Just one glance at the front page of a cruising brochure or website and you’ll know that cruising and romance go hand-in-hand. And these dreamy images haven’t just been set up to sell holidays – cruising really is as romantic as it looks. Exploring far-off destinations with that special someone, sitting down to sophisticated dinners night after night and doing nothing more taxing than dozing on a sun-kissed sun lounger in each other’s arms – what could be more romantic than that?
If a romantic getaway with your partner sounds like just what the doctor ordered, check out these top cruise lines which put sophistication, luxury and romance first, making them perfect for loved-up couples.
Best Cruise Lines for Couples
Crystal Cruise’s Crystal Symphony received a $15 million facelift in September 2014 and has since overflowed with opulent facilities and services for couples to enjoy. Onboard you’ll find the Lido Café with two-seater tables for romantic dining and the seahorse swimming pool with extra-large Jacuzzi and plush sun loungers. The highlight of the ship is the spa which is decorated in an Asian style and offers international massages, facials, acupuncture, showers, saunas and designer toiletries.
For something more budget-friendly, try Celebrity Cruise’s Celebrity Reflection. This stunning ship launched in October 2012 and was voted the best Mediterranean large cruise ship by Cruise Critic’s Choice Awards. Celebrity Reflection boasts deluxe suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, European-style butler service and prestigious locations at the best parts of the ship. Onboard amenities include the Canyon Ranch SpaClub with massages and treatments for couples, the cosy Alcoves restaurant where food is served in picnic baskets and couple-bonding jeweller-making, mixology, art and cooking classes at the Art Studio.
The Queen Elizabeth is the newest ship in Cunard Cruise’s fleet. Although it’s Cunard’s second largest ship, there’s a one-to-two crew-to-passenger ratio, so you can be sure of getting five-star treatment onboard. All the cabins include a half bottle of sparkling wine for couples to celebrate their holiday and suites boast exclusive butler service. There is a plethora of adult-only activities onboard, including dance classes to prepare you for the elegant balls which take place in the artwork-decorated Queens Room during each voyage.
Independence of the Seas
Whilst Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas is packed full of facilities which make it a great family-friendly cruise ship, it’s also loaded with adult-focused services for the grownups to indulge in whilst the kids are taken care of. Onboard there are ten swimming pools and whirlpools – giving you more than enough chances to sneak away from the noisy ones – an outdoor movie screen for watching films under the stars and an ice rink for romantic hand-in-hand ice skating.