Honeymoon Cruises Provide Relaxation and Adventure
A cruise is a perfect way to honeymoon. After the crazy busyness of wedding planning and all the logistics and checklists that come with putting together a beautiful wedding day, it’s nice to go on a vacation where the two of you can just reconnect and relax.
A honeymoon cruise will provide you with plenty of ways to have some couple time and feel rejuvenated after your exciting, but no doubt tiring, wedding day.
Here are some top tips for planning a honeymoon cruise you and your beloved will treasure for the rest of your lives together.
Honeymoon Cruises Tip #1: Upgrade Your Stateroom
The first upgrade is a given: treat yourselves to a veranda stateroom. There’s nothing much more romantic on a cruise than sitting on your own private balcony holding hands with your beloved while sipping from a beverage with your other hand as you gaze out at the wide, open, sparkling ocean.
Yes, you can find romantic spots around the ship – even ones of quiet and solitude for the two of you, but there’s something particularly special about having a space that is only for the two of you for the duration of your cruise, making an upgrade to a veranda stateroom from an interior or oceanview category stateroom well worth it.
A cruise in a veranda stateroom will provide a memorable honeymoon cruise, but if it’s a truly spectacular honeymoon you’re looking for, don’t just stop at a veranda. Here are a few other stateroom classes with Celebrity Cruises that will elevate your honeymoon into something unique and envy-inducing from all you other coupled up friends.
Couples massages, sauna breaks, steam rooms, and more endless ocean views await you when you sail with Celebrity Cruises in an AquaClass stateroom. This exclusive category lets you reside in a veranda stateroom with some truly decadent spa perks that are perfect for a honeymoon.
First off, your stateroom will be set up with spa amenities like AquaClass exclusive loofah slippers and plush bathrobes, luxurious Celebrity eXhale™ bedding, a Bossini or Hansgrohe showerhead, and an aromatherapy diffuser. You’ll also get a selection of teas and snacks each day that are healthy and good for your mind and body as well as access to an upgraded room service menu.
The real spa fun begins when you leave your stateroom and head to Canyon Ranch Spa Club located on board Celebrity Cruises (on Celebrity Cruises’ new Edge class, this area of the ship dedicated to the spa treatment and relaxation rooms and other spa services will simply be known as “The Spa.”)
AquaClass stateroom guests get unlimited access to the Persian Garden stateroom in Canyon Ranch Spa Club, which includes heated tile loungers, a steam room, and a peaceful ambiance to enjoy while you to gaze out the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean.
If you do a honeymoon cruise on the new Celebrity Edge as an AquaClass guest you’ll get to access the brand new SEA Thermal Suite, which provides you access to seven different areas. There is a hammam, steam room, infrared sauna room, crytalarium, salt room, float room, rainfall water therapy room, and a room with heated tile loungers.
AquaClass guests also have their own restaurant called Blu on board. Blu serves up spa-inspired cuisine that is delectably healthy and freshly delicious. You can use Blu as your main dining room if you wish (it’s included in the cost of your AquaClass stateroom) or mix it up with other restaurants on board to dine in throughout your cruise.
In addition to gourmet cuisine, Blu provides an elegant, intimate ambiance with some eclectic décor accents thrown in. You’ll dine on white tablecloths with blue and white crystal chandeliers overhead. One wall is covered in a giant rose overlay and the rose motif continues to the carpet. Dots in various colors cover a wall divider and add a modern pop to the room. It’s a fun, romantic setting for your honeymoon meals.
If the spa isn’t really your thing, but you want something a step above the regular veranda stateroom to make your honeymoon cruise more memorable, consider the Concierge Class stateroom.
With Concierge Class you get priority embarkation and debarkation. In addition, you’ll have access to a concierge throughout your cruise who can help you effortlessly reserve specialty restaurant dining times, shore excursions, spa treatments, bottles of wine to be delivered to your stateroom, and more.
If you really want to be pampered on your honeymoon cruise, get a suite. On Celebrity Cruises, all suites come with butler service.
