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6 best cruise lines for couples

Romantic sailing into the sunset.

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With endless ocean waves in sight, the sea breeze blowing through your hair and an exquisite stateroom — preferably with a private balcony — cruises can be the epitome of romance.

Laze about in your swimwear all day and indulge in date nights completely free from responsibility. Whether celebrating a special occasion or simply spoiling your other half, a couples’ cruise can provide the uninterrupted together time you’ve been craving.

Celebrity

Suites include whirlpool tubs and large private balconies. Escape to the Solarium for an adults-only oasis.
  • Ideal for: Couples in their 20s and 30s.
  • Most romantic cabins: AquaClass, where you'll get priority seating at specialty restaurants, spa perks and upgraded bed linens.
  • Special touches: The Lawn Club — a top deck area with real grass — has private alcoves for rent, complete with butler service. A Taste of Film evenings feature movies beneath the stars.
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The Celebrity Cruise fleet incorporates modern design with high-quality pampering and dining experiences to deliver elegance and luxury throughout your journey for two.

Azamara

Dine and sleep beneath the stars in a romantic hideaway — complete with plush robes and a seafood dinner — with the Nights in Private Places program.
  • Ideal for: Couples in their 40s and up.
  • Most romantic cabins: Choose a spa suite, which includes a soaking tub, spa credit and free shore excursion.
  • Special touches: Book Nights in Private Places, available on Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest ships. Specialty restaurants host themed meals like a jazz brunch and BBQ rib night.
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Azamara's cruise vacations are designed for adults, so the two of you can escape daily distractions. Share cocktails at the Sunset Bar or enjoy a show at the Cabaret Lounge.

Princess

Dine and sleep beneath the stars in a romantic hideaway — complete with plush robes and a seafood dinner — with the Nights in Private Places program.
  • Ideal for: Couples in their 40s and up.
  • Most romantic cabins: Choose a spa suite, which includes a soaking tub, spa credit and free shore excursion.
  • Special touches: Book Nights in Private Places, available on Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest ships. Specialty restaurants host themed meals like a jazz brunch and BBQ rib night.
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Azamara's cruise vacations are designed for adults, so the two of you can escape daily distractions. Share cocktails at the Sunset Bar or enjoy a show at the Cabaret Lounge.

Crystal Ocean Cruises

If your idea of romance is being utterly pampered, without needing to worry about logistics or details, you'll fall in love with Crystal's luxurious service.
  • Ideal for: Couples in their 30s and up.
  • Most romantic cabins: Any suite in its 62-passenger yacht ships.
  • Special touches: Discover the luxury of butler service, movies beneath the stars, spacious bathrooms, Balinese beds on deck and complimentary room service.
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Gratuities and unlimited drinks are included in the fare, so you can share toast after toast with your sweetheart without racking up a bill. Its romantic riviera cruises provide relaxation with a Mediterranean backdrop.

Viking Ocean Cruises

Indulge in unlimited alone time on these adults-only adventures, while experiencing childlike wonder and enriching itineraries at each port.
  • Ideal for: Couples in their 40s and up.
  • Most romantic cabins: The Explorer Suites feature a welcome bottle of champagne and fruit baskets replenished daily upon request.
  • Special touches: Enjoy a private veranda with every stateroom, king-size bed with luxury linens, heated bathroom floors, al fresco dining, and complementary plush robes.
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Viking goes above and beyond to ensure your cruise experience isn't only relaxing to the body, but nourishing to the soul. Bookworms can snuggle up in the curated library between dockings at boutique ports. Expect a distinctly un-touristy couples' cruise.

Carnival

Forever young-at-heart couples can take advantage of Carnival's special occasion packages, which include vow renewals and made-to-order cakes, room decorations, flowers and gifts.
  • 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: Lounge around at the Serenity adults-only retreat, dine with a small group at The Chef's Table and order pizza and soft serve 24/7 with complimentary room service.
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Rev your chemistry with a game of mini golf or a splash down the water slides. Carnival's cruises are more affordable for couples on a budget, but still offer adults-only areas for an escape in tandem. With a huge variety of routes, you're bound to find an itinerary with ports on each of your bucket lists.

How we chose these cruises

When choosing cruises for this list, we looked at the ambiance that each cruise line is known for, prioritizing cruises with onboard experiences designed especially for couples and with private areas available for VIP treatment.

While we favored cruises that cater to mostly adult passengers, we also looked for companies that are known to deliver the highest value for the price, weighing stateroom amenities, dining options and the range and quality of shore excursions.

Additionally, we sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation for delivering special occasion celebrations.

Bottom line

Whether champagne and a private veranda or vow renewal top your list, escape the landlocked crowd with these couples cruises built for two. Before booking, check our list of special deals to see if you can snag a discount on your fare.

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