Top 10 Honeymoon Cruises
As rated by the iCruise.com staff
When we decided to create a top ten best honeymoon list the first thing we agreed upon was the approach. We looked at the entire cruise industry from contemporary cruise lines all the way up to the luxury lines, and destinations and itineraries all over the world.
We also know that some couples are interested in a traditional type of honeymoon experience, and that others are looking for something totally different; so we wanted to represent both it and the very best that each cruise line has to offer.
We rated the ships using a highly scientific method: our own opinion! Each contender was evaluated on the following criteria:
Drum Roll Please - Ladies and Gentlemen, from the Corporate Headquarters in Delray Beach, Florida. Here are the Top 10 Honeymoon Cruises!!
Number 10...PRINCESS CRUISES - Star Princess
7 Night Alaska Inside Passage from Seattle, WA
If you're looking for big scenery, big wildlife and big adventure, then you've found the perfect honeymoon. Departing conveniently from Seattle May through September, Star Princess sails to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia. You will experience exciting gold rush history aboard an antique train, trek magnificent glaciers and immerse yourself in the culture of Alaska's native people while traveling in luxury aboard a new generation Love Boat.
Be sure to book a room with a private balcony so you don't miss one moment of the gorgeous scenery while you enjoy your morning coffee or an evening cocktail. Star Princess offers a decadent spa and adults-only areas, flexible dining, a huge casino and a wide variety of nightly entertainment. And for an intimate, romantic evening, make a reservation at one of the most delicious restaurants at sea: Sabatini's Italian Trattoria. Then take in a comedy show and don't miss the champagne waterfall extravaganza, a Princess Cruises exclusive.
Prices start at $699 per person plus airfare. click for more info
Number 9...DISNEY CRUISE LINE - Disney Dream
4 Night Disney cruise and 3 Night Walt Disney World Resort stay from Port Canaveral/Orlando
Begin on Sunday by spending four nights on board Disney's newest and most spectacular ship, the Disney Dream. Sail from Port Canaveral on one of the most delightful cruise ships ever, and visit Disney's secluded island retreat, Castaway Cay, and charming colonial Nassau, Bahamas. Honeymooners will be thrilled to learn that on board there are uniquely separate areas created just for adults: a pool, an intimate Italian restaurant, a decadent spa, a nightclub complex with several different bars and even a beach on Castaway Cay all off limits to kids!
You'll enjoy a completely different dining experience every night. Plus spacious accommodations, excellent service and a wide variety of entertainment, all done in classic Disney style, add up to make this one of the most enchanting honeymoons available. Then Thursday morning, transfer just 45 minutes away to Orlando and spend the rest of the week at one of the fabulous Walt Disney World resorts. Once at the parks the magic continues! All of Disney's honored guests enjoy unlimited park admissions and convenient, complimentary Disney transportation.
Prices start at $1419 per person plus airfare. click for more info
Number 8...CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES - Carnival Freedom
6 Night Western Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, FL
This is a ship built for fun and an itinerary designed for fun in the sun! Departing every other Sunday from Fort Lauderdale, you can sail year-round for 6-nights to Western Caribbean ports of call in Key West, Grand Cayman and Jamaica. And you can enjoy some of the most sought after adventures in the Caribbean. Carnival's Las Vegas-style atmosphere keeps the party going from the show lounge to the casino to the nightclub to the piano bar. Plus, Carnival offers a terrific variety of flexible dining options, including an intimate adults-only supper club serving fine steaks and seafood delicacies.
Prices start at $309 per person plus airfare. click for more info
Number 7...HOLLAND AMERICA - Eurodam
7 Night Eastern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, FL
The first in the newest line of Holland America Line vessels, Eurodam sails conveniently from Fort Lauderdale every Saturday from January through April and again in November and December. She calls in Grand Turk, San Juan and St. Thomas, plus Holland America's award-winning private island retreat, Half Moon Cay. Holland America Line offers a traditional cruising experience with a refined social atmosphere and gracious Asian-style service from an all-Filipino and Indonesian crew. Their unique Pinnacle Grill dining experience specializes in the finest food and wine from the Pacific Northwest. Plus, the Culinary Arts Center, sponsored by Food & Wine Magazine, appeals the foodie in everyone. The ships are decorated like elegant fine- art galleries, and the cabin accommodations are very spacious.
