When you think about honeymoons, you probably think sun, sea, sand, and well, you know.
The pressure to make this one of the best holidays of your life is real, especially if you’re one of the couples who had their 2020 wedding postponed, so we’ve got some suggestions. Some will take you beyond the beaches and on some seriously offbeat adventures, whilst others won’t entirely abandon the sands, instead putting a new spin on the more traditional honeymoon affair. The one thing they do all have in common is the promise of an unforgettable, adventurous start to marital bliss.
Out of Africa
If there is one holiday that justifies a once-in-a-lifetime, it’s your honeymoon, and experiences don’t come much more amazing than a safari and cruise to South Africa combination. Fly out to Cape Town and spend a while in the city, before spotting the Big 5 in one of the local game reserves; Aquila Game Reserve is one of the world’s best and is within easy reach of the South African capital. After a few days of awestruck, action-packed exploring, you’ll appreciate the luxury of your ship even more when the times comes to board.
Bright Lights and Beautiful Beaches
Hawaii is often considered one of the more traditional honeymoon destinations, but add in a pre or post-cruise stay in Las Vegas and you’ve got a whole new ball game. Our ideal beach-meets-city situation is three nights spent living the high-life and soaking up those desert rays on the most famous neon-lit strip in the world, before flying out to San Francisco, where you’ll join your ship and head for the idyllic beaches of Hawaii. Island hopping around this palm-fringed paradise is the perfect hangover cure.
Something Old, Something New
If there was ever a destination that holds the ability to tempt you away from the well-trodden beaches of the usual honeymoon hotspots, it is New York. Some of us are simply more city slick than beach bum and there really is no need to cast your preferences aside in the name of tradition. New York might be considered more of a city break favourite, but when you combine time in the city that never sleeps with all the Old Hollywood style of a Transatlantic cruise crossing, it suddenly stands out as a really tempting proposition for those who fancy a little glamour.
Breaching the Final Frontier
It is a destination considered the final frontier and for those who are keen on making sure their honeymoon is the biggest holiday of their life, Antarctica tops the list. With prices averaging around £6,000 it isn’t a cheap cruise deal by any means, but you’ll struggle to beat the destination in terms of once-in-a-lifetime moments. If you’ve never been the couple to court tradition or do things by halves, this is one cruise that get everyone talking long after the champagne corks have popped at the reception.