Choosing your next cruise can be difficult. Finding a cruise line that’s perfectly suited for couples can be even harder. But fear not, because we’ve rounded up the best cruise lines for couples in this blog post. From new cruise lines like Virgin Voyages to established favourites like Silversea, you’ll be able to find your perfect cruise with this helpful guide!
Virgin Voyages is the number one cruise line for the young and young at heart. For a completely child-free experience at sea, Virgin Voyages’s Scarlet Lady ship should be your first pick. Sure, the little ones would probably love life at sea, but on the Scarlet Lady nobody under the age of 18 is allowed onboard.
Virgin Voyages primarily offers four and five-night itineraries. Every itinerary sets sail from Miami, and includes at least a day on the beautiful island of Bimini in the Bahamas. There are two seasonal cruises over Christmas and New Year which last a bit longer, but these are the exception, rather than the norm.
Nonetheless, this all-inclusive cruise ship is the perfect choice for those keen to make the most of their time at sea. Sailors can enjoy food at over 20 restaurants onboard (at no added cost). There are free fitness classes. And there’s even free wifi! From the VIP rooftop club lounge and sky rooms, through to the worlds first onboard tattoo parlour The Scarlet Lady is bursting with fun, and full of character.
Azamara Club Cruises
Azamara offers three fantastic mid-sized cruise ships. Azamara ships are not too big (you never feel lost). And they’re not too small which means that you won’t run out of new activities to enjoy, or people to meet. Complimentary AzAmazing Evenings on most voyages connect guests to the local culture of a destination. They’re also a great way to meet like-minded couples.
However, for a more intimate experience for two, you can book the Nights in Private Places package with Azamara onboard. You’ll start the night with champagne and canapes before dining on a sumptuous buffet complete with fresh seafood and meats cooked on a hot stone grill. After a romantic dinner, you and your partner can snuggle up on a daybed in plush Frette robes. As night falls, the attentive staff will turn down your outdoor bed for a night under the stars. Could this be the most extravagant date night you’ve ever had? Probably!
With Silversea you can sail to 900 unique destinations across all 7 continents. Silversea is renowned for six-star luxury. This all-inclusive cruise line exudes opulence at sea, and the vast array of awards the cruise line has won is a testament to this. High standards, white-glove butler service with every suite, and a staff to guest ratio of almost 1:1, ensures impeccable service is delivered at all times.
There are no specialised programmes for children on-board Silversea and the cruise line does not promote activities for children or supervise them while on-board. Several of the ships cannot accommodate children under the age of six either. Therefore, Silversea is not typically the natural choice for families with young children. As a result, it is quite uncommon to find children onboard a Silversea luxury cruise.
The highlight for couples will undoubtedly be the romantic gourmet dinners served on board at Relais & Chateaux restaurant La Dame. Named after La Dame de Paris or the Eiffel Tower, this fine dining restaurant is quintessentially Parisian. At the time of writing La Dame is on seven Silversea ships – Whisper, Spirit, Shadow, Cloud, Muse, Wind and Moon. Advanced booking is highly recommended!
Like Silversea, the chances of bumping into a child on a Seabourn ship are very slim. Children must be at least 12 months on Seabourn’s transatlantic cruises, and there are no special programmes for children of any age.
Seabourn’s intimate, ultra-luxury cruise ships are perfect for couples. This upmarket cruise line is best suited for mature couples who enjoy the finer things in life. As Seabourn is an upmarket brand, country-club casual is appropriate for daytime. At night the attire of guests becomes more dressy, with optional evenings throughout most cruise itineraries.
The signature “Caviar in the Surf” beach party is one of the highlights of each cruise for many couples. Enjoy unlimited caviar and unlimited champagne, served by attentive waiters all year round.
There are four types of cruise available with Crystal Cruises ocean, river, yacht and expedition. No matter how you choose to cruise, with Crystal cruises you will experience a luxury cruise unlike any other. For couples, the intimate yacht cruises on Crystal Esprit are ideal. Luxuriously modern and stylishly nautical, the all-suite Crystal Esprit is perfect for couples looking for a remarkable experience at sea.
The elegant Yacht Club Restaurant is the only dinner venue onboard with lots of tables just for two. At the Yacht Club Restaurant six-star service is combined with exceptional Michelin-level cuisine for a divine dinner each day. After dinner, make use of the 24-hour in-suite dining and enjoy dessert in your suite with your loved one. The best things in life are suite/sweet!
A river cruise is the perfect way for mature couples to explore Europe and beyond. Effortlessly sail upon the world’s most famous waterways on a luxury cruise line. Most river cruises attract couples aged forty and above, although river cruises are also ideal for solo travellers due to the immersive shore excursions, and intimate nature of the ships. AmaWaterways cruises typically carry fewer passengers than other river cruise lines, with a maximum of 164 passengers on any one ship. This means that the staterooms are typically more spacious, and the shared areas are rarely, if ever, crowded.
One of the special things about AmaWaterways, that makes it particularly attractive to couples are the wine river cruises. These unique itineraries offer guests a perfect blend of wine-related experiences and excursions in grand capitals and charming towns. You’ll taste local cuisine, discover how wine is made and, of course, partake in tastings all at no additional cost. The most popular wine river cruises sail along the Rhine and the Douro River Valley. Read this blog post to learn more about Douro and the lovely wines of this region.
Regent Seven Seas
The all-suite Regent Seven Seas cruise ships are perfectly suited to couples. Every suite is elegantly appointed, and the suites are one of the most spacious at sea. Each suite delivers incredible ocean views 98% of which are enjoyed in the solace of a private balcony. Expect heavenly linens, plush bathrobes, and a complimentary personalised minibar stocked daily.
One of the best things about Regent Seven Seas cruises for couples, is the fact that everything is included in the price. Despite the slightly higher price point when compared to other cruise lines, you can rest assured that everything is included. This means that you can spend more time enjoying each others company, and less time figuring out what to do next and when. When booking with this cruise line, expect free flights, free unlimited shore excursions, free pre-cruise stays, free unlimited beverages, free airport transfers, free wi-fi, and more!
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