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Best cruises for honeymoons

Stick that “just married” sign on the hull of these love boats.

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Burnt out from planning your wedding? On these cruises, all the details are taken care of — all you have to do is relax in the company of your main squeeze.

Best cruises for honeymoons

Azamara

Immerse yourselves in exotic destinations, with more time allowed for exploring each port than any other cruise line.
  • Honeymoon package: No — but wine, beer and spirits are included in your fare.
  • Most romantic cabins: Suites. You'll get English butler service and in-suite afternoon tea with your sweetie.
  • Travel style: Intimate, immersive.
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Azamara focuses on curating highly authentic experiences, with tours led by local guides and Azamara evenings featuring concerts and standout events at cultural hotspots along the way. Expect plush cotton robes and slippers, fresh flowers and 24/7 room service.

Plus, gratuities, shore excursions and alcoholic beverages are included in the fare — so the need for careful budgeting ends here.

Viking River Cruises

Intimate ships, gourmet food and locally sourced wine — all-included — provide for the ultimate heaven-on-earth.
  • Honeymoon package: No — but regular fare covers all amenities.
  • Most romantic cabins: Take your pick — every cabin has a window so you can watch the countryside pass by.
  • Travel style: Luxury river cruises.
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Viking's trademark longboats hold between 100 to 250 guests each, which means you'll be stopping at boutique ports and quiet villages brimming with possibilities for romantic bliss. On a Viking cruise, everything is covered by your fare, from expertly-led shore excursions to luxury hotel stays before or after your cruise, if needed.

Norwegian

Want to visit a private island in the Bahamas on your honeymoon? You can do exactly that with Norwegian Cruise Line.
  • Honeymoon package: Yes — a variety of honeymoon packages can include dinner for two, a dozen red roses, breakfast in bed, couples massages and more.
  • Most romantic cabins: Deluxe Owner's Suite in The Haven. Located at the top of the ship, The Haven is an exclusive enclave of rooms and suites that come with a concierge and 24-hour butler.
  • Travel style: Casual, with excellent on-board entertainment.
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The best part? Norwegian Cruise Line tends to be highly affordable, with frequent sales and freebies available to make the deal even sweeter.

Dine when and where you choose, dance the night away at a deck party and enjoy Broadway style shows, live music and comedy. Its private island called Great Stirrup Cay is available on select Bahamas sailings.

Avalon

Sail through some of the most extravagant, romantic regions in the world — and gaze through wall-to-wall panoramic windows without leaving the comfort of your bed.
  • Honeymoon package: No — but expert wine selections are included with each meal.
  • Most romantic cabins: Panorama suites feature nearly 11-foot wide panoramic windows and open-air balconies.
  • Travel style: Low-key luxury.
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Its late-riser continental breakfast ensures you can sleep in without missing a meal. Enjoy complimentary wine at dinner, grown and harvested in the vineyards the ship passes en route. Meals are cooked with regionally-grown food and locally-inspired flavors.

Avalon's river cruises are excellent for active couples who'd like to bike, hike or kayak through new destinations.

Silversea

Pamper your sweetie — and yourself — with 5-star butler service and some of the best fine dining at sea.
  • Honeymoon package: No — but your fare includes unlimited champagne.
  • Most romantic cabins: Owner's suites. They're like a mini mansion at sea.
  • Travel style: Ultra-luxury.
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Silversea emphasizes personalized attention, so no request is too big or too small when it comes to making your honeymoon special. Enjoy an elevated dress code, gala nights and spacious suites, each with an ocean view. Keep in mind that most of the other cruisers will be 55+.

Princess

Loved ones can buy couples massages, beverages, photographs, onshore excursions and more for newlyweds at sea through the onboard gift registry.
  • Honeymoon package: Honeymoon/anniversary celebration packages include champagne, long-stemmed roses, framed portraits, spa treatments and more.
  • Most romantic cabins: Balcony staterooms include a private balcony with two chairs and a table.
  • Travel style: À la carte pampering.
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A Princess Cruises trademark? Chocolate. Everywhere. This is thanks to a collaboration with chocolatier Norman Love. You can also pay a little extra to have Princess' crew furnish your stateroom with fresh flowers and champagne.

Let's suffice to say Princess Cruises knows romance. After all, it did own the original Love Boat.

Royal Caribbean

Its romance packages include champagne, strawberries and just-married stateroom decor. An onboard gift registry allows friends and family to spoil you and your boo.
  • Honeymoon package: Book a romance package for newlywed bliss.
  • Most romantic cabins: Suites include exclusive experiences and complimentary champagne.
  • Travel style: Fun, active and ready to party.
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If you splurged on the wedding, save money cruising with Royal Caribbean for your honeymoon. While fare tends to be affordable, the destinations are lavish, and Royal Caribbean cruises depart from numerous US ports — so you might not even need to board a plane.

Shake and shimmy your way into a life together — the high-energy activities aboard Royal Caribbean ships never end.

Celebrity

Sail in style without paying a premium price tag. Celebrity's been awarded Best Premium Cruise Line by Travel Weekly's annual Globe Awards eight times running.
  • Honeymoon package: The Classic celebration package includes flowers, wine and chocolate-covered strawberries. The Deluxe and Premium packages up the ante even further with champagne, in-cabin breakfast and more.
  • Most romantic cabins: Private balcony suites come with a private butler and access to an exclusive restaurant and lounge.
  • Travel style: Sophisticated and adventurous.
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With its adults-only Solarium pool, Canyon Ranch Spa Club and guest-to-staff ratio of nearly 2:1, Celebrity brings luxury within reach. Even though it's not technically all-included — you'll pay extra for alcoholic drinks, shore excursions, Wi-Fi and gratuity — Celebrity sails to mega-romantic destinations like the Galapagos, the Caribbean and Oceania.

How we chose these cruises

When choosing cruises for this list, we looked at packages and perks for newlyweds, prioritizing cruise companies that intentionally cultivate a romantic atmosphere for couples on board. We favored cruise lines that have a reputation for pampering guests with all-included, luxury amenities. Additionally, we weighed the quality of food, wine and spirits on board against price point and over all value.

We also factored in the quality of routes available from each cruise line, choosing companies that offer well-paced itineraries with port stops at romantic cities, remote beaches and bucket list destinations. Finally, we sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences from couples that’ve sailed off into the sunset on their own honeymoon.

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Bottom line

Cruising is one of the best ways to honeymoon, hands down. It combines the bliss of an escape from everyday life with the total surrender of resort vacations. Before booking your cruise for two, check for deals and discounts to curb the cost.

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