As a Suite Class guest you’ll also be privy to many other perks. Suite Class guests get their own special main dining room: Luminae. It’s like a specialty restaurant only it’s just for suite guests and it’s included in the cost of your cruise fare. Luminae is open for breakfast and dinner each day of the cruise and is also open for lunch on embarkation and sea days. The opulent restaurant serves menu items you can’t find anywhere else on the ship. It’s an exclusive dining experience that will have you feeling like a VIP.
Suite Class guests are also able to dine in the AquaClass restaurant, Blu, if space is available.
Depending on your cruise you also may get other special perks due to being a Suite Class passenger. On an Alaska cruise, for example, you may be invited to view glaciers from the vantage point of the helipad. Though you may just want to cuddle up on your spacious private veranda and order a coffee with a shot of Bailey’s instead!
Honeymoon Cruises Tip #2: Reserve Specialty Restaurants and Shore Excursions in Advance
If you have your heart set on a certain onboard or in-port experience during your honeymoon cruise, don’t wait to reserve that activity until you get on the ship.
With Celebrity Cruises you get an online account as soon as you make your booking and from it you’re able to reserve shore excursions, make specialty restaurant dining times, and book spa treatments. This is important to do since the most popular shore excursions can book up well in advance of the cruise embarkation day. In addition, specialty restaurants often fill up fast on sea days or port days that you reboard the ship earlier in the day.
Your honeymoon is something you’ve likely dreamed about for years – make sure it’s a special as you imagined by planning your ideal activities in advance.
Honeymoon Cruises Tip #3: Pick the Right Destination
There are many excellent destination options for honeymoon cruises so it’s important the two of you pick the itinerary that’s best for your personalities and interests.
If you’ve been dreaming of Mai Tais and sandy beaches for your honeymoon with images of frolicking in warm salty waves, Caribbean cruises are your best bet as they’ll provide ample “island time” activities.
Those who want to get some wine tasting and culture in with their honeymoon relaxation will enjoy a Mediterranean cruise that visits ports of call in Italy, Croatia, and Greece.
Couples who love exploring big cities will also enjoy European cruises, but should also look into Asia cruise itineraries, some of which mix big cities with island ports of call for an enticing mix of cosmopolitan action and laidback relaxation.
If you want to get into nature as much as possible during your honeymoon, look into an Australia and New Zealand cruise. Depending on the itinerary, you can take a helicopter ride over a glacier, sail through fjords, snorkel along coral reefs, and hike to magnificent waterfalls.
These are just some of the amazing honeymoon destinations that Celebrity Cruises offers – browse all cruise destinations to find the one that’s perfect for you and your partner.
Honeymoon Cruises Tip #4: Arrange for Romantic Extras
Shore excursions and specialty restaurant reservations aren’t the only things that can be planned before leaving to make honeymoon cruises extra special.
Celebrity Cruises offers Celebration Packages, which you can purchase before leaving for your cruise. It’s a great way to commemorate honeymoon cruises and the start of a new life as a married couple.
The Classic Package is a great treat to have waiting in your stateroom or suite upon arrival on embarkation day. It includes a bottle of La Crema Pinot Noir, a bouquet of fresh flowers that you can have on display throughout your cruise, and a dozen delicious chocolate-dipped strawberries.
For a special way to wake up during your honeymoon cruise, get the Deluxe Package, which includes a mimosa breakfast delivered to your stateroom along with flowers, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and a personalized cake.
Continue the romantic treats fun with the Premium Package that includes the mimosa breakfast from the Deluxe Package, but also some evening extras with reservations for one of the specialty restaurants followed by a delivery to your stateroom that includes a dozen roses, a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne, and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
Special stateroom deliveries aren’t the only romantic extras you can plan for your honeymoon cruise. Celebrity Cruises also has Private Journeys shore excursions, which are excellent for couples who want to commemorate a milestone (such as a honeymoon or anniversary date) in port.
Private Journeys are special shore excursions that let you plan the exact day in port you are dreaming of. You’ll have access to a Destination Insider team member who will help you arrange your special day right down to your own car and driver, helicopter rides, and private tours – or whatever you have in mind.
