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Top 5 Cruise Lines for a Romantic Couple's Getaway

Celebrity Cruises, Romantic Couples Cruise Vacation
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The cruise industry is vast and diverse, with dozens of lines to choose from, and something for every type of vacationer. There are brands dedicated to family time, others specializing in education, others relaxation. For the couples out there looking for a romantic cruise experience, there are many great cruise lines to book. Everything from an elevated party atmosphere; to quiet luxury; to adventurous expeditions- here are the top 5 brands for the couple desiring a romantic vacation away from it all!

Celebrity Cruises, Couples Vacation, the Retreat
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Celebrity Cruises

For the couples craving a relaxing getaway, time together at the bars and pool, and elevated dining, Celebrity Cruises is the perfect solution. This premium product is a great option for a romantic vacation, as it truly caters to the adult crowd that want to experience a laid back- yet fun vibes during their cruise.

DINING | Their Edge Series ships are beautifully designed with modern touches and beautiful venues throughout. Enjoy the unique dining concepts of Eden and Le Petite Chef, or delicious fan-favorites such as Raw on 5, Le Grand Bistro, and Fine Cut Steakhouse- all of which are the perfect date night for couples!

BARS | Enjoy a glass of wine with your partner each and every evening at the beautiful Sunset Bar, located at the top aft-of the ship for the most incredible views. For an even more social experience, the Martini Bar in the Grand Plaza is a great way to make cruise friends and have drinks together before or after dinner.

THE RETREAT | The Retreat is the ultimate way to honeymoon or celebrate an anniversary. The Retreat Suites are designed with elevated touches, from New York penthouse vibes, to the upgraded amenities and service- no detail is too small. Retreat guests will have access to the oasis that is the Retreat Sundeck, as well as the Retreat Lounge, Bar, and Restaurant- Luminae.

AQUACLASS | In addition to the Retreat, Celebrity offers AquaClass- your key to health and wellness onboard. Guests staying in an AquaClass room will have Thermal Suite access at the spa for the entire cruise, enjoy in-suite wellness amenities such as bottled water and yoga mats, have the Spa concierge available throughout, and will have complimentary dining at Blu with a menu featuring healthy, clean cuisine at an elevated level.

Crystal Cruises, Romantic Cruise Vacation, Luxury Cruise
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Crystal Cruises

For the couples seeking out a luxurious experience with incredible inclusions, Crystal Cruises is top of the list. From the elevated included dining, to the refined entertainment, to the lavishly designed suites and staterooms, it won't be hard to get romantic on one of these beautiful ships.

DINING | The inclusivity of a Crystal Cruise extends to the dining. There are elevated everyday options such as the The Tridents Grill, Tastes Kitchen & Bar, and the Waterside Restaurant. Guests will also be given complimentary seating for one or more nights in the fine dining restaurants such as Umi Uma- delightful Japanese-Peruvian cuisine; and Osteria D'Ovivio for a taste of Italy.

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT | One of Crystal's goals is to provide quality entertainment and enrichment to their cruise guests. Passengers can enjoy broadway-style shows, tribute performances, live music, lectures, and so much more. In addition there are plenty of onboard activities to keep guests entertained including pickleball, arts and craft workshops, wine-tasting, and wellness classes such as yoga and pilates.

SERVICE | The service onboard a Crystal ship is world-class. Onboard you will have your own personal butler service. Your butler will help you pack and unpack, draw a bath, set up in-room dining, and offer personalized touches throughout the whole cruise. You will be greeted by a warm smile at every turn while onboard, with highly-trained staff ready to help with your every need. From the room attendants, to the waitstaff, to the incredible bartenders, you will be fully taken care of while on a Crystal Cruise.

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Norwegian Cruise Line

If you are looking for laid-back vibes, mixed with a bit of adventure, a Norwegian Cruise is perfect for a fun couple's vacation. These beautiful ships provide relaxing spaces alongside fun-inducing activities- and with the Free at Sea Unlimited Open Bar, you and your partner will have the best experience with NCL.

DINING | NCL is known for having some of the most delicious complimentary and specialty dining in the industry. For date nights Cagney's offers juicy cuts of meat and delicious sides, and Onda by Scarpetta features delicious Italian dishes- pair those with a glass of wine and a beautiful atmosphere, and you have the perfect cocktail for a romantic evening. On the complimentary side, the Surfside Cafe offers a laid back buffet-style dining experience, and the Local Bar & Grill has delicious pub fare late into the night. On the newer NCL vessels, the Indulge Food Hall is the perfect way to enjoy many elevated options from around the world. There are several restaurants from Indian food, to Texas BBQ, to Soups and Salads, all of which you can order from right at you table and it will be brought to you- its a great way to have a casual date night and enjoy some delicious food.

