Laze about in your swimwear all day and indulge in date nights above the waves. We compared dozens of cruise lines to streamline your plans for a romantic escape. Celebrity, Azamara, Princess, Crystal, Viking and Carnival all have romantic packages available to help create the bliss you’re craving, far away from the humdrum hassle of dry land.
When will cruises start again?
Right now, cruises are scheduled to resume in the spring of 2021. So while you probably won’t be able to board a cruise for Valentine’s Day this year, you could buy tickets to give as a gift on February 14 for a later departure date. Be sure to check with each cruise line to learn about plans to relaunch.
Most cruise lines are offering penalty-free change and cancellation policies because of uncertainty due to COVID-19 — review the terms and conditions before booking to make sure you’re on board with the details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frequently asked questions
These cruise companies frequently offer two-for-one deals, overall low fare and à la carte options:
We recommend cruise lines with small- to midsize-ships that stop at boutique ports. Better yet, opt for a river cruise, which tend to dock at villages and smaller towns rather than giant cities. Anticrowd couples can choose the best with:
Crystal River Cruises
Tauck River Cruises
Viking River Cruises
Uniworld River Cruises
These cruise lines offer perks for military members:
Azamara Club Cruises. Call to inquire, as it sometimes offers unpublished discounts for military members and veterans.
Carnival. Exclusive discounted rates available for military members year-round.
Celebrity Cruises. Reduced rates on select sailings, especially for military members and veterans.
Princess Cruises. Free onboard credit for veteran or active military passengers.
Traveling during COVID-19
The CDC continues to advise caution when traveling within or outside the US, though it no longer requires self-quarantine or a COVID-19 test for fully vaccinated travelers as of April 2021. It recommends that you delay travel if you are not fully vaccinated to protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading the virus.
When traveling, follow safety measures that include wearing a mask in public, social distancing and washing your hands. If you are diagnosed with, have symptoms of or are waiting for COVID-19 test results — or are otherwise at risk of illness — do not attend gatherings or travel for 14 days.
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Stephanie Yip is the travel editor at Finder and has been writing about travel and lifestyle for over a decade. She has written for a range of travel publications including Thomas Cook Magazine and Showpo. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, and has visited over 50 countries (and counting). She has a passion for sharing her experiences and knowledge of travel and helping consumers stretch their travel cash while on holiday.
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