10 Best Honeymoon Cruises

Couple honeymooning onboard Caribbean Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)
Couple honeymooning onboard Caribbean Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

Brittany Chrusciel Editor

With so much to plan for your wedding, the last thing you want to do is stress out about your honeymoon. Cruises make excellent honeymoons because they combine pampering with travel — the vacation is in the destinations and onboard the ship. After all, cruise ships have spas, celebrity-chef restaurants, culinary classes, butlers and swanky bars, plus the sea as your backdrop.

Cruise Critic breaks down cruise honeymoon perks and packages, so you can get from the aisle to the gangway as breezily as possible. The following 10 best cruise lines for honeymoons offer the right mix of relaxation and romance.

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  1. Azamara Cruises
  2. Celebrity Cruises
  3. Disney Cruise Line
  4. Norwegian Cruise Line
  5. Oceania Cruises
  6. Paul Gauguin Cruises
  7. Princess Cruises
  8. Royal Caribbean International
  9. Silversea Cruises
  10. Windstar Cruises

1. Azamara Cruises

Azamara appeals to honeymooners seeking personal attention and an intimate onboard atmosphere. With service gratuities (as well as many beverages and shuttle buses into town) included in the cost of the cruise, you can focus more on enjoying the trip than crunching numbers.

Plus, the line’s port-intensive itineraries offer occasional overnights in port, permitting you to immerse yourself more in the local culture or have romantic dinners onshore. Nearly every itinerary offers an “AzAmazing Evenings,” an exclusive, complimentary nighttime event curated once per sailing such as a choir performance at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Malta or a symphony orchestra performance in St. Petersburg.

Azamara does not offer specially designated honeymoon packages, but you can take advantage of the complimentary services of a concierge to plan your own surprises, or create a customized experience in advance with spa appointments, specialty dining reservations with private tables for two or breakfast in bed.

In addition, wine is included with meals, all cabins are adorned with fresh flowers and suite passengers benefit from the service of English-trained butlers.Related: Azamara’s AzAmazing Evenings: An Exclusive Glimpse Into Local Culture

2. Celebrity Cruises

Couple Enjoying Meal at Restauraunt Blu

Celebrity Cruises offers a sophisticated onboard atmosphere and personal service at lower rates than the luxury lines. For top amenities and service, book a Retreat cabin, which comes with a private butler and access to an exclusive lounge and suite restaurant.

If you’re avid spa-goers, spring for an AquaClass cabin, with in-room wellness amenities and exclusive access to the chic specialty restaurant Blu as well as the spa’s relaxation room and Persian garden thermal suite. Concierge Class provides access to nightly canapes, priority boarding, pillow menus and more, without the full cost of booking a suite.

Celebrity offers three celebration packages that can be ordered to commemorate your honeymoon. The Classic package includes a bottle of wine, flowers and chocolate-covered strawberries, while Deluxe includes Champagne, in-cabin breakfast with mimosas, fresh flowers, a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries and your choice of a personalized cake.

The Premium package includes everything from the Deluxe package, except the flowers are red roses, the Champagne is Dom Perignon, and you also get reservations for two at one of the specialty restaurants onboard.Related: Renewing Your Vows At Sea

3. Disney Cruise Line

Despite what you might think, Disney Cruise Line caters to adults as much as to kids, offering special adults-only pools, restaurants and nightclubs along with a stellar spa. Still, you probably should be a serious Disney fan to consider this cruise for your honeymoon. If you are, keep in mind Disney’s Dream Class, which offers a second adults-only restaurant designed by a Michelin-starred chef as well as a trendy nightlife area.

Disney cruises offer dozens of gift and package deals. You don’t need to be a honeymooner to book them, but it’s certainly appropriate. Four romance packages at different price points include all the cliched but cute extras: chocolates, roses, sparkling wine and robes. If you abstain from the hard stuff, Disney offers two nonalcoholic romance packages with sparkling cider instead.

You can also stop by the guest services desk to ask for a pair of “honeymoon” buttons; wearing them during the trip might get you some special attention.Related: 7 Life Events That Call For a Cruise Celebration

4. Norwegian Cruise Line

Mandara's Hot Stone Heaven

If you don’t want to stick to a schedule on your romantic getaway, Norwegian’s “freestyle” concept lets you eat when and where you want, with a choice of various restaurants and cuisines onboard. Plus, multiple bars, lounges and discos ensure happening nightlife if you and your new spouse like to stay out late.

Norwegian hosts too many honeymooners to give away costly freebies, but you can book one of five packages. With the Ultimate Romance package, you’ll get sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries, a dozen red roses, a couple’s massage, breakfast in bed (twice), in-cabin tea service, nightly canapes, two formal portraits and dinner for two with wine in the French restaurant Le Bistro as well as Cagney’s Steakhouse.

