Valentine’s Day is like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. For every person who clears the shelves of heart-shaped everything, there’s another who can’t hold back the eye-rolls at the thought of fluffy toys and prematurely wilting roses. Whether you’re a lover or a hater, the obsession with holidays is universal and we aren’t about to miss out on an opportunity to make a brew, tuck into some heart-shaped truffles and start planning one that pampers to our penchant for romance or our love of adrenaline-fuelled adventures.
ALL ABOARD THE LOVE BOAT
Balcony breakfasts, sunset toasts, love hearts drawn in the sands; romantic holidays are a lesson in love. If you have both feet firmly in the ‘LOVE’ camp, couple’s cruising can take the romance up a notch like you’ve never known. Romance and cruising go together like Bonnie and Clyde; chocolates and champagne on arrival at your cosy cabin, fine dining every evening, strolls on white sands and sunsets galore all contribute to a seriously swoon-worthy week or two away.
When it comes to the most romantic cruise destinations on earth, you have a host of options. It’s hard to find anything to argue with your beloved about in the Caribbean, where your only issue is deciding whether it’s time to have another rum, re-apply your SPF or place a jerk chicken order at the beach shack. Alternatively, you can take the romantic city break to the next level on the Princess Cruises ‘Mediterranean Adventurer’ 14-night sailing, calling at sweet spots such as Barcelona, Rome, Florence and Provence. The itinerary is part of the Princess Cruises Love Boat Sail, giving you up to $400 onboard spend to treat yourself or a loved one when you book selected sailings by 28 February 2018. You can book with a low deposit of just 5% deposit too.
ANTI VALENTINE’S DAY ADVENTURES
True love isn’t all about walks on the beach and sharing pasta in Italian piazzas, Lady & The Tramp style. If your idea of romance involves white-water rafting together or cheering from the sidelines as your beloved takes the plunge on a bungee jump, a cruise can still hit the spot. A summer cruise to the Norwegian Fjords takes you to Europe’s adventure capital and there’s a reason Scandinavians have such a love affair with the great outdoors. The deep, dark waters here encourage adventures aplenty, from RIB safaris that cut through the fjords and delve beneath wild waterfalls to kayak tours in the shadow of soaring cliff faces and even white-water rafting trips out of Bergen to the surrounding raging rivers and their rapids. There’s a fine line between thrilled and terrified, and a cruise means plenty of time later to decide which emotion dominated your day over whisky sours in the bar. Book Princess Cruises’ 7-night Norwegian Fjords itinerary on Sapphire Princess before 28 February 2018 from just £749 and you’ll receive up to $300 onboard spending money to splash out on these action-packed excursions too.