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You’ve had your big day, tied the knot, thrown the bouquet and now you’re ready to enjoy the honeymoon to its fullest. Whether you’re getting married in a traditional ceremony or you’re exchanging vows in port, as we talked about here, a honeymoon cruise is the perfect way to shed the stress after all that time you spent planning the wedding.

And since a cruise holiday offers so much – you could be relaxing on a sun lounger one day, then getting to the heart of local culture the next – they’re great for couples who can’t decide what to do for their own honeymoon. Take a look at this guide to honeymoon cruising, we’ve even collected some of the best cruise itineraries for an amazing honeymoon; finding the perfect balance between romance and relaxation is easier than ever.

Why should you honeymoon on a cruise?

Your honeymoon destination is a big decision, and not one to be taken lightly. Here, we discuss why a cruise ship is the perfect choice.

You get more for your money

Initially, a cruise holiday might look like the more expensive option, but once you’ve factored in that you’ll visit multiple destinations and experience a world of on-board luxury – it suddenly seems quite the bargain. If you tried to visit the same breadth of places by plane, you’d be footing a seriously pricey bill, as well as having to deal with the stress of flights, changes and layovers.

Additionally, many cruise lines do special honeymoon deals and packages to make your new-found wedded bliss that little bit sweeter.

Less planning

As we mentioned before, planning a wedding, choosing the venue, getting the right font on the invitations and making sure everything goes swimmingly on the big day can be stressful. On top of that, you’ve got your honeymoon to sort out too.

A cruise honeymoon aims to take some of the stress out of planning, making booking as simple as possible. You find an itinerary that’s right for you and your partner, and most of your activities are sorted right there. Everything else, like spa treatments, are optional extras to enhance the already idyllic experience.

Plenty to do

The beauty of cruise holidays is that you get to set the pace. If you’re feeling loved up and want to stretch out in the sun, the option’s there. If an onshore excursion is more your thing, then take a trip off the ship and get exploring. Ships are packed with pools, theatres, spas, bars and restaurants, so there’s always something to do.

Cruise Honeymoon tips

A few should-dos and must-haves to make sure your marriage gets off to the perfect start.couple relaxing on sunny beach during honeymoon

Seclude yourself

By choosing to cruise for your honeymoon, you may lose some of the seclusion you’d be afforded by a traditional trip. But finding a degree of solitude isn’t impossible on board your ship. Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line feature adults-only sun decks, along with amenities such as secluded hot tubs, padded loungers and two-person hammocks where the emphasis is on privacy.

For something even more secluded, Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ships feature limited-access areas where crew members provide fruit skewers and mist you with Evian water.

Treat yourself

There’s obviously a reason to celebrate, so why not go all out? Splurge on that huge, lavish suite – you only honeymoon once, after all. Go for something with a butler on hand to cater to your every whim. Order room service with a bottle of wine. Treat yourself to a relaxing facial or couple’s massage. Get priority disembarkation so you can skip the crowds. There’s so much to indulge in, so why not?

Pick the itinerary that’s right for you

Yes, cruise ships often make multiple stops over the course of their itineraries. But if you’d prefer to luxuriate on a sun lounger and bask in the glorious heat with a drink in hand, then a cruise that stops at ports you aren’t bothered about seeing might not be for you. If you’re a couple who loves to explore, then go for a cruise line that features overnight stays at the ports. How you spend your time on your holiday is down to you, so tailor it as you see fit.

Top Honeymoon itineraries

Decided that a cruise ship honeymoon is for you? The next step is finding the perfect itinerary for you and your husband or wife to be.

Celebrity Cruises

Try something new as a twosome and go for one of Celebrity Cruises’ itineraries in the South Pacific. Think white beaches, crystal-clear waters and a part of the world that’s as close to paradise as you can get.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Voted Best Hawaii Cruise Itinerary, Norwegian Cruise Line offers a Hawaiian adventure that enhances your honeymoon with instant vitality. Built to give you plenty of time in port – nearly 100 hours – this is perfect for couples who love to lounge.

And amongst the gargantuan volcanoes, cascades of waterfalls and picture-perfect beaches, it’s one you surely won’t forget in a hurry.couple enjoying glaciers during honeymoon

Royal Caribbean

For something a little different, and if you don’t mind the cold, why not give Alaska a try? The idea might seem a little strange, but wrapped up warm and snug with your partner while aurora borealis lights up the sky is a memory you’ll treasure forever.

Princess Cruises

Many a honeymooner has spoken highly of Princess Cruises’ Caribbean itineraries. Idyllic and stunning, the Sanctuary Sun Deck makes a superb getaway from all that planning you’ve done over the past year. Put your feet up, soak in the sun and enjoy your togetherness in total comfort.

Does the thought of starting your wedded bliss on the high seas appeal to you? Head over to our homepage to check out our amazing selection of cruise deals. Alternatively, give us a call on 01 536 0938 and our friendly team will help you find your perfect cruise package.

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Belinda Goodman

Cruise 1st veteran Belinda has a passion for travel, especially cruising. She has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years, including a 3-year stint working on cruise ships as a croupier. Belinda regularly writes for the Cruise 1st blog, with a focus on company news and advice for first-time cruise travellers.

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