5 romantic cruise ship experiences for globetrotting couples

Love at first sail.

For the travel-inclined couple, a holiday for two is the ultimate romantic gesture. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone anniversary or traveling with a new beau, an intimate getaway is just the thing to take your relationship to new romantic heights. Especially when it’s set at sea.

Enter luxury British cruise line, Cunard. A sense of timeless glamour permeates each ship, as Art Deco interiors combine with contemporary style, and deluxe staterooms provide a private escape. But it’s not just the elegant interiors that set an apt scene for l’amour.

From tropical destinations to poolside daybeds, lavish dinners and Champagne-fuelled sunset drinks, there’s something on board to entice every couple. Below, we explore the most romantic experiences at sea.

Dinner for two

Whether you’re at home or on holiday, date night is an opportunity to spend quality time with your significant other. On a Cunard cruise, there’s a variety of intimate dinner options to seduce you. Suit up and impress your partner with an evening at Steakhouse at The Verandah, for instance. In this fine dining restaurant, the premium steak selections, seafood-heavy menu, and cocktail list include ingredients sourced from both sides of the Atlantic.

Pre-dinner, whet your appetite with Cunard’s complimentary afternoon tea, served by white-gloved waiters in the sophisticated Queens Room. Savour fresh scones, finger sandwiches and cakes, before retreating to your stateroom for a loved-up siesta.

Savour afternoon tea in the Queens Room. Image: Supplied

Celebrate in style

“There is nothing more beautiful than a sunset, viewed over a glass of chilled Champagne,” says cocktail historian Jared M. Brown. And what better place to watch the sun drop over the horizon than in the middle of the ocean? For a sparkling moment to remember, share a bottle of Laurent Perrier on the broad open deck. Once the sun has set, continue your starry-eyed celebrations at the midship Gin and Fizz Bar, with a globetrotting menu of premium gins (including Cunard’s own 3 Queens Gin), and world-class Champagnes.

Rest and rejuvenate

Relaxation is synonymous with romance. And when you’re drifting at sea with nowhere to be, a cruise ship is an idyllic place to unwind. Cunard ships in particular offer more space per guest than most ships of a similar size, so you can enjoy a harmonious sense of spaciousness wherever you recline.

To enter a state of total relaxation, book a spa treatment for you and your lover at Mareel Wellness and Beauty, Cunard’s sanctuary at sea. Expert masseurs use massage therapies to alleviate tension, rejuvenate your skin, and leave your body feeling nourished.

Unwind at Mareel Wellness & Beauty. Image: Supplied

Live in luxury

Life is better on the high seas… especially when you’ve booked Cunard’s Grill Suite experience, the pinnacle of luxury in ocean travel. Each Queens Grill Suite boasts floor to ceiling windows, abundant space to relax, a personal butler, and exclusive access to a specific lounge and intimate restaurants. For a morning of amorous bliss, enjoy a room service breakfast on your balcony overlooking an ocean vista.

The finer things

For something extra special, surprise your sweetheart with a night at the extravagant Royal Court Theatre. Turn up the heat with a private theatre box, which includes Godiva chocolates and Champagne to savour while you watch West End calibre entertainment. You can even order floral arrangements to be delivered pre-show (or for a special occasion) from the onboard florist, from delicate garden bouquets to Valentine style red roses.

Brought to you by Cunard.

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