Editor's Picks and "Best of the Best" Best Ships for Honeymoons
Sex Appeal: From Murano glass chandeliers and Frette table linens in the
dining room to a staff that anticipates your every need--whether it be
another pina colada by the pool or champagne nightly on your private
veranda--pampering and luxury set the mood for romance. The 940-passenger
Crystal Symphony is as classy, sophisticated and upscale as the passengers
Passion Plate: If you can bear to leave your table for
two in the ocean-view
dining room, head for Prego to nuzzle over roasted rack of baby lamb with an
herb crust. Decorated in Venetian style, this small restaurant inspires
fantasies of two-in-a-gondola...to be continued after the tiramisu.
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Boudoir buy: You loved it in your cabin, so why not buy one of those
featherweight, perfect-for-napping British wool and mohair throws. One of
the pale pastels--icy blue, mossy green or soothing lavender-is sure to
complement your new bedroom decor.
For Lovers Only: After dinner, while other passengers watch the lavish
production shows or hit the casino, take in the vast panorama of the Baltic's
lingering summer twilight from the Palm Court's pale leather chairs. Through
the floor to ceiling windows, there's only the sea and sky to look at. But
you might just look at each other.
Hot Beds: Over half the Crystal Symphony's staterooms have private verandas.
Fluffy duvets and pillows on the queen beds guarantee sweet dreams. There's
a full bathtub for soaking, double sinks, remote-controlled TV and VCR. A
splurge on a penthouse brings a veranda, living area, stocked bar and a
butler to deliver champagne you can sip in your private Jacuzzi.
Carnival Cruises Lines
Sex Appeal: From the welcome-aboard Rum Swizzle party to high-kicking,
glittery Las Vegas-style reviews, this 1,020-passenger ship sizzles. Fly
down the spiral waterslide, boogie in rhythm with flashing neon in the disco,
make Lady Luck your friend in the casino and keep the energy flowing with
workouts in the 12,000 square-foot Nautica Spa. Stroll down the Elation's
interior promenade, visiting every bar, cafe and shop along the way. The
Elation's decor celebrates the mythological Muses. Let them inspire your own
Passion Plate: The pizzeria on the starn deck behind the Lido is open around the
clock, ready at any time of the night to fire up a roasted garlic, sausage
and goat cheese pizza after you've worked up an appetite with your own fires.
Boudoir buy: Along with glittery formal wear, enticing perfumes and sparkling
jewelry, the ship's boutique has terrific glassware. Keep the flames of
passion burning back home with shimmering blue, white, black or green "Atoll
Bowls," Swedish votives scattered around your bedroom.
For Lovers Only: Request your favorite song as you snuggle up in a window
booth in Duke's, the piano bar. Take in the blinking lights of the Brooklyn
Bridge and Manhattan's skyline--both part of Duke's scaled-down Big Apple
Hot Beds: Cabins are simply furnished, and most of the twin beds convert to
kings. The sexy quotient increases with each higher cabin category.
Demi-suites and suites have refrigerators, mini-bars, TVs and VCRs, sitting
areas and plush robes to wrap up in for late nights and early mornings on
your private veranda. The suites have combination showers/whirlpool tubs.
Sex Appeal: The 3100-passenger (maximum capacity) Grand-class Princess ships are large enough to deliver fun and romance in a multitude of forms. But for extra special attention, try the Diamond or Sapphire Princess. These sister ships have all the space and amenities of the Grand-class, but carry fewer passengers so lines are shorter and service is more personal.
Feeling active? Challenge the putting
green, the computerized golf center or the virtual reality rides; work out at
the spa or in the lap pool. Amorous? Nuzzle in a nightclub suspended 15
decks above the sea, or in a hot tub under the stars. Mellow? Listen to a
combo in the snug wood-paneled Wheelhouse Bar. Multiple dining rooms and show
lounges let you choose where and when to eat, and which splashy show to take
in. You can even get married in the onboard wedding chapel.
Footsie Favorite: Request a corner table in Sabatini's Trattoria, the small,
reservation-only Italian dining room. With Tuscan murals on the walls, a
tenor on the music system and Carpaccio and Chianti on the table, it's la
Boudoir Buys: A honeymoon photo of you as two treats inside a Valentine
chocolate box evokes memories of how sweet it was. It's just one of the
clever backgrounds offered in the digital photo studio.