Norwegian also offers a partnership with Honeymoon Wishes, allowing couples to set up an onboard registry.Related: 8 Special Ways to Celebrate on Anniversary Cruises

5. Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises is an excellent choice for low-key honeymooners who want interesting itineraries, sophisticated onboard ambiance, and fantastic dining and service.

While Oceania does not make a big effort to attract honeymooners, its mature (50 and older) passengers flock to the line for the aforementioned understated trips and affordable luxury. And, even if there are no rose-petals-on-the-bed packages, you’ll find plenty of romantic spots onboard these cozy and intimate ships.

The ship’s Champagne breakfast — available only to passengers in Concierge-class rooms — is sweet; a full hot and cold menu, including the bubbly, is served on your private balcony. If you and your new spouse bond over food, Oceania pairs its onboard Culinary Center and kitchen with Culinary Discovery Tours — exclusive culinary enrichment and dining experiences in port.Related: 5 Best Cruise Lines for Romance

6. Paul Gauguin Cruises

Polynesian blessing ceremony on Paul Gauguin Cruise

Paul Gauguin Cruises, a small-ship cruise line, spends the year sailing in the far-flung South Pacific and has repeatedly been voted a top cruise line for romance by Cruise Critic.

The honeymoon package includes a pillow gift, a photo, a Polynesian blessing ceremony with other honeymooning couples and a bottle of Champagne. The best part? The package is included if you indicate at the time of booking that you will be on your honeymoon.

For a fee, you can upgrade to a more lavish honeymoon package that also includes a letter from the captain, an invitation to dine with the captain or hotel director, canapes every afternoon, a miniature wedding cake, a box of chocolates, a special flower arrangement, and Champagne and caviar. The cruise line also offers a gift registry option.Related: Cruise Packages: 9 Best Types to Try

7. Princess Cruises

“The Love Boat” line offers all the optional amenities necessary for onboard romance: fabulous dining, including a VIP dining experience in the galley and catered dinner on your private balcony; indoor and outdoor pampering with alfresco massages in The Sanctuary and couples’ treatments in the Lotus Spa; and, for onboard date night, a variety of entertainment options ranging from outdoor movies to Broadway-style production shows scored by multi-award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz.

Princess Cruises offers two honeymoon packages. The first includes a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne, two engraved glasses, chocolate-dipped strawberries delivered to your cabin the first evening onboard, a couple’s pass to the onboard thermal suite and a deluxe balcony breakfast for two. For a bit more, you can upgrade your honeymoon package to include a couple’s massage in the Lotus Spa.Related: 6 Best Adults-Only Cruise Sun Decks

8. Royal Caribbean International

Some active cruisers think surfing, rock climbing and working out together is romantic — especially when you can unwind in the spa, relax in a hot tub or indulge in some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream after you’ve worked up a sweat.

You can choose the Royal Caribbean romance package, which includes a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, a mirror cling and magnetic door sign, decorations and a commemorative frame. The cruise line offers a gift registry that applies to these packages, as well as to shore excursions.Related: Hot Stone Restaurant on Marella Cruises

9. Silversea Cruises

Silversea is a great option for serious pampering and service, as well as exotic and far-flung itineraries to escape to with your new husband or wife.

This is the jackpot of honeymoon cruises. First of all, since Champagne is included in the cost of the cruise, you’ll not only have a chilled bottle waiting in your cabin on the first night, but you can ask to have one iced every night (and sent with your breakfast every morning). You’ll also get a box of chocolates on arrival, and you’ll find fresh orchids in your room. (Don’t feel too special — they’re in every room.)

Even though you know you’ll get these perks when you book your cruise, they do manage to surprise you. You may request to have canapes delivered to your suite each night before dinner, but if the Special Services department is notified at least four weeks in advance, you’ll also get a cake that says “Happy Honeymoon.”Related: What to Expect on a Luxury Cruise: Cruise Ship Ambiance

10. Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruise Watersports Platform

The laidback vibe onboard Windstar is perfect for honeymooners who want a lot of romance without a lot of fuss. The ships are also ideal for active honeymooners interested in water sports, including snorkeling, windsailing, paddleboarding and water skiing. Those water activities come complimentary aboard the yachts. (Scuba diving is also available for an additional fee, depending on the destination.)

In Bora Bora, couples have the option to book an over-water bungalow for a fee. Accommodations feature large glass floors, views of Mount Otemanu and direct and private access to the water. Plus, the overnight stay comes with three meals. Onboard your ship, Candles is a fine dining restaurant with romantic tables for two and features open-air tableside preparations on deck.

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