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5 of the best romantic cruises

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Travel and romance are inextricably linked - and the marketeers just can't resist peppering their brochures with photos of impossibly glamorous couples toasting each other in some exotic location, at sunset, with a glass of fizz.

Now whilst this can be slightly irritating, the truth is that cruising, particularly in certain locations, can be very romantic, and the perfect choice for anniversary celebrations, honeymoons, or even a special Valentine. Here are a few of our favourite options...

Paul Gauguin in the South Pacific

The ultimate in romance has to be the lovely Paul Gauguin sailing the South Pacific islands. We laugh at their cheesy annual Valentine's Day campaign, 'Take your sweetie to Tahiti', but what could be more appropriate? Celebrating 20 years' continual sailing in the region, Paul Gauguin Cruises has a commitment to Polynesian culture, and a passion for ensuring that everyone sailing with them understands the beauty of the region.

As a result, they are warmly welcomed everywhere they go, and their guests get an up-close authentic experience of the South Seas and trademark Polynesian hospitality. Guests visit a host of exquisite islands with white sand beaches, aqua lagoons, mist-laden mountains, and enjoy the opportunity to dive, snorkel and enjoy watersports from the ship's marina. The all-inclusive value is extraordinary, especially when comparisons are made with local hotels.

Paul Gauguin Cruises in Tahiti

Juliet's balcony in Verona

Even though there is no historical evidence that Juliet's family lived in the house, the balcony has gained almost legendary status and lovers often leave notes on the wall below - and if you are lucky, you can include an opera performance as well. Combine with a Regent Seven Seas cruise from or to Venice.

Verona, Italy

Expedition cruising in Antarctica

Adventurous couples can prove that they will travel to the ends of the earth to be together by doing just that, on an Antarctic adventure taking in glorious scenery and amazing wildlife. And - not for the faint-hearted - why not try the ultimate romantic gesture by leaping hand in hand into the icy waters on Silversea's polar plunge

Silver Explorer in Antarctica

Yachting around the Mediterranean

SeaDream Yacht Club takes you way off the beaten track to hidden ports and harbours in the Mediterranean. The al fresco lifestyle is rather special - dining under the stars is great, and better still, SeaDream will even make up your luxurious Balinese Dream Bed on deck where you can curl up in comfort with your loved one under the stars.

SeaDream Yacht Club - Champagne & Balinese bed

Set sail for Central America

Cruising under sail, with just the slap of the waves and the tinkling of the rigging as your soundtrack, has to be one of the most romantic options - maybe in Costa Rica and Panama with Windstar Cruises. National Parks with intense rainforest landscapes and lovely beaches lapped by the Pacific provide the backdrop for the abundant animal life of this magical region.

Windstar Cruises - Wind Star at sunset
Meet the author

Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising. Most recently she's cruised on Windstar and has also sailed with Silversea, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas, Crystal, SeaDream, Ponant, AmaWaterways and Aqua Expeditions. Her favourite destination is the Galapagos however she's also enjoyed cruises in the Mediterranean, Danube, Middle East, East Africa & Indian Ocean, Brahmaputra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the Mekong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Caribbean and the Arctic. When she’s not travelling she loves reading, food and wine.

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