The Best Honeymoon Cruises
Think boarding a boat for seven days will limit your post-wedding vacation adventures? Think again. Put a spin on the standard honeymoon suite by booking a room aboard one of the amazing cruises in this round-up of floating rides.
At Sea: 12 days aboard the Royal Princess
Destinations: You'll start in Venice, Italy, and end in Barcelona, Spain, swinging by Istanbul, Turkey; Nykonos, Greece; Florence, Italy; and Provence, France, among others.
Life On Board: The 3,600-capacity ship, which set sail for the first time this June and still has that new-boat smell, is as much a draw as the locations themselves. Float away the afternoons in the huge, crystalline pool, and should you find yourselves being splashed by a wayward tot, escape to the adults-only Retreat Pool.
The Details: princess.com
At Sea: 5 days aboard the River Cloud II
Destinations: This jaunt starts in Budapest, Hungary, passes through Bratislava, Slovakia, and ends in Vienna. You'll see palaces of unimaginable beauty, Gothic cathedrals, and quaint city squares ringed by sidewalk cafes.
Life On Board: In three words: floating boutique hotel. each of the 44 all-exterior cabins has windows (or portholes at the very least), fresh roses, marble sinks in the loo, and just enough Art Deco–style gold trim to feel ornate but not overwrought.
The Details: seacloud.com
At Sea: 8 days aboard the M/Y Eric
Destinations: Locally founded outfitter Ecoventura runs three identical 20-guest expedition yachts through the Galapagos Islands that depart from San Cristobal every Sunday.
Life On Board: Each boat has 10 staterooms, all with a window and private baño. Most of your time will be spent exploring, so there aren’t too many fancy-schmancy amenities, but the cuisine is on point. Dinner will be one fab Ecuadorian special or another, and maybe the captain will join you to regale the group with tales of his time at sea.
The Details: ecoventura.com
At Sea: 10 days aboard the Riviera
Destinations: Miami bookends this Caribbean trip which includes Tortola, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Barths.
Life On Board: The 1,250-passenger Riviera has both a Canyon Ranch spa and a Bon Appétit cooking school, so you’ll be lying facedown during a couple’s massage, then whipping up lobster Pad Thai before you know it, sans the rowdy coeds.
The Details: oceaniacruises.com
At Sea: Up to four days on a houseboat
Destinations: Scenery along these Indian waters in Alappuzha looks like your "Places I'll Go" Pinterest board: Palm trees lean over waterways, kids paddle by in canoes, and the light has a dreamy quality.
Life On Board: With jackwood hulls and bamboo-and-palm living quarters, the boats are modeled after the kettuvallams that originally ran rice and spices to the port. Present-day versions are more luxe, and the best part is that you can get one all to yourselves, with only a three-person crew.
The Details: raxacollective.com
At Sea: 6 days aboard the Stellar
Destinations: From Denarau Island, you'll float to palm-tufted isles like the Mamanucas, which have an epic surf spot called Cloudbreak, and the Yasawas, which starred in 1980’s The Blue Lagoon.
Life On Board: There’s no set itinerary on the fully staffed, 49-foot Jeanneau sailboat. Rather, the captain will cater to your whims. Drop anchor and dive into the sea, or have a picnic on a deserted islet. Some afternoons, the crew will head off to fish—you can join them, or hang back for some alone time.
The Details: fijisafari.com
At Sea: 10 days
Destinations: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Bridgetown, Barbados. This voyage passes through the U. S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands before heading down to southern Caribbean spots like St. Lucia and Grenada.
Life On Board: These luxe ships, which shuttle about 350 guests between islands, provide an intimate alternative to the hulking ocean liners carrying thousands. Best of all, there's nary a closet-sized cabin in sight -- the onboard accommodations are all spacious suites with incredible ocean views.
The Details: silversea.com
At Sea: 7 days
Destinations: Starting and ending in Bridgetown, Barbados. This trip loops around to hit French islands St. Martin, St. Barts, and the Iles des Saintes near Guadeloupe, plus unexpected ports like Pigeon Island off St. Lucia.
Life On Board: These three sailing yachts, which can accommodate anywhere from 148 to 312 people, depending on the boat, are known for their beautiful sky-high sails. All staterooms are decked out with L'Occitane bath goods, Bose SoundDock speakers, and portholes.
The Details: windstarcruises.com
At Sea: 7 days
Destinations: From San Juan, Puerto Rico, to St. Thomas, USVI. The coolest part of this trip is that it includes two ports rarely seen on cruises: Vieques, a charming island off Puerto Rico, and Saba, a stamp-size speck north of St. Maarten that's known for its diving.
Life On Board: With two mega yachts that accommodate only 112 guests and a crew of 95, it's easy to see why you'll feel that your every need is being catered to. Prepare to be spoiled with gourmet cuisine, 24-hour room service, and toys like clear-bottom kayaks and JetSkis or WaveRunners.
The Details: seadreamyachtclub.com
At Sea: 8 days
Destinations: Loop around the Grenadine Islands. The route will have you hunting out pirate haunts on Barbados, snorkeling the crystalline waters of the Tobago Cays, and practicing your French on Martinique.
Life On Board: Three tall ships (complete with impressive masts) accommodate around 200 people apiece, which means you'll have plenty of room to roam. Soak up some rays at the pools on the top deck, or catch a performance at the piano bar.
The Details: starclippers.com
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