Top Romantic Destinations to Visit on a Cruise

The south of France, a private island in The Bahamas, Italy: These romantic destinations make hearts skip a beat.
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The largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean, miles of white sand beaches and a mix of thrill and chill: Discover romance at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean's private island.

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Your idea of a romantic getaway may include a wine tasting in lush Tuscany, Italy. Maybe it’s a night of salsa dancing in Cozumel, Mexico, a stone’s throw from sandy beaches. Whatever may come to mind, the time away is made memorable by who you share it with and the adventures you enjoy together around the world.

On a Royal Caribbean cruise, you can sail to your pick of many romantic destinations—from Alaska to the Mediterranean, to the Caribbean and Australia. The bonus: You’ll also be swept off your feet by the entertainment and experiences on board, as you cruise from one place to the next. Imagine dining at a different restaurant every night, enjoying full-scale show productions, and taking in beautiful views from 300 feet above the ocean in the North Star or from your own balcony.

It’s the season of romance, and we’ve highlighted several of the most romantic destinations you can visit on a cruise. Whether it’s a private island destination in The Bahamas—exclusively open to Royal Caribbean guests—or the south of France, there are places for every traveler and their special someone to explore.

Check out the five places that are among the most romantic spots in the world:

Enjoy quality time in a private floating cabana, on a helium balloon ride or on one of 13 waterslides at Royal Caribbean’s private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

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Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas 

You can find ways to spend time with your loved one, whether you’re looking for thrills or relaxation—or both—at Perfect Day at CocoCay. At Coco Beach Club, kick back at the first floating cabanas in The Bahamas—complete with a cabana attendant—a private beach, an oceanfront infinity pool, an exclusive restaurant and more.

To get your heart pumping, soar through the sky on the 1,600-foot-long zip line or head to Thrill Waterpark to ride The Twister, built for two and one of 13 waterslides to choose from. At the perfect moment—sunset, perhaps—take Up, Up & Away, a helium balloon that floats up to 450 feet above the island, for picture-perfect views.

Get there: Head to Perfect Day at CocoCay on three- to nine-night cruises that sail to several Caribbean island gems, too, from places like Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida; and even the Big Apple.

Pro tip: If you sail on a ship like Odyssey of the Seas, romantic nights for two can be spent at other idyllic destinations like George Town, Grand Cayman, and Oranjestad, Aruba.

Ready for this tropical paradise? Find a cruise to Perfect Day at CocoCay here.

 

Ponte Vecchio is an iconic landmark in Florence, Italy. It’s both a bridge and marketplace built more than six centuries ago.

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Florence, Italy

A jewel of Tuscany, Italy, and surrounded by vineyards and rolling hills, Florence is full of food and wine, history and Renaissance art. There’s a reason the famed Uffizi, home to 100-plus rooms with works of art from this period, is one of the most visited galleries in the country. For all its global fame, Florence is often likened to a small town inside a city because of its more laidback pace of life. Enjoy a tasting at a nearby winery or take a hike to the hilltop of Piazzale Michelangelo for a stunning view of this charming city. Or explore by boat down the Arno River and visit Ponte Vecchio, a bridge that doubles as a market, predominantly for jewelry—a great place to shop for that special someone.

Get there: Have your pick of a variety of cruises to Europe, from a five-night getaway to France and Italy, leaving from Barcelona, Spain, or a seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise from Rome.

Pro tip: On Wonder of the Seas, sailing the Western Mediterranean, discover romance on the way to other dreamy destinations like Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and Naples, Italy.

Set course for Florence and more on a Europe cruise.

 

Mexico’s thousands of cenotes in the Yucatan, like Ik Kil, are fed by underground springs and popular for swimming.

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Riviera Maya, Mexico

Riviera Maya gleams along the eastern edge of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, encompassing vibrant destinations like Cancun and Cozumel. From dining by the ocean with wine from the Baja region to cave diving in the thousands of cenotes (underground swimming holes), there are plenty of ways to find bliss together. Adventurers can seek out the more than 200 Maya ruins on this peninsula alone or snorkel off the coast of Cozumel, where the Mesoamerican Reef stretches nearly 700 miles—the second largest reef in the world. Indulge in time out on the town, too; bars and restaurants come alive with salsa dancing and live music that spans from marimba to jazz and modern pop.

Get there: Venture out to Riviera Maya on a four- to 10-night Western Caribbean cruise from places like Galveston, Texas, and  Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida.

Pro tip: Look out for Allure of the Seas, the first Oasis Class ship to sail from Texas. You’ll visit destinations like Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico.

Discover romance on a getaway to Riviera Maya and the greater western Caribbean.

 

Originally founded around 350 B.C., Nice, France, has a rich history ready to be explored.

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South of France

The south of France, or le Midi, is one of the world’s dreamiest places known for its warm, temperate climate, sandy beaches surrounded by limestone cliffs, thriving vineyards and the rolling lavender-covered fields of Provence. In its most popular destinations, like Nice and Marseille, you can enjoy famed French wine and cheese, cultural and historical landmarks, like Nice’s Castle Hill, and charming fishing villages such as Cassis. Explore Marseille’s winding streets to see its most famous site, Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, a Byzantine-inspired chapel built on a 489-foot-high limestone outcropping, or walk hand in hand down Nice’s Promenade des Anglais (Promenade of the English), a 4-mile seaside promenade lined with palm trees.

Get there: Sail to the south of France on a five- to 12-night getaway from destinations like Barcelona and Rome.

Head to the south of France and the greater Mediterranean to enjoy a taste of the sweet life.

 

Secluded and starkly beautiful, with an estimated 100,000 glaciers and more than 100 volcanoes, Alaska remains one of the wildest places in the world.

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Alaska

Believe it—Alaska’s cooler temps are perfect for romance. Whether it’s hiking through about 10.9 million acres of misty forests or—even better—zip lining 1,330 feet on one of the world’s longest zip lines—adventures in the Last Frontier are endless. Serene fishing towns line the shores, where Tlingit traditions, like intricate woodworking, can be found. These towns are surrounded by wilderness that’s home to bears, moose and caribou. If the season is right, you may even spot humpback whales and orcas breaching nearby as you sail to natural wonders like the Dawes and Hubbard glaciers. You can even extend your vacation with our signature Cruisetours, which offer more experiences on land the days before or after your sailing.

Get there: Jump on a sailing to Alaska from cities like Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada; Seward, Alaska; and Seattle, on seven- and eight-night cruises.

Pro tip: Quantum and Ovation of the Seas both sail to Alaska and visit destinations such as Juneau, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point, Alaska.

Fall in love with nature on a Alaska cruise.

 

This list is just the start. From Australia to Alaska, to the French and Spanish rivieras, there are plenty of romantic getaways in store with Royal Caribbean. Discover more cruise destinations to choose from here.