If you are tired of the chocolates and roses on Valentine’s Day, why not get that special someone a gift of a lifetime- a cruise! We are not just talking about a 3-day cruise to the Bahamas; instead, spend some quality time with your loved one as you sail to some of the most captivating ports of call. Where you might ask? Well, we have put together the 5 Most Romantic Places to Visit on a Cruise in 2018.
5 Most Romantic Places to Visit on a Cruise
The Pacific Islands of Hawaii are among the most beautiful destinations in the world. While you can’t go wrong with a romantic expedition to any of them, Maui stands out for its lush jungle and postcard-worthy beaches. Offering plenty of history, adventure, and some seclusion, the island is just the right size for those in love to enjoy each others company. Take a drive up the scenic coastline or visit the largest dormant volcano in the world if you are up for the adventure. Picturesque golf courses, traditional Polynesian style food, and hula dancers are all part of the experience while visiting this mid-sized slice of paradise.
Most Romantic Places to Visit on a Cruise – Maui, Hawaii
As the only ship sailing year round in the region, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America is the perfect vessel to sail these waters. Leaving from Honolulu (also known as the big island), you will enjoy an overnight in Maui with 36+ hours to do as you please. Not to mention, there are stops at three other islands. With the cruise line’s “freestyle” approach to cruising, you can plan as little or as much as you want, offering over a dozen dining options, nightly entertainment, and plenty of sights to behold during your seven night cruise.
Most Romantic Places to Visit on a Cruise – Norwegian Pride of America (Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)
The capital of the spectacular Tuscany region of Italy, Florence is an art lover’s paradise. Home to priceless works of art, including Michelangelo’s David, Medieval churches and museums, city squares and markets, and centuries of old charm, you can spend countless hours gazing at the city’s beauty. Not to mention, the rustic, Northern Italian cuisine and wine are plentiful. You are also a stone’s throw away from the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. What more of a picturesque backdrop could you find as the setting to a perfect Valentine’s Day with your loved one.
Most Romantic Places to Visit on a Cruise – Florence, Italy
February is off season for sailing to the Mediterranean, but lucky for you, one of the most luxurious ships in the region has decided to stick around. You can visit Florence and Pisa, along with other equally impressive locations like Monte Carlo, Rome, and Barcelona on Viking Ocean Cruises’ Iconic Cities of the Western Mediterranean. Wrapped in luxury that includes a guided tour at each port, specialty dining restaurants, beer and wine at meals, specialty coffee, and ship-wide WiFi, the Viking Star will have you and your sweetie pampered from head-to-toe as you cruise the Mediterranean in style.
While the Bahamas may not be the epicenter of romance, your departure point, Charleston, S.C., will make you feel like you are in the middle of a Nora Roberts novel. Home to “Gone with the Wind”, the beauty of this historic city remains largely in tact, down to the cobblestone walkways and gas-lit street lights. During a pre-cruise stay, you can gaze at the Victorian architecture, historic homesteads, and even enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride. This is the antebellum South at her finest but with a modern flare. You will find plenty of fine dining restaurants, shops, and art galleries from the 21st century as well.
Most Romantic Places to Visit on a Cruise – Charleston, S.C.
Carnival Cruise Line offers regular departures from Charleston on the Carnival Ecstasy. This five day Bahamas cruise takes you to Nassau and Freeport, along with a couple of sea days. The Ecstasy is equipped with an adults-only Serenity pool deck area as well as plenty of bars and lounges to celebrate Valentine’s Day. For a more intimate experience, you can wine and dine at the Chef’s Table onboard or enjoy a mimosa at Carnival’s Seaday Brunch.
Most Romantic Places to Visit on a Cruise – Carnival Ecstasy (Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
The iconic Sydney Opera house is the back-drop for romance Down Under. Of course, dinner with a view of this amazing backdrop is mandatory, and there are numerous restaurants offering cuisine from all over the world along with picture perfect views of the harbor. After dinner, enjoy a show at the Opera House or one of the open air movie theaters. If you visit during the day, treat one another to a picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The several themed gardens will certainly give your sweetie her fill of flowers on this Valentine’s Day trip. If you want to spice things up a bit more, how about a bungee cord leap from a bridge?
Most Romantic Places to Visit on a Cruise – Sydney, Australia
If you are going to trek all the way down to Australia, you better make it worth your while. The 14 night cruise departing from Sydney on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas might be the perfect choice. As the largest ship in the region, Ovation of the Seas is also the most innovative. Featuring the North Star aerial gondola rising over 300 feet above sea level to give you stunning views of the surrounding area, as well as the onboard sky-diving simulator and a bar tended by robots, this is not your typical cruise ship. Top that off with eclectic dining options including the experimental Wonderland, and this will be a Valentine’s Day trip for the record books.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Head to the home of the tango, the dance of love, and be captivated by a city that has Italian heritage, Latin flare, and mixes the historic with the modern. At the Buenos Aires Rose Garden, you can explore exquisitely maintained gardens with both Western and Eastern influences. Spend some time learning more about the region by viewing the 19th and 20th century art at the National Museum of Fine Arts, or enjoy high tea at the Alvear Palace Hotel, one of the world’s most elegant hotels. No visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without a trip on one of the gondolas found along the city’s waterways. At night, it is time to get down and dance. Before you do, you can tempt your taste buds at one of the fine restaurants scattered throughout the city.
Most Romantic Places to Visit on a Cruise -Buenos Aires, Argentina
Head to the southern most points of South America on this 14-day Princess Cruises’ Cape Horn cruise, ending in Buenos Aires. While you are cruising, you can enjoy the rich culture of Chile and be among the very few who have sailed by the Falkland Islands, braving some of the most difficult waterways in the world. Onboard, the recently refurbished Emerald Princess boasts 9 dining venues from elegant and sophisticated to laid back and casual. After a immersive day ashore, return for some nightly entertainment including the line’s Movies Under the Stars on the pool deck and the exclusive The Voice of the Ocean production. The variety of activities on this Valentine’s Day trip will certainly keep your love alive.
Most Romantic Places to Visit on a Cruise (Courtesy of Princess Cruises)
Have you visited any of these ports of call? What is your pick for the most romantic place to visit on a cruise? Drop us an anchor below to share your special moments cruising.