Romance at Sea
can you spot the newlyweds on a cruise ship? Unless the bride is
wearing a white gown and the groom has rice in his hair, you probably can’t.
something About Sea Air...
back from the ship’s rail at the moment of departure and watch as
sea air envelopes the couples around you. A funny thing
happens—their smiles grow dreamy as they move closer to one another.
They reach for each other’s hands. Maybe it has something to do with
the hum of the ship’s mechanics, the increasing throb of the engines
when bowlines are freed, or the spine-tingling sound of the ship’s
horn when you are finally underway.
sheer fantasy, there’s nothing quite like your own little world in a
vast ocean of sea and stars. And those stars! On a clear, quiet night
at sea they shine down with special brilliance. Who says the moon
reflecting on the water isn’t casting its glow just for you two
alone? That’s the beauty of a cruise… there’s an indefinable
“something” that brings out the romantic nature in us all—from
just-marrieds, young and old, to Golden Anniversary couples—we all
a little careful planning, a cruise can be anything you want it to
be—a heavenly honeymoon, a renewal of your commitment to one
another, or simply a quiet time together, far removed from your fast-paced
lines are certainly aware of the magical effects their vessels have on
couples. Many offer options
in the way of "romance" or "anniversary" packages
that can include goodies such as champagne upon arrival in your
stateroom, logo robes to keep, his-and-hers spa treatments, formal
photos in elegant frames, and breakfast in bed on the morning of your
choice. Renewal of vows are sometimes performed privately by the
Captain upon arrangement or in a festive group setting, followed by a
champagne toast to your commitment.
example, Holland America Line offers the following romantic packages:
Renewal of Vows On Board
For couples who want to say their wedding vows while at sea,
Holland America Line offers an onboard Renewal-of-Vows package. As
part of the package, the the couple receives flowers in their
stateroom, and invitations
are made available to invite fellow passengers as guests to the
ceremony and celebration. The couple also receives:
- A 10x7 activity sheet
- Dinner for Two one evening in the Pinnacle Grill
- A celebration featuring live music, champagne, wine and hors
d'oeuvres served by Holland America Line's five-star staff
Renewal of Vows at Half Moon Cay
Guests that visit Half Moon Cay, the
company's own island paradise, on Holland America Line Caribbean and
Panama Canal cruises may renew their wedding vows on the island in a
private, traditional Bahamian chapel nestled in a garden overlooking
the sea. This is a more casual ceremony than on board and
participants are encouraged to wear their favorite tropical attire.
Champagne and cake are served after the ceremony. Each couple is
photographed on the island and the photo is delivered to their
stateroom in a souvenir frame. Arrangements for renewal of vows at
the chapel may be made through the Guest Relations Manager at the
Front Office on board the ship.
These and similar packages available from other
cruise lines aren't really out of line price-wise if you consider
the cost of the individual items and the exclusive services they
include as illustrated below.
NCL's Romantic Options
Romance Package – sparkling wine and strawberries in stateroom
upon embarkation, canapés one evening in stateroom, a dozen red
roses, dinner for two in La Cucina, afternoon tea service in
stateroom, one 8x10 professional portrait.
Deluxe Romance Package – sparkling wine and strawberries in
stateroom upon embarkation, canapés one evening in stateroom, a
dozen red roses, breakfast in bed, dinner for two in Le Bistro,
two 25-minute half-body Swedish Massages, afternoon tea service
in stateroom, one 8x10 professional portrait.
Ultimate Romance Package
sparkling wine and strawberries in stateroom upon embarkation,
canapés one evening in stateroom, a dozen red roses, choice of
breakfast in bed for two days, dinner for two in Cagney’s with
complimentary bottle of red or white wine, two 25-minute
half-body Swedish Massages, afternoon tea service in stateroom,
dinner for two in Le Bistro with complimentary bottle of red or
white wine, two 8x10 professional portraits.
However, do-it-yourselfers might
consider the following suggestions:
your time together by selecting a stateroom with its own private
champagne breakfast in bed to toast the beginning of a day at sea.
a table for two at late seating and share the memories of your
in the specialty restaurant to celebrate your good taste; after
all, you selected one another.
under the stars to the music only you can hear.
your favorite scents and sounds to heighten the intimacy of your
stateroom. Set the
mood for romance with your favorite aromatherapy spray lingering
in the air while your special song plays on a portable CD
or your iPod with speakers.
you’re packing, don’t forget something whisper soft to lounge
nothing quite like a cruise for total relaxation and romance. What setting
could be more idyllic?