A cruise is a perfect honeymoon idea for couples looking for easy planning, and multiple destinations.
All you have to do is find the best honeymoon cruise for you, book it, and then show up. As an all-inclusive honeymoon, everything else is taken care of, and you can be as lazy or as active as you like on your cruise.
A honeymoon cruise is also great for couples who have different interests since ships have so many activities available onboard. And it can also be perfect for a couple who can’t decide on just one destination. A cruise lets you explore several different places on one trip without worrying about transportation, accommodations, or packing and unpacking.
To help you plan your cruise honeymoon, here are the top cruise lines for honeymoons, plus some great honeymoon cruise ideas!
Virgin Voyages is the best cruise for honeymooners. They offer a unique and contemporary cruise experience, specifically designed for adults. They aim to provide a more sophisticated and luxurious atmosphere compared to traditional cruise lines.
Planning a Virgin Voyage is easy with more things included in the price. You do not have to agonize over drink packages or typical upsells like specialty restaurants. The food is top notch with menus developed by chefs with Michelin-rated restaurants under their belt.
Virgin Voyages’ ships feature modern and stylish designs, with a range of amenities and activities tailored to adults. They offer a variety of dining options, entertainment choices, spa services, and fitness facilities. The ships also have exclusive areas, such as private sundecks and pools, where you can relax and enjoy the ocean views. You’ll notice the activities are also tailored to adult taste, but still have plenty of variety.
You can choose from various itineraries to destinations like the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and other popular cruise destinations.
For a little extra romance, they have a package available that includes priority boarding curated daily cold-pressed juices, two 3-Hour Thermal Spa Passes, a bottle of champaign delivered to you when you shake your phone, and an exclusive Sail Away Hour
Holland America Line
Holland America cruise ships are smaller in size and guest capacity than most other major cruise lines, which gives them a more intimate and romantic feel, perfect for a honeymoon. The ships are elegantly appointed and even include antiques on board, for a sophisticated and luxurious atmosphere.
Guest comfort is prioritized with larger-than-usual staterooms, and service is top-notch. Food is also a focus on Holland America ships, and you’ll find a wide range of gourmet cuisine all done to perfection as well as perfectly crafted cocktails.
Honeymooners who love live music will definitely want to consider a Holland America cruise for their “Music Walk,” venues onboard that all feature live performances in places like BB King’s Blues Club, Lincoln Center Stage, and the Rolling Stone Rock Room.
Holland America offers honeymoon packages that include extras like a bon voyage bouquet of flowers or a dozen red roses, sparkling wine or Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, dinner for two, massages, and afternoon tea served in your stateroom, and complimentary robes.
Celebrity Cruises is known for luxury experiences and excellent service onboard sleek, sophisticated ships. For an ultra-luxurious honeymoon, book a suite in The Retreat®, which includes access to exclusive areas such as an outdoor sanctuary, a private lounge, and a dedicated restaurant featuring cuisine created by Michelin-starred chefs. You also get a team of attendants and concierges to take care of you during your cruise.
Regardless of what kind of cabin you book, you’ll enjoy great entertainment, delicious food, fun lounges like the Martini Bar, and plenty of onboard activities.
Celebrity’s honeymoon packages offer amenities such as flowers, wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, an in-cabin breakfast with mimosas, and a personalized cake. The Premier Pass package will make you feel like a celebrity with priority boarding, a bottle of Veuve Cliquot Champagne, a wine pairing for two, an Inside Access tour, an Officer’s Lunch for two, and free WiFi.
Is a transatlantic voyage on the Queen Mary 2 on your bucket list? Cunard Ocean Liners bring the Golden Age of ocean travel to life in modern times. Magnificent ships like the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, and Queen Anne are outfitted in rich wood, marble, and plush fabrics to feel like the swankiest of luxury hotels. Service is superb and amenities are amazing—how about an onboard planetarium?
Cunard offers a breathtaking variety of itineraries all over the world. Wherever you go, a honeymoon on a Cunard ship will be unforgettable, with exquisite cuisine, live entertainment, and a vast array of activities. Indulge in the lavish spa or while away the afternoon in the largest library at sea. You and your boo may never want to get off the ship!
Azamara Club Cruises
Azamara has several differences that set it apart from many other cruise lines and make it a wonderful choice for honeymooners. First, their ships are smaller, enabling them to go to ports that larger ships can’t.
Second, Azamara specializes in “immersive itineraries that call on the world’s most unparalleled destinations,” giving guests lots of time to explore off the ship and really get the feel of a location. If you’re looking for an intimate and interesting honeymoon cruise, Azamara may be the line for you.
