10 Cruise Anniversary Trip Ideas and Romantic Things to Do in Each Destination
If you and your partner have an anniversary coming up that you want to celebrate in style, these anniversary trip ideas will get you excited to celebrate on a cruise.
Mediterranean Cruise with Italy Focus
A Mediterranean cruise that stops in multiple Italian ports of call is an excellent anniversary trip idea for couples who have always dreamed about visiting the romantic country of Italy together.
If your vision of romance includes vineyards and rolling green hills dotted by Tuscan villas, then a port of call in Tuscany is a must. Celebrity Cruises visits Livorno or La Spezia, both of which provide plenty of shore excursion opportunities to see Tuscany’s top sights.
While in Tuscany, you can take a vineyard and wine tasting tour, visit the museums of Florence, walk around the hilltop towns of San Gimignano and Montepulciano, or go all out for your anniversary trip day in port and use Celebrity Cruises’ Private Journeys to arrange a private driver to take you all around the area for historic sightseeing, strolls along the cobblestone, and wine tasting galore.
Italy Cruises also visit other popular Italian ports of call, including Rome, Naples, Messina, and Venice.
Mediterranean Cruise with Adriatic Focus
The Adriatic Sea is a small subset of the larger Mediterranean Sea that is sandwiched in between the eastern coast of Italy and the western coastlines of Slovenia, Croatia, and Montenegro. The rich turquoise color of the Adriatic is dotted with arid islands and framed by strikingly beautiful coastal cities.
Cities that stand out for romance on a Mediterranean cruise to the Adriatic include the historic Croatian cities of Split and Dubrovnik and the city of Kotor, Montenegro.
Split is a lovely port city that serves as the jumping off point for many of the ferries that visit the nearby islands. A short distance inland from the harbor, you’ll find Diocletian’s Palace, a fun and historic place to explore with your significant other. Walk around the little alleyways of the palace and imagine what it must have been like centuries ago. Beneath the city streets is the palace’s mesmerizing underground area, where you can learn more about the history and see ancient artifacts of previous civilizations.
Dubrovnik is located on the south end of Croatia’s Adriatic coast and is famous for its walled Old Town, which majestically juts out into the water and is an amazing place to behold due to its views both within its walls and from atop.
That’s right, you can walk on top of the walls in Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Do so hand in hand on your romantic anniversary trip while you take in the rooftop views of Dubrovnik and the sea views of the Adriatic.
Kotor, Montenegro is also home to a historic Old Town area with medieval buildings and Romanesque churches. The Our Lady of the Rocks church is an especially memorable church to see in Kotor since it is built on a tiny island located a short boat ride off shore from Kotor.
On the northwest edge of the Adriatic lies Venice, Italy, the famed city built on water. Venice serves as an embarkation port for Celebrity Cruises and a roundtrip cruise from Venice is a great way to maximize the romance quotient on your anniversary trip. Add on a post cruise City Stay to have some bonus romance time.
With a City Stay, you’ll get a couple extra nights after you disembark from your cruise to stay in the center of Venice and explore it at your leisure. City Stays also include guided tours during the day so you can join one and learn more about the city. In the evenings, take a romantic gondola ride or make reservations for a canal side table for two.
Mediterranean Cruise with Greece Focus
The Mediterranean inspires many anniversary trip ideas, and another one is a cruise with ports of call in Greece. Located at the very southern end of Europe, Greece boasts balmy weather, iconic ancient sites, and islands just waiting to woo you with their beauty.
For the ultimate romantic port of call in Greece, make sure your cruise stops in Santorini. This island stands out due to its incredible geothermal makeup. The island gently curves in a crescent shape with one side a steep caldera. The caldera was formed when the adjacent volcano erupted thousands of years ago and crumbled part of the island into the sea. The mostly submerged volcano is still active and you can see it from the caldera or take a boat ride over to it for some fun couple time taking a mud bath in its hot springs.
Santorini has many other romantic activities you can do as well. Take an excursion to the east side of the island and spend a lazy afternoon lounging on one of the black sand beaches, hued that color from volcanic rock. A stroll up and down the caldera among the gleaming white, cliffside hugging buildings of Oia is also a can’t-miss for romance. From Oia, you have incredible views of the sea, volcano, and main town of Fira across the bay.
