A cruise is a great way to celebrate getting married. After all the planning and saving for your wedding and maybe even the stress, you may want to relax by a pool and be pampered, try different cuisines while getting a taste of some of the world’s most popular, romantic honeymoon destinations. You may be wondering, is a cruise is good for honeymoon? What is the best honeymoon cruise? Where is the best destination for a cruise honeymoon? We’ve got the lowdown on the best cruise lines and best cruises for honeymoon!
There are few open seas or oceans that you can’t cruise. You may opt for a heavenly Caribbean cruise with amazing beaches and a little taste of island life. Think Barbados, Mexico & Jamaica. Europe’s ancient towns and cities in Spain, France, Greece & Italy await on a Mediterranean cruise. Maybe the Pacific Ocean paradises of Hawaii or Bora Bora are at the top of your bucket list? They’re just waiting to be explored on a Pacific cruise. Explore Alaska, a wonderful trip around New Zealand and Australia, the green of the Norwegian Fjords, the majestic coast of Asia, an Arabian adventure from Dubai or a Transatlantic journey from Europe to the Americas or vice versa. The options for honeymoon cruises are endless! Let’s take you on a virtual voyage with our favourite cruise lines and the best cruises for honeymoon!
Royal Caribbean International has some of the world’s most fun and innovative ships in the world. The first thing to mention is that they don’t just cruise the Caribbean – they have many beautiful itineraries for a honeymoon cruise. They go to the top-rated destinations in the world and honestly, it’s hard to tear yourself away from the ship because of the sheer number of fun things to do onboard. From surfing to rock climbing to bumper cars, there is so much to do on a Royal Caribbean cruise. There’s a vast array of places to wine and dine! They have a new cruise ship launching practically every year (Icon of the Seas is coming in 2023 and Utopia of the Seas in 2024).
We’d recommend the Oasis Class and Quantum Class ships, as these are the biggest and best with the most amenities and dining options on board. While their older ships don’t have as many bells and whistles, they do have some interesting itineraries that are worth considering. Royal Caribbean are very family-friendly but they have so many adult-only areas like the beautiful Solarium areas meaning that they’re perfect for a honeymoon, too!
The entry-level room type are Interior Staterooms. If budget allows, we’d recommend at least an Ocean View Stateroom, which has a porthole window. However, for a honeymoon, a balcony is very desirable as it will give you more space and a beautiful view. On some newer ships, you have balcony rooms looking in on the interior of the ship. These are called Neighbourhood Balcony Staterooms and Central Park Balcony Staterooms, which can be good value compared to Ocean View Balcony Staterooms. On some newer ships, you’ll also find innovative Virtual Balcony Staterooms. We love the Royal Suites with upgraded VIP extras across 3 tiers – choose between Sea, Sky & Star class for the ultimate in Royal Caribbean luxury.
Dining & Drinking
Royal Caribbean is renowned for extensive and innovative dining options. Included as standard are all meals and snacks. For breakfast and lunch, you have high-quality buffet restaurants. For dinner, you will dine at the main restaurant. However, there are also many speciality restaurants and bars to try which incur an extra charge. You can purchase speciality dining packages which we’d strongly recommend. From sushi to steakhouses to seafood – foodies will be in heaven. Drinks are not included in your base cruise price, but you can add on drinks packages (including non-alcoholic packages and premium alcoholic drink packages) to your online Cruise Planner on the Royal Caribbean website before you embark. If purchase an alcohol drinks package, you must purchase for all passengers in your cabin (i.e no buying one drinks package and sharing)
Gratuities / Tips can be included at the time of booking. Wi-Fi, excursions and spa treatments cost extra but can be included in a package with drinks and other extras prepaid after you book online with Royal Caribbean’s handy Cruise Planner.
What can you do onboard
While facilities and amenities vary from ship to ship, let’s use Odyssey of the Seas as an example – skydive simulator, laser tag, surf simulator, rock climbing wall, bumper cars, bungee trampoline, two pools with hammocks and sun loungers, Las Vegas-style shows, silent discos and of course, the casino!
Royal Caribbean honeymoon cruise we love
A brand new cruise line that we can only describe as adult-only playgrounds, Virgin Voyages are turning cruising upside down with 21st-century cruise ships. For entertainment, think of a festival at sea! 20+ places to eat with no buffets. A 24/7 diner, Michelin-starred chefs curating the menus, mixologists and drinks to suit all budgets. If you love to move, you’ll be in heaven. They even have a tattoo parlour onboard. We’re kinda obsessed!
The cabins on Virgin Voyages ships, Scarlett Lady & Valiant Lady are bright and contemporary. You have Insider cabins or Sea View cabins for couples on a budget. Upgrade to a Sea Terrace and you’ll find a cute hammock on your private balcony. Go all out with a RockStar Quarters or Mega RockStar Quarters with big balconies, hammocks, marble bathrooms and exclusive access to Richard’s Rooftop.