Azamara Club Cruises has four ships to choose from and a wide range of destinations all over the world. You’ll enjoy excellent service, delicious food, plenty of entertainment and activity options, spa and fitness facilities, and inclusive amenities including a complimentary onboard event; select standard spirits, international beers, and wines; bottled water, soft drinks, and specialty coffees and teas; self-service laundry; gratuities; concierge services; and shuttle service to and from port communities where available.
Silversea is one of the top luxury cruise lines and a fantastic choice for honeymooners. Silversea’s ten small cruise ships visit more than 900 destinations around the world and offer a memorable experience.
All rooms on Silversea ships are suites, and they all feature ocean views—most from private verandas. With a guest-to-staff ratio of almost 1 to 1 plus private butler service, you’ll feel relaxed and pampered the whole time.
And for a truly relaxing honeymoon, you’ll enjoy the fact that your rate includes unlimited premium wines and liquor, gourmet cuisine, in-suite dining, that butler service, and all gratuities.
Princess Cruises was the cruise line featured in the famous TV series “The Love Boat,” and it has been named Best Cruise Line for Romance, making it a perfect cruise line for honeymoons. Choose from a wide range of itineraries all over the world and add on a honeymoon package to enjoy extras like vintage Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, breakfast on your private balcony, complimentary robes, spa treatments, and more.
Princess cruise ships offer gourmet cuisine, 24-hour room service, all sorts of activities, spa and fitness facilities, and plenty of entertainment options, including Broadway-style shows, nightclubs, and a casino.
And as the cruise line most known for romance, they offer plenty of suggestions on romantic cruise destinations, itineraries, and shore excursion activities on their website so you can design the perfect romantic honeymoon cruise for you.
Windstar Cruises are perfect for couples who like a more intimate and laidback vibe. Windstar’s smaller yachts are able to access different kinds of ports and hold just 148 to 342 guests. The crew-to-passenger ratio is 1 to 1.5, ensuring attentive and personalized service. For extra ease, you can choose the all-inclusive option when you book.
Windstar offers authentic immersive experiences that go deeper than just visiting a variety of ports. And while on the ship, couples will enjoy setting their own schedule for the ultimate relaxation. They’ll also enjoy world-class dining on fresh ingredients sourced from stops along the way in a romantic open-air restaurant overlooking the water.
Windstar Cruises are also great for couples who enjoy watersports, as snorkeling, paddleboarding, and waterskiing are complimentary and scuba diving is available for an additional cost. Windstar offers romance packages that include breakfast in bed, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, massages, and roses.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line has the youngest fleet of any North American cruise line, which means you’re likely to get a newer ship with spacious, modern staterooms and exciting amenities. You’ll enjoy a “freestyle” dining on delicious cuisine, a huge variety of activities to choose from, and fun onboard amenities like Thrillplex activity zones, lounges, nightclubs, award-winning entertainment, and deck parties. Norwegian even offers the largest racetrack at sea onboard its ship Encore!
Honeymooners can add romance packages for treats like chocolate-covered strawberries, red roses, sparkling wine, breakfast in bed, massages, in-cabin afternoon tea, nightly appetizers, and dinner for two with wine.
Norwegian is fairly budget-friendly but also makes it easy for your friends and family to gift you onboard experiences or to pay for a portion of the cruise with a wedding registry.
Royal Caribbean International
Known for having the largest cruise ships in the world, Royal Caribbean has something for everyone, especially honeymooners who love excitement. Their huge ships feature incredible amenities like rock climbing walls, waterslides, ice skating rinks, and Flowrider surfing simulators.
Royal Caribbean also provides modern and comfortable staterooms, top-quality food, and exciting nightlife options—and it’s all included. Couples will enjoy fantastic entertainment as well, such as full-scale Broadway productions and West End shows, perfect for date night.
Royal Caribbean offers romance packages for honeymooners, including special “Just Married’ room décor, Champagne, truffles or chocolate-covered strawberries, and more, and also has a wedding gift registry so friends and family can contribute to your trip.
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival may have a reputation as a party ship, but it can be a great choice for a honeymoon cruise for couples who like to have fun. Carnival ships have some amazing amenities, including the world’s first rollercoaster at sea! You’ll find plenty of dining choices and options for activities and entertainment onboard, plus interesting shore excursions. There are also adults-only retreats for some romantic relaxation.
Carnival can be a good option for a budget honeymoon cruise, as the prices are more affordable than some of the other cruise lines, and Carnival has plenty of shorter cruises departing from smaller markets like Tampa, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Mobile, Alabama; Orlando, Florida; Galveston, Texas; Norfolk Virginia; Jacksonville, Florida; and Charleston, South Carolina. For example, Carnival offers 3-day Bahamas cruises from Miami starting at $129 per person.
