Honeymoons are special occasions and what better way to make beautiful memories than with an exotic cruise? Here are the best options for a blissful experience onboard and onshore:
- Explorer of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
Start off your honeymoon with this nine-night cruise which starts from Sydney, Australia and takes you to Lifou – Loyalty Island, Port Vila – Vanuatu, Mystery Island – Vanuatu and Noumea – New Caledonia. So what’s in store? Onboard, relax with couples’ massage at the Vitality Spa and continue the serenity at the Solarium Pool with whirlpools and sunbeds.
Pick up that backpack and explore the city on shore with some deep sea and scuba diving at Lifou or dive for a photograph inside the world’s only underwater postal office at the Marine Sanctuary in Vanuatu! We bet you will be tired after all that fun, so a night under the stars would be just perfect, wouldn’t it? Enjoy at their latest Viking Crown Lounge perched on the top deck with dinner and live entertainment!
This cruise holiday will cost you US$839 or INR56,000 per person.
- Azamara Journey, Azamara Club Cruises
This cruise liner is known to go the extra mile for honeymooners and hence Azamara Journey is our next pick. This luxury 11-night ‘Wine and Romance Voyage’ will take you and your spouse across London, France, Spain and Portugal. Before you get on with the wine tours, check out their state-of-the-art Sanctum Spa for duo treatments and relax on their private spa deck, the Sanctum Terrace.
Hop off the ship and experience an eight-hour wine and wonder tour at Saint Emilion in Bordeaux and explore the beautiful city of Lisbon with stops at the Eduardo VII Park and the Carriages Museum. The night is young, and so is the romance! Book the ‘Nights in Private Places’ package onboard. Imagine this – enjoying a lavish buffet dinner with a personal butler to serve you, making a wine toast on the Sanctum Terrace private deck only to end the night in an outdoor bed with a roof panel! The package can be booked in advance for US$395 per couple.
The cruise is priced at US$3,699 or INR2,50,000 per person.
- Grand Princess, Princess Cruises
Nothing spells romance better than open beaches and a luau! This cruise departs from San Francisco and stops at four ports along the way to Hawaii and one in Mexico. Once you are onboard, you can book the honeymoon package for US$299. Pamper your spouse with champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries, a couple’s pass to the hot Thermal Suite and balcony breakfast for two in your stateroom! Walk to the Lotus Spa and indulge in aroma stone therapy, massages, ocean wraps and watch all the wedding stress float away.
Get the blood pumping with a walking tour onshore and explore Maui’s royalty or take a helicopter ride overlooking waterfalls and lava sea cliffs. If you are lucky, you could also spot a dolphin or two at Diamond Head. Rake in the night romance with a customised four-course dinner served right in your balcony with a dedicated staff and gaze into the future!
Prices start at US$1,199 or INR80,000 per person.
- Wind Star, Windstar Cruises
The land of the Amalfi coast, pizzas and romance at every corner, this cruise is a definite winner. This cruise will take you to Rome, Sorrento, Lipari, Giardini Naxos, Gythion, Monemvasia and Athens. The honeymoon begins onboard with invigorating massages at the WindSpa. Europe has the most scenic sights in the world and they must be explored to the fullest!
Take a 4.5-hour trip to explore the ruins of Pompeii or better still, impress your partner by making Sicilian pizza at a local bistro. The remains of the Ancient City and Acropolis in Athens are a good option too. Get back on board and tuck into a fantastic meal at the Candles restaurant for some moonlit happiness with steaks and skewers!
Prices start at US$2,199 or INR147,000 per person.
- Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Cruises
Take a trip of your lifetime onboard the Celebrity Solstice which starts from Sydney and stops at five ports in New Zealand. Honeymooners are in for a good time with spa treatments at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub or a stay in the AquaClass Stateroom with personal spa concierge service, exclusive access to their lavish restaurant Blu along with the Persian Garden and Relaxation Room.
Take it onshore with a ride on the great TranzAlpine Express Railway in Akaroa. The foodie in you can indulge in the Queen Victoria Market and a private dinner with a celebrity chef! Don’t forget to take in the amazing views on the Skyline Gondola. End your amazing day with a special night. Celebrity Cruises arranges a private celebration for newlyweds with the other honeymooners onboard for some socialising. It doesn’t get better than this!
This cruise trip is priced at US$2,099 or INR1,40,000 per person.
All the spa treatments, onshore excursions, special packages aren’t included in the cruise fare. Be sure to book them in advance.