“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
While researching information for another honeymoon blog we kept pulling up articles regarding cruises. After looking back we realized that we have done several fun honeymoon articles. But never one devoted to cruising.
We went through many of the major cruise lines (forgive us if we missed some) and pulled out what looked like a fun itinerary for each line.
Most of the cruises listed below are relatively affordable and while we have not been on any of them ourselves (working on it though) these are the itineraries that seemed to be the most enjoyable/romantic/interesting.
We make no claim to be experts and HIGHLY suggest you contact a travel agent when looking for a cruise. There are many great travel agents out there, many of which specialize in cruising. One travel agent that we HIGHLY recommend is All Points Travel. This team of travel experts knows their stuff and can make sure you have the honeymoon cruise of your dreams.
With no further ado here are a few different cruises that we thought might intrigue you.
Star Princess PRINCESS CRUISES – Star Princess
7 Night Alaska Inside Passage from Seattle, WA
If you’re looking for big scenery, big wildlife and big adventure, then you’ve found the perfect honeymoon. Departing conveniently from Seattle May through September, Star Princess sails to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia. You will experience exciting gold rush history aboard an antique train, trek magnificent glaciers and immerse yourself in the culture of Alaska’s native people while traveling in luxury aboard a new generation Love Boat.
Star Princess offers a decadent spa and adults-only areas, flexible dining, a huge casino and a wide variety of nightly entertainment. And for an intimate, romantic evening, make a reservation at one of the most delicious restaurants at sea: Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria. Then take in a comedy show and don’t miss the champagne waterfall extravaganza, a Princess Cruises exclusive.
Disney Dream DISNEY CRUISE LINE – Disney Dream
4 Night Disney cruise and 3 Night Walt Disney World Resort stay from Port Canaveral/Orlando
Begin on Sunday by spending four nights on board Disney’s newest and most spectacular ship, the Disney Dream. Sail from Port Canaveral on one of the most delightful cruise ships ever, and visit Disney’s secluded island retreat, Castaway Cay, and charming colonial Nassau, Bahamas. Honeymooners will be thrilled to learn that on board there are uniquely separate areas created just for adults: a pool, an intimate Italian restaurant, a decadent spa, a nightclub complex with several different bars and even a beach on Castaway Cay all off limits to kids!
You’ll enjoy a completely different dining experience every night. Plus spacious accommodations, excellent service and a wide variety of entertainment, all done in classic Disney style, add up to make this one of the most enchanting honeymoons available. Then Thursday morning, transfer just 45 minutes away to Orlando and spend the rest of the week at one of the fabulous Walt Disney World resorts. Once at the parks the magic continues! All of Disney’s honored guests enjoy unlimited park admissions and convenient, complimentary Disney transportation.
Diamond Princess CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES – Carnival Freedom
6 Night Western Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, FL
This is a ship built for fun and an itinerary designed for fun in the sun! Departing every other Sunday from Fort Lauderdale, you can sail year-round for 6-nights to Western Caribbean ports of call in Key West, Grand Cayman and Jamaica. And you can enjoy some of the most sought after adventures in the Caribbean. Carnival’s Las Vegas-style atmosphere keeps the party going from the show lounge to the casino to the nightclub to the piano bar. Plus, Carnival offers a terrific variety of flexible dining options, including an intimate adults-only supper club serving fine steaks and seafood delicacies.
Eurodam HOLLAND AMERICA – Eurodam
7 Night Eastern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, FL
The first in the newest line of Holland America Line vessels, Eurodam sails conveniently from Fort Lauderdale every Saturday from January through April and again in November and December. She calls in Grand Turk, San Juan and St. Thomas, plus Holland America’s award-winning private island retreat, Half Moon Cay. Holland America Line offers a traditional cruising experience with a refined social atmosphere and gracious Asian-style service from an all-Filipino and Indonesian crew. Their unique Pinnacle Grill dining experience specializes in the finest food and wine from the Pacific Northwest. Plus, the Culinary Arts Center, sponsored by Food & Wine Magazine, appeals the foodie in everyone. The ships are decorated like elegant fine- art galleries, and the cabin accommodations are very spacious.
Celebrity Millenium CELEBRITY CRUISES – Summit
7 Night Bermuda from Cape Liberty (Bayonne), NJ
This will definitely be a vacation to remember, even if it weren’t your honeymoon, because you’re aboard one of the finest ships in the cruise industry on a cruise line with one of the highest ratings of customer satisfaction. Every Sunday from May to August, this gorgeous ship sails for 7 nights from Cape Liberty to beautiful Bermuda with an unequaled length of stay: three days in port. Sexy and elegant, Summit provides an experience rich in opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation, turning this cruise into a sophisticated, club-style spa vacation. A must-do for honeymooners: the couples body spa treatments or partner’s massage instruction.
