In a perfect world, a newly married couple would spend their honeymoon alone on an exotic island. Their days spent splashing and laughing in crystal blue water, their nights doing the thing that you can guess young married couples would do. For these same blissfully joined young people, the word “cruise” doesn't fit into that scenario. The face of cruising has become more family friendly, leading many young adults to shy away from what they perceive as an unsophisticated, thoroughly unromantic way to travel. That’s an unfortunate misconception, as many cruise liners are catering to young married couples looking for a unique and passion-filled experience. If you’re planning a honeymoon, consider the romantic rendezvous and exotic locales that await you, all the while traveling on a luxurious cruise liner.
Top Honeymoon Cruise Destinations
Forget Paris, which has long been the #1 city of choice for honeymooning couples. Here are the top three cruise destinations to consider for your first trip together, newly joined as husband and wife.
3. Hawaii – Hawaii is the ideal destination for a young couple looking for a blend of romance and outdoor adventures. Thrill-seeking newlyweds will rejoice in the opportunity to zip line above waterfalls, take a two-person kayak trip through blue lagoons or bike the hundreds of trails on the Big Island, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Lanai or Oahu. Hawaii also offers more low-key distractions, from lounging on any of the island’s beaches to laughing while taking a couple’s hula class.
2. Greek Islands – Some of the most famous love stories in history, from Odysseus and Penelope to Orpheus and Eurydice, centered on Greek characters. Become inspired by these unforgettable tales and create your own romantic epic by cruising through the Greek Islands. The island of Mykonos has long been a popular destination for honeymooning couples and with very good reason. Mykonos is filled with quaint marketplaces and romantic cafes to explore before watching the sunset, hand-in-hand, while strolling down a white sandy beach.
1. Caribbean – With over 12 islands to explore – including Jamaica, Barbados and the British Virgin Islands – it’s no wonder the Caribbean is the honeymoon cruise destination of choice for many newlyweds. The sheer number of places to visit can be overwhelming, but it also allows you to choose from a variety of packages to fit almost any schedule and budget. The competition amongst cruise liners is fierce, which also works to your advantage.
Tips for Planning Your Honeymoon at Sea
Now that you've chosen your ideal destination, it’s time to plan the cruise. Before you speak to your travel agent or jump online to make the arrangements, keep these tips in mind to make the experience more memorable, and less of a hassle: