With sunset views over the ocean and ever-changing scenery, a cruise offers some of the most romantic holiday experiences around. From private dining with personal butler service to a delicious buffet of oysters, and champagne, or a meal at Alan Ducasse’s Michelin-starred restaurant in Provence, today’s cruise lines take pride in ensuring that every guest leaves their ship with everlasting memories.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has highlighted the most romantic onboard and onshore experiences from some of the world’s leading cruise lines:
Soar over the shores with Celebrity
Celebrity Cruise couples will be swept off their feet as they embark on an unforgettable romantic flight over the French Riviera. The new Celebrity Exclusives shore excursion collection sees passengers fly for 30 minutes over Provence before landing at the world-renowned Alain Ducasse’s rustic hideaway in Moustiers. In this idyllic setting, a four-course lunch is served at the Michelin starred La Bastide de Moustiers restaurant before the couples take a romantic stroll through the beautiful gardens where the ingredients of the gourmet meal were picked.
Regent serves up in-suite romance
Nothing speaks romance more than a butler; the word alone conjures images of pampering and service fit for royalty. Regent offers ‘in suite dining’ – a luxurious experience suited for couples who wish to dine in privacy. The cruise line’s butlers will deliver a seamless service, setting up a table within a passenger’s suite and delivering each course from the restaurant menus. All butlers go through Regent’s Butlers Benchmark of Excellence program and the cruise line is a member of the Guild of Professional English Butlers, which services staff for the Royal Family.
Love is on MSC’s menu
Oysters, foie gras, Serrano ham and champagne await on board the MSC Divina and MSC Preziosa with their luxury brunch offering in the Galaxy speciality restaurant. When it comes to the evening, nothing says ‘amore’ more than MSC’s Romantic Sunset package. Guests can enjoy a bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne, two souvenir champagne flutes and a plate of chocolate covered strawberries served at sunset in the privacy of their own cabin.
Wine and dine in one of the most romantic settings on earth with Celestyal
Food and wine are also at the heart of Celestyal Cruises’ three day ‘Four Greek Islands & Turkey’ cruise. Passengers can learn how to cook traditional Greek recipes on board before disembarking to explore new tastes from around the islands. The world-famous sunsets of Santorini provide the perfect backdrop to these gastronomic delights and allow passengers to reclaim romance, one mesmerising meal at a time.
Scenic Tours offers chance to fall in love with oysters
Oysters have been enjoyed by the French since the Roman times, and Scenic Tours keeps the tradition alive on its luxury Bordeaux cruise. Here, amorous guests can visit a local oyster farm and discover exactly how these aphrodisiacs are farmed before visiting traditional restaurants to sample the freshest oysters around.
A sweet way to end a romantic cruise with Disney
For those with a sweet tooth, Disney’s ‘Pompidou’s Patisseries Dessert Experience’ gives guests the chance to indulge in decadent desserts such as French praline topped with milk chocolate mousse and dark chocolate glaze, French vanilla meringues and fresh raspberries, and orange crème pâtissière inside an orange-flavored tuile wafer. As each dessert is served, world-class chefs offer insight into the history and artistry of crafting sweet masterpieces, allowing for an intimate and in-depth experience.
Steak instead of chocolate with Carnival
Forget chocolate and step up the romantic gestures with an evening in Carnival Cruise Lines’ Steakhouse. The menu features premium cuts of beef cooked to passengers’ liking and a selection of seafood and gourmet appetisers to enhance this romantic culinary creation. For those who enjoy fine wines, Carnival offers an extensive selection from the lively Zonin Prosecco to the smoky Vintner’s Reserve, Pinot Noir.
Info courtesy of CLIA