Allure of the Seas ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE – Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas
7 Night Eastern or Western Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, FL
Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas definitely have the “WOW” factor. They are the largest and most innovative ships ever built. The entertainment and activities are endless including rock climbing, zip lining, ice skating (yep, you read that right), basketball, volleyball or mini-golf. At night you’ll find a wide variety of live entertainment in the many restaurants, bars and lounges, and the aqua theatre, not to mention a world-class casino. And look out for those crazy Dreamworks characters from Shrek and Madagascar! Every Saturday and every Sunday, Allure and Oasis carry more than 5,000 guests each to the most beautiful and most popular islands in the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale to St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Nassau or to Labadee, Jamaica and Mexico.
Pride of America NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE – Pride of America
7 Night Hawaiian Islands from Honolulu , HI
See more of Hawaii from a whole new perspective aboard Pride of America sailing year round in Hawaii. All of Pride of America’s itineraries include the beautiful ports of Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Kauai and Maui. Norwegian’s unique flexible style is perfect for such an adventurous and port-intensive itinerary. This cruise spends more than 100 hours docked in the islands, including overnights in both Maui and Kauai, so you have plenty of time to explore without rushing. The ship delivers a fabulous vacation value, without time wasted checking in and out of hotels and catching inter-island flights. Plus, the dining menus and night-time entertainment capture the best of the islands. Flagged in the US with a Hawaiian-American crew, Pride of America provides a unique perspective into the culture and history of Hawaii.
AmaCello AMA Waterways – AmaCello
7 Night Rhine River from Basel, Switzerland or from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Rhine River is an ideal backdrop for a fantasy honeymoon. The region’s quintessential castles and Medieval villages are direct from the pages of your favorite fairy tales. The Rhine flows through mythic Rhineland Germany, which has a great appeal for foodies and wine lovers. AmaCello carries only 148 people in an intimate, modern atmosphere and the common language on board is English. Dining and entertainment showcase the culture of the area, plus, all accommodations offer a river view, most have a private verandah. Imagine the convenience of traveling the interior of Europe without all the hassles of packing and unpacking. Amacello will take you door-to-door with the area’s most charming and delightful experiences, and daily shore tours are included in the cruise price. Lengthy port calls allow you to walk on and off the ship any time you want or borrow the ship’s bicycles for more private independent exploration.
Wind Spirit WINDSTAR CRUISES – Wind Spirit
7 Night Greek Islands and Turkey from Istanbul, Turkey or from Athens, Greece
Windstar defies any attempt to be labeled an ordinary cruise by giving guests the chic feel of a chartered sailboat. With only 146 other guests you will find attentive service, superb dining, a casual atmosphere and the romance of some of the trendiest destinations in the Mediterranean. Choose one of two 7-night cruises among the Greek Islands from Istanbul , or from Athens, including Mykonos, Santorini, and Bodrum and Kusadasi. The ship offers such a laid-back atmosphere that even the captain goes without socks and there are no schedules and no restrictions.
Paul Gauguin PAUL GAUGUIN CRUISES – Paul Gauguin
7 Night Tahiti and The Society Islands from Papeete, Tahiti
The cruise sails every Saturday from Papeete, Tahiti for a 7-night voyage the idyllic coral atolls of Raiatea and Tahaa, and the itinerary includes overnight stays in Bora Bora, Moorea and Papeete before disembarkation. This allows you plenty of time to bask in pure pleasure and even enjoy watersports right off the back of the ship! Paul Gauguin offers a retractable water-level marina platform and a full range of PADI SCUBA excursions. Informal, yet elegant, the Paul Gauguin carries only 320 guests who receive only the finest personal service, fabulous gourmet cuisine meticulously prepared and presented under the supervision of top rated French chefs.
CARNIVAL IMAGINATION 3-4 Day Baja Mexican Cruises
For the bride and groom who may not have the time or do not want to spend a lot of money we also found that Carnival offers some very affordable 3-4 Day Baja Mexican cruises aboard the Carnival Inspiration. Considering its west coast proximity to the majority of our readers this is a great way to “Get Your Cruise On” without breaking the bank or being gone for a longer period of time.
Remember we do not consider ourselves experts by any means in cruising, this is just what we found from researching the various cruise sites and vacations sites (Travel Channel, Cruise Cheap.com, Cruises.com, TheHoneymoon.com).