The Most Romantic Spots at Sea

by Kayla Becker

The Most Romantic Spots at Sea

by Kayla Becker

Whether you pick a small intimate ship or a big bustling one, you can turn any vessel into your next romantic getaway if you put your mind to it. Still, some ships have more swoon-worthy hideaways for couples than others, offering peace and quiet far from the kiddos splashing in the main pool and the gathering crowds in the main dining room. Here, our picks for the most romantic spots at sea.

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SeaDream's Balinese Dream Beds
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1. Balinese Dream Beds

We love the cushy queen-sized beds on deck of SeaDream's intimate yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II, where you can cozy up with your beloved with the perfect view of the sea. 

Tip: Book one of these beds at night, when the crew sets them up with blankets and pillows so you can sleep under the stars. Bonus: a complimentary bottle of Champagne and pajamas embroidered with your initials will be waiting for you. Reservations go quickly, so make yours as soon as you book your cruise and reconfirm once you are on board. Ask for the bed at the front of the yacht — it’s the most private.

We love the cushy queen-sized beds on deck of SeaDream's intimate yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II, where you can cozy up with your beloved with the perfect view of the sea. 

Tip: Book one of these beds at night, when the crew sets them up with blankets and pillows so you can sleep under the stars. Bonus: a complimentary bottle of Champagne and pajamas embroidered with your initials will be waiting for you. Reservations go quickly, so make yours as soon as you book your cruise and reconfirm once you are on board. Ask for the bed at the front of the yacht — it’s the most private.

Disney Fantasy's Remy
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Remy

Book a babysitter: This Ratatouille-inspired restaurant on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy is strictly adults-only. You’ll dine on gourmet French fare from a menu crafted by Michelin star chef Arnaud Lallement while the low lights and art nouveau style create an intimate atmosphere that’s fit for a fairy tale.

Tip: Does your sweetie have a sweet tooth? Book a table for Pompidou’s Patisseries Dessert Experience at Remy. The ship's executive pastry chef leads the afternoon event, held on a sea day once per cruise on Disney Fantasy. You'll sample six artfully crafted (and indulgent) desserts such as French praline topped with milk chocolate mousse or orange crème pâtissière inside an orange-flavored tuile wafer, and you can add a Champagne pairing.

Book a babysitter: This Ratatouille-inspired restaurant on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy is strictly adults-only. You’ll dine on gourmet French fare from a menu crafted by Michelin star chef Arnaud Lallement while the low lights and art nouveau style create an intimate atmosphere that’s fit for a fairy tale.

Tip: Does your sweetie have a sweet tooth? Book a table for Pompidou’s Patisseries Dessert Experience at Remy. The ship's executive pastry chef leads the afternoon event, held on a sea day once per cruise on Disney Fantasy. You'll sample six artfully crafted (and indulgent) desserts such as French praline topped with milk chocolate mousse or orange crème pâtissière inside an orange-flavored tuile wafer, and you can add a Champagne pairing.

Viking Sea's LivNordic Spa
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3. LivNordic Spa

Heat up (and cool off) together at this blissful Scandinavian spa on Viking Sea and Viking Star. The thermal suite is fully coed, so couples can relax with their better half, from the steam room to the invigorating snow grotto where, at night, snowflakes fall from the ceiling. Other highlights include an indoor saltwater pool and a freshwater hot tub. Best of all? It’s complimentary. 

Tip: To really get your blood pumping, embrace a Nordic bathing ritual together and go to the sauna before taking a dip in the icy plunge pool — the treatment is said to help circulation and engage your senses. For extra privacy, duos can book the spa's couples suite with its own whirlpool. 

Heat up (and cool off) together at this blissful Scandinavian spa on Viking Sea and Viking Star. The thermal suite is fully coed, so couples can relax with their better half, from the steam room to the invigorating snow grotto where, at night, snowflakes fall from the ceiling. Other highlights include an indoor saltwater pool and a freshwater hot tub. Best of all? It’s complimentary. 

Tip: To really get your blood pumping, embrace a Nordic bathing ritual together and go to the sauna before taking a dip in the icy plunge pool — the treatment is said to help circulation and engage your senses. For extra privacy, duos can book the spa's couples suite with its own whirlpool. 

Princess Cruises' The Sanctuary
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4. The Sanctuary

Princess Cruises created a relaxing spot for sparks to fly at this adults-only outdoor retreat found on the top deck of every ship. Kick back together on double loungers as waiters bring you snacks and cucumber water, or rent a private cabana where you can treat yourselves to a full body couples massage.

