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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


 Which cruises are best for Romantic Getaways?
    
 Which cruise lines should I try to avoid when looking for a "Romantic Getaway"?
    
 Are there adult-only cruises?
    
 Can we get a table just for two at dinner?
    
 What kind of cruise accommodation is the most romantic?
    
 I'm thinking of "popping the question" on a cruise. Which cruise line would you recommend?
    


 Which cruises are best for Romantic Getaways?
    
      ALL cruises can work their magic as a "romantic getaway." Cleopatra chose her imperial barge as the transport of seduction to the helpless Marc Antony. Today's cruise passenger can choose wisely, too! The fresh air, the carefree days at sea, the "what happens here, stays here" ambiance - all add romance to the mix!

Which is best? Here are the factors we're looking at:

  • Exotic & Remote: Think remote island beaches and scenic harbor overlooks and you're thinking romance! Most will agree - exotic destinations have the romantic edge over crowded port cities teeming with tourists. This doesn't narrow your cruise line choice very much but it certainly channels your itineraries away from some mainstream cruise regions.
  • Warm or Tropical. Romance tends to follow the thermometer - it heats up when the temperature warms! This isn't to say there's no chance for romance on a late fall Canada & New England cruise, but it's a factor to consider.
  • Small to Medium Size Ships: All things being equal, a smaller ship affords a more intimate cruise setting. This factor points to cruise lines such as Windstar, Seabourn, Silversea and Radisson - all of which feature ships in the 200 to 800-guest range. It also includes the smaller ships of Princess, Holland America, Celebrity and Norwegian.
  • Passenger Demographic. Families with kids, party-hearty singles, and wealthy retirees traveling with their grandchildren - all make excellent cruise candidates - but not necessarily on your "romantic getaway" cruise. This tends to steer our choice away from popular family and fun-focused cruise lines such as Carnival and Norwegian, though there may be an exception or two.

Our Picks?

  1. All Windstar Ships & Cruises. Just about everywhere these small sailing "yachts" cruise rates as a true "Romantic Getaway!"
  2. Princess Cruises' Tahitian Princess. The name says it all. Tahiti is always one of the top destinations for romance and this ship (fewer than 800 guests) has the intimacy factor!
  3. Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Xpedition. The Galapagos Islands tops our list in the "Exotic" and "Remote" categories and the ship's 98-guest capacity guarantees a truly special cruise experience.
  4. Cunard's Queen Mary 2. Her 6-night transatlantic journeys have "romance" written all over them. Maybe its the retro "Golden Age of Ocean Liners" playing its magic or maybe it's the sea air.
  5. Just about any smaller cruise ship sailing to Bermuda. Like the transatlantic sailngs, a cruise to Bermuda holds that special cachet.

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 Which cruise lines should I try to avoid when looking for a "Romantic Getaway"?
    
      There's no list for "Worst Cruise Lines for Romantic Getaways." But you're more likely to avoid young families, loud kids and partying singles if you avoid the mega-liners and the weekend cruisers. Here are some totally unscientific hints and suggestions:
  • Carnival. The "world's favorite cruise line" may not be the most romantic. Its mass-market itineraries, family-focused activities, "join in the fun" energy - may not be your cup of tea if you're mind's on romance.
  • The really BIG Royal Caribbean ships. Unless you're into "couples rock-climbing," these big, mega-liners may not match your mood for romance.
  • Some Norwegian cruises. Interestingly, their Hawaii cruises make excellent choices for romance, but most of their Caribbean itineraries don't. As with Carnival, the appeal to families and energetic singles reduces their appeal as romantic getaway solutions.
  • Just about any 3-night weekend cruise. "Weekend Getaway" and "Romantic Getaway" are two very different cruises. The demographic changes markedly on these short, getaway cruises which favor young singles, and more party-hungry cruisers than on any other itinerary.
Cruise Myth: "Cruise lines which appeal to kids are never good choices for adults." In fact, one of the most kid-focused cruise lines - Disney - makes an excellent choice for adults, sometimes even a good choice for a romantic getaway! Because there are so many kids on board, the line offers huge facilities dedicated just to them. "Adults-only" pools, restaurants and evening entertainment further separate the kids from the adults.
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 Are there adult-only cruises?
    
      Yes, sometimes. In the past, Celebrity Cruises has offered their "Celebrity Escape" series with minimum age requirements of 21 or older. More adult-themed entertainment is scheduled on those cruises and other special features are added, as well. Currently, however, there are no "Celerbrity Escape" cruises scheduled.

Aside from the above, you’re likely to find children on almost every cruise. Though cruise lines reserve the right to limit the numbers of children on a given sailing, few exclude them. Generally, the most upscale cruise lines cater to an older clientele and you'll see markedly fewer kids on board their sailings.

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 Can we get a table just for two at dinner?
    
      New cruise ships are including more tables for two. If this is your preference be sure to let our staff at 7 Blue Seas know and we’ll do all possible to confirm your request. Or, if you prefer, you may make your request onboard directly with the Maitre d’ as soon as you board. In all cases, table seating is arranged on a first come, first served basis due to limited space.
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 What kind of cruise accommodation is the most romantic?
    
      First, rule out the "bunk bed" price leaders.
Second, rule out any stateroom whose twin beds don't reconfigure to queen-size.

Excluding the above, just about any accommodation at sea has that romance-at-sea thing going for it. But to really pump up the passion, splurge a little and choose a stateroom with a private balcony! Imagine the possibilities - alone on your balcony, the sun setting over the horizon, champagne flute in hand, a warm breeze, soft music....

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 I'm thinking of "popping the question" on a cruise. Which cruise line would you recommend?
    
      Take a look at our picks under "Which cruises are best for Romantic Getaways?" in this same section. You'll probably find your answer there.

But one cruise line warrants special mention here: Princess.

It’s no surprise that the folks who brought you “The Love Boat“ would be the first to offer an “Engagement Under the Stars” package. Available aboard the new Crown Princess (sailing year round in the Caribbean) the arrangement isn’t for the shy – it includes a broadcast of the proposal, secretly filmed by the ship’s Videographer, on the giant LED outdoor screen just prior to the evening’s outdoor feature film. Package features include:

  • A secret “pre-proposal” session between the proposer and the ship’s Videographer to create a personalized, on-screen proposal.
  • Four candid 8X10 engagement photos.
  • Two glasses of champagne and a red rose presented to the couple immediately following the videotaped proposal.
  • A bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries in the couple’s stateroom the night of the proposal.
  • A romantic, in-room breakfast, dinner for two at one of the ship’s specialty restaurants, a couples massage session at the ship’s spa, a $100 credit towards a Princess wedding-at-sea package, and many other features.
Oh - and one more thing - Congratulations!
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