How to make the most of your Valentine’s Day cruise
There is something innately romantic about cruising; the enormous vessels powering gracefully through the water, and the expansive ocean stretching out around you. It makes even the smallest gestures seem grand, and the everyday moments wildly romantic. Like strolling hand in hand, exploring the vessel and steeling away to secret alcoves for a quiet moment together.
Whether you’re building up to the proposal, renewing your wedding vows, or simply toasting to love, a cruise is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. Here are some ideas to help you turn up the romance on your Valentine’s Day cruise.
Book a table for two
Reserve a table for two in one of the swanky restaurants and try the tantalising dishes prepared by top chefs. Keep the champagne flowing and raise your glass to love.
Put on your dancing shoes
The Captain’s ball is one of the highlights of any cruise. Elegantly dressed guests and officers meet and mingle as the band strikes up – it’s the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with your partner.
Watch a movie under the stars
Grab a blanket and head out to the movies. Cruise lines like Princess, Carnival and Costa have outdoor movie theatres on the pool deck where you can cosy up and watch a movie under the stars.
Picnic on the top deck
A picnic on a real lawn is probably the last thing you’d expect on a cruise ship, but the Lawn Club on Celebrity’s ships has real grass lawns on the top decks – perfect for a romantic picnic for two.
Book an indulgent day at the spa
Spoil yourselves with luxurious spa treatments. The Sanctuary on Princess cruises comes complete with waiter service and a couples’ mud room with steam (just imagine…). Oceana’s Owner’s Suite guests have unlimited access to the Canyon Ranch Spa Club’s private spa terrace. Celebrity’s AquaClass cabins and suites offer couples complimentary use of the AquaSpa Relaxation Room.
Discover secret hideaways
Spend some time exploring the ship and finding those secret alcoves where you can spend some quality time together. The beauty of a cruise is that you get to spend some alone time together, connecting, or reconnecting with each other.
Take a cooking class
Get your hands dirty and learn to prepare sumptuous dishes together. Cooking together can be quite a sensuous experience even if you do not see yourself as an aspiring master chef. Not into cooking? Try a dance class or a surfing lesson on a wave simulator!
Cosy up in your cabin
Cabins can be cosy, with everything within arm’s reach (including each other). Or they can be ultra-luxurious suites with separate sitting rooms and baby grand pianos, indoor and outdoor whirlpool spa baths, a butler service and a private balcony. Whatever the case may be; cosy up, listen to the sound of the ocean, and turn off your alarm.
Enjoy life’s simple pleasures
Sleep in and order room service, or wake up early to watch the sun rise from your balcony or from the deck. Read a book in a sun lounger, or gaze at the stars from a hot tub (they usually close around 10:00 or 11:00).
What are you waiting for? If you haven’t booked your romantic Valentine’s Day cruise yet, one of our expert travel consultants will help you choose the right cruise for you. With a little planning, this could be the most romantic Valentine’s Day yet.