If you or a fellow cruiser are lucky enough to be spending a birthday or special occasion on a cruise, you’re in for a real treat! Celebrations of any kind onboard offer a unique setting to commemorate the occasion in style, and you’ll certainly come away with lots of special memories. Here’s our top tips on how to celebrate like never before!

Dress up your cabin

Nothing quite says ‘Happy Birthday!’ or ‘surprise!’ like decorating your stateroom with banners, balloons and special treats. Plaster it on the outside of your cabin door so that the rest of your cruise members can see, too! Order a bottle of bubbly and some chocolate covered strawberries to your room, or even a bunch of beautiful flowers. Just because you’re on the high seas doesn’t mean the celebrations have to stop. If you have a Balcony Cabin, we recommend ordering room service and enjoying an evening meal under the moonlit sky.

Pamper yourself

The spas onboard a cruise ship are some of the best in the world, never mind at sea. The treatment list is never-ending and we couldn’t think of a more relaxing way to celebrate a milestone birthday or anniversary than by indulging in a treatment or two – you can even have a couples massage, or lay back in the bubbling hot tub with a cocktail in hand! Many cruise lines even offer discount on on the first day of your cruise or during a port-day, when it’s also less busy.

Book a surprise excursion

Cruising is all about ticking things off bucket-lists and making unforgettable memories with your nearest and dearest. That’s why booking a once-in-a-lifetime excursion could be a thrilling and spontaneous way to make any occasion the most memorable yet. Zip-line through the jungle, take a dessert safari, swim with stingrays or head on an aerial adventure. If you’re sailing with the likes of Royal Caribbean® or Princess Cruises, your very own private island could already be a stop-off! Not many can say they’ve spent their birthday in the luxury of their very own relaxing retreat.

Something special

Although your meals are included on your sailing adventure, there are some restaurants that go the extra mile – and these are your specialty restaurants. Usually at an extra cost, but my-oh-my are they worth every penny. You’ll often find Michelin-starred treats, celebrity chefs and exquisite flavours from all over the world. They offer a more intimate and sophisticated setting, perfect for a special occasion. And if you really want to embarrass a loved one, the crew will happily sing Happy Birthday and bring out a cake!

Going the extra mile

Many cruise lines also offer unique packages so that you can treat a loved one to something extra special – especially handy if you’ve left their present at home. Treat them to a gift voucher for the spa or even a bit of ultimate pampering in the salon. Purchase a culinary package, which could be anything from a deluxe balcony breakfast for two or cocktails and an evening meal in a swanky specialty restaurant. Or splurge out on some casino credit or onboard spend so that they can shop ’til they drop!

The possibilities are endless – a celebration on a cruise is certainly one you’ll remember forever.

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