Best Ships for Honeymoons

| Wednesday, 01 May 2013

Crystal Cruises

 

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 onboard.

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.

 

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 fantasies.

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 decor.

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.

Princess Cruises

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 dolce vita.

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 Oasis

When Oasis of the Seas, entered service in 2010 as the largest cruise ship in the world, many observers predicted that such of her features as an ice skating rink, rock-climbing wall, zip-line, flo-rider, horizontal atrium, and inside-facing balcony 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 5000 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 laughs in the comedy club.

Passion Plates: Reserve a table for two at Giavannis 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 the martini bar, or add the consummate touch to breakfast in bed with a bottle of champagne.

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 Oasis-class suites have windows onto a different world: They overlook the sea and the Aqua-theater outside. The interior promenade-view staterooms open to the cafe-filled Royal Promenade--a football-field long, three-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. Over 90%of the ship's cabins have private balconies. Play your own love songs on the baby grand piano in Royal Loft Suite.

Windstar Cruises

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.


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