Best cruise lines for Couples
The best cruise lines for couples as ranked by verified reviews submitted over the past 12 months. This list is continuously updated as we receive new reviews from our members, so be sure to check back often! Note, a minimum of 40 reviews are required to be part of this list.
Celebrity is a great choice for couples looking for an upscale onboard experience without stepping up to luxury-line prices. Exceptional service and dining options, a wide variety of staterooms, onboard activities, and entertainment ranging from Broadway-style production shows to intimate lounge acts truly gives couples options to craft the perfect vacation.
On Royal Caribbean ships, couples will find no shortage of activities to check out. Dining options for date nights range from restaurants by James Beard award-winning chefs to Italian, Mexican, Asian-fusion cuisine, and more. The Solarium, a large, tropical-themed space with lounge chairs and hot tubs, is the perfect spot to relax.
Azamara is a great line for couples who prefer medium or small-ship cruising with a resort-casual dress code. The line also overnights in select ports, allowing travelers to experience dinner and nightlife there. Azamara’s AzAmazing Evenings include concerts, gala receptions, and museum tours.
While Carnival is known for lively fun for the whole family, there’s plenty onboard for just adults, too. Couples can enjoy the Serenity Retreat, an age 21+ sundeck with plenty of spots to relax. Ships also feature upscale specialty restaurants to celebrate a notable occasion, as well as vibrant nightlife in the lounges and bars. There’s also a spa with a thermal suite.
Across P&O Cruises’ fleet, each ship offers something for couples looking for a romantic vacation. Two ships, Arcadia and Aurora, are exclusively for adults. These ships feature spas, fine dining venues, stylish decor, and entertainment options like quiz shows, tribute acts and cabaret performances.
Couples looking for a relaxed, refined experience at sea will feel very much at home on a Princess ship. The Lotus Spa has a variety of treatments to choose from, including couples massages. Couples can also enjoy an adults-only Sanctuary sundeck, as well as dazzling entertainment and specialty restaurants such as Crown Grill steakhouse and Italian fare at Sabatini’s.
Disney’s ships aren’t just for kids! Couples can enjoy the full spa with thermal suite, the various bars and lounges, and the adults-only Quiet Cove Pool sundeck. The specialty restaurants Palo and Remy are also restricted to adults only, which makes for a special and intimate meal. The line’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, also boasts an adults-only beach.
Fine dining, spacious staterooms, and enriching activities are what couples traveling on Holland America will find. Live music at B.B. King’s Blues Club and “Dancing With the Stars” ballroom dancing lessons are among some of the highlights that are perfect for a date night. Culinary enthusiasts will enjoy the selection of steakhouses, sushi, and Italian dining options.
Couples sailing Norwegian will find plenty of things suited to them. Most ships have one or more adults-only sundecks complete with hot tubs, loungers, and a bar. Ships also feature a full spa with a menu of services as well as a thermal suite. For an elevated experience, many ships feature The Haven, a private area with its own pool, restaurant, sundeck, and more.
Viking is perfect for couples looking for a relaxing experience on a small ocean ship. Touted as the “Thinking Person’s Cruise,” expert lectures and immersive shore excursions are a large part of the Viking experience. The ships also include a complimentary thermal suite in the spa, an aft infinity pool, and service that rivals the best luxury cruise lines.