Honeymoon Cruises Tip #5: Go All Out for Evening Chic Nights
Pretend you’re in NYC on a fancy date night on Evening Chic Nights on board the ship – only this won’t cost you a fortune like in the big city!
Evening Chic Nights are Celebrity Cruises’ answer to cruising’s infamous formal nights. Most people nowadays don’t want to have to lug around a formal suit and evening gown on their vacation – even on honeymoon cruises – but it’s still fun to dress up in your own way. Therefore, Celebrity Cruises now has Evening Chic attire on select nights during your cruise.
Evening Chic means you’ll need to step up your clothing game on those nights in order to dine in the Main Dining Room – but you’ll have a lot of flexibility in how to do that. Women can wear a nice pair of pants or designer denim with a dressy top and men can wear slacks or denim with a sport coat or tailored shirt. You can also feel comfortable and not look out of place wearing a suit and cocktail dress on evening chic nights.
For couples on honeymoon cruises, have some fun with Evening Chic nights and opt for the latter. Most people don’t have very many opportunities to dress up in cocktail or formal attire and taking advantage of an opportunity to do so will help to make your honeymoon more memorable and provide some excellent photo opportunities.
Honeymoon Cruises Tip #6: Get Your Photo Taken
Speaking of photo ops, honeymoon cruises provide easy access to professional photography to document your honeymoon with. Celebrity Cruises provides photo packages so you can easily select your favorite onboard photos to take home with you in printed or digital format.
Photographers are set up on embarkation day and Evening Chic nights to snap pictures to commemorate those special days and they also walk around the ship during other times to take photos of passengers. Simply provide them with your stateroom number after they take your picture and you can look up photos of the two of you later at the photo viewing station with a quick swipe of your SeaPass card.
In addition to photos taken around the ship, honeymoon cruises are also an excellent time to take some studio pictures of the two of you. Yes, you probably have a ton of wedding photos, but it also might be nice to have some professional photos of the two of you when you’re not in a white dress and tuxedo.
Celebrity Cruises has a photo studio on board the ship where you can make an appointment and have lovely pictures taken of the two of you to document this special time in your lives.
Honeymoon Cruises Tip #7: Treat Every Night Like Date Night
Another way to make honeymoon cruises special is to treat every night onboard the ship like date night.
There is so much to do every night on the ship. Don’t miss out on the world-class shows in the theater after a decadent multi-course dinner. You can also partake in wine pairing activities and other tastings. Head to the dance club on board for a night of dancing together to the beats spun by the onboard DJ.
You can also find Bingo, karaoke, silent disco events (a fun new activity on Celebrity Cruises where you dance and sing along to music that only you can hear through your headphones – be prepared for a lot of fun and laughter together on that night!), trivia games, and a whole host of other activities brought to you by your cruise director and other ship staff.
You can also have a leisurely night in for a cozy date night in your stateroom. Order room service, rent a movie from the on-demand selection, and arrange for a cheese plate and your favorite bottle of wine to be delivered to the stateroom. After the movie ends, take a glass of wine outside and sit on your veranda in the still of the ocean night and talk about your plans and dreams for the future.
Honeymoon Cruises Tip #8: Start Your Honeymoon Immediately By Getting Married at Sea
More excited about your honeymoon than the actual wedding? Start your honeymoon immediately by getting married at sea during a cruise.
Celebrity Cruises has special wedding packages that let you exchange “I do’s” right onboard the ship or in port. On the ship, you’ll be married by the captain, and in port, you’ll be married by a wedding officiant arranged for you by your wedding coordinator.
Your wedding coordinator will also help you plan a reception after your ceremony and any other special details you would like included during your wedding day.
Then once you’re married, you’re already on the ship ready for your relaxing and fun honeymoon cruise.
Book Your Honeymoon Cruise Today
Book your honeymoon cruise today and check one more thing off your wedding to-do list.
Whether your dream honeymoon is to the Caribbean, Europe, New Zealand or beyond, you can browse itineraries and ship descriptions on Celebrity Cruises’ easy to navigate website and then book your room and start planning all the fun you’ll have on board and in port.