[i was so happy to see that the Celebrity Reflection made this list of romantic cruise ships. My husband and I will be sailing her Eastern Mediterranean itinerary in August, and look forward to strolling barefoot through real green grass. Read more on great ways to rekindle the romance at sea.]
A romantic cruise is about time together as a couple, strolling hand in hand around the ship's open deck, dining at a table for two in a specialty restaurant, turning to mush with a couples' massage in the spa and luxuriating with breakfast in bed, among the attractions.
Some ships and itineraries add a little something-something that further enhances that romance aspect. Check out these romantic cruises.
Seabourn Spirit, Caribbean
Cruise the quieter islands of the Caribbean with this luxury line and enjoy such niceties as caviar and champagne served in the surf. Weeklong winter cruises on the 212-passenger Seabourn Spirit between St. Maarten and Barbados, from $3,299 per person.
SeaDream 1, Caribbean
On this casually elegant, 112-passenger SeaDream yacht, pampering includes opportunity to spend the night outdoors on a cushy Balinese daybed for two, snuggling under a duvet while gazing at the stars. Weeklong winter Caribbean sailings, from $3,999.
Royal Princess, Caribbean
Slurp oyster shooters in the theatrically elegant Piazza atrium on this 3,560-passenger "Love Boat" ship and you'll feel like you're in Italy. For a special date night, order up lobster and champagne served on your stateroom balcony. Winter fares from $549.
Wind Star, Greek Isles
Cruise under this 148-passenger yacht's billowing sails as you visit the romantic Greek Isles – inspiration for ancient poets. Onboard, reserve a table for two and dine al fresco under candlelight. Fares for one-week sailings between Istanbul and Athens, May to October, from $3,399.
Celebrity Reflection, Eastern Med
On this stylish 3,030-passenger ship, romance includes opportunity to walk barefoot on real grass, admire top-flight art, indulge at the spa and dine in a variety of specialty restaurants. Summertime 10- and 11-day sailings from Rome explore the Eastern Mediterranean/Greece; fares from $1,599.
Oceania Cruises’ Riviera, French and Italian Riviera
This 1,250-passenger ship has a sexy style from its impressive Latin-focused artwork to its intimate, complimentary specialty restaurants. Indulge at the Canyon Ranch-operate spa or take a cooking class at the Bon Appetit Culinary Center. Weeklong cruise from Rome to Barcelona in June, from $1,649.
Paul Gauguin Cruises,Tahiti
Cruise one of the most romantic places on earth, visiting such dream-like islands as Bora Bora and Moorea. As if the scenery isn't captivating enough, the 322-passenger ship serves up a luxurious tropical experience that includes French cuisine. One-week cruises from $2,445.
Royal Clipper, Italy
Feel the wind in your face on a real five-masted sailing ship as you explore the gorgeous Amalfi Coast and Sicily. The romance of the sea includes opportunity to pull the ropes or kickback in the bowsprit net. Summertime 7-day cruises from Rome, from $1,887.
Queen Mary 2, Transatlantic
Enjoy old-time romance with a British pedigree on this 2,952-passenger oceanliner, while crossing the Atlantic. Dance to the tunes of a live big band and admire the stars both outdoors or in the ship's planetarium. Weeklong crossings between New York and Southampton, U.K., from $1,278.
Viking Forseti, Bordeaux
Do a river cruise in France on this contemporary, 190-passenger "longship," and sip French wine as you pass scenery including vineyards and historic chateaux. Dining options include open-air seating at the casual, conservatory-style Aquavit Terrace. Shoreside exploration brings visits to wineries. Weeklong cruises from $1,856.
By Fran Golden, USA Today (“Set Sail on the Most Romantic Cruises of 2014”)
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