Give the Gift of Cruise: The 12 Best Cruise Ships for Couples

A cruise is the ultimate gift to give your sweetie. Here are our picks on the 12 top cruise ships for couples - Photo by Canva

Awe-inspiring sunsets, romantic dinners, and an escape from reality make cruising one of the most romantic vacations for couples looking to get away. If you are still looking for the perfect holiday gift for your honey, there is nothing like the gift of travel. Lucky for you, we are here to help keep the romance alive and are sharing our picks for the Top 12 Cruise Ships for Couples.

1. Celebrity Edge

Eden lounge on Celebrity Edge is a fun place to grab a cocktail - Photo by Celebrity Cruises 

Private cabanas, sunset dinners al fresco on the Magic Carpet, the SEA Thermal Suite within the Spa and the sinful Eden lounge at night which arouses all the senses, are just a few fan favorites aboard the Celebrity Edge for couples looking to rekindle the romance. And for those couples who are all about the ‘insta’, Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Edge has many picture-perfect spaces that are ideal for creative photos to post online.

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2. Scarlet Lady

Perhaps the most anticipated ship launching in 2021 after its delayed inaugural season, Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady will be a playground at sea for couples who want to live out their rock star fantasies – party all night and partake in self-care all day at the Redemption Spa. This adults-only cruise ship is redefining the cruise experience.

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3. Disney Magic

While Disney Cruise Line's ships are probably best for families with children, die-hard Disney fanatic couples must cruise aboard the Disney Magic – especially to exotic destinations in Europe and the Mediterranean. These voyages offer the perfect blend of Disney magic (pun intended) and romance – especially when taking advantage of all the adults-only venues onboard and shoreside.

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4. SeaDream I

SeaDream's intimate yacht vacations are the ultimate romantic gift to give this holiday - Photo by SeaDream Yacht Club​

A low-key, intimate vacation on a yacht should be at the top of every couple’s bucket list, and the SeaDream Yacht Club makes this experience easily accessible. From champagne and caviar picnics on remote beaches for the bougie to mountain bikes and water sports for the adventurous, the SeaDream I experience satisfies all personalities. Perhaps what makes SeaDream I stand out though, is they make Picasso’s “Starry Night” come to life by giving guests the option to sleep under the stars by converting Balinese daybeds for two into a romantic boudoir.

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5. Azamara Journey

Foodies who want an immersive experience with big ship vibes on a small ship, must check out Azamara's Azamara Journey. The ship features a spa, casino, entertainment, specialty dining, without large crowds. With longer sailings and overnights in ports, you won’t find many children onboard. Plus, “azamazing” evenings are included in the cruise fare and create authentic one-of-a-kind experiences, making the ultimate date night.

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6. Royal Princess

There is a reason Princess Cruises is sometimes called “The Love Boat,” and it is not only because it was the setting of the popular 70s TV show. With a new world elegance, the Royal Princess transports passengers to destinations such as the South Pacific, Australia, Alaska and the Pacific coast of Mexico - ideal for honeymoons and milestone anniversaries. Plus, the adults-only Sanctuary retreat on this ship is 20 percent larger than other ships, with private living room-style cabanas and secluded villas, providing even more venues for privacy and intimacy.

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7. The Gauguin

Is anything more romantic than island-hopping on a luxury ship in French Polynesia? - Photo by Paul Gaugin Cruises 

Traveling to Tahiti and Bora Bora is not only the ultimate honeymoon but also a bucket list vacation. Sure, sleeping in overwater bungalows is pretty cool, but imagine island-hopping around French Polynesia on Paul Gauguin Cruise’s The Gauguin, a small, luxurious ship that feels like a yacht. What really makes this cruise unique though, is that it blends luxurious five-star service with culturally authentic experiences. Imagine getting a glimpse into island life with excursions hosted by Gauguines and Gauguins — local resident hosts, and then returning onboard to the ship for spa service and fine dining at the restaurant serving dishes by a two-Michelin-star Parisian chef. 

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8. AmaDante

‘Ama’ means love and what better place to visit with your amour than the “City of Lights” on a river cruise. AmaWaterways’ “Impressions of the Seine and Paris” itinerary aboard the AmaDante provides cruisers with a fairytale vacation featuring castles, bike tours in charming cities, cider and cheese pairings, a visit to Monet’s home, and more. 

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9. Wind Star

Imagine billowing white sails and the wind blowing through your hair as you cruise to exotic destinations on this sailing yacht from Windstar Cruises. Size matters and this ship can stop in small ports that are off the beaten path and not crowded with tourists. Privacy abounds on this ship, with only 148 guests and many hidden nooks, it is easy for couples to sneak away for intimate moments and feel like they are on their own ship.

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10. Viking Sun

Viking Sun travels through the land of the midnight sun - Photo by Viking Ocean Cruises 

This adults-only, all-veranda cabin Viking Ocean Cruises ship was built in 2017 and sails to the land of the midnight sun – Scandinavia, Iceland and The Baltics. Long days and cold weather mean lots of time to mix cuddling with sightseeing adventures. Create new memories with your significant other as you sail through the Norwegian fjords with breathtaking scenery, hike a glacier or spend overnights in cosmopolitan cities. 

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11. Queen Mary 2 

Six days at sea on a transatlantic cruise translates to a lot of togetherness to do as much or as little as you want. Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 will transport you to the Golden Age of cruising with all the modern luxuries. Head to the Canyon Ranch Spa Club for a couple’s massage, stargaze on deck or from the comfort of a planetarium at sea, or indulge at Sir Samuel’s with Godiva chocolate. With panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, watching the sunrise or sunset is a must for couples to witness on this cruise.

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12. Symphony of the Seas

On Royal Caribbean, the ship is the destination and it is possible to have a unique date experience every day as you explore the seven different neighborhoods and onboard activities of Symphony of the Seas. Get in the New York state-of-mind when you watch Broadway-hit Hairspray followed by a stroll hand-in-hand through Central Park, and finish the night with a romantic dinner at Chops; or pretend you are at the shore with a trip to the Boardwalk for burgers at Johnny Rockets, arcade fun and a ride on the carousel. Spend your days playing laser tag, mini golf, rock climbing, ice skating and more, and for adult fun at night, visit one of the 14 bars onboard. This ship is perfect for couples who like to have fun and stay active while on vacation. 

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