Alone at Last: Walk to the palm grove at the farthest end of the beach on
Princess Cays, the line's private island. While other passengers swim and
snorkel, sail or kayak from the main beach, you'll sway in your own shady
tropical oasis in a hammock just the right size for two.
Hot Beds: There are queen beds in most of the 1,300 staterooms, 710 of which
offer private balconies. Wrapping up in the plush terry robes that come with
all cabins is even cozier when you're in front of a fireplace (sorry,
decorative only) in a Grand Suite, which also has its own hot tub and wet bar.
Royal Caribbean Voyager-class
When Voyager of the Seas, first of the Voyager class of ships (Voyager, Explorer, Adventure and Navigator), entered service in 1999 as the largest cruise ship in the world, many observers predicted that such of her features as an ice skating rink, rock-climbing wall, in-line skating track, horizontal atrium, and inside cabins with promenade view would change the face of cruising forever.
Sex Appeal: This time, the healthy sheen and sweat will come from these
ship's tons of nonstop action: a rock climbing wall, an ice-skating rink, a
full-size basketball court, a mini nine-hole golf course, and an in-line
skating track. When it's time to take a break from the other 3,098
thrill-seekers on the world's largest cruise ship, take in the mists of the
Cool Zone, the dulcet tones in the jazz club or drinks in the Aquarium Bar
where tropical fish glide in giant tanks.
Passion Plates: Reserve a table for two at Portofino and savor shrimp scampi
with Pernod sauce. Send amorous signals to each other by the glow of
lamplight--no one will be the wiser.
Boudoir buy: Look beyond the dime-a-dozen T-shirts and baseball caps and go
for Kosta Boda's champagne flutes, which will add the consummate touch to
breakfast in bed on your one-month anniversary.
For Lovers Only: A ship this big guarantees plenty of hideaways. Write the
first chapter of your cruise romance by reading the sonnets and stealing
kisses behind the shelves of the 3,000-volume library, then continue the
story in your cabin.
Hot Beds: The Voyager-class interior staterooms have windows onto a
different world: They overlook the shop- and cafe-filled Royal Promenade--a
football-field long, four-deck high street fair at sea. Add the same
amenities you'll see throughout the ship--queen-size bed and 24-hour room
service--and you may never step outside. Almost half of the ship's cabins
have private balconies. Play your own love songs on the baby grand piano in
Windstar Cruises' Wind Surf
Sex Appeal: Propelled by 26,000 square feet of crisply snapping Dacron sails,
the 308-passenger Wind Surf exudes an atmosphere of exclusivity and intimacy.
The sun streams through picture windows onto natural fabrics and glistening
woods, accenting the Wind Surf's freshness and casual elegance, which is
exactly how you dress--light and stylishly in cotton, linen and silk, but
never a tie. Backgammon by the pool, a starlit dip in the hot tub, kayaking
from the water sports platform and absolute freedom from any imposed schedule
attract sophisticated cruisers-ten percent of them honeymooners--seeking
their own blend of activity and relaxation.
Passion Plates: No one will know what goes on under the table if you request
a seat in one of the Bistro's most private tables, tucked in a forward wing
between lush greenery and a big window with views of the azure sea. No
assigned seating in the main dining room means you can always have that table
for two, but make a Bistro reservation (no charge) one morning for this
smaller restaurant, featuring Mediterranean fare such as seared sea scallops
with chive mashed potatoes.
Boudoir buy: Learn tricks to relax your lover at home during the "Couples
Massage Lesson." Follow up with the bottle of sensuous massage oil that's
included in this spa package, then ensure continuation of maximum aphrodisiac
effects by taking home some Oils for Romance, a package of ylang ylang,
sandalwood and rosewood.
For Lovers Only: Venture up to the Flying Bridge and create your own romance
under the moon and stars. Located on the top deck aft, it's a popular daytime
sunbathing spot, but at night, it becomes a lovers' haven. It's a trek up
some stairs, away from the activity of the pool bar, so all you'll hear is
the snapping of the sails--and a few whispered words.
Hot Beds: Bedside consoles with CD players and VCRs, mini-bars stocked with
mineral water, fruit juice and wine, and the teak-floored bathrooms supplied
with fragrant sea kelp body soap and thick terry robes put Wind Surf's cabins
in the blue ribbon design category. All cabins have ocean views, and the 31
suites have his-and-hers bathrooms.