Whether it’s a happy coincidence or you’re booking your cruise especially to commemorate a special occasion, cruises have got the details covered. From birthdays or anniversaries to family reunions and Christmas celebrations, a voyage at sea with the best cruise lines around promises you magical memories. Discover all the perks in our rundown of the best ways to celebrate on a cruise.

Add on some extras

Cruise lines are more flexible than ever in making sure that you’re able to tailor your cruise to your exact desires. That includes special celebrations as well, and cruise lines like Marella have a number of special options you can use to tailor your treats at sea.

Either at the time of booking or by calling up later down the line, you can order extras such as a bouquet of flowers or a celebratory cake to be brought to you during a restaurant meal. There are also packages you can get stuck into, such as Marella’s Celebrate in Style package, which includes a champagne and strawberries hamper and breakfast in bed during your voyage.

What’s more, you’ll find that cruise lines are more than happy to help you arrange any of these little luxuries as a surprise. You can spoil someone rotten without them having any prior inkling you’re going to lavish your cruise’s finest treats on them. The big grin they’ll have is well worth paying a little extra for.

Book a shore excursion

For a more active and cultured way to celebrate, give a special shore excursion a try. Remember, your cruise will take you to the world’s most desirable locations, with plenty of opportunities to have fun on dry land. You could be zip-lining through the rainforest, exploring lost temples in South America or taking cooking classes in Italy together. It’s all about making memories, and a unique shore excursion helps become part of the big celebration.

Have a Celebration of Vows

If you’re cruising to mark an anniversary, Marella’s Celebration of Vows ceremony is a new service that helps the happy couple mark the occasion with a renewal of vows. You’ll have a service hosted by the Captain, as well as dinner at the Captain’s table, together with bouquets and champagne. There’s even the option to have discounts on jewellery bought onboard, if you’re seeking a memento. There are three levels of the package and with the top Platinum level you also get you’ll get a meal in one of the à la carte restaurants, a spa treatment each, afternoon tea in your cabin and more. Add in a romantic destination like the Caribbean and you’re all set.

Pamper yourself in the spa

Almost every cruise ship at sea today boasts a world class spa where you can retreat for massages, pedicures, manicures and more. If you’re marking a special occasion at sea, like a birthday, it’s a great idea to get some treatments in to make your cruise as nourishing to the body as it is to the mind. Remember, these spa packages are often discounted either early in your cruise’s itinerary, or during days when other guests are busy on shore excursions. Keep that in mind if you’re looking to bag a bargain.

Dine out with style

Cruise lines take on the culinary prowess of celebrity chefs and top experts in regional cuisine the world over. It’s likely that the ticket you’ve bought includes meals that are more than enough to tantalise your tastebuds, but if you’re looking to mark the occasion with a slap-up meal, definitely see what else your cruise ship can offer.

Chances are the specialist restaurants onboard, although requiring a little more spending money, will lay it on thick with your favourite dishes. Whether the person you’re celebrating is a sushi savant, a fan of Far Eastern spices or a sucker for a big steak dinner with all the trimmings, your cruise will have experts onboard to make a magic meal happen.

Party all night at your cruise ship’s bars and clubs

Cruise ships have done everything to ensure that their nightclubs, lounges and cocktail bars outshine even the most lively of nightlife venues on dry land. Your special occasions and celebrations are well spent here, especially if you’ve opted for some of the great value drinks packages.

Whether it’s frothy glasses of bubbly, beers and cheers in the themed pub or cocktails shaken with flair, you can make a night of it thanks to the fun loving staff and the fantastic flavours sure to be heading your way.

All in all, there are so many ways to celebrate life’s special occasions on a cruise, you can truly tailor it to fit what you think your loved ones deserve the most.

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