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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top deals for cruising couples on their honeymoon
Disney cruises from $705 per person to the Caribbean
Bahamas Paradise 2-night cruise deal for two: $69 per person
All meals onboard (alcoholic beverages and specialty restaurants not included). Theater shows, live music, pool-deck parties, day in The Bahamas. Spa & beauty salon and full casino available. 2 nights of accommodations.
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.
Frequently asked questions
Our favorite Caribbean honeymoon cruises are hosted by:
Azamara Club Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line
For the best honeymoon cruise deals of the year, shop around Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You’ll find the lowest rates, frequent BOGO deals, and other freebies thrown into the mix.
But if you don’t have time to wait for seasonal sales, we recommend cruising during off-season times, avoiding school breaks and the winter holidays and using sites like Expedia or Priceline to find the best deals available at the moment.
If you have some flexibility in scheduling, you could wait to book your cruise at the last minute to score great deals, as cruise lines are hoping to fill up ships.
We like the Alaska cruise itineraries from Silversea and Celebrity — though Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line offer fabulous cruises to Alaska as well.
Covering the cost of a cruise will be similar to covering those for any other type honeymoon. Once you’ve budgeted out your expenses, it’s all about pinning down what works for your finances. If saving up isn’t realistic — especially after other wedding costs — you may want to consider a honeymoon loan.
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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