Valentine's Day 2014 is best celebrated with a romantic getaway — and what's more romantic than a cruise? Imagine just the two of you on the open sea, the sun warming you during the days and moonlight and stars romancing you at night. This list consists of selected ships that will be embarking on a cruise on Valentine's Day or already sailing on February 14. If considering a Valentine's Day cruise this year, book early to avoid disappointment and get the cabin you want.
Launched in June 2013 by none other than Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, the brand new Royal Princess departs from Fort Lauderdale on February 9, 2014 for a seven-night Eastern Caribbean roundtrip cruise that calls at Princess Cays, Bahamas; St. Thomas, USVI; and Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles. The Princess Cruise fleet is associated with the "Love Boat" TV show. Capitalizing on that theme, Princess goes out of its way to make sailings romantic. A variety of restaurants, many cabins with a private balcony, and even a wedding chapel for weddings at sea make this ship a perfect place to spend Valentine's Day.
An older ship but in tip-top shape, Norwegian Sky offers a 4-night roundtrip Valentine's Day cruise out of Miami departing on February 10, 2014. The ship calls at Freeport, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, the cruise line's private island. If you don't have much cash but want to spend Valentine's Day at sea, this cruise ship is an affordable choice with lots of dining flexibility.
That would be RCL's Oasis of the Seas, the floating behemoth that holds 5,400 passengers (and her twin, Allure of the Seas). Both are cities unto themselves, and if you like bigger, newer, and more when you cruise, Allure would be an ideal place for you to spend Valentine's Day. She departs on a 7-night roundtrip cruise Eastern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale February 8, 2014 and calls at Nassau, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI; Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. RCL is the cruise line with the Flowriders, rock walls, zip line, and other activities for passengers of all ages.
Celebrity Silhouette is a gorgeous cruise ship that has a special appeal to couples. Her 7-night Valentine's Day cruise embarks in Ft. Lauderdale on February 9, 2014. The Western Caribbean ports of call are Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; Falmouth, Jamaica; Labadee, Haiti (where the cruise line maintains a private resort); then back to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Departing from Singapore on February 3, 2014, Azamara Journey sails on a 14-night Southeast Asia journey that calls at Ko Samui, Thailand; Klong Toey, Thailand; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Da Nang, Vietnam; Ha Long, Vietnam and disembarks at the port of Hong Kong. There are several sea days. Azamara Journey is a small (694-passengers) cruise ship that is known for personal service (every cabin has a butler) and the excellent quality of its food.
Valentine's Day often coincides with President's Day holiday and winter recess. So if you have vacation time and want to cruise with the family, you could do worse than choosing a Disney ship. That's because Disney has figured out that if you keep the kids busy, really busy — there are children's programs on this ship from morning till night — adults get time to themselves. In addition, there are adults-only areas where the little darlings may not tread. The 4-night roundtrip cruise departs from Port Canaveral on February 10, 2014 and calls at Nassau and Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.
The ultimate in romance in the world's most seductive setting, Paul Gauguin Cruises ply the waters of French Polynesia. On a 10-night cruise that commences February 5, 2014, the ship originates in Papeete, Tahit and calls at Huahine, Bora Bora, Rangiroa, Fakarava, Taha'a and Moorea and the Society Islands before returning to Papeete.