Dining & Drinking
Steakhouse, Korean BBQ, Mexican, Hawaiian, Italian? All 20+ eateries are included in your cruise fare. Essential drinks (i.e. water, soft drinks, tea and coffee) are included. For alcoholic drinks, you can pay as you go or purchase a Bar Tab before boarding which can be spent how you like. Drink prices start relatively reasonably with beers from $6 and cocktails from $9.
Gratuities / Tips, Wi-Fi and fitness classes are included. Besides alcoholic drinks, expect to pay extra for any shore excursions and spa treatments.
What can you do onboard
Both Scarlett Lady & Valiant Lady are almost identical, so you’ll find the same features on both ships. The Aquatic Club pool deck is modelled on a mega-yacht. The Redemption Spa has a thermal suite with a mud room and salt room. By night is where Virgin Voyages comes alive with the most cutting-edge entertainment – late-night cabaret by a sexologist, elaborate circus shows, modern dance and absurdist nightclub shows. We love The Manor with its ‘moody and sexy 70s punk vibe’. The entrance alone will have you living your Studio 54 dreams.
Virgin Voyages honeymoon cruise we love
We love this Singapore, Bali & Australia cruise. Take a couple of days to explore Singapore before hopping to Bali (with over 24 hours there) on to an epic journey around Australia, including Darwin, Cairns and Airlie Beach for the Great Barrier Reef finishing up in iconic Sydney.
Luxurious and adult-orientated contemporary ships with top-class dining, we love love love love Celebrity Cruises for a honeymoon. The restaurants and bars are chic and sophisticated, with menus crafted by a Michelin-starred chef. On their latest ships, the interiors were overseen by top interior designers like Kelly Hoppen & Nate Berkus. Celebrity Cruises are also ideal for LGBTQ+ honeymoons with their annual Pride Party At Sea. We’re obsessed with the innovative Edge class of ships (Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Apex and Celebrity Beyond) with features like the Magic Carpet, a floating platform that can move up and down at the side of the ship, creating a different ambience depending on the deck it’s on!
Celebrity Cruises have all the typical accommodation options including Inside Stateroom, Ocean View Staterooms and Veranda Staterooms. You can also find the upgraded Concierge Class and one of our favourites, Aqua Class for more space and personalised service. The cabins will vary from ship to ship but the Edge Class cabins are slightly bigger. If you want to go all-out (it is your honeymoon after all!) opt for a suite with your own dedicated butler.
Dining & Drinking
Celebrity Cruises has some fantastic dining options, including culinary workshops for food and wine connoisseurs. For general eating and drinking, you have the buffet-style Oceanview Cafe plus the main dining room (on the Edge Series of ships you’ll have the choice of 4 complimentary restaurants). You’ll spend a little more on speciality dining restaurants like Tuscan Grille and Murano (which are worth it!). Celebrity Cruises have an ‘all included’ upgrade which you can opt for at the time of booking which includes their Classic drinks package, Wi-Fi, and tips. There are other drinks packages you can add on or upgrade to, like wine packages and premium drinks packages.
While you can book a ‘cruise only’ fare, we’d recommend going with the ‘All Included’ upgrade mentioned above to include drinks + Wi-Fi + tips so you don’t have to worry too much about the bill at the end of your voyage. Shore excursions and spa treatments are not included, but you can book on their handy online Cruise Planner before travel.
What can you do onboard
While facilities and amenities vary from ship to ship, let us use Celebrity Beyond as an example. This ship is all about sophisticated spaces for discerning couples. There are so many areas to explore, including the floating platform, The Magic Carpet, the adults-only Solarium, the casino and beautiful bars like the Sunset Bar and The Club.
Honeymoon cruise we love
We love this beautiful Caribbean Cruise on Celebrity Beyond taking in Caribbean highlights like Grand Cayman, Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire with a few days at sea to enjoy this magnificent ship.
Norwegian Cruise Lines
NCL is another favourite of ours, with a vast array of amenities and gorgeous itineraries. NCL are a pioneer of ‘freestyle’ dining, dispensing with the traditional dining of old with set sit-down times. You can go all-inclusive with ‘free-at-sea’ including premium drinks, speciality restaurants and dining including. NCL are family-friendly but they have plenty of adult-only spaces. With epic itineraries (including one that cruises Hawaii all year, Pride of America) you won’t be short of fabulous fun honeymoon cruises. If budget allows, consider The Haven with its fabulous adult-only deck. The Breakaway, Breakaway Plus, and Prima class of ships are newer, so go with one of these ships if possible.
Like other cruise lines, you can find a range of cabins on NCL. From Inside (no window), to Oceanview (porthole window) and Balcony staterooms. They also have Spa Suite Cabins and our favourite The Haven, situated at the top of the ship with butler service and a private sundeck.
Dining & Drinking
NCL includes as standard all meals and snacks. For breakfast and lunch, you have great buffet restaurants. For dinner, you will dine at the main dining room. We really recommend exploring the speciality restaurants, for which you pay a supplement. Japanese, BBQ, Italian, seafood, steakhouse – you’ll find all of these onboard.
Gratuities can be included at the time of booking. We’d recommend opting for ‘Free At Sea’ upgrade which includes premium drinks, Wi-Fi and speciality dining plus a discount on excursions. Spa treatments are extra.
What can you do onboard
While facilities and ameneties vary from ship to ship, let’s use Norwegian Prima as an example – with the most outdoor space of any ship in the world, you won’t be short on finding outdoor space. The deck is beautiful and we love the infinity hot tubs. There isa 10 deck water slide and tidal wave water slide for water lovers. You’ll also find bumper cars and mini golf. By night, explore the virtual reality theatre, Broadway-style shows and a Las Vegas-style nightclub!
NCL honeymoon cruise we love
We love this cruise from Reykjavík to London on Norwegian Prima – spend a few days exploring Iceland before hopping onboard stopping in Norway for the magnificent fjords before stopping in Amsterdam and Brussels and finishing up in Southampton (a short drive from London).
Azamara is a boutique cruise line with small ships of around 700 passengers. This is a more traditional cruising experience. They take you to smaller ports that the big ships can’t go to. With their Destination Immersion concept, you stay a little longer and experience more on shore, and you also get to experience some destinations at night with AzAmazing Evenings. Renowned for their fine dining, think steaks cooked to perfection, and homemade pasta. Or if you’re vegan? Azamara has dedicated menus for you. The Wine Cellar is one of the best at sea, with limited-production, small-label and rare vintage wines. Azamara is perfect for couples looking for something more intimate, don’t care about bells and whistles like water slides and who want to dive deeper into some incredible destinations!
Interior, Oceanview and Veranda Staterooms are of a high standard as you would expect for a luxury cruise with French bath products, fresh flowers and 24-hour room service. The suites are ideal for those wanting a bit more space.
Dining & Drinking
Azamara takes pride in immersing you in the destinations you visit, which extends to the food too. Wherever you are in the world, expect that place to be on your plate too! The main restaurant is included for dinner and cafes and snack bars for other meals. Selected spirits, international beers and wines are included along with non-alcoholic beverages. You pay a small supplement for speciality dining and extra for upgraded drinks.
Other than an AzAmazing evening which is complimentary, other shore excursions are extra. Spa treatments are not included.
What can you do onboard
As Azamara is all about the destinations, entertainment and activities are more low-key than on some of the bigger mega-liner ships. However, you will find all the typical features of a cruise ship including shows, casino, spa and pool deck.
Azamara honeymoon cruise we love
We love this ‘Gems of the Med Voyage’ which starts with an overnight stay in Venice before taking you through some of Europe’s honeymoon destination highlights like Dubrovnik and Santorini before finishing in fascinating Istanbul.
Other cruise lines to consider
On a smaller budget? Then consider the USA‘s Carnival or Europe‘s MSC Cruises (opt for their newer ships). If you like the sound of Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises are fantastic (albeit a little more traditional than Celebrity).
Want to do something different to the big ocean liners? Consider the small-ship yachts of Windstar Cruises or Paul Gauguin Cruises who have magnificent Pacific Island itineraries sailing to dream honeymoon destinations like Bora Bora in French Polynesia. Or, if you’re a lover of fairy tales, consider a Disney Cruise! So many cruises, so little time!
Honeymoon Cruise Tips:
Book a night or two before your cruise. Not only will you get to enjoy a beautiful port city, but if there is a delay, you won’t be worried and stressed about making it on your cruise.
If you can afford it, book a balcony (or even better, a suite). Ideal for some quiet romantic moments away from the eyes of fellow passengers.
Pre-book your shore excursions. You won’t be disappointed that your bucket-list destination is booked out. If you’re going immediately after your wedding, no doubt you’ll be exhausted, so having things booked before travel means you’ll drag yourself away from the ship to see some magical honeymoon destinations!
Pre-book dining to ensure you get a romantic seat for two (unless you’re sociable, of course, and don’t mind sitting with others).
Book with a travel agent. Cruise companies work with reputable travel agents and you shouldn’t be paying any extra to go with an agent. Not only will a great travel agent know about the best honeymoon cruise package offers and routes, but you have someone to manage all the ins and outs of your honeymoon, too!
Always prepay gratuities / tips if they’re not already included, so you don’t have to faff around looking for cash all the time.
To avoid sea sicknesses, be up on deck in the fresh air when the ship pulls out of port (particularly good advice if you’ve had an alcoholic welcome drink!)
We hope this best honeymoon cruise list is useful. Are you planning a cruise honeymoon? Let us know if you’ve any questions in the comments!