BARS | Throughout an NCL ship there are many incredible bar options, from the Atrium Bar, to the bustling Metropolitan, and many more. And, if you and your partner choose the Unlimited Open Bar package with the Free at Sea program, you can have all your drinks for free during the cruise!

THE HAVEN | The Haven is the pinnacle of luxury onboard an NCL ship. These exclusive enclave offers luxurious and elevated accommodations with access to Haven-only spaces such as the Haven Bar, Lounge, Restaurant, and Sundeck. Booking in the Haven is the way to go if you want an even more peaceful and relaxing experience- the perfect options for couples on a romantic getaway.

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT | The activities onboard an NCL ship give guests a chance to be a bit adventurous and let loose. From the waterslides to the stomach-turning drop mat slides, to the VR games, Go-Karting, and mini-golf- couple's who want a more energetic and active cruise will find plenty to do on a Norwegian ship. Once you are done having a exciting time with the onboard activities, head to the theater to catch a broadway-style performance or tribute act. NCL offers many productions shows, musicals, live music, impromptu dance parties, rock bands, and stand up comedy throughout the fleet. So no matter which ship you choose to sail, you will be thoroughly entertained the entire cruise long.

Oceania Cruises, Romantic Cruise Vacation, Luxury Cruise Vacation
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Oceania Cruises

Step into a world of luxury and refined elegance on an Oceania Cruise ship. Oceania is designed for the couple who wishes to relax in style, have a more intimate cruise experience, and see incredible destinations around the world in ultimate luxury and comfort. The ship's have much lower capacity, allowing for even more elevated service with a large crew-to-passenger ratio.

DINING | The gourmet dining onboard an Oceania vessel is second-to-none. No one in the industry does dining quite as well as Oceania. Guests have access to every restaurant onboard, from the elevated buffet at the Terrace Cafe, to coffeehouse treats at Baristas, to the delicious hand-crafted pastas at Toscana. There are endless options for a romantic dinner for two with Oceania.

SERVICE | There are 2 crew members for every 3 guests onboard, creating a highly-personalized experience as you are taken care of by world-class staff. The concierge team will expertly help you with all your needs, and all the stateroom attendants are brought in from the world's five-star hotels- ensuring perfection within each suite. In addition you butler can help with any of your in-suite needs from laundry, to unpacking, and setting up in-suite dining each and every day if you wish.

ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES | Oceania truly focuses on brining enrichment to their guests. Enjoy cooking classes at the Culinary Center, where you can dive deep into local cuisine and learn more about fresh ingredients and cooking techniques. The Artist Loft let's guests tap into their creative side with informational demonstrations and painting classes- a great date option! Throughout the cruise there will be trivia games which will allow you to befriend your fellow passengers. Entertainment onboard includes exclusive performances showcasing an ever-changing array of dynamic vocalist, string quartets, pianists, and guest entertainers!

Virgin Voyages, Romantic Cruise Vacation, Couples Cruise Vacation
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Virgin Voyages

Nothing truly says a "couple's vacation" then an "adults-only" cruise! Virgin Voyages has created a party onboard their beautiful ships through delicious included dining, nightlife, an advanced entertainment.

DINING | Virgin boasts an incredible amount of complimentary dining onboard, with 20+ eateries that have menus created by Michelin star chefs, no huge buffets or dining halls, and plenty of late-night bites to choose from. Have a romantic date night at Extra Virgin where you can indulge in delicious Italian cuisine. For casual small bites, the Dock House is a popular option, and a great way to whet you appetite for dinner! For multiple options all in one place, the Galley is a food hall that offers a pastry shop, burger joint, noodle bar, taco shack, and more- a great way to have a relaxed meal with your partner.

BARS | Before you head to a delicious dinner, stop by any of the onboard bars for pre-dinner drinks. On the Rocks focuses on aged spirits, while Sip is the champagne bar featuring bubbles and caviar. For a refreshing drink as you and your partner lounge by the pool, the Aquatic Club has an extensive menu of delicious frozen and classic cocktails.

ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES | The whole ship becomes the entertainment on Virgin's famous Scarlet Nights. The venues are converted to an epic array of delights and experiences such as pop-up circus performances, interactive games, live music, karaoke, and so much more! Catch unbelievable performances onboard such as Another Rose- an acrobatic love story blended with a celebratory dinner party that is a fully immersive experience. For a bit of fun onboard, head to the casino and enjoy a little risk with your fellow passengers. For total relaxation, enjoy lounging in the sun on the pool deck as the music blasts and the vibes stay high.

Booking Your Cruise

Now that you are ready to book your romantic cruise getaway, reach out to the experts at Harr Travel. We know the ships inside and out, and have an amazing relationship with the cruise lines. Our advisors will craft the couple's vacation of a lifetime for you and your partner at an exceptional rate, and give you the Harr Travel signature service every step of the way.

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