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Unwind after your big day on a fantastic holiday at sea! Here’s our range of the best honeymoon cruises.

A wedding is a joyous time, but the lead-up can be very busy and even a little stressful. Once the knot is tied and the festivities are over, there’s no better way to unwind and enjoy each other’s newlywed company than on a honeymoon cruise! Ocean voyages have long been a popular pick for honeymooning couples, and there is good reason for that.

Why choose a honeymoon cruise?

There are so many ways that a holiday on the high seas is the perfect way to top off months of wedding planning and the biggest day of your life. There’s the old adage that cruises are for the “newly wed and nearly dead,” and although we have moved well past that in the modern era of amazing vessels and romantic destinations, the appeal of a honeymoon cruise has not waned.

For spending stress-free time together as a newly married couple, it’s perfect: minimal travel hassle, long days at sea with as much or as little to do as you like, tropical stopovers, and absolutely nothing resembling work: no cleaning, no cooking, no driving anywhere. Book a balcony cabin or suite and you’ll have the perfect enclave to enjoy each other’s company while still appreciating the ocean views and stunning sunsets.

There are plenty of ways to spark some romance on a cruise. Intimate dinners in a specialty restaurant, pool loungers for two, hot tubs, quiet corners in the various bars and lounges, great shows and entertainment for a quality date night. Shipboard life also provides fun for all kinds of couples - those who want nothing more than to relax can do just that, with spa treatments and lots of lazing around, while those who prefer to get up and go can take advantage of the many activities, sports and competitions around the ship. Of course, we all know that opposites attract, so if you and your spouse have very different ideas of what makes a good holiday, the various options on a cruise can make for a harmonious escape - just make sure you meet up for meals and the evening affairs!

Another perk of picking a cruise for the honeymoon is the financial factor. Cruising offers great value for money, especially important after the expense of a wedding!

Pick your escape

Any cruise line can cater well to cruising honeymooners, with a range of different Australia cruises offering packages for all schedules, budgets and destinations. However, some are more popular choices than others, providing the best cruises for couples. Princess Cruises have a reputation for romance, several of their ships having once served as the set for the “Love Boat” TV series. P&O Australia and Carnival are also great choices for fun-loving and exuberant couples. Want to splurge? A cruise on a luxury line such as Seabourn, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas or Azamara will make for an unforgettable honeymoon.

A honeymoon cruise is the ultimate way to celebrate your new marriage, but the festivities don’t need to end there. Dock at one the ports of Australia and continue to celebrate by booking a weekend at one of the stunning retreats and day spas around the country. Or, buy your sweetheart a gift and treat them to a day out at one of the romantic establishments dotting the Australian coast. We’ve gathered together some excellent suggestions to aid you in your honeymoon planning.

The Reef Retreat

Planning a romantic getaway in tropical Queensland? Steal away to a lush, idyllic, rainforest on the Australia's east coast, just 30 minutes north of Cairns. Reef Retreat Palm Cove offers four-star boutique accommodation, with your choice of studio, suite, villa and self-contained lodgings. No matter which of the 36 units you choose to stay in, your stay will be tranquil, comfortable and affordable. Palm Cove beach and restaurants will be right on your doorstep and all the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef and tropical Queensland just a short distance away. Whether you visit the Reef Retreat before or at the end of a honeymoon cruise, this is the perfect setting for couples to relax and enjoy each other in a private and blissful setting.

Where: 10 – 14 Harpa Street, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879 Australia

Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa

The Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa is set among stunning botanical gardens in Mt Tamborine, the tranquil atmosphere alone making it worth the visit. Stay for a romantic getaway in one of the couples’ villas to spend your days relaxing at the award-winning spa, and your evenings listening to the sounds of the rainforest. This little piece of paradise is just a 1-hour drive from the thriving hub of Brisbane, and is the perfect place to escape the city for a couple of days. The Escarpment Retreat & Day Spa can easily be added to the beginning or end of your romantic honeymoon cruise, so let the celebrations continue.

Where: 123 Alpine Terrace, Mt Tamborine, Queensland, 4272 Australia
Phone: +61 7 5545 3300

Black Palm Cape Tribulation

Ever dream of staying in a treehouse? At Black Palm Cape Tribulation, you can. Book a night or two away in the the stunning treehouses in the tropics of Queensland to enjoy both the grandeur of the rainforest and the comfort of exquisite accommodation. Cape Tribulation is located in the Daintree National Park, and runs from the Daintree River all the way to the Bloomfield River in the south. The park is incredibly diverse in its geography and ecology, a beautiful spot where tropical rainforests meet the Great Barrier Reef. Explore long beaches, canopy forest walks, freshwater swimming holes and so much more. Black Palm Cape Tribulation is the perfect way to begin or end your honeymoon cruise in Queensland. Enter paradise by heading just 3 hours north of Cairns.

Where: 91 Nicole Drive, Cape Tribulation, Queensland, 4873, Australia
Phone: +61 07 4098 0130

The Bower

Looking for an off-the-beaten-path romantic getaway? Start or end your honeymoon cruise in Sydney or Melbourne by stealing away to The Bower, a stunning escape on the New South Wales coast of Bateman’s Bay. This idyllic hideaway is flanked by golden beaches, temperate rainforests and a variety of national parks. Wildlife lovers will appreciate Batemans Marine Park, which protects the habitat and provides sanctuary for whales, native birds and other Australian wildlife. Enjoy a pampered experience together, with spa packages and award winning romantic accommodations. All guests will receive a breakfast hamper upon arrival, comfy slippers, linen and bathrobes. Premium customers will receive all of that and a few more extras, including champagne! The Bower is also more than willing to help you arrange a romantic surprise for your sweetie. This lovely little refuge is waiting for your visit.

Where: Broulee South Coast NSW

Mt. Warning Rainforest Retreat

Grab your significant other and head to Mt. Warning Rainforest Retreat for an escape to the stunning Australian rainforest of northern New South Wales. Stay in one of three luxury accommodation suites, all with a different style and atmosphere, to enjoy the secluded subtropical rainforest setting on your weekend getaway. Perfect for intimate wedding ceremonies, honeymoons, anniversaries and even proposals, this is a romantic excursion guaranteed to bring you closer. Just a 2-hour drive from the Brisbane ports, visit the beautiful retreat to start or end your honeymoon cruise.

Where: 112 Mt Warning Road, Mount Warning, New South Wales, 2484, Australia
Phone: +61 2 6679 5063

Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat

Venture into the Tasmanian wilderness for a romantic honeymoon getaway when you stay at the stunning Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat. A peaceful and serene atmosphere awaits you as you step into any one of the luxurious suites and cabins on offer. All couples will get to enjoy a king or queen sized bed, cosy lounge area with a fire, a mini bar for those evening drinks, and stunning modern bathrooms with big tubs. In addition to the beautiful accommodations, guests can also indulge in the fantastic food available at the Whispering Woods Restaurant, open daily for breakfast and dinner, serving the very best of Tasmanian food and wine. Just over an hour’s drive from the Devonport cruise port, continue your honeymoon cruise in this beautiful location.

Where: 770 Dolcoath Road, Moina, Tasmania, 7310, Australia
Phone: +61 03 6492 1112

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