A cruise with someone special is inherently romantic. With exotic ports, exciting excursions and no responsibilities to speak of, a cruise vacation is perfect for a party of two. So grab your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife and read on to discover the most romantic cruises to book in 2019.
Is there anything more romantic than a remote island paradise? Whether you visit Tahiti, Mo’orea or Bora Bora, French Polynesia is with filled waterfalls, empty beaches and turquoise waters that will leave you stunned. And with several 2019 dates scheduled, Paul Gaugin Cruises is the consummate cruise line for lovebirds who want to visit the South Pacific. Offering one-of-a-kind excursions, such as a helicopter ride over Bora Bora, a lagoon cruise to a spa and a private dinner on a Tahitian motu, the romance potential in the South Pacific is off the charts. Plus, Paul Gaugin Cruises offers add-ons geared towards couples, such as a champagne breakfast in bed and a Polynesian blessing ceremony to celebrate anniversaries and vow renewals.
Italy and the Adriatic Sea
Enveloped by Italy to the west and Croatia to the east, the Adriatic Sea is the northernmost extension of the Mediterranean. Celebrity Cruises offers a 10-night excursion to this area of the world, a journey that begins in Venice, Italy, before hugging Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. The cruise ship also stops in Slovenia and Montenegro, before crossing the Adriatic Sea to round the southern tip of Italy. With the final ports in Naples and Rome, it’s hard to find an itinerary with more romantic destinations than this one. From gondola rides up the canals of Venice to sipping a cocktail at a cliffside bar in Croatia, every moment of this trip is meant for two. Add in a candlelit dinner with Italian food and wine, and your vacation is made.
Bermuda is a premier vacation spot for couples of all ages, but it might just be perfect for honeymooners. With 2019 departures from Boston and New York, Norwegian Cruise Lines offers 7-day roundtrip cruises to Bermuda, allowing newlyweds to begin their lives together without the hassle of airplane travel. NCL also offers a Cruise Line Honeymoon Registry, so that wedding guests may purchase excursions, dinners and spa packages for the honeymooning bride and groom. The famous pink sands of Bermuda’s Elbow Beach is an ideal location for sunbathing and snorkeling, and the island can be explored via scooter or electric bike. Plus, the superb culinary scene in Bermuda is ideal for a dinner for two off the boat.
The Caribbean boasts luxurious beaches and crystal clear waters, with a laid back vibe that makes for a relaxing vacation. Having recovered from the destruction of Hurricane Maria and Irma two years ago, the Caribbean is back and better than ever in 2019. Regent Seven Sea Cruises offers a round-trip voyage from Miami to some of the most iconic Eastern Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico and St. Bart’s. Excursions off the boat include snorkeling, catamaran sailing and horseback riding through the jungle, all perfect activities for an adventurous couple. But with Regent’s roomy accommodations and a Canyon Ranch Spa onboard, you might find it hard to leave the ship in the first place.
A country that birthed the God of Love is certainly worthy of a romantic destination for two. From the mesmerizing deep blue waters of the Mediterranean to dazzling cliffside abodes surrounded by flowers, Greece is the perfect backdrop for two lovebirds. Cruising around the Greek Islands is a triple threat, offering world-class culture, high-energy nightlife and global cuisine in one package. And whether you prefer the white sand beaches of Crete or the pebbled coast of Kythira, the warm waters of the Mediterranean will be calling your name. For a trip exclusively to Greece, check out Variety Cruises’ Classical Greece 2019, to see the best of what the country has to offer.