The most romantic day of the year is just around the corner, and if you’re looking to wow your loved one with something a little more imaginative than a box of Milk Tray, a Valentine’s cruise could be the answer.
Whether you want to spend the big day onboard a luxury ship, or are searching for a cruise to surprise the love of your life, the good news is there’s no shortage of options. Not that we’re biased, but what could be more romantic than taking to the seven seas, visiting some of the world’s most incredible destinations?
Here are just some of the most romantic European cruise ports you might want to consider.
Italy has no shortage of romantic destinations, and one of the best is undoubtedly Venice. Snuggle up on a gondola as you watch the world go by, or wander the quaint cobbled streets before stopping for a loved-up lunch. Cruise ships may no longer be able to dock in the city’s historic centre, but it’s a different story for smaller ships.
- Royal Caribbean – Family friendly, Rhapsody of the Seas 4 July 2022 for 7 Nights
If you’ve ever spotted Villefranche on a cruise itinerary and wondered what it’s all about, then wonder no more. This stunning little fishing village is wedged between Nice and Monte Carlo, its slow-paced way of life making it a great place to spend time as a couple. If it’s something more exhilarating you’re after, venture slightly further out and enjoy a segway tour as a couple. There are plenty of adventures to be had here, and the scenery is nothing short of stunning.
- P&O Cruises – Family friendly, Azura fly-cruise 31 Mar 2022 for 7 Nights
If there’s anywhere that lends itself perfectly to a Valentine’s mini cruise, it’s Bruges. You will dock at the port of Zeebrugge and the main city is just a matter of minutes away. Cosy up in one of the pubs and sample some of the finest chocolate on earth – make sure you find time to visit Minnewaterpark, where you’ll find the aptly-named Lovers Lake. This peaceful oasis is the ideal place to sit back and watch the world go by.
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Barcelona has something for everyone. Whether you’re visiting overnight on a Valentine’s cruise or just for the day, you can eat, drink and stroll your way through the city. Wander the cobbled streets admiring Gaudi’s quirky architecture, stop for a spot of tapas en route. Spain’s second city even has a beach, perfect for a romantic stroll.
- Princess Cruises – Family friendly, Regal Princess 26 Mar 2022 for 7 Nights
There’s nothing quite like wandering Dubrovnik’s ancient cobbled streets, where Baroque buildings and stunning city walls are just the start. The Croatian capital also provided the backdrop for Game of Thrones, so if you are fans, you’ll enjoy spotting highlights from the hit series.
Romantic sunsets provide the perfect background to whitewashed buildings on what is arguably one of the most beautiful Greek islands. For such a small island, Santorini offers so much to see and do. One option on your Valentine’s cruise is to head inland and explore the various vineyards; some even host tours and tastings, so if you fancy yourselves as oenophiles, this is the place for you.
- P&O Cruises – Family friendly, Azura 11 Aug 2022 for 14 Nights