Prices start at $599 per person plus airfare. click for more info
Number 6...CELEBRITY CRUISES - Summit
7 Night Bermuda from Cape Liberty (Bayonne), NJ
This will definitely be a vacation to remember, even if it weren't your honeymoon, because you're aboard one of the finest ships in the cruise industry on a cruise line with one of the highest ratings of customer satisfaction. Every Sunday from May to August, this gorgeous ship sails for 7 nights from Cape Liberty to beautiful Bermuda with an unequaled length of stay: three days in port. Sexy and elegant, Summit provides an experience rich in opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation, turning this cruise into a sophisticated, club-style spa vacation. A must-do for honeymooners: the couples body spa treatments or partner's massage instruction.
Prices start at $799 per person plus airfare. click for more info
Number 5...ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE - Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas
7 Night Eastern or Western Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, FL
Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas definitely have the "WOW" factor. They are the largest and most innovative ships ever built. The entertainment and activities are endless including rock climbing, zip lining, ice skating (yep, you read that right), basketball, volleyball or mini-golf. At night you'll find a wide variety of live entertainment in the many restaurants, bars and lounges, and the aqua theatre, not to mention a world-class casino. And look out for those crazy Dreamworks characters from Shrek and Madagascar! Every Saturday and every Sunday, Allure and Oasis carry more than 5,000 guests each to the most beautiful and most popular islands in the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale to St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Nassau or to Labadee, Jamaica and Mexico.
Prices start at $749 per person plus airfare. click for more info
Number 4...NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE - Pride of America
7 Night Hawaiian Islands from Honolulu , HI
See more of Hawaii from a whole new perspective aboard Pride of America sailing year round in Hawaii. All of Pride of America's itineraries include the beautiful ports of Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Kauai and Maui. Norwegian's unique flexible style is perfect for such an adventurous and port-intensive itinerary. This cruise spends more than 100 hours docked in the islands, including overnights in both Maui and Kauai, so you have plenty of time to explore without rushing. The ship delivers a fabulous vacation value, without time wasted checking in and out of hotels and catching inter-island flights. Plus, the dining menus and night-time entertainment capture the best of the islands. Flagged in the US with a Hawaiian-American crew, Pride of America provides a unique perspective into the culture and history of Hawaii.
Prices start at $959 per person plus airfare. click for more info
Number 3...AMA Waterways - AmaCello
7 Night Rhine River from Basel, Switzerland or from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Rhine River is an ideal backdrop for a fantasy honeymoon. The region's quintessential castles and Medieval villages are direct from the pages of your favorite fairy tales. The Rhine flows through mythic Rhineland Germany, which has a great appeal for foodies and wine lovers. AmaCello carries only 148 people in an intimate, modern atmosphere and the common language on board is English. Dining and entertainment showcase the culture of the area, plus, all accommodations offer a river view, most have a private verandah. Imagine the convenience of traveling the interior of Europe without all the hassles of packing and unpacking. Amacello will take you door-to-door with the area's most charming and delightful experiences, and daily shore tours are included in the cruise price. Lengthy port calls allow you to walk on and off the ship any time you want or borrow the ship's bicycles for more private independent exploration.
Prices start at $2,499 per person. click for more info
Number 2...WINDSTAR CRUISES - Wind Spirit
7 Night Greek Islands and Turkey from Istanbul, Turkey or from Athens, Greece
Windstar defies any attempt to be labeled an ordinary cruise by giving guests the chic feel of a chartered sailboat. With only 146 other guests you will find attentive service, superb dining, a casual atmosphere and the romance of some of the trendiest destinations in the Mediterranean. Choose one of two 7-night cruises among the Greek Islands from Istanbul , or from Athens, including Mykonos, Santorini, and Bodrum and Kusadasi. The ship offers such a laid-back atmosphere that even the captain goes without socks and there are no schedules and no restrictions.
Prices start at $2,499 per person plus airfare. click for more info
And the Number 1 Honeymoon Cruise Vacation is...PAUL GAUGUIN CRUISES - Paul Gauguin
7 Night Tahiti and The Society Islands from Papeete, Tahiti
The cruise sails every Saturday from Papeete, Tahiti for a 7-night voyage the idyllic coral atolls of Raiatea and Tahaa, and the itinerary includes overnight stays in Bora Bora, Moorea and Papeete before disembarkation. This allows you plenty of time to bask in pure pleasure and even enjoy watersports right off the back of the ship! Paul Gauguin offers a retractable water-level marina platform and a full range of PADI SCUBA excursions. Informal, yet elegant, the Paul Gauguin carries only 320 guests who receive only the finest personal service, fabulous gourmet cuisine meticulously prepared and presented under the supervision of top rated French chefs.
Prices start at $2,999 per person including airfare for a suite! click for more info
Whichever honeymoon cruise you choose, you will have the most romantic time of your life!
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