Cruising has grown a significant aspect of the tourism industry. It has become quite popular way among individuals, couples, and families to spend short or long vacations. The CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association, expected that 30 million people would cruise the high seas in 2019. It is a whopping number, especially considering that the number was 17.8 million in 2009.
No wonder that numerous people prefer cruises as a means to spend their vacations. You need to think hard to find things better to do than spending some quality time with your loved one sailing, enjoying sandy beaches, visiting new places, and watching breathtaking scenery. From the Panama Canal and Mexico to the Bahamas, Caribbean islands, and many more a wide range of choices are available for you to choose from. Following, Pouted online magazine presents you 10 of the most luxurious cruises for couples.
1 A Caribbean cruise
The Caribbean islands are heaven on earth; they form a perfect cruise destination for couples. Honestly, what can be better than enjoying nature and all this beauty with your loved one? You also have a variety of options to choose from what suits you. For example, you could go for a Western Caribbean cruise and enjoy stops in its magnificent islands, including Key West, Belize, Jamaica, and Honduras. And how about barefoot walks on the Mexican Caribbean white beaches, diving the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, commonly known as the Great Mayan Reef, which is a marine region extends over 1,000 kilometers, and exploring ancient Maya cities and temples? Just imagine the possibilities of a Western Caribbean cruise.
Eastern Caribbean is no less charming with its similar sunny weather and beautiful islands, including Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. The Caribbean islands, in general, comprise an impressive variety of cultures, customs, traditional food, and historical sites, meaning it is a cruise that you would not get bored of or forget. Plus, all the islands, eastern and western, are easily reachable from the southeastern coast of the U.S. So, pick up the itinerary and cruise duration that suits you and enjoy some quality time together.
2 Costa Rica
If you seek to spend extraordinary time with your loved one surrounded by beautiful nature, here is another luxurious cruise destination to consider; pick up a cruise itinerary that includes Costa Rica as a stop. There you are going to enjoy warm weather, white-sand beaches, rainforests, and wildlife. You can enjoy lying relaxed on the beach, surfing, and observing a wide variety of animals in the wild, such as monkeys, crocodiles, and sloth sanctuaries. The exotic locale lies in Central America, specifically between Panama and Nicaragua. You can reach it by a cruise from Florida. It is a cruise that both of you will carry its memories for long.
Mexico is noted by its attractive local culture and wide range of activities that you can enjoy while being there. With a cruise that takes you around the coast of Mexico, you can visit impressive Mayan temples, go for tequila tastings, and experience diving and snorkeling. The cruise itineraries include the Mexican Riviera, Pacific coast, and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
The Bahamas are among the destinations that can be reached by a cruise from Florida; it is a gateway to islands that many do wish to visit, including the Caribbean, Panama Canal, and of course, the Bahamas. If you are looking for a short cruise, from three to four days, it is a perfect choice. The Bahamas consists of 700 islands, most of them are uninhabited. It is an ideal option for couples who appreciate privacy and quietness. The Bahamas also possesses an exciting royal heritage that you can enjoy along with a rich coral garden that you dive into at Orange Bowl reef. Its famous islands, including Paradise and Nassau, have quite luxurious resorts and fashion shopping centers.
5 Panama Canal
It is indeed exciting to cruise through the great connector between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, Panama Canal. Along the way are beautiful tropical destinations with abundant historical sites such as beaches of Cabo San Lucas, jungles of Costa Rica, and the vibrant colonial architecture of Cartagena. And among Panama Viejo ruins, you can meet the history and legends of pirates and conquistadors; it is what remains from the old Panama City. Visiting the Panamanian rainforest and interacting with the locals is another fantastic experience that you and your partner will always remember.
Japan recalls, in the minds of many, skyscrapers and the modern streets of Tokyo. However, a cruise to Japan will indeed provide you with an entirely different experience. Japan consists of less known islands, but not least beautiful in any way. There you are going to enjoy nature, and the Japanese traditional art and culture. Wandering in the olive groves on Shikoku Island, and visiting the 16th-century ceramic studio on the island of Kyushu are such unique experiences.
Cambodia is another Asian cruise destination that forms a perfect choice for couples who seek to spend a vacation together surrounded by nature and beautiful scenery. Besides, it is a hidden treasure, not widely known among the world’s top tourist attractions. So, couples will also enjoy a great deal of privacy. Cambodia is located on the Gulf of Thailand, and it is an excellent place for diving.
8 The Azores Islands
The Azores Islands are isolated beauty that lies in the Atlantic Ocean, about 3,000 miles from the U.S. A cruise itinerary that stops at the Azores Islands allows you to enjoy activities such as whale watching and hiking. Besides, beautiful sites await you there, including the UNESCO-listed volcanic vineyards, and the lava tubes, which are among the longest lava tubes in the world.
9 St. Petersburg
Moving to European destinations, St. Petersburg, Russia is one more exquisite cruise destination to consider, especially in the Summer to enjoy its brightness and colors. It is a historical city with rich cultural sites, beautiful architecture, canals, and bridges. Among the stunning landmarks that you can visit are the historic city center, Hermitage Museum, the second-largest art museum in the world, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral.
10 Australia and New Zealand
Australia and New Zealand are neighbors, located between the South Pacific ocean and Indian ocean. If you seek a long cruise, consider an itinerary to Australia and New Zealand. There you will enjoy the diversity in geography and wildlife; Australia offers deserts, mountains, rainforests, and beaches, not to mention the Great Barrier Reef that extends for over 2,300 kilometers. It is the largest coral reef system in the world, comprising more than 2,900 individual reefs. New Zealand also possesses abundant natural sites. Both of them can give any couple a luxurious, unforgettable experience.
These were some perfect cruise destinations for couples who want to enjoy a couple of days together and mute the noise of the world for a while. We hope that you find among them the one that suits you and your loved one.