Top 5 Best Romantic Cruise 2014

| January 16, 2014

Top 5 Best Romantic Cruise 2014 | Romance and cruising would seem to go hand in hand, particularly if you’ve spotted any of the cruise lines’ glossy magazine advertisements: photos of couples admiring the bow at sunset, or sipping orange juice on their private verandah in terry clothes robes, or even — and this one we have a hard time believing — spending time alone on a deserted beach with their mega-ship anchored in the background.

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1. PRINCESS CRUISES

Princess’ newest ships — Crown Princess, Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess — blend big-ship options and small-ship cozy. Plus, romance has always been the Love Boat line’s focus. Each boasts the line’s traditionally high percentage of suites and mini-suites. Suites feature separate sitting areas, large balconies and walk-in closets, and come with perks like deluxe canapés, a complimentary mini-bar setup, upgraded bathroom amenities, and complimentary use of the ship’s thermal suite, laundry services and Internet. But even the standard mini-suite is charming and comfortable.

2. P&O CRUISES

Stylish Arcadia is one of P&O’s three adults-only ships — Adonia and Oriana are the others. With its upscale dining restaurant and wedding packages, Arcadia is a great pick, particularly for British couples. Splurge on a suite for upgraded amenities like whirlpool baths, Champagne and chocolates on arrival, daily canapes and full-sized his ‘n’ hers Molton Brown toiletry sets.

3. PAUL GAUGUIN CRUISES

Designed, built and decorated to sail year-round in the romantic South Pacific, the cozy, 332-passenger Paul Gaugin offers an air of tropical festivity amid cultured surroundings. Dining is restaurant-style, the staff is superb, and the ship is highly inclusive (cocktails and other beverages are included in cruise fares). But it’s the ship’s remote and lush island destinations that really turn up the notch on the romantic nature of the trip. You know this is a ship intended for couples when most cabins come with a queen-sized bed and only a limited number can be split apart into twins. Consistent with the decor around the ship, cabins are elegant and tropically inspired; when we embarked, our stewardess had showered the bathroom sink with red rose petals. Definitely book ahead so you can nab a balcony cabin. It’s not a trip to the South Pacific if you’re not out on your balcony, savoring coffee, as Bora Bora pulls into view. And just when life onboard couldn’t be any better, suites and category A and B veranda staterooms feature butler service.

4. CRYSTAL CRUISES

In general, Crystal is the best choice for folks who want big-ship features and small-ship luxury. In particular, while this newer ship offers many of the same features as Crystal Symphony does, the penthouse suites, the most romantic accommodations, are more plentiful. The aforementioned penthouse suites, which come in three categories, all have verandahs, butler service and marble baths with Jacuzzi tubs (not to mention state-of-the-art tech toys). They’re also roomy enough for in-room massages. Another plus? Passengers in these staterooms can order off the menu from Crystal Serenity’s fabulous specialty restaurants.

5. WINDSTAR CRUISES

Wind Surf’s both a sailboat and cruise ship, and it features a hybrid blend of cruise traditions (such as the crew show, organized shore excursions and multiple eateries) and utterly romantic vistas. Carrying just 312 passengers, the ship’s onboard ambience is relaxed (no set seatings at dinner) and its itineraries focus on ports in the Mediterranean and Caribbean that are often too small to appeal to massive ships. What Windstar’s cabins lack in size and variety, they make up in style. The line has spiffed up the staterooms with state of the art electronics, decadently soft bedding, and L’Occitane bath products. Most suites are simply two standard cabins opened up and joined together, but having two bedrooms is generally a boon for marital bliss.

Source: Cruise Critic

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