If you’re planning a honeymoon, consider a romantic and exotic cruise.
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:
- Do Your Homework – There are hundreds of cruise ships and packages available, so learn what you’re getting into before making any concrete arrangements. Look for the words “honeymoon,” “couples,” or “romance,” to ensure you’re not stuck on board with families, children or amorous single people looking for love.
- Start Early – Plan your honeymoon cruise at least six to eight months in advance. This ensures you receive the best rates and choice of destination and accommodations. Many cruise ships offer packages catered towards honeymooning couples. Snatch these up ASAP because they go fast.
- Announce Your Status – The minute you step on the ship, announce it to the world, or at least everyone on board, that you’re a newlywed couple. Tell the captain, stewards, passengers, dining staff, cleaning crew and anyone who will listen that you’re on your honeymoon. This not only establishes a more intimate bond between you and the staff, it also has its perks in the form of free champagne, a table for two in crowded onboard restaurants and maybe even a free cabin upgrade!
- Take Advantage of Romantic Upgrades – Look for a liner that allows you to personalize your on board experience by purchasing romantic upgrades. Many ships offer spa packages, champagne breakfasts on a private deck or the opportunity to stay in the honeymoon suite if you purchase a “honeymoon” or “newlywed” package. These upgrades are potentially expensive and you must book early to ensure you don’t miss out, as these spaces are generally limited and go quickly.
Here is one last hint to ensure your honeymoon cruise sails a little more smoothly. Plan to leave two to three days before the ship disembarks and stay at a hotel or resort in that city. This helps ensure you don’t miss the boat and gives you an excuse to spend even more time alone.
This guest post was provided by Shannon Pierce, who is a freelance writer and cruise coordinator. She helps hundreds of people book great last minute cruises, and believes that whether you are booking cruises from San Francisco or visiting New York City, it is important to get out and experience the world.