With so many cruise lines targeting their sailings towards families and mature travellers, it can sometimes be a challenge for younger, childless couples to find the right cruise package.
Considerations include the ship, cabin types, facilities, itineraries, price points and of course fellow passengers -- combined, it really is a lot to think about. To help, we've put together a short guide to advise younger couples on finding the best cruise for them -- be that something quite lively or a romantic adult-only escape.
Probably the most renowned for romance, Princess (the Love Boat line) is a great, affordable choice for loved-up couples. The ships feature a good amount of balconies and suites, nice speciality restaurants for romantic dinners and Movies Under the Stars. Princess also offers several engagement packages for anyone looking to pop the question.
The cruise line caters for youngsters on two counts. First, it runs several short cruises (some themed) intended for people looking for a party vibe. Second, it has three adult-only ships, perfect for couples looking to avoid gaggles of screaming kids.
Ideal for adult-friendly entertainment. Facilities include the Lawn Club, where guests can picnic or play croquet, adult-only solariums and a diverse mix of bars, including the Martini Bar and the outdoor Sunset Bar.
Paul Gauguin Cruises
For couples looking for luxury, Paul Gauguin is a fantastic choice, if a little on the pricey side. Venturing to tropical hotspots in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia (top destinations for young honeymooners), the ships boast fine-dining restaurants and offer private tours and butler service (for higher suite categories).
A good option for young couples new to cruising or working with a small budget. The ships have lots of lively bars, good quality food and a sociable European feel.
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