The Top 12 Most Romantic Cruises from Florida
Set sail for romance with these easy to reach cruises from Florida that are all made for romance with an ocean's worth of special treats for two.
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Sailing from Ft. Lauderdale on a 10-night Caribbean cruise April 11: For pure romance with a dash of pizzazz, it's hard to beat the stunning new Celebrity Equinox. Veranda staterooms on this sleek new ship let you completely open the exterior wall of your room with just the touch of a button, turning your entire stateroom into an alfresco setting, perfect for a romantic breakfast in bed or evening cocktail while you watch the sunset from the privacy of your room. Book a couples massage in the sumptuous spa, where you can also luxuriate in a marble hammam Turkish bath. Then plan a dinner in Eden, featuring sinful menus that deliver sensory experiences and experiential dishes served by performance artists, for a dinner that neither of you will easily forget. Here are 14 cruises you should only take in winter.
Symphony of the Seas
Sailing from Miami on a 7-night Caribbean cruise February 15: Royal Caribbean's newest ship is the largest at sea, which means there's plenty of room for romance when you come aboard for cruise from Florida around the Western Caribbean. Stroll hand-in-hand through Central Park, a tree-lined section of the ship where you'll find sophisticated restaurants like Chops Grille and our favorite spot for a tet-a-tet, Vintages, a mood-lit wine bar with deep leather couches and vintages from around the world. Immerse yourself in relaxation at the Vitality Spa where you can indulge in couples' massage. Then head to The Perfect Day at CoCo Cay, Royal Caribbean's private island where you can your loved one can live out your tropical island daydreams in the first over-water cabanas in the Bahamas. Check out these crazy cool cruise amenities.
Sailing from Miami on a 14-night Central American Cruise on February 21, December 6, or 20: Viking's Panama Canal and Central America cruise departs from and returns to Florida with an extravagant 15-day itinerary. Order 24-hour room service, including chocolate-covered strawberries, to enjoy on your private veranda, then head to the LivNordic Spa to enjoy a fully immersive Nordic experience of a deep warming sauna in the Thermal Suite followed by a trip to the Snow Grotto where snowflakes gently descend from the ceiling through the chilled air, a perfect excuse to snuggle up with your honey (extra bonus, everything mentioned here is included in the price of a Viking cruise). You can also add on a couple's massage or treatment for extra relaxation. Viking's ships offer eight dining options, all with no additional charge or fee, so indulge in special treats like sushi and seafood at the World's Cafe or plan an intimate dinner at The Chef's Table, which offers a multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings.
Sailing from Ft. Lauderdale on a 10-night Caribbean cruise March 1: Booking a suit on this Princess cruise that travels around the Caribbean on a 10-night itinerary brings romantic perks like turndown service with chocolate-dipped strawberries and welcome champagne, not to mention an extended room service menu that comes with a full breakfast menu delivered right to your bed. Another perk: Reservations at the adults-only Sabatini's specialty restaurant, where a delectable five-course dinner which concludes with a sweet treat by famed chocolatier Norman Love, a you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it oversized Ferrero Rocher candy in a terrarium globe. Another special table for two is the Chef's Table, where the tasting menu includes everything from hors d'oeuvres and Champagne to caviar and lobster.
Sailing from Miami on an 11-night Caribbean cruise February 28: For an epic show of love, book this 11-night cruise from Florida that sails to Curacao, Aruba, Jamaica, and the Caymen Islands in MSC Cruises The Sophia Loren Suite. The exclusive and romantic suite is as glamorous as the actress it's named for (Loren is the "Godmother" of MSC ships), dripping in shades of red with a luxurious lounge area and an irresistible king-sized bed. Beyond the room itself, lucky lovers will benefit from all of the perks of the MSC Yacht Club, including personal butler service, 24-hour concierge, a private pool deck with a whirlpool, world-class dining options, exclusive lounge access. Here are 12 bucket-list cruises to take in your lifetime.
Departs Jacksonville on a 5-night Bahamas cruise February 24: This Bahamas itinerary gives you plenty of time for romance, whether its a toast in one of the many bars aboard or lounging in a hot tub in the adults-only Serenity Deck. Embrace your inner child by visiting the on-deck water park, or try your hand (and voice) at the Lip Sync Battle stage. Up the romance with an evening at The Chef's Table Restaurant, or kick it back at Guy's Burger Joint. (Yes, Guy Fieri.)
HAL's Nieuw Amsterdam
Sailing from Ft. Lauderdale on 7-day Caribbean cruise March 31: Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam offers an incredible trip for any couple. Start your day with breakfast on your private veranda, then indulge in a couple's massage at the spa, followed by chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne in the afternoon in your room, topped off with a decadent dinner for two at the ship's exclusive and intimate French seafood brasserie Rudi's Sel de Mer. Top it all off with a completely unique nightcap: Blend your own bottle of wine at BLEND by Chateau Ste. Michelle, where couples can mix five different varietals of red wine to blend the perfect bottle complete with your own personalized label to commemorate your heartfelt day.
Departs Port Canaveral on a 4-day cruise to the Bahamas March 9: It's not all kid-play on a Disney cruise—romance is all around for couples who can take advantage of luxurious adult's only spaces and treats on this cruise from Florida. Senses Spa & Salon offers a luxurious Couple's Choice experience in a Senses Spa Villa that includes 130 minutes of comfort for two, including a 75-minute spa treatment of your choice, tea, a bathing ritual of your choice, and foot cleansing. Couples can also book a Castaway Cay Cabana Swedish Couples Massage, which takes place in an open-air cabana with breathtaking views of Serenity Bay, the private beach reserved exclusively for adult guests, on Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. For a romantic dinner, turn up the amore at Palo, an adults-only restaurant featuring classic Northern Italian cooking with a modern twist and spectacular sea views. Then turn up the Valentine's Day romance with special treats delivered to your room, including the Blooms of Love (sparkling wine, long-stemmed red roses, and a box of chocolates). Here are more reasons Disney cruises are great for adults.
Sailing from Miami on a 10-night Caribbean cruise February 5: Take a break from the everyday routine and head aboard Oceania's tropical filled voyage to spice up the romance this Valentine's Day. Go deep into relaxation together at the onboard Canyon Ranch Spa where romantic treatments include a couple's aromatherapy massage. Then get ready for a decadent dining experience with an exclusive Dom Perignon Experience at La Reserve; this first of its kind dining experience pairs six palate piquing courses different acclaimed vintages of Dom Perignon's outstanding bubbly. And it's worth it to leave the pampering of the ship to try out the elevated shore excursions for couples, like the Passport to Paradise snorkeling outing in Aruba to explore the coral formations and sea creatures living in the turquoise waters, or get your heart fluttering on a Tuk-Tuk for two on a city tour of Bonaire. Foodie couples will want to spice up their day with the Spice of Our Lives tour on the island of Grenada to explore the spices and native foods (many of which are aphrodisiacs) such as nutmeg, cocoa, and rum.
Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas
Sailing from Miami on a 5-day Bahamas Cruise March 2: Can't get away right on V-day? Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas which just underwent a game-changing $115 million transformation is ready to spread the romance all year long. Get ready for date night with To Dry For, the first standalone blow dry bar at sea offering blowouts, hairstyling, and polish changes, plus a selection of wines and champagnes. Then order up the Decadent Romance Package to your stateroom which will make every day feel like Valentine's Day with Moet & Chandon champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, the sublime truffle collection by Le Belge Chocolatier, and a dozen long-stemmed roses.