Carnival offers a Honeymoon Registry so friends and family can contribute to your trip or gift things like excursions or spa treatments.
Best Cruise Routes for Honeymoons
Alaskan Honeymoon Cruises
An Alaskan cruise provides for an amazing adventure in the summer months. If you are planning a honeymoon cruise between late May and September, consider an Alaskan cruise. It is the easiest way to explore several small port towns, and see glaciers and tons of wildlife. You can start your cruise in many different cities in the US or Canada.
You can sail out of Seattle and enjoy the city before you embark. You can also plan a one-way trip to go further explore the Alaska mainline before returning home.
Silversea Expeditions provide a luxury cruise option smaller than the huge cruise ships, without sacrificing most of the amenities, making it perfect for an Alaska honeymoon.
Norwegian Cruise Line is launching a new ship made especially for Alaska cruises. Take advantage of water slides during the sunny days out to sea, try laser tag on deck, and fulfill your need for speed with the largest race track at sea! The Mandara Spa will be the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a much-needed reviving treatment afterward. Or relax in one of the 6 infinity hot tubs.
Princess Cruises have won the award for Best Cruise Line in Alaska year after year. On a Princess Cruise, you will see the inside passage, two glaciers, and 3-4 ports to explore. Princess is unique in offering so many options to cruisers. You can go on an Alaskan cruise from the West Coast or from within Alaska itself.
If you have the time and money, Princess offers Cruisetours which allow you to disembark for a few days to explore the land by train. This way you get a chance to experience all the highlights Alaska has to offer without worrying about all the planning or about rushing back to the cruise ship.
Mediterranean Honeymoon Cruises
The Mediterranean is another great choice for summer honeymoon cruises if you’re worried about hurricanes in the Caribbean. It’s also perfect for couples who love history and culture.
Azamara Club Cruises, 8-Night Spain Voyage
For something truly unique, try this intimate approach to cruising along the coast of Spain with Azamara. Depart from Barcelona and visit Valencia, Cartagena, Malaga, and Seville, Spain, as well as Gibraltar, U.K. and Lisbon, Portugal. You’ll get to explore Roman ruins, modern architecture, incredible art, rich culture and history, and amazing cuisine on this immersive excursion that makes the most of each stop.
Celebrity Cruises, 8-Night Mediterranean Cruise
On board the Celebrity Beyond, depart from and return to romantic Rome, Italy, stopping for full days to explore at Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Corfu, Greece; Zakynthos, Greece; and Naples, Italy. You’ll pass some of the most stunning scenery along the way, from the famous Amalfi Coast to idyllic Greek islands.
Windstar Cruises, Yachtsman’s Harbors of the Rivieras
Windstar Cruises promises “a new port almost every day with never more than one sea day” for a Mediterranean honeymoon cruise that makes the most of every minute.
On the Yachtsman’s Harbors of the Rivieras 7-day cruise, you begin in Rome, then tour the magical French and Italian Riviera before arriving in beautiful Barcelona. Stops on the cruise include the famous and scenic island of Elba, Portofino, Italy; Monte Carlo; Cannes and Sanary-Sur-Mer, France; and Palamos, Spain.
Caribbean Honeymoon Cruises
The Caribbean is what many people dream of when they picture the perfect cruise—sailing from sunkissed island to sunkissed island, snorkeling in the crystal clear water, and lounging on white-sand beaches under swaying palm trees. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that.
Celebrity Cruises, Southern Caribbean 7-Night Cruise
Depart from San Juan, Puerto Rico aboard the Celebrity Millennium for a fabulous exploration of some of the top romantic destinations in the Caribbean. You’ll have full-day stops at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; St. Johns, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia; and Bridgetown, Barbados; before returning to San Juan.
This cruise is perfect for couples who have a hard time choosing which Caribbean island they most want to visit—and it’s a great way to scout out locations for your first anniversary trip!
Royal Caribbean, Western Caribbean 7-Night Cruise
Leave from Tampa, Florida aboard the Brilliance of the Seas and visit cultural hot spots, Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; and Belize City; Belize, each for a full day.
Tour Mayan ruins, snorkel at some amazing reefs, and explore rainforests—there’s plenty to do both off and on the ship on this cruise.
Windstar Cruises, Jewels of the Windward Islands 7-Night Cruise
Explore unspoiled authentic Caribbean destinations on the smaller yacht Wind Surf. Depart Bridgetown, Barbados, and visit Grenada, Martinique, Bequia, Mayreau, and St. Lucia for UNESCO World Heritage sites, history, culture, and natural splendor on this off-the-beaten-path itinerary.
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Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.