Going on honeymoon with your new spouse is one of the most magical holidays you’ll ever experience. It’s your first big trip together as a married couple, and there’s no better way to celebrate your union than by hitting the high seas on a romantic honeymoon cruise. Honeymoon cruises offer you the chance to visit some of the world’s most romantic spots, all whilst being pampered onboard a luxury cruise liner. There’s a lot of things to consider when it comes to booking your trip, but don’t worry, we’ve got it all covered. Here are our 15 top honeymoon cruise tips for a flawless holiday on the seas.
1) Let the world know you’re on honeymoon
There are lots of honeymoon cruise deals that are only available to recently married love birds, so let the provider know when booking that you’re on your honeymoon to take advantage of these extra celebratory packages. Celebrity Cruises® is one of those cruise liners offering honeymoon extras, with a deluxe package including champagne, ensuite breakfast, a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries and other exclusive treats.
2) Register for a honeymoon fund
Before you book your holiday, consider registering for a honeymoon fund. This may sound cheeky, but many wedding guests will actually be pleased to know they’ve helped contribute towards such a special event in your life, and will feel more a part of your wedding for doing so. It’ll also enable you to splurge on the larger, more romantic packages so that you can enjoy your honeymoon to the fullest.
3) Tick off several of your bucket list destinations
Cruising enables you to travel to several destinations all in one holiday, so you can check off more than one holiday hotspot. If you’ve always wanted to go to Barcelona and Marseille, you won’t need to choose between the two sunny destinations, as there are several cheap honeymoon cruises to get you there. MSC Cruises is a cruise line that specialises in European holiday destinations, taking you to France, Italy and Spain – so you don’t have to miss a thing.
4) Plan your own itinerary
There are endless places to visit and lots to experience while travelling on a cruise, so it’s important to make a rough itinerary of your own. Even if you don’t plan on following it to a T, it will help you plan your days and make the most of your holiday. If you’re visiting Rome for instance, decide on what landmarks you want to see so you’re not in a rush to get it all done in time. You can also plan your cruising days, by deciding in advance when you’ll see shows and when you’ll visit the spa.
5) Choose a romantic destination
There’s no better time to visit one of the most romantic cities in the world than on your honeymoon. There are several cruise lines that travel to romantic honeymoon destinations, including P&O Cruises, which journeys to Italy’s cities of love, Florence and Venice, and Norwegian Cruise Line, which travels to both the Caribbean and Bermuda.
6) Add a honeymoon or romance package
You’re on your honeymoon so you might as well splurge for a well-deserved VIP treatment. Many cruise lines will have their own honeymoon or romance packages available, meaning you’ll be greeted with flowers, chocolate and champagne in your room. Go the extra mile and treat yourself – and the one you love – to these little luxuries!
7) Book a couples’ treatment
Before you even board the ship, you can book a romantic couples spa treatment on almost all honeymoon cruise liners. Get pampered and fully relax with hot rock massages, facials, and numerous different beauty treatments. Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 has her own personal spa with several different massage packages available, ideal for any love birds.
8) Use room service
There’s no need to travel down to the main restaurant for every meal – just call for room service and breakfast can be delivered straight to your door! Cruises are the perfect place to have a little break from the outside world and enjoy spending one-on-one time with your loved one. Take full advantage of the room service option on your cruise and order in for when you want a more private dining experience.
9) Treat yourself
This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, so don’t skimp on the extras. No one is going to judge you on treating yourself this holiday – in fact, that’s what honeymoons are for! Make sure you save a little extra spending money so you can not only indulge on the ship, but also have fun when you get to shore too. Spend your days in port heading to some of the shopping centres or trying out some of the fine dining options.
10) Get away from the kids
Depending on what cruise liner you go for there might be families onboard your ship, so if you’re looking to avoid any little ones head to the adult-only deck. This will give you and your spouse a little more privacy and a quiet alternative when it comes to gazing at that gorgeous sea view.
11) Splurge on a romantic dinner
To complete your romantic holiday, book you and your spouse a private dinner for two. Princess Cruises offers a particularly special VIP dinner treatment, to be booked either before you board or by speaking to the concierge. Meals in the large restaurant are fine for breakfast and lunch, but if you want a little time away from the other cruisers, a private dinner in one of the fine dinning restaurants is your best bet.
12) Purchase the drink package
Don’t be caught out having to buy your drinks when you get on board. If you pre-purchase the drink package, you can sip cocktails to your hearts content, have wine with dinner, and say ‘cheers!’ to your new marriage with some bubbly. If you abstain from alcohol, there’s also non-alcoholic drinks packages available.
13) Be served in style
For a little glam and decadence, Celebrity Cruises offer room service from an English butler and concierge. These butlers will make sure you’re taken care of every step of the way, from unpacking your bags, bringing meals to your room, serving you afternoon tea and taking care of your dry cleaning needs. This is a fantastic way to be pampered – and your honeymoon is one of the best times to take advantage of it.
14) Get married on the ocean
To get a jump start on your honeymoon and start the celebrations early, you may even choose to get married on a cruise. By getting married at sea, you’ll already be on your way to a holiday destination and settled in to your luxurious honeymoon environment, giving you the perfect chance to say “I do” and get straight to celebrating.
15) Relax and enjoy the ride
No matter what cruise you book or where your destination is, the most important tip is to relax and enjoy each day. Don’t get panicked about scheduling and don’t over book yourself. There’s no need to stress the details – just enjoy cruising away with your new spouse!
After these tips and tricks, you’re bound to have a fantastic stress-free holiday on the seas. Your cruising honeymoon will no doubt be the trip of a lifetime – and all made perfect by experiencing it with the one you love.
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