Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a week on the seas, sailing to some of the world’s most beloved destinations. Venice, Santorini, Alaska; the options really are endless when it comes to romantic cruise itineraries. Whether you’re at the start of a budding relationship or celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary, Marella Cruises have an amazing range of itineraries ready for your next romantic journey across the ocean. So if you’re looking for something a bit different for your next couples trip, peruse through these cruise holiday hotspots and see if any take your fancy!
Marellas top eight!
It’s no surprise that Venice is one of the most romantic cruise destinations in the world. At first glance this city looks like it’s been built on top of the water, with canals around every corner and gondolas acting as the transportation of choice. Venetian architecture is something to behold, with pointed arches and highly decorated buildings. Marella Cruises have three of their ships; Marella Celebration, Marella Discovery and their latest ship Marella Explorer 2, offering varying itineraries including Venice throughout 2019!
For some Adults Only bliss, Marella Explorer 2 offers true Italian splendor, beginning and ending at her beautiful home port of Naples, whilst also taking in the sights of Ancona and of course our favourite Venice.
The rugged volcanic island of Santorini is a haven for romance. Classic Grecian whitewashed buildings cling to dramatic cliffs, overlooking the Aegean Sea. The scenery here is idyllic and the sunsets are unbeatable.
Prefer to fall in love with this white-washed, sun kissed destination boasting vivid green cliff-sides and impossibly clear blue seas. It encapsulates the very essence of what we envision when thinking of that delightful Greek charm. Marella Discovery will get you here in 2019, one of Marella Cruises larger ships, she’s full of amenities and great for all age groups too! Take in the Iconic Islands or the Aegean Shores and explore not only Santorini but the truly stunning Mykonos, Chania and Zakynthos too!
Located in the Caribbean, this British Virgin Island is ideal for couples who want to soak up the rays and enjoy a bit of relaxation on the coastline. It’s got all the classic elements of a perfect beach holiday, with epically soft sands and a backdrop of palm trees. Honeymooners especially love the British Virgin Islands and if you’re up for a long escape to the sun you can even opt for a cruise and stay!
When you think of romance, do you think Antwerp? Maybe not right away, but there’s a lot to be said for this Belgium city. It has a fascinating history, dating back to the Middle Ages and streets full of cafés and galleries. But of course, Antwerp is most famous for its diamond district, where roughly 84% of the world’s rough diamonds pass through – ring shopping anyone? Whatever you do, make sure you try Antwerp’s famous mosselen mussels and praline chocolates!
Marella Cruises Cities and Ice itinerary on Marella Explorer, docks in Zeebrugge, Belgium which is only just over an hours drive from Antwerp! The best part about this one, it’s 14 nights and direct from Southampton – so that means no luggage limits for those traveling straight from the UK. This itinerary also includes some Icelandic delights but there’s more about that further down the list!
With rambling streets, gorgeous plazas and exceptional cuisine, Barcelona is the city dreams are made of. There’s more than enough romantic excursions to enjoy, when you reach this historic city’s port, including a trip to the magic fountains near Plaça d’Espanya. Here, you’ll see beautiful displays of light, water and music, not to mention a romantic ambiance.
You’ve got three choices of itinerary with Marella Cruises to grace the boutique-lined boulevards and cobbled streets of Barcelona. Choose from Marella Dream’s Mediterranean Medley or Continental Coasts both for 7 nights and of course they’ll now be All Inclusive from May 2019! Or you can opt one of Marella Cruises newer to the fleet ships and cruise onboard Marella Discover 2 on the Highlights of the Mediterranean – taking in not only your favourite Spanish delights but some Italian classics too!
6. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik oozes romance, with narrow cobblestone streets and incredibly clear ocean waters. There are also endless day excursions for couples, especially for those looking for a little adventure. You can kayak or snorkel off the coast, or take a cable car to the summit of Mount Srd and look out over the picturesque city.
Marella Cruises’ Marella Discovery, Marella Explorer 2 and Marella Celebration will all take you to this romantic holiday hotspot, all while offering an exceptional array of pampering and relaxation activities onboard! Enjoy a trip to the spa, drinks in Marella Explorer 2’s exclusive champagne bar, Flutes or some laid-back entertainment in Celebration’s Liberties bar.
When the weather gets cooler, the romance starts heating up, especially as you pull into port in Iceland. The chilly temperatures make for a great excuse to cuddle up and the spectacular greens and purples of the Northern Lights are truly a sight to behold. The main city, Reykjavik, has made quite a name for itself as a trend-setting locale, with fantastic restaurants and edgy shops and of course its famous blue lagoon.
The best thing about cruising to Iceland with Marella Cruises in 2019/20. You’ll be leaving direct from one of England’s own ports, that’s either Southampton or Newcastle! Super convenient and removes all hassle of flying or that pesky luggage allowance.
8. St Lucia
When we think romantic holidays, we think of blissful beaches and clear turquoise waters! Just imagine strolling, hand-in-hand, toes sinking into those gorgeous white sands famous of The Caribbean. St Lucia is also surrounded by a rich green skyline of it’s dense rain forest and mountains, so whether your a couple who wishes to relax on those syrup coloured beaches or go whizzing through canopy on a zip line at St Lucia’s Treetop Adventure Park, this sun-kissed island can be as romantic as you make it.
No matter if you prefer smaller older ships or newer ones full of facilities, Marella Cruises firm favourite Marella Celebration of their latest Marella Explorer 2 can both sail you and your partner around The Caribbean!
For the lovers of long-haul
As much as we love Marella Cruises for their variety in itineraries and mass appeal to many cruisers. They don’t quite sail to all locations we feel are worthy of a mention on our list of most romantic cruises! So for numbers 9 and 10, we’ve went that little bit further with cruise line favourites P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises.
Aloha! America’s 50th state welcomes you to warm waters and tropical living. It’s no wonder Hawaii is synonymous with paradise, as the beaches, coral reefs and impressive volcanoes are a sight to behold. There’s no question about it; Hawaii is romantic, especially with the array of outdoor activities you can enjoy as a couple. Learn how to surf, go on a zipline adventure through the forests or take a romantic horseback ride along the coast. P&O Cruises stops off in Honolulu on its 20-night trip from San Francisco, making its last port of call in a city that just missed our top 10 list, Sydney.
Alaska is an ideal cruising destination to visit with your loved one. Is there anything more romantic than cruising past majestic glaciers as you spot a pod of orcas in the distance? The grandeur of the mountain rages and Alaska’s natural beauty will simply blow you away. Princess Cruises takes you on a spectacular voyage here from Vancouver, also including a stop at Glacier Bay National Park onboard Coral Princess!
With more than 700 balcony rooms onboard, this ship was built to take in those views! Also be sure to book in for a romantic meal for 2 at the Bayou Cafe and Steakhouse – its New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole cuisine is simply sublime.
Romance is definitely in the air for all of these cruising destinations, so we’re sure at least one of these destinations will inspire your next romantic break!
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