Other islands you can visit during a Greece-focused Mediterranean cruise are Mykonos, Corfu, and Crete. If you and your partner are big history buffs, you can’t miss a stop in Athens either to see the impressive remains of the Acropolis.
Alaska Cruise in a Veranda Stateroom or Suite
If your dream anniversary trip idea is an Alaska cruise (which is a smart travel dream to have!) take it one step further and make sure you’re sailing in a veranda stateroom or suite when you cruise north to America’s 49th state.
While sailing in an interior or oceanview stateroom to Alaska is still a wonderful experience, a veranda stateroom will truly elevate your trip.
The Alaska cruise season runs from May to September, meaning you'll be sailing during the longest days of the year, which way up north in Alaska are quite long! During the summer solstice in June, there are only a few hours between sunset and sunrise. This means you'll have plenty of opportunity to sit on your veranda and enjoy the incredible views you pass during an Alaska cruise.
After dinner and a show in the common areas of the ship, you can grab a glass of wine and head to your veranda for some quiet conversation while the boat glides gracefully through the water. Or in the morning, enjoy the veranda version of breakfast in bed by having your breakfast delivered to your stateroom and enjoying it on your own private balcony while wearing your plush bathrobes. It's a marvelous way to wake up.
A suite is an even more luxurious way to enjoy an Alaska cruise anniversary trip. On Celebrity Cruises, every suite has a veranda – some of which are incredibly spacious and even have hot tubs. You'll also have butler service as part of your suite stay and can get dinner served to you course by course in your room or on your veranda for a romantic dinner just the two of you.
Suite Class guests also get access to exclusive areas of the ship so you feel like a VIP while dining and lounging.
Southeast Asia Bucket List Cruise
Crossing items off your bucket list is even more fun when you and your honey do it together. If you've promised 'til death do us part, then get started on the Southeast Asia part of that bucket list with an anniversary cruise to this beautiful region of Asia.
Celebrity Cruises sails to some of the most popular places in Southeast Asia and provides you a way to check many things off your bucket list in multiple different countries while only having to unpack your suitcase once.
Some of the places you can visit on a Southeast Asia cruise include:
Bangkok, Thailand: See the Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
Singapore: Marvel at Gardens by the Bay, which was innovatively designed to be striking to look at while also increasing the accessibility to greenery in the city.
Hanoi, Vietnam: Take a boat tour shore excursion through the Emerald green waters of Halong Bay, which winds around limestone peaks covered in lush flora that jut out of the waterway.
Have an anniversary trip idea to go to Hawaii, but can't agree on which island? Visit multiple islands on a Celebrity Cruises Hawaii vacation. Cruise itineraries are typically one-way and sail between Honolulu, Hawaii, and Los Angeles, California, or Vancouver, British Columbia.
You'll spend several days at sea, during which you can relax with some spa treatments, pool time, and leisurely multi-course dinners paired with fine wine.
Once you've arrived in the Hawaiian Islands, you'll visit ports of call on the islands of Maui, Oahu, and Hawaii (the Big Island).
Wondering what some of the romantic things you can do during a Hawaiian cruise are? There are tons of options depending what the two of you are interested in: relaxation, adventure, or both.
Go scuba diving or snorkeling, lounge on soft sand, hike through forests, visit volcanoes, go coffee tasting, and much more.
A Hawaii cruise is also great for couples on a tight budget since you get to experience the beauty and wonder of Hawaii without having to pay Hawaii prices. Accommodations and food are known for being quite expensive in Hawaii, but by cruising there, you can stay in a comfortable, clean, well-appointed stateroom and have included meals. Enjoy a day on the beach or in the ocean snorkeling, and then come back to the ship and enjoy a delicious, gourmet meal that rivals the cuisine found in upscale restaurants on land and is included in the price of your cruise!
Exotic Southern Caribbean Cruise
If you’re looking for a tropical getaway to celebrate your anniversary complete with sandy beaches and palm trees swaying in warm salty breezes, then a cruise to the Southern Caribbean may be just what you’re looking for – and will get you right in the mood for romance since it’s a popular honeymoon destination.