Tip: If your love is so ablaze it's burning a hole through your pocket, splurge on a luxury cabana at $1,500 for half the day. You'll be served caviar and Dom Perignon, and massages are unlimited. 

Princess Cruises created a relaxing spot for sparks to fly at this adults-only outdoor retreat found on the top deck of every ship. Kick back together on double loungers as waiters bring you snacks and cucumber water, or rent a private cabana where you can treat yourselves to a full body couples massage.

Tip: If your love is so ablaze it's burning a hole through your pocket, splurge on a luxury cabana at $1,500 for half the day. You'll be served caviar and Dom Perignon, and massages are unlimited. 

Celebrity Solstice's Sunset Bar
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5. The Sunset Bar

For a low-key evening, head to this secluded outdoor bar, part of the top deck's grassy Lawn Club on Celebrity's Solstice-class ships. The bar is located at the aft of the ship, meaning amazing views of the surrounding ocean to soak in while you sip cocktails to the tune of the live guitarist. 

Tip: They don’t call it the Sunset Bar for nothing. Come early to snag a table and watch the fiery blaze dip down into the water.

For a low-key evening, head to this secluded outdoor bar, part of the top deck's grassy Lawn Club on Celebrity's Solstice-class ships. The bar is located at the aft of the ship, meaning amazing views of the surrounding ocean to soak in while you sip cocktails to the tune of the live guitarist. 

Tip: They don’t call it the Sunset Bar for nothing. Come early to snag a table and watch the fiery blaze dip down into the water.

Carnival Vista's Havana Pool
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6. Havana Pool

If you book one of the Havana cabins on the new Carnival Vista, you'll get exclusive access to the secluded Havana Pool deck, which is off limits to other passengers until 5 pm every day. At this quiet oasis away from the crowds, you can take a dip in the pool, relax in the hot tubs, or just hole up together under one of the thatched palapa-style umbrellas.

Tip: Once the sun goes down, head to nearby Havana Bar for classic Cuban cocktails — think Cuba Libres, daquiris, and mojitos. The dance floor also brings the heat as you sway together to the live music.

If you book one of the Havana cabins on the new Carnival Vista, you'll get exclusive access to the secluded Havana Pool deck, which is off limits to other passengers until 5 pm every day. At this quiet oasis away from the crowds, you can take a dip in the pool, relax in the hot tubs, or just hole up together under one of the thatched palapa-style umbrellas.

Tip: Once the sun goes down, head to nearby Havana Bar for classic Cuban cocktails — think Cuba Libres, daquiris, and mojitos. The dance floor also brings the heat as you sway together to the live music.

Queen Mary 2's formal night
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7. Themed Balls

Cunard's fleet of traditional British ocean liners, Queen Mary 2Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Victoria, hosts black-tie nights including a themed ball. After a formal dinner, you can hold each other close on the dance floor while a symphony plays — it's enough to make you feel like the stars of an old-time movie. (We feel like Jack and Rose would definitely approve.)

Tip: Before you set sail, check the theme of your ball to make sure you’ve packed the right outfit. Past themes have included Black and White, Venetian Masquerade, and Roaring Twenties, for example. 

Cunard's fleet of traditional British ocean liners, Queen Mary 2Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Victoria, hosts black-tie nights including a themed ball. After a formal dinner, you can hold each other close on the dance floor while a symphony plays — it's enough to make you feel like the stars of an old-time movie. (We feel like Jack and Rose would definitely approve.)

Tip: Before you set sail, check the theme of your ball to make sure you’ve packed the right outfit. Past themes have included Black and White, Venetian Masquerade, and Roaring Twenties, for example. 

Crystal Cruises' butler service
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8. Your Cozy Balcony (Plus Room Service)

It doesn’t get more private than having a meal right on your balcony, and on Crystal Cruises you can request this 24 hours a day. Wake up with a full breakfast, or order a snack to go along with your nightcap at the end of the day. We won't judge if you're in your bathrobe at either meal.

Tip: The full dining room menu is available for all passengers, but if you're staying in one of the Penthouse Suites on board, you can also order dinner from specialty restaurants, including sushi from Silk Road and Italian fare from Prego.

It doesn’t get more private than having a meal right on your balcony, and on Crystal Cruises you can request this 24 hours a day. Wake up with a full breakfast, or order a snack to go along with your nightcap at the end of the day. We won't judge if you're in your bathrobe at either meal.

Tip: The full dining room menu is available for all passengers, but if you're staying in one of the Penthouse Suites on board, you can also order dinner from specialty restaurants, including sushi from Silk Road and Italian fare from Prego.

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