Sunsets over endless oceans, tropical isles, cocktails by the pool and balcony vistas - a cruise is the perfect way to get away as a couple. From the social and active, to those seeking a private and more chilled out cruise, the big ships cater to all.
Get onboard the most romantic cruises around Australia and the South Pacific in 2017 and beyond! These are some of the best cruises for couples celebrating a milestone birthday, marking an anniversary, making the most of Valentine's Day or just looking to unwind and spend time together!
South Pacific: Get onboard the love boat line
Indulge a little nostalgia with a Princess cruise. The line was the setting for the beloved Love Boat television series, and is still a favourite line for couples, mixing the many options of a big ship with the intimate feel of a smaller one. The ships boast a high percentage of suites and plenty of extras aimed at romance. One great example is the Ultimate Balcony Dining experience, an in-room course-by-course dinner service with champagne.
Princess has five ships regularly cruising the waters of Australia and New Zealand, so there are plenty of options for an itinerary. To amp up the atmosphere, try a classic South Pacific itinerary. There are many beautiful tropical islands where you can create memories with your beloved - the tiny and uninhabited Mystery Island, picturesque Isle of Pines and idyllic Champagne Bay.
Adults Only: P&O UK World Cruise Sectors
P&O is a household name in Australia, but its UK counterpart is not so commonly spotted. However, for a tranquil and relaxing cruise you should take them into serious consideration. Three of the fleet - Adonia, Arcadia and Oriana - offer cruises exclusively for adults. This means no kids underfoot, be they yours or somebody else's. The perfect setting for a romantic getaway.
Most visits to Australia by P&O UK's ships are as part of their World Cruises, and you can get onboard from Sydney or Brisbane to complete a sector. The adults-only Arcadia heads Down Under in 2018.
Tahiti: Paul Gauguin Cruises
Tahiti is known around the world as a picture-perfect destination for honeymooners, so what better place to go for an intimate and romantic cruise holiday? Specialist boutique cruise line Paul Gauguin are experts in cruises for couples, and as a luxury line they take creature comforts to the next level and are perfect for a special celebration.
The MS Paul Gauguin is a luxury vessel complete with an onboard watersports marina and you can explore Tahiti and the Society Islands with a range of itineraries lasting 7 nights, 10 nights and 14 nights. The highlight for most, especially the lovebirds, is Bora Bora - the stunning island where tropical dreams come true.
An intimate affair: Island Escape Cruises
What could be more romantic than an escape on your own private yacht? Island Escapes cruises offer that feeling to anyone, with their small ship "Island Passage" carrying only 24 passengers each sailing. It comes beautifully appointed with staterooms and suites, a helicopter for scenic flights and inside and alfresco dining options - but the scenery and islands are the main attraction. This is the perfect cruise for an adventurous couple, mixing luxurious relaxation with plenty of activity onshore to create memories together.
For your own private and intimate motor-yacht experience, hop across the Tasman to the Bay of Islands or the beautiful Fiordland region. The company offers cruise itineraries in both places, and can offer the best possible experience to intrepid cruisers. Shore excursions are included in the price.
Classical romance: Cunard cruises from Australia
Cunard's elegant ships evoke the heyday of the great ocean liners, a fond nautical tradition. The romance is undeniable - from the beautiful, understated decor of the Cunard fleet to the ballroom dancing and White Star service. A Cunard cruise is a wonderful experience, a different atmosphere and an excellent holiday for lovers. Celebration packages including champagne, flowers, chocolates, spa treatments, cakes - ideal for those marking a special occasion.
You can get a sense of travelling the world via the seven seas by signing on for a World Cruise sector departing Australia, and the line has also recently announced that one of its ships will be homeported here in 2019.
Any cruise you take with the one you love will be a great one, but why not choose a particularly romantic line, ship or destination? These are our picks, so just call one of our friendly Cruise Sale Finder consultants to discuss what works for you and your sweetheart!