Roses are red, violets are blue, and we have some super romantic activities in store for you! With Valentine’s Day looming, it’ll hopefully be filled with chocolates, red roses and stuffed teddy bears. And if you’re really lucky, you might even be spending the big day the best way – at sea!
We all know cruising your way around some of the world’s destination delights is already a treat – like having the ultimate ‘Lady and the Tramp’ moment when you and your partner are slurping up spaghetti in Rome. Or enjoying a candle-lit meal at the top of the Eiffel Tower – after all, Paris is known as the city of love!
Luckily for you, we have some top tips on how to make your getaway even more memorable – to create some seriously affectionate moments that you’ll look back on and remember forever. You can have the ultimate loved-up experience onboard with our top 10 activities…
Getting hot & steamy
Did someone say couples massages? We couldn’t think of a better way to escape for some quality time together than being pampered head-to-toe in the Spa! If you’re sailing with the likes of Thomson Cruises or Princess Cruises, they have you covered – with his ‘n’ her treatments available and adult-only Sanctuary spaces, you’ll feel closer than ever as you both relax and rejuvenate. Sip on glasses of champagne in the bubbling hot tub, bask in the heat of the sauna and steam room, or take advantage of Princess Cruises’ Chocolate Journeys℠ program where you can indulge in a chocolate body wrap – definitely a unique experience!
Dinner under the stars
Candle-lit dinner anyone? Not just any candle lit dinner, but a full feast on your own private balcony. Feel the sea breeze on your face and gaze up at the starry night sky as you indulge in culinary perfection, just the two of you. Luxury cruise lines like Regent may offer this at no extra cost, and some may charge you a small fee – but let’s be honest, it’s so worth it!
There’s nothing more intimate than your own private section of the ship, where you’ll be waited on hand and foot with none of the hustle and bustle of every day cruising. Cuddle up in a cabana or take a break on the padded sun loungers whilst being served taste-bud tingling dishes. How about enjoying a relaxing picnic? With Celebrity Cruises® Lawn Club you can do this and more, with their secret alcoves – the perfect escape!
Soak it up
We know nothing can kill the mood more than jumping into a hot tub overcrowded with strangers – so don’t! Pop your bathing costumes on, grab the bottle of champagne, a tray of strawberries and indulge in the luxury of your very own outdoor hot tub. All you need to do is book a stateroom with its own tub – on selected Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean® ships, for example. Nothing says romantic like a soak under the magical night sky!
Looking for that personal touch? Well, onboard some Holland America sailings you can even blend your own wine – slurp it down straight away, or let it age for that special occasion. Infuse your favourite flavours and learn everything you need to know about fine vintage wines. Just to round the experience off, celebrate with a glass or two over a special meal – this is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.
Show off your best moves or have fun falling over each other in the ice-skating rink. If you’re sailing with Royal Caribbean, you can have yourself a romantic time gliding hand in hand on the ice. Nothing says true love like embarrassing yourself without a care in the world – you’re sure to have a blast with this activity.
They joy of cruising is being able to sail away to dream locations in one amazing holiday – but just to make it even more special, take date night to a new level with VIP invitations to exclusive events across the world! Azamara Club Cruises® offers night time events called AzAmazing Evenings℠ on every cruise, allowing you to experience fantastic festivals in Bangkok or even a concert in a 17th century church in Columbia. They really do offer once-in-a-life time experiences – if you want to create some seriously unique memories, this is a great way to do it.
If you plan it right, you could even spend the day on a private island – meaning none of the hustle and bustle of your average destination, instead, the feeling of being in true paradise. Many cruise lines have their own private island, with MSC Cruises recently securing their newest private retreat just south of The Bahamas – Ocean Cay. Due to open in November 2018, cruisers can enjoy six beaches, several restaurants and bars, and the first-ever private island amphitheater, which will seat 2,000 people. Royal Caribbean’s private islands include the idyllic CocoCay® and the luxurious Labadee®. Embark on safaris, snorkel the sparkling waters or simply relax on the deserted sun-kissed beach. Could you think of a better way to spend the day with your loved one?!
Catch a movie
There’s nothing wrong with a good old night out to the cinema. But just to make this experience a little different to your usual movie marathon, catch your favourite flicks under the moon-lit sky, snuggle up under a blanket out on deck and snack away on endless amounts of popcorn as you watch a film on the outdoor screen. You don’t get that at home! Princess Cruises, Carnival and MSC Cruises are just some of the many cruise lines that offer this mesmerising feature.
Look into the horizon
Nothing sets the mood like a breathtaking sunset! Trust us, when you’re at sea, watching the sun dip below the horizon is an experience you’ll never forget – you can’t help but feel connected by the spectacular beauty before you. Snuggle up under a blanket and watch dusk fall – or if you sail with Celebrity Cruises, you can take things to the next level with their exclusive Lawn Club. Sink your toes into fresh-cut grass and watch the sun disappear as you enjoy a picnic.
These priceless moments are ready and waiting for you. Thinking of booking your next getaway? Take a look at the Deals section of our website by clicking here. Alternatively, give one of our cruise experts a call on 0800 027 8302, and you’ll be whisked away on the ultimate sailing in no time.