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6 Most Romantic Couples Cruise Itineraries to Book in 2023


Departure: January to March 2023

Live: Sailing the Caribbean’s most secluded ports like Gustavia in St. Barths and Soper’s Hole in the British Virgin Islands on a 300-cabin yacht is romantic on its own, but pair it with Seabourn’s amenities and shore excursions like “Caviar in the Surf,” where liveried stewards set up a surfboard bar stocked with caviar and chilled champagne just steps from the waves of a white-sand beach, and you’ve got the ultimate couples escape. For more indulgence, book a Wintergarden Suite with a glassed-in patio featuring a hot tub and daybed. Suite hosts and attendants ensure minibars are stocked with guests’ favorite beverages and prepare relaxing soaks in lavishly appointed marble tubs stocked with Molton Brown toiletries.

Celebrity benefit

Steve Dunlop

Celebrity Cruises

Itinerary: 12 nights in New Zealand

Departure: December 9, 2023

Live: Sailing from and returning to Sydney Harbor is an iconic and romantic cruise experience for couples in itself, but so are the best stops in Aotearoa, New Zealand, from the Art Deco haven of Napier to Milford Sound, where rainforests and waterfalls crash down the sides of the fjord, and wildlife enthusiasts can spot fur seals, penguins and dolphins from their endless onboard balconies Celebrity benefit. Couples looking to splurge can book a suite for access to The Retreat, a separate lounge and terrace, as well as the private Luminae restaurant, featuring chef Daniel Boulud’s signature dishes. The ship’s public areas are also filled with commissioned artwork by artists from around the world.


Itinerary: Transatlantic crossing

Departure: January 2023; April to December 2023

Live: There’s no stopping on Cunard’s iconic transatlantic crossing, giving couples a week to enjoy the delights of the Queen Mary 2, the world’s last ocean liner and the grand dame of maritime glamour. Suite guests will dine in the one-seat Grill restaurants, with their own lounge and terrace, though afternoon tea in the Queens Room is a staple on every sailing (don’t call it a cruise). On gala nights, the two-story, chandelier-topped dance floor features a live band, ballgowns and other adornments (guests can perfect their ballroom moves during a series of daytime dance lessons included). Passengers can enrich their days by perusing titles from the ship’s library and join the onboard book club for literary debates led by the ship’s librarian, explore the skies at the ship’s planetarium or attend lectures by experts guests.

Paul Gauguin cruise in Bora Bora

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Itinerary: 14 nights Marquesas, Tuamotu and Society Islands