Just like the beloved Love Boat series, you too can have a romantic holiday on the ocean wave. From P&O to Princess, there are plenty of cruise lines just waiting to whisk you away to the most luxurious destinations around the South Pacific.
We've done the hard work for you and gathered easily reachable ports that are the best for long walks on the beach, candlelit meals, gently swaying palm trees or romantic excursions to create memories with your sweetheart. Read on to pick out your next couples cruise.
One: Mystery Island
This tiny island of Vanuatu is an uninhabited oasis, the epitome of tropical island perfection. Boasting palm trees, a coral reef, white sand, calm swimming waters and not much else, it is the perfect escape. There are no buses for tours, no ziplining or restaurants - just time to spend with your loved one in a beautiful place. Locals come over when the ships visit to sell handmade trinkets, but there are no houses and no roads, only paradise.
Two: Champagne Bay
The top two on our list are similar destinations, with a focus on white sand and palm-fringed tropical beauty. When it comes to romance, this is a tried-and-true formula! Champagne Bay is consistently a favourite amongst cruise ship passengers, known for its pristine crescent of beach and freshwater spring which give the water the fine bubbles for which it was named. It can be found on the island of Espiritu Santo in lovely Vanuatu.
Get onboard any of the major South Pacific lines and some of the smaller luxury ones (like Silversea) to visit Champagne Bay.
Sailing out of Sydney as the sun begins to set is an experience to be remembered. It is an iconic and particularly beautiful city, especially around the harbour, and the views from a cruise ship are a new and lovely perspective. Sailing away from the dock and looking over the bridge and opera house whilst drinking champagne with your favourite person is the ultimate romantic gesture. With a great dining and shopping scene, there is plenty to keep you entertained during the day too.
You can see Sydney from the decks of any ship based in Australia. It is the biggest and most prolific cruise port in the country and hosts vessels from the likes of P&O, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Cunard, Seabourn, Silversea, Celebrity and Azamara Club.
Four: Moreton Island
This is a trip for a more adventurous couple. Offered exclusively by P&O Australia's five ships, the island is a beautiful spot, ringed by pale beaches and covered with greenery and giant sand dunes. P&O has set up many options for activities so you can create amazing memories together in this beautiful setting. Feeding dolphins is one of the more sedentary options - you can also try quad-biking, snorkelling, diving, sand tobogganing, beach volleyball, fishing and even helicopter rides.
Moreton Island is one of the few ports that is reachable on a short-break cruise. You can see it with a quick romantic getaway of four nights from Sydney or three nights from Brisbane.
This small town at the top of New Zealand's South Island features on many cruises to New Zealand, welcoming a wide range of ships from different cruise lines. Although devoid of palm trees and Michelin-starred restaurants, it is a wonderful place to spend time with someone you love thanks to the surrounding vineyards. Picton is in the famous Marlborough wine region, known globally for wonderful sauvignon blancs and pinot noirs. A wine tour in the New Zealand summertime is one of the best dates imaginable - sure to impress!
Six: Bora Bora
Tahiti is a dream destination! Although further away and more expensive to get to, it is worth the trip for a special occasion such as an anniversary. Bora Bora, coveted by honeymooners everywhere, is a picture-perfect piece of paradise, and there isn't too much more to say on the subject. Turquoise lagoon, dazzling sand, evocative green mountains - it has it all. Lovebirds can spend the day lying on the beach taking it all in, or explore with glass-bottomed boat trips, four-wheel drive safaris and underwater adventures.
The luxury boutique cruise line Paul Gauguin Cruises are experts on cruising in Tahiti, so are a great option for anyone wanting to visit Bora Bora - they often spend more than one day there for guests to be well acquainted.
Seven: Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach in Queensland is the gateway to the incredible Whitsunday Islands. The town itself is bustling and busy, but the romance starts offshore on the islands. These are a tropical paradise, fringed by sand and covered with greenery. The Great Barrier Reef creates calm waters which are perfect for sailing. What could be better than a few hours with the wind in your hair and your beloved by your side? Most lines offer sailing tours of the islands, along with jet skiing, kayaking and excursions to the Reef.
Eight: Fiordland National Park
New Zealand has plenty of amazing scenery, but Fiordland really steps it up a notch. The country's largest national park, it is home to a series of stunning sounds or fiords - Milford Sound, Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound are the most often visited by cruise ships. This is a scenic cruising destination, meaning you cannot get off the ship but enjoy the vistas from onboard. For a real romantic visit to this amazing part of the world, book a balcony cabin and watch it all pass by together from your private nest.
Any cruise line heading to New Zealand is likely to pass through the Fiordland National Park, from the major lines to the small luxury ones. Some smaller lines like Silversea offer excursions off the ship in rigid-hulled inflatables.
Nine: Isle of Pines
Just the name of this New Caledonian island evokes a romantic picture - a lonely isle of tall pines swaying in the Pacific wind. It's not far from the truth, as this beautiful place has that and more. It is encircled by a sparkling lagoon and reef, perfect for a spot of lazy snorkelling and swimming with your partner. There are market stalls at the small Vao village, the ruins of an old penal colony to explore and amazing views over the ocean from Pic Nga, the island's highest point.
There are no worries about finding a cruise to the Isle of Pines for you and your beloved. All the major Australia lines go there and many others as well. Carnival's tried and true Pacific Islands cruise is a great place to start!
For some people, romance isn't a beach in the tropics but an urban getaway with restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping and culture. Melbourne is a stylish and diverse place, a city to get lost in and explore. With trendy eateries, endless cafes, beachside suburbs, rooftop bars and amazing galleries and museums, it is the perfect cruise port for city slickers. Outings for a couple in love could include wandering Chinatown to find an intimate yum cha restaurant, a cruise on the Yarra River, afternoon tea on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel in Docklands, or creating your own perfume at Fleurage Perfume Atelier.
Grab your favourite person and start planning a romantic cruise on your very own Love Boat!