideal for: Couples aged 50+
  • Most romantic cabins: Princess Grill or Queens Grill suites
  • Special touches: Ballroom dancing, traditional afternoon tea, in-suite dining, dance classes, live music, couples treatments at the spa
Go to Cunard via Cruise Direct website

People near the beach

12. Paul Gauguin

Pick your itinerary from the most romantic destinations in the South Pacific.

Paul Gauguin’s small, cozy ships feature mostly private, oceanfront balconies, menus from a Michelin-starred chef and ample opportunities for long walks along postcard-perfect beaches.

  • Ideal for: Couples aged 40+
  • Most romantic cabins: Suites and B Veranda staterooms
  • Special touches: Alfresco dining, complimentary 24-hour room service, dinner for two at the French restaurant, honeymoon packages and tropical spa treatments onboard and in port including an overwater massage

Couple drinking in a cruise

13. Seabourn

Indulge in a relaxing vacation onboard these intimate ships, like a resort at sea.

This ultra-luxury cruise has everything you could need to turn your romantic vacation into the best one yet. You’ll feel extra spoiled with a veranda large enough for private alfresco dining and your personal suite stewardess to make sure everything is perfect during your trip.

  • Ideal for: Couples aged 50+
  • Most romantic cabins: Penthouse Spa Suites
  • Special touches: Broadway-quality productions, spa and wellness program including yoga and meditation, tables for two and dining under the stars

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