Best cruises for couples

You’ve found this article. So I can only assume that you’re half of a couple and you’re looking for a cruise. Knowing where to start when searching for a cruise can be tricky. After all, there are over 300 cruise ships to choose from and even more destinations. And you’ll want to find one that you’ll both love. So how on earth do you choose which cruise will give you the perfect holiday you’ve both been dreaming of?


What type of couple are you?

It might help to think about what type of couple you are. Otherwise, you might as well be searching for ‘cruises for people’.

Are you sociable people?

Do you love making friends and chatting with other couples over dinner? If this is something you’re looking forward to on your cruise, you might want to consider a smaller ship. That way you’ll see the same people again and again and have reasons to chat.

Couple in Carnival Serenity

Do you prefer to spend time just the two of you?

If the thought of sharing your valuable time together with strangers makes you want to lock yourselves in your stateroom and order room service, you might want to consider a larger ship, where you can remain anonymous. A ship with a flexible dining option is also a must, or at least one where you can request a table for two and enjoy dinner undisturbed.

Do you get bored easily?

If you’re at all worried about getting bored by spending so much time together, select a ship with lots to do on-board, or lots of great ports of call to visit. If you’re used to being always on the go, a long transatlantic crossing with only a couple of stops probably won’t float your boat.

MSC Yacht Club - MSC Cruises

Do you need to recharge your batteries?

Conversely, on many cruise ships, there’s so much to do on-board that it can be hard to fit it all in. Trying to do too much on an action-packed cruise holiday can be exhausting, so if you’re both in need of a relaxing break, pick a cruise with nice weather so that you can relax together without being overwhelmed by a huge ship or too much sightseeing.


The best child-free cruises

For many couples, the best cruise is one without children on-board. There are several ships which don’t allow children, so you might want to take a look at these to ensure you get the peace and quiet you’re longing for.

However, if you don’t want to share your holiday with thousands of small and loud people, you’re not necessarily restricted to adults-only ships. There are several cruise lines which allow children on-board, but families rarely choose to go on them, especially outside of school holidays. Families have such an excellent choice of ships packed full of water slides, splash pools, kids’ clubs and activities, that they tend not to choose the ships which have little for children to enjoy.

Cruise lines where you’ll find hardly any children (especially outside of school holidays) include:


Best cruise destinations for couples

Couple looking at the view together

The best holiday destination for any couple is one which you’ll both enjoy. Think about the kinds of things you’d both like to do on holiday, and try to incorporate these into your cruise. The wonder of cruising is that you’ll visit so many places during your holiday – so even if you each have different interests, it’s usually possible to accommodate these.

Romantic destinations

If you’re looking for a truly romantic escape, you’ll do well with any of these romantic cruise destinations:

  • Hawaii – This tropical island paradise is the perfect place to relax on the beautiful beaches and admire the lush greenery. Kaui and Maui are possibly the most romantic of islands.
  • Mediterranean – Famously romantic destinations you might visit on a Mediterranean cruise include Venice (a gondola ride is a must), Dubrovnik and the Italian island of Capri
  • Transatlantic – Indulge yourselves in a week of uninterrupted sea days, late night cocktails and breakfast in bed. Heaven.
  • French Polynesia – With islands such as Bora Bora in its archipelago, French Polynesia has some of the world’s best beaches, as well as plenty for active types to enjoy such as snorkelling and hiking.
  • Caribbean – Year-round sunshine and dozens of tropical islands to explore makes the Caribbean a firm favourite with Honeymooners.

St. Lucia, Caribbean - Romantic destination for couples

The best cruise ship facilities for couples

There are some things you’ll find on cruise ships which can make holidaying as a couple just a little bit more special. Here are a few of our favourites:

Movies Under the Stars

What could be more romantic than snuggling under tartan wool blankets, sharing a tub of popcorn and staring up at the night sky before watching a film together? You’ll find outdoor movie screens on many ships, and Princess Cruises outdoor cinema is one of the best.

Couple in formal dress on-board P&O Cruises

Formal nights

Formal nights are a great excuse to dress up to the nines in evening gowns or dinner jackets. Put on your finest outfit, maybe even get your hair done on-board, and your partner won’t be able to look away. Enjoy a sumptuous five-course meal together before watching a show or relaxing with a drink in one of the lounges. You’ll find formal nights on most cruise ships.

Private balcony dining

There’s no more romantic way to enjoy dinner together than in the privacy of your own balcony, looking out to sea. With Princess Cruises ‘Ultimate Balcony Dining’ experience, you can relax as your waiter brings a course-by-course fine dining meal which includes lobster and Champagne.

Afternoon tea - MSC Cruises

Afternoon tea

A great idea for a date whilst on-board is to take afternoon tea together. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have a particularly indulgent offering, with a white-gloved service of tea, scones with jam and clotted cream and finger sandwiches.

Spa days

Imagine spending the day lounging on a double day bed, indulging in a couple’s massage and relaxing in the hot tub together. Many ships have private areas where couples can relax and enjoy comfortable loungers and waiter service. The Sanctuary on-board Princess Cruises’ ships offers just that.

Lawn Club on-board Celebrity

Relax outdoors

Celebrity Cruises ships have a selection of double sun loungers, and even double hammocks! When you get peckish, you can head to the top deck where you’ll find a lawn with real grass where you enjoy a picnic together before challenging each other to a game of croquet. Splendid.

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We hope that this article gives you some ideas about how to go about choosing the best cruise for you and your significant other. If you’d like to discuss any of these points in more detail, or would like any help in booking your cruise, we have a team of expert Cruise Concierge who would be delighted to help. Just give us a call on 0808 1234 118!

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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