The Top 5 Romantic Cruise Destinations & Itineraries

It’s that time of year again where we shower our loved one in gifts – with everything from roses to trips away – it’s all about showing that someone special how much you care. Maybe you’re planning on popping the question or simply looking for a grand gesture that really shows how much you love your other half. Well, why not sail away happy to one of the most romantic destinations in the world? What could be better than candle-lit dinners in Paris or a romantic splash in the Blue Lagoon, surrounded by the magic of the Northern Lights?

If you’re new to cruising or not sure where the hot-spots are for romantic getaways – we have you covered. Here’s your guide to the best sailings that’ll create all the chemistry.

For the old romantic…

Italy, Malta & Spain with Royal Caribbean®

Sailing with Royal Caribbean is already a real treat – but just to make things extra special, they have some really impressive itineraries that are bound to leave your partner wowed! Float along the picturesque canals of Venice whilst sharing a tasty Gelato – it’s not often you get to soak up the views from a gondola. Wander the ancient ruins of Rome – perfect for all those cultural enthusiasts out there, and don’t forget to bond over a plate of spaghetti. After all that adventure, lounge around on the sun-kissed beaches of Ibiza with a cocktail in hand. You get the best of both worlds with this itinerary!

  • Day 1 – Venice, Italy
  • Day 2 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Day 3 – At sea
  • Day 4 – Valletta, Malta
  • Day 5 – At sea
  • Day 6 – Rome, Italy
  • Day 7 – Florence, Italy
  • Day 8 – Nice, France
  • Day 9 – At sea
  • Day 10 – Palma De Mallorca, Spain
  • Day 11 – Ibiza, Spain
  • Day 12 – Barcelona, Spain

For the bucket-list seeker…

Fire & Ice with Thomson Cruises

Did someone say Blue Lagoon? We couldn’t think of anything more romantic than basking in the bubbling heat of one of earth’s natural wonders in Reykjavik. Did you know Iceland is actually a wedding hot-spot? With cascading waterfalls and beautiful rock formations, you won’t find scenes like it elsewhere. Enjoy a candle-lit meal hidden within the cobbled streets of Norway – you may even witness the northern lights on your adventure! A bucket-list itinerary with the one and only Thomson Cruises.

  • Day 1 – Newcastle, UK
  • Day 2 – At sea
  • Day 3 – Stavanger, Norway
  • Day 4 – At sea
  • Day 5 – At sea
  • Day 6 – Akureyri, Iceland
  • Day 7 – Isafjord, Iceland
  • Day 8 – Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Day 9 – At sea
  • Day 10 – Torshavn, Faroe Islands
  • Day 11 – Lerwick, Shetland Islands
  • Day 12 – Bergen, Norway
  • Day 13 – Flam, Norway
  • Day 14 – At sea
  • Day 15 – Newcastle, UK

For the once-in-a-lifetime adventure…

Hawaiian Islands with Princess Cruises

Aloha! You’ll be welcomed here by the warm locals who’ll hand you a Lei – a traditional flowered necklace. Set up camp on the beach, have a BBQ and attend a Luau. Nothing says romantic like a Hawaiian sunset, or a wander through the jungle. If your loved one is a Jurassic Park fan, you might know some of the famous scenes were filmed here – so take an exciting tour! It’s a wish-list destination for many and we can see why – with tranquil waters, volcanic craters and cascading waterfalls, it’s heaven on earth.

  • Day 1 – Los Angeles, California
  • Day 2 – At sea
  • Day 3 – At sea
  • Day 4 – At sea
  • Day 5 – At sea
  • Day 6 – Hilo, Hawaii
  • Day 7 – Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Day 8 – Kauai, Hawaii
  • Day 9 – Maui, Hawaii
  • Day 10 – At sea
  • Day 11 – At sea
  • Day 12 – At sea
  • Day 13 – At sea
  • Day 14 – At sea
  • Day 15 – Ensenada, Mexico
  • Day 16 – Los Angeles, California

For sun, sea and sunsets…

Spain and Greece with P&O Cruises

Let be honest, some of the most romantic places in the world can be found in Greece. There’s plenty of sheltered coves and private beaches to escape to for some relaxing alone time. See the beautiful Greek cities in the best way by riding a horse and carriage through the cobbled streets, or enjoy a private yacht trip around the islands. In Spain, the tapas is to die for – so make this a priority on your romantic getaway!

  • Day 1 – Southampton, UK
  • Day 2 – Ibiza, Spain
  • Day 3 – Heraklion, Greece
  • Day 4 – Athens, Greece
  • Day 5 – Rhodes, Greece
  • Day 6 – Santorini, Greece
  • Day 7 – Katakolon, Greece
  • Day 8 – Gibraltar, Spain
  • Day 9 – Southampton, UK

For the mini-break master…

River Seine with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Nothing says spontaneous like a mini-escape to France – and of course the cultural haven of Rouen is a truly loved-up destination. You’ll even experience the luxury of the French nightlife, as you’ll stay overnight in this historic feast of a city. It’s like a fairy tale – with Gothic soaring castles and quaint little cafes, you’ll step back in time without knowing. Wander past beautiful street art and sip the finest wines. Did we mention you’ll even sail through the River Seine? A rare experience that you can enjoy in the company of your other half – this is a short break that’ll create everlasting memories.

  • Day 1 – Southampton, UK
  • Day 2 – Rouen, France – overnight
  • Day 3 – Rouen, France – overnight
  • Day 4 – Cruising River Seine
  • Day 5 – Southampton, UK

Time to book?

If you can’t wait to treat that special someone to a romantic cruise, give one of our cruise experts a call on our freephone number, 0800 107 1590 – they’ll help you find your dream Valentine’s sailing in no time.



About Danielle Gunner

Meet Danielle. She’s a city girl at heart being a regular visitor to the big apple, NYC, and loves nothing more than travelling to cultural hot-spots. She may be an adventure seeker but a Caribbean holiday would never go a miss, as sipping cocktails under the sun is always top of her list. She can help you pick the perfect cruising itinerary to get your cultural senses tingling and can spot the best places to eat or drink from a mile off. Danielle is your go-to-girl for all things sun, sand and sights!