Some of the most popular ports of call to visit on a Southern Caribbean cruise include Antigua, known for gorgeous beaches near coral reefs; Castries, St. Lucia, home to the lushly green twin piton peaks; Oranjestad, Aruba, and its nearby miles upon miles of sandy beaches; Basseterre, St. Kitts, where you’ll find a cute port town with French and English colonialism architecture and great shopping.
Want to get away on a special anniversary trip, but don’t have any idea how to do so with limited vacation time? Don’t worry – you can still cruise away and find some romance even if you have less than a week to do so. The answer is to take a Bahamas cruise.
The Bahamas are located just a short distance from the coast of Florida, and Celebrity Cruises offers itineraries as short as three or four nights that sail to the Bahamas for some fun in the sun before returning to Fort Lauderdale or Miami, Florida.
In the Bahamas, you can walk around candy-colored buildings and do some shopping, get some thrills together on the waterslides at Aquaventure Water Park, have some fun competition while you hit a round of golf, or take a romantic sunset catamaran cruise around the Bahamas.
An Anniversary Trip Idea That Will Take You to the “Edge”
If all your anniversary trip ideas tend to center around how the two of you can best relax and unwind, then a cruise on Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Edge, is the way to go.
Celebrity Edge debuts in December of 2019 and is poised to transform the cruise industry with its outward facing design, interactive dining experiences, tastefully decorated staterooms and suites, and incredible spa.
Couples will especially enjoy the accommodation options that make romance easy, such as the Edge Staterooms with Infinite Verandas that blur the line between indoor and outdoor space. Simply push a button and your stateroom will completely open up to the veranda, instantly filling the entire room with the sounds of the sea and salty breezes.
Another accommodation option poised for romance is the Edge Villa, which has a loft style bedroom over a separate living space and two story windows overlooking an expansive terrace that features a greenery wall and private plunge pool.
Couples who enjoy a date night spent dining on delicious cuisine in fancy restaurants will enjoy numerous such date nights on Celebrity Edge at its many specialty restaurants.
These restaurants include the Magic Carpet, a cantilevered platform on the edge of the ship that moves up and down throughout the day and serves as an al fresco restaurant in the evening; Eden, an interactive dining experience that keeps you on the move as you make your way through the 3-story oceanview space and are presented with creatively prepared cuisine handed to you by “Edenists” who will also perform for you during the meal; and Le Grand Bistro, where you’ll “meet” Le Petit Chef, an animated person that appears beside your plate and demonstrates how each entrée you’re about to eat is prepared.
Even the Main Dining Room is far from the status quo on Celebrity Edge. You can choose among four different Main Dining Rooms to be your principle restaurant, but switch among the four as much as you’d like, meaning you’ll never get bored eating on the ship even if you don’t opt for dining in the specialty restaurants.
Galapagos Cruise on Celebrity Flora
Another ship – and bucket list destination – you don’t want to miss experiencing is Celebrity Flora, which will set sail around the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and departs in May of 2019. Galapagos Flora was designed specifically with the Galapagos Islands in mind and will present the region to you in a way that is immersive while still being environmentally conscious.
The Galapagos Islands are an amazing, awe-inspiring place for an anniversary trip. The two of you will become bonded through hands-on exploration of one of the most special places on earth for flora and fauna.
The Galapagos is where Charles Darwin made many strides on his theory of evolution, by studying its animals and how they’d adapt among the different islands.
The Galapagos Islands are endemic for a variety of different animals and serve as a habitat for many more. If you and your spouse or partner love animals, then meeting the seals, giant tortoises, birds, penguins, marine lizards, and many other animals that call the Galapagos home will be a bonding and memorable experience for the two of you that you will talk about for years to come.
Love One of These Anniversary Trip Ideas?
Then book your cruise today! Celebrity Cruises makes it simple with an easy to use booking platform. You can also take advantage of Flights by Celebrity to erase the stress and hassle of air travel. Celebrity Cruises also has reservation capabilities for shore excursions and other onboard activities that you can book before you board. Then you can just focus on each other and celebrating your love.