With the stresses of work, family schedules, finances and kids, most couples need the occasional break – a romantic retreat to rekindle their romance, invigorate their relationship and give them time to simply relax. If you're looking for the perfect romantic getaway that combines worry-free planning, all-inclusive budgeting and romantic sparkle, cruise travel is a great option.
To learn about how to book the best romantic cruise for you and your loved one, keep reading for great tips on everything from what to look for in a cruise ship to how to get the best deals for your spouse.
Opt For a Cruise with an Age Limit
The last thing you want on your romantic getaway is to be surrounded by toddlers on their way to a puppet show at the children's pool. So, book a cruise with an enforced age limit.
Most cruise lines offer cruises that restrict boarding to both individuals 25 and older or married individuals 21 and older. The bulk of these cruises are specifically targeted towards couples and will offer amenities like increased room service, couples 'massages, formal dining and couples' activities.
If you're unable to find a cruise with an age limit that's right for you, most ships offer areas, including pools that are adults-only.
Stay Away From "Singles" Cruises
In contrast to couples' cruises, some cruise lines offer cruise vacations that are specifically for single travelers or the 'spring break' party crowd. Without you want to spend your romantic getaway immersed in loud dance music and terrible pick up lines, you're going to want to stay away from these options.
Pick a Boat Size That Works For You
A larger boat may have more passengers and a less intimate "feel," but it also allows for greater anonymity while on-board ship and a larger range of facilities. When choosing a ship, think about what's important for you in terms of privacy and boat size.
Get the Balcony
As temptation as it may be to book an inside cabin for a discount, know that the space is small and often windowless. If this cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime romantic treat, it's time to splurge and opt for a cabin with a romantic balcony. When you're watching the stars go by from bed, you'll be thankful.
How to Get Great Couples' Deals
Booking as a couple gives you an advantage. You can often look for "companion" rates that apply to either cabin bookings or air fare to your port. Many cruise lines and some air carriers offer a companion